did u know
it’s not necessary for people to see live animals in order to get them to care and sometimes it doesn’t even work.
for example, i went to seaworld twice as a kid. i saw the orcas, and even did a swim-with-dolphin interaction program. i left not giving a shit about whales or dolphins. fast forward a few years and i’m watching big miracle (a movie about gray whales) and suddenly i’m fascinated by whales and want to learn more. after some brief internet research, i fell head over heels in love with them.
you see, the biggest difference was i didn’t LEARN anything at seaworld. nobody taught how smart they are. nobody taught me how social and amazing they can be. yeah, i saw the animals at seaworld up close and had interactions but that didn’t matter because those employees didn’t teach me anything that would inspire me to care.
i taught myself and was inspired to care with a few clicks of a button.
Exactly. My love for cetaceans came from the films and documentaries I watched as a child.
L92 “Crewser” surprised us with a killer cartwheel at Point Roberts.
Photo by Tasli Shaw, September 14, 2013.
The A24s when they were Kelsey(A24), Schooner(A64), Magin(A71), and Toba(A78). The four of them are hunting salmon along Hanson Island by utilizing the rocky shore. At 1:15 is Kelsey in the center with Schooner and Magin to her right.
The dorsal in the photo heading belongs to Magin.
Scientist Sylvia Earle (TED Talk: My wish: Protect our oceans) has spent the past five decades exploring the seas. During that time, she’s witnessed a steep decline in ocean wildlife numbers — and a sharp incline in the number of ocean deadzones and oil drilling sites. An original documentary about Earle’s life and work is available now on Netflix.
Using GIFs for science communication is powerful and awesome!
Photo taken by Northern Resident Orca Population
It’s a boy! Alder (A99), Clios (A50) 3 years old offspring, is male! He was tail slapping all the time today.
Sweet, so the new matriach Clio (A50) from the A30 matriline has one daughter and two sons! :)
Using Kandukes weights to length ratio (as West Coasters do eat what would be considered a ‘transient’ diet and I have no other data on weights)
The average weight of a male would be : 7,080 kg / 15606 lb
The average weight of a female would be: 6,250 kg / 13778 lb
To put these into perspective, both male and female are heavier than two giraffes (12000 lb) or a A T-Rex at an estimated 10000 lb or Three Rhinos (4600 lb each) or Four Ford Taurus Cars (3,642 lb). !
**it is possible the weight would be much higher as Kanduke died aged 15 and these guys are 30-50+ and scottish bottlenose dolphins are larger than ones in US waters X **
Two albino orcas were sighted today near the southern Kuril Islands!
Albino on 1st photo is believed to be an adult female or sub-adult male.
Photographer - Brad Siviour
August 24, 2014: Pretty amazing encounter off Monterey Bay California. Close to Moss Landing a group of California transients that have been identified as the CA51s were sighted harassing humpback whales! Photographs were shared with us by Don Baccus. This rare behaviour of foraging on larger cetaceans has been the hot debated scientific topic.