Posts tagged cetaceans
Posts tagged cetaceans
From my new book, It’s a Punderful Life - Out NOW!
Available at all good (and not so good) bookstores.
Blue whale. Photo by Mike Johnson
The gif above (extracted from here/sorry for low quality) shows an incident that occurred in the swim with programme at Dolphin Academy on 1st January 2008. A dolphin chose to avoid leaping over the pole instead choosing to turn its body and hurl itself directly at the swim with participants. After the incident one required hospitalisation.
As it seems for whatever reason we are hell bent on keeping dolphins in captivity we simply cannot allow these swim with programmes to continue. They are advertised as fun for families and do we really want to be putting any person, especially children, in a situation where this could happen?
Dolphins are wild animals and no matter how much we try to train them it’s never going to safe for anybody, especially members of the general public, to get into a tank/pool/sea pen with them. Swim with programmes need to stop!
"It’s basically a dolphin trying very hard to be a walrus"
Meet the walrus-whale, the extinct species of ancient whale, that looked a little like a cross between a dolphin and a walrus, and once roamed the oceans. Oh, for a time-traveling, whale-watching expedition!
Today, we hosted a Q&A with marine paleontologist Nick Pyenson who joined us to tell us more about the behind the scenes work of solving the mystery of just what caused the mass die-off in a five-million-year-old whale graveyard he and his team recently uncovered. “If you went on a whale watch in the late Miocene off the coast of Chile,” Pyenson told us, “you would see some of the familiar (big rorquals, dolphins) and then a bit of the exotic, extinct species (walrus-whales, gnarly sperm whales). This site is really an ecological snapshot.”
Wait, walrus-whales? Just what were walrus whales?
Walrus whales. A whole nother kettle of fish. They are completely extinct, and there are 2 species (in 1 genus, Odobenocetops) that have been described — both from Peru. They looked something like a dolphin from the neck down, but with an Admiral Ackbar-type face for a business end. It’s basically a dolphin trying very hard to be a walrus. They were a bit different from walruses in that the walrus whales had asymmetrical tusks (wild!).
illustration by Nobu Tamura
'A Californian congressmen has just introduced a law to make it illegal to keep orcas in captivity. This could change everything — but SeaWorld is already mounting a vicious campaign to defeat this congressman's brave move. We need to tell the State of California that the public won't accept SeaWorld's imprisonment of orcas any longer.'
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Odobenocetops (“walrus-face whale”)
… was a small whale from the Pliocene. It had two tusks, and, in some fossils, one tusk was longer than the other.
Odobenocetops was an early member of the dolphin superfamily, more closely related to narwhals than dolphins, with tusks projecting towards the rear of its body. It measured about 2.1 m and weighted between 150 and 650 kg. Its neck articulations show that it was very flexible, being able to turn its head over 90 degrees. This, coupled with its broad snout, similar to that of a walrus, suggests that it was a bottom feeder, searching for mollusks and sucking them out of their shells with a powerful tongue…
(read more: Wikipedia)
illustration by Pavel Riha
Picture 1: Morgan is rammed by two other female orcas Kohana and Skyla.
Picture 2: Morgan (on the right) spyhops in an effort to avoid being raked by Kohana. She does not succeed and suffers deep rakes.
Picture 3: Like many other captive orcas Morgan chews on the edges of her concrete pool out of boredom and stress. This will result in her teeth breaking. Some captive orcas have lost most of their teeth due to this.
She needs to get out of this hell hole.
Meet: The Australian Whales.
These orca belong to a pod estimated to contain approximately 20-30 animals that appear off the south west coast of Australia. Little is known about the pod, as their discovery is recent, and it is the first time any stable group of orca have been known to frequent the same area within Australian waters.
They have been seen feeding on fish and squid, and appear to return to the same area in the summer for breeding and rearing young. It seems researchers may have stumbled upon the closest thing to a resident pod Australia has ever seen.
They have been documented at times to have the yellowish tinge to their white patches, suggesting they also frequent the waters of Antarctica.
Now that we are aware of the pods existence, it is hoped that we may develop an ID catalogue and begin to properly understand these whales. Footage, including underwater shots and vocalizations can be seen and heard in the new ABC documentary, The Search For The Ocean’s Super Predator.
I love this! Look at that calf!
Awwww look at their little dorsal fins :)
IMG_2807 (by grdavey)
“When they were little girls, they decided that they would be best friends forever. A whale never forgets a promise.” -Anneliese Juergensen
i have now died. of joy.
I don’t think I’ve seen art of an old mermaid (mermatron? mergranny?) before.
I love it!
Oh look it’s the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen
This is really amazing but I have to say, I read “mermatron” not as “mer-matron,” but as “merma-tron" and I was just like MERMATRON. AUTOWHALES. SWIM OUT. and I’m ruined my brain is ruined I’m so sorry
Breaching gray whale near Edmonds.
Photo by Craig Smith, February 9, 2014.
Amazon River Dolphin by Christian Miller
Found this beauty today.
“Rawr imma killur whale”
LIFE-LIKE REPLICA DOLPHIN would like to be friends.
WHAT PITS OF HELL DID THESE THINGS COME FROM
a rather good one that a friend of mine owns..
I’m terrified by the amount of horrifying cetacean models that exist in this world.
I find this picture funny because this looks like something I would draw to avoid drawing tail flukes
(Tail flukes have long given me Grief)