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Epic humpback whale battle filmed : "humpback whale heat run"
news ^ | 23 October 2009 | Matt Walker

Posted on 10/24/2009 2:37:17 AM PDT by JoeProBono

It is the greatest animal battle on the planet, and it has finally been caught on camera. A BBC natural history crew has filmed the "humpback whale heat run", where 15m long, 40 tonne male whales fight it out to mate with even larger females.

During the first complete sequence of this behaviour ever captured, the male humpbacks swim at high speed behind the female, violently jostling for access. The collisions between the males can be violent enough to kill.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.bbc.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Outdoors; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: humpback; whale

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1 posted on 10/24/2009 2:37:18 AM PDT by JoeProBono
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To: JoeProBono

bfl


2 posted on 10/24/2009 2:39:50 AM PDT by Born Conservative ("I'm a fan of disruptors" - Nancy Pelosi)
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To: JoeProBono

WOW!


3 posted on 10/24/2009 2:45:57 AM PDT by kalee (01/20/13 The end of an error.... Obama even worse than Carter.)
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To: kalee


4 posted on 10/24/2009 3:13:32 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono

Thank yiou, humpbacks have always fascinated me.


5 posted on 10/24/2009 3:39:39 AM PDT by kalee (01/20/13 The end of an error.... Obama even worse than Carter.)
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To: JoeProBono

Awesome! THANKS JOE!!!!


6 posted on 10/24/2009 3:40:44 AM PDT by scoobysnak71
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To: JoeProBono

In before the Rosie O’Donnell / Michael Moore pix!


7 posted on 10/24/2009 4:26:58 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows ("When France chides you for appeasement, you know you're scraping bottom." --Charles Krauthammer)
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To: Slings and Arrows

No male was ever in heat for Rosie, and Michael Moore would make women run away at Olympic speeds.


8 posted on 10/24/2009 4:28:35 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: Slings and Arrows

9 posted on 10/24/2009 4:34:59 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: Venturer

Every pot has a lid.


10 posted on 10/24/2009 4:49:59 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows ("When France chides you for appeasement, you know you're scraping bottom." --Charles Krauthammer)
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To: JoeProBono

Sorry, Joe - the site you posted from has hotlinking disabled.


11 posted on 10/24/2009 4:50:58 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows ("When France chides you for appeasement, you know you're scraping bottom." --Charles Krauthammer)
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To: kalee
"Thank you, humpbacks have always fascinated me."

I've always had a soft spot in my heart for humpbacks too.

12 posted on 10/24/2009 5:09:28 AM PDT by Kartographer (".. we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.")
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To: JoeProBono
You can see this same thing every Saturday night in the dessert line at any Old Country Buffet near you.
13 posted on 10/24/2009 5:33:46 AM PDT by WorkingClassFilth
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To: WorkingClassFilth

LOL!


14 posted on 10/24/2009 5:38:58 AM PDT by nfldgirl
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To: Mean Maryjean

Try going for lunch at CiCi’s pizza sometime! ;-)


15 posted on 10/24/2009 5:41:26 AM PDT by Kartographer (".. we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.")
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To: Venturer

“No male was ever in heat for Rosie, and Michael Moore would make women run away at Olympic speeds.”

Now you’ve done it! I can’t get the picture out of my mind - Michael Moore lumbering after Rosie, and Rosie crawling backwards toward him.


16 posted on 10/24/2009 5:43:16 AM PDT by mark3681
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To: mark3681
GOOD GOD MAN! MY EYES MY EYES THEY ARE BURNING! I AM BLIND! I AM NOW DAMNED TO LIVE OUT MY LIFE WITH THAT HORRIBLE PICTURE LASERED INTO MY BRAIN!

17 posted on 10/24/2009 5:59:33 AM PDT by Kartographer (".. we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.")
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To: JoeProBono

I wonder if the underwater cameramen were in subs or exposed to the whales?


18 posted on 10/24/2009 6:15:59 AM PDT by raybbr (It's going to get a lot worse now that the anchor babies are voting!)
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To: JoeProBono; mikrofon; martin_fierro
to mate with even larger females.

Baby got humpback.

19 posted on 10/24/2009 6:24:46 AM PDT by Charles Henrickson (Charles, Prince of Whales)
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To: Kartographer

So sorry.


20 posted on 10/24/2009 6:26:34 AM PDT by mark3681
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To: Charles Henrickson; JoeProBono; martin_fierro
Listed in the TV Guide as: Humpback Mountin'
21 posted on 10/24/2009 7:52:11 AM PDT by mikrofon ("I wish I knew how to get past you...")
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To: JoeProBono; Charles Henrickson; mikrofon
When a female humpback comes into heat, she alerts males by making sounds, such as slapping the water surface.

"Vould you like to touch my minke...?"

22 posted on 10/24/2009 7:56:03 AM PDT by martin_fierro (Cetacea what I did there...?)
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To: JoeProBono

Thanks. That was Grrrreat.


23 posted on 01/09/2010 11:16:13 AM PST by anglian
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To: anglian

24 posted on 01/09/2010 11:30:49 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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