Posts tagged marine life
Posts tagged marine life
Plus I consider curiosity a factor with wild orcas because DO consider that a wild orca NEVER has DAILY INTERACTION WITH A HUMAN BEING. Where as a captive whale should be rather desensitized by that interaction by now. They are even trained to circle the pools and ignore an individual if someone has fallen into the water. A wild orca can be rightfully curious as they may have never seen/been in that close of proximity to a human before. I can hardly consider a captive orca’s decision to attack to be mere curiosity when these animals had their trainers riding on them nearly daily. And oh my god how can someone consider BODY SLAMMING a human an act of curiosity. Literally whales in the wild will body slam a baby whale in attempts to DROWN them. You can hardly consider that curiosity.
tagging the person who had the gall to question my statement in a separate post because apparently it’s really hard to reblog and respond lol.
An Alaskan oil spill disrupted family structure in killer-whale groups, with lasting and dramatic repercussions.
Very good read if you’re interested in the effects of oil spills on orcas.
Ulysses Aldrovandi’s marine mammal illustrations from exactly 400 years ago (1613). Some have human emotions, feet!, and imaginative bodies, while characteristics like teeth, baleen and bones are described accurately. Just makes me wonder what we will think of “modern science” in another 400 years…
The spouting sawfish is also a surprisingly reasonable portrayal; they have enormous dorsally-oriented spiracles that could be mistaken for blowholes by naïve early naturalists. It’s certainly a lot better than Medieval portrayals.
It’s really great to see the original illustration of the Cetacean Centipede — my favorite monster. There’s… no obvious explanation for where this idea came from.
Thanks to a former NBA star, a coalition of Chinese business leaders, celebrities and students, and some unlikely investigative journalism, eating shark fin soup is no longer fashionable here. But what really tipped the balance was a government campaign against extravagance that has seen the soup banned from official banquets.
“People said it was impossible to change China, but the evidence we are now getting says consumption of shark fin soup in China is down by 50 to 70 percent in the last two years,” said Peter Knights, executive director of WildAid, a San Francisco-based group that has promoted awareness about the shark trade. The drop is also reflected in government and industry statistics.
“It is a myth that people in Asia don’t care about wildlife,” Knights said. “Consumption is based on ignorance rather than malice. ”
The dramatic expansion in China’s middle and upper classes has transformed the country into a major driver of global wildlife trafficking. The Obama administration is so concerned about Chinese demand for endangered wildlife that it made the subject an important part of its bilateral dialogue this year.
More than 70 million sharks were killed last year, largely to satisfy rapacious demand from China’s newly rich for shark fin soup.
Lavish spending by China’s wealthy has also sent demand for ivory skyrocketing, fueling a massive expansion in elephant poaching in Africa.
The consequences of the traffic go beyond a crisis for wildlife. The illegal ivory trade has financed global crime networks and local insurgents, including Somalia’s al-Shabab — responsible for last month’s attack on a Nairobi shopping mall.
“Conservation is more about China now than it is about Africa,” said Knights. “China can be the savior of wildlife or it can be the demise of it.”
When fish creep and crawl!
This Sea Robin, or Gurnard, is crawling around on fin rays modified into 6 creepy legs.
I’m almost completely certain its underwater rather than in a desert or on your ceiling waiting to pounce
The Dutch Court is reserving it’s decision until January 15th. I hope this is a good thing but I’m not sure… at the very least they haven’t just sided with Loro Parque and cut off any possibility of release (or removal from Loro Parque).
But it does mean another six weeks in that hellhole (at least) :(
everybody swimming (by bluewavechris)
Despite Appearances, this creature, the ‘Wolf Eel,’ is one of the natural worlds true wonders, they are remarkably friendly. Wolf eels having never seen a human diver before will not fear it, not attack it, but investigate and most likely come to the conclusion that this human can help scratch its back!
They love to brush up against humans, get pet, and other things, making them the friendliest animals in the world!
They’re also monogamous and highly devoted. They pair up when they’re still fairly young, and the male and female will stay together in a suitable cave or crevice raising multiple generations of young. They take turns hunting and guarding. If one dies, the other will usually just remain alone, living out the rest of their days in their nest.
They love each other
Bowhead Whales (Balaena mysticetus) Disko Bay, West Greenland (by Tim Melling)
- Atlantic spotted dolphins
I feel really bad for the sea lion that Seaworld forces to approach his/her natural predator.
Is it bad that I’m laughing extremely hard at how the orca just annihilates the sea lon in the 2nd gif?
all I can hear is NYOOM
You wanna know something cool? Recent studies of orcas seem to show that during the seal breeding season, they knowingly limit their intake of seals. In fact, there are documented cases of orcas gently grabbing seal pups and pulling them into shore to keep them safe from being eaten.
Why? You might wonder.
The case studies seem to say that the orcas know that no baby seals growing up means less seals next year. They are so intelligent that they’re aware of their own impact as a predatory species on their prey and actively work to conserve the number of that prey species for the future. Maybe we could learn something about moderation and conservation from these animals.
Link to said study please? :)
I don’t know anything about the study itself but this is a video of Mel and Bernardo putting the seal pups back alive. Even if it doesn’t help it’s pretty interesting :D
Good fucking gravy I hate that narration and music and general production values but the footage itself is fascinating (even if there’s no indication in it why the orca released the sea lion pup). Thanks for the link!
filming sperm whales is fast and tiring, not to mention you are in 2-3000m of water. They are not slow moving lazy animals but very social creatures when they feel like it. As apex predators, this is the usual image you get if at all. a quick swim by. Images taken under permit byNudibranch182
THAT BREACH AT THE END
THIS IS REALLY COOL. ALL THOSE CHARISMATIC SURFACE BEHAVIOURS SEEN FROM UNDERWATER.