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  • 'Once in a Lifetime: 'Video Shows NorCal Watchers’ Incredible Close Encounter With Playful Whale

    02/27/2018 9:32:50 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    New York Post ^ | Riya Bhattacharjee
    Anchor Charter Boats in Fort Bragg, California, said the whale came right up to the boatWhale watchers on a tour in Fort Bragg, Northern California got a treat of a lifetime when a grey whale came right up to their boat. Video taken by Anchor Charter Boats and posted on social media shows the encounter. At one point, a couple of people on the boat reached out to pet the whale with their hands. You can see the whale's head bobbing up and down as it lingers around the boat. Under the federal Marine Mammal Protection Act, you have to...
  • Whale Stuns Divers in Monterey Bay,Coming Within 5 Feet and Staring Into Camera (Video)

    02/03/2018 2:41:08 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Wednesday, January 31, 2018 | Alix Martichoux
    Ben Laboy considers himself a very lucky diver. It was only his 30th dive (not a huge number in the scuba diving community) when a gray whale came so close, Laboy felt he could reach out and touch it. Not only that, but he says he's not much of a photographer and it was his first time using the GoPro camera he used to capture the encounter. "I'm glad the footage turned out so other people would believe us," Laboy, an energy engineer in San Francisco, said. "It's awesome being able to relive it over and over again and be...
  • Great white sharks face off against orcas in ocean battleground

    12/08/2017 7:05:21 AM PST · by C19fan · 59 replies
    Fox ^ | December 8, 2017 | James Kanoff
    Off the coast of South Africa, just below the ocean’s surface, an epic battle is underway as killer whales hunt and kill the world’s most iconic predator, the great white shark. The phenomenon began in early May when scientists at shark cage diving company Marine Dynamics spotted a pair of killer whales cruising along the south western coast of South Africa. Days later, great white shark carcasses began washing up in their wake.
  • Sea Shepherd’s Captain Paul Watson Defends Decision to End Southern Ocean Anti-Whaling Campaign

    11/16/2017 10:29:09 AM PST · by Oatka · 33 replies
    gCaptain ^ | Nov. 15, 2017 | gCaptain Staff
    Captain Paul Watson from the controversial marine conservation group Sea Shepherd says that a lack of resources and technology compared to the Japanese whalers has made it impossible for the group to effectively combat the killing of whales in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary. As the Japanese whaling fleet embarks on its annual whale hunt in the Southern Ocean, for the first time in 12 years Sea Shepherd will not be sending ships to the whale sanctuary. The group initially announced the decision to end the yearly campaign in August. “The reason that Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is not now...
  • Raw Video: Orca pod swims past Pebble Beach

    11/08/2017 10:31:48 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    KSBW ^ | Nov 8, 2017
    Raw Video: Orca pod swims past Pebble Beach Video at the site.
  • Whales and dolphins have rich 'human-like' cultures and societies

    10/18/2017 3:18:09 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 33 replies
    ScienceDaily ^ | October 16, 2017
    Whales and dolphins (cetaceans) live in tightly-knit social groups, have complex relationships, talk to each other and even have regional dialects -- much like human societies. A major new study has linked the complexity of Cetacean culture and behavior to the size of their brains.
  • Sea Shepherd abandons Antarctic anti-whaling activity

    08/29/2017 1:53:31 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 16 replies
    Kyodo news ^ | 29 Aug 2017
    Environmental activist group Sea Shepherd announced late Monday it is abandoning its annual anti-whaling activities in Antarctic waters, citing increased use of sophisticated technology by Japanese whalers and lackluster support from the Australian government... Watson said that while anti-whaling vessels will not be going into Antarctic waters this year, the group will not be abandoning its goals. "We need to cultivate the resources, the tactics and the ability to significantly shut down the illegal whaling operations of the Japanese whaling fleet," he said.
  • Sea Animal/Creature Images from Daily Mail

    08/22/2017 6:53:57 AM PDT · by mairdie · 23 replies
    Not sure what general title covers fish, otters, seals, whales and dolphins, but the sea life images are from Daily Mail, and the music by Joseph Blanchard.
  • Why Don’t Whales Get Out of the Way?

    07/30/2017 9:32:58 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 58 replies
    Hakai Magazine ^ | 27 Jul, 2017 | Amorina Kingdon
    Ships are huge and loud, yet they seem to take whales by surprise. When eight endangered North Atlantic right whales turned up dead in the ocean off Nova Scotia this past June, scientists scrambled to find out why. Early data shows several of the whales had blunt force trauma consistent with a ship strike, with data still pending on others. Ship strikes are a major cause of injury or death for whales. But why do they happen at all? The ocean is vast, and huge ships don’t exactly travel at freeway speeds—there should be enough noise, movement, and warning for...
  • Killer whales completely eviscerated a great white shark

    06/28/2017 6:25:57 AM PDT · by C19fan · 27 replies
    NY Post ^ | June 27, 2017 | James Rogers
    An eviscerated great white shark has washed up on a South African beach, the latest fearsome predator to fall victim to killer whales in that area. Last month, reports emerged that great white sharks were becoming prey for orcas off of South Africa’s coast.
  • In a Bering Sea battle of killer whales vs. fishermen, the whales are winning

    06/20/2017 1:21:21 PM PDT · by C19fan · 41 replies ^ | June 19, 2017 | Suzanna Caldwell
    In the Bering Sea, near the edge the continental shelf, fishermen are trying to escape a predator that seems to outwit them at every turn, stripping their fishing lines and lurking behind their vessels. The predators are pods of killer whales chasing down the halibut and black cod caught by longline fishermen. Fishermen say the whales are becoming a common sight — and problem — in recent years, as they've gone from an occasional pest to apparently targeting the fishermen's lines. Fishermen say they can harvest 20,000 to 30,000 pounds of halibut in a single day, only to harvest next...
  • Orcas prey on baby whale, angry humpbacks respond with force; aerial video

    05/04/2017 7:19:00 AM PDT · by C19fan · 3 replies
    Grind TV ^ | May 3, 2017 | Pete Thomas
    Transient killer whales are generally afforded a wide berth during feeding events, which are spectacularly brutal when they involve separating a gray whale mother and calf. But on Monday in Monterey Bay, after a pod of killer whales had logged its sixth calf kill in 12 days, several nearby humpback whales lashed out in apparent rage.
  • Orcas Engage In Unprecedented Monterey Bay Killing Spree

    04/29/2017 8:03:38 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 37 replies
    CBS San Francisco ^ | April 29, 2017
    A marine biologist says killer whales are on an unprecedented killing spree in California’s Monterey Bay. Nancy Black says orcas have killed four gray whale calves in eight days. Black, who co-owns Monterey Bay Whale Watch, says a family of nine killer whales has taken part in all the attacks but the first killing involved 33 orcas.
  • NOAA declares deaths of humpback whales along East Coast an 'unusual mortality event'

    04/28/2017 8:27:47 AM PDT · by GeneralLee62 · 17 replies
    NOAA ^ | April 27, 2017 | Bob Lee
    Maybe if these idiot scientists weren't so incompetent, or maybe if they were honest, they would admit this is not unusual, but the result of the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe that occurred in 2011. "I decided to share the photographs I took last year in Japan… these photos cannot adequately convey the scientific and human impact of the worst industrial cataclysm in the history of the world… [R]adioactive isotopes will be extreme hazards for 250,000 years, of course no one knows when it will end." - Arnie Gundersen.
  • Caught on film for the first time: One of the world’s rarest whales

    03/07/2017 6:21:41 AM PST · by C19fan · 27 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 7, 2017 | Sarah Kaplan
    Natacha Aguilar de Soto has studied beaked whales for 15 years. She has spent dozens of months at sea, floating above the deepest parts of the ocean, straining her eyes and ears to detect whatever might be moving in the fathoms below. She rarely finds anything. Beaked whales — a family of 22 cetacean species characterized by dolphinlike noses and missile-shaped bodies — are some of the most elusive animals on Earth. They dive deeper and longer than any other marine mammal and spend an estimated 92 percent of their lives far beneath the ocean surface. One species, the True's...
  • New Zealand Beach Closed Amid Fears of Hundreds of "Exploding Whales"

    02/14/2017 8:07:59 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    Science Alert ^ | 13 FEB 2017
    "It's not very nice getting a 'gut bomb' on your face." The devastating mass stranding event that saw more than 650 pilot whales beach themselves in New Zealand over the weekend is finally over, with 17 survivors making it back to a large pod of more than 200 individuals seen 6 km (3.7 miles) offshore. But things are just getting started for the clean-up crew, because hundreds of carcasses are now strewn across Farewell Spit beach, and the public has been banned due to fears of spontaneous whale explosions caused by gas build-up. "These things explode from the stomach, and...
  • A Pizza Worker Rang a Gran to Call Her an 'Ugly *****' After She Left a One-Star Review Online

    01/09/2017 9:00:05 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    Wales Online ^ | 9 JAN 2017
    The conversation was caught on videoA pizza shop worker rang a gran to call her an “ugly *****” after she left a one-star review on Facebook . The staff member, who has not been named, telephoned the grandmother at home to rant at her after she posted the review. Her family videoed the conversation in which the pizza worker is heard ranting: “You ****ing ugly *****. I’m here 24-7. “It’s easy to talk on ****ing Facebook, next time you want to say something come down here and ****ing say it, ok?” The manager of the shop, The Square Pizza Company...
  • WATCH: Breathtaking Drone Footage Captures Whales Playing Below Boat

    09/07/2016 9:01:10 PM PDT · by rockinqsranch · 19 replies
    gcaptain ^ | September 7, 2016 | unknown to me
    Video of three whales below, and around a sportfishing boat off New Caledonia.
  • Humpback Whales Breaching Surprises Kayakers in British Columbia

    08/19/2016 8:53:35 PM PDT · by rockinqsranch · 18 replies ^ | Published on August 15, 2016 | Wildcoast Adventures
    Filmed in the vicinity of the Penn Islands of British Columbia, these three kayakers are lucky to have gotten such a close look. In fact, if they were any closer they might not have lived to tell their tale. “Humpbacks are marine mammals and you need to stay back 100M. As you can see in this Video they can close the distance very fast and they are unpredictable.
  • SeaWorld to STOP breeding killer whales and will not replace current generation in its care [tr]

    03/17/2016 6:39:16 AM PDT · by C19fan · 71 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 17, 2016 | Snejana Farberov
    SeaWorld announced on Thursday it would ends its killer whale breeding program, and those currently at its parks would be the last. The Orlando-based theme park has faced dwindling attendance and years of criticism over its treatment of the captive marine mammals as well as pressure from animal rights activists to end public exhibition of killer whales altogether. SeaWorld, which operates parks in San Diego, Orlando and San Antonio, said in November it would replace its signature 'Shamu' killer whale shows in San Diego with displays focused on conservation.