Saturday, 24 July 2010

Southern Right Whale Smashes Into Yacht In South Africa (Russia Today Broadcast)

"A South African couple have had the fright of their lives when a Southern Right Whale jumped onto the deck of their boat. Sailing instructor Ralph Mothes and his partner Paloma Werner of Cape town Sailing Academy were sailing the yacht "Intrepid" off the coast of Cape Town when they spotted the whale breaching out of the water some distance away. Suddenly it got close to them, leaped out of the water and crashed onto their yacht."

Tags: Cape Town - Sailing Academy - Sailing Instructor - South African - Southern Right Whale - Whale - Yacht -

Thursday, 24 June 2010

The Cove - Movie Trailer

The Cove - Movie Trailer

Key issues:
This film won the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.
The Cove investigates the international dolphin capture trade as practiced in Taiji, Japan.
Demonstrates dolphin slaughtering in Japan.
Reminds us of the dangerously high levels of mercury in dolphin meat & seafood.

Tags: Documentary - Dolphin - Flipper - Japan - Ric O'Barry - Sundance Film Festival - Taiji - The Cove - Trailer

Operation Migaloo 2007-2008 Antarctic Whale Defense Campaign Video (Sea Shepherd Conservation Society)

Operation Migaloo 2007-2008 Antarctic Whale Defense Campaign

This the Sea Shepherds 4th expedition to the southern waters off Antarctica .
Vessel is the Steve Irwin, with Captain Paul Watson.
The campaign is named in honour of Migaloo, the Australian albino humpback whale.
Video shows an altercation with a Japanese Whaling vessel.
Video from the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.

Tags: 2007 - 2008 - Antarctica - Japanese Whaling - Migaloo - Operation Migaloo - Paul Watson - Sea Shepherd - Sea Shepherd Conservation Society - Steve Irwin - SSCG

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS)

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS):
  • Non-profit, marine conservation organization.
  • Society is based in Friday Harbour, Washington, United States.
SSCS History:
  • Founded initially by Paul Watson in 1977 under the name Earth Force Society.
SSCS Vessels:
  • Sea Shepherd currently operates the vessels MV Steve Irwin and the Bob Barker.
SSCS Politics & Media:
  • Particularly known for using direct action tactics.
  • Often linked to the radical environmentalism movement.
  • Uses the media extensively for public relations.
  • Animal Planet has publicised the work of the SSCS when in 2008 it began filming the weekly series Whale Wars.
  • Whale Wars is based on the SSCS's encounters with the Southern Ocean based Japanese whaling fleet.
Image - SSCG Logo (c) of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society
Tags: Animal Planet - Bob Baker - Conservation - Direct Action - Friday Harbor - Japanese Whaling - Paul Watson - Sea Shepherd Conservation Society - SSCS - Washington - Whale Wars

Thursday, 17 June 2010

Killer Whale (Orcinus orca) and Fishing Boats With Nets (Cartoon)

Orca & Fishing Boat Cartoon

Image courtesy of Maria Chantelle Tucker of Orcagirl, (cc)

Tags: Cartoon - Fishing Boat - Killer Whale - Nets - Orca - Orcagirl - Orcinus orca

Wednesday, 9 June 2010

Dolphin Making and Playing With Bubble Rings (Sea World, Orlando, Florida)

A very serene video of a dolphin from Sea World (Orlando, Florida), making and playing with bubble rings.

Tags: Bubble Rings - Dolphin - Florida - Orlando - Sea World - Serene - Video

Wednesday, 2 June 2010

Humpback Whale Hunting Technique For Herring Using Bubble Curtains

  • The humpback whales in this video demonstrate their intelligent hunting technique used to catch herring.
  • The whales use a sophisticated way of working together to achieve maximum success when hunting for schooling fish.
  • The humpbacks drive the herring to the surface where they can then concentrate them by releasing columns of air bubbles which act as a barrier.
  • The rising bubbles are coordinated by the whales so that they surround the herring school.
  • The pod leader then signals for the whales all to ascend with their mouths open, to ingest the large quantities of herring.
Tags: Bubbles - Herring - Herring School - Humpback Whale - Hunting - Hunting Technique

Monday, 31 May 2010

Migaloo (White Humpback Whale of Australia) Cetacographer

Migaloo Facts:
  • Migaloo is an adult male humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae).
  • Migaloo is the only properly documented white humpack whale in the world.
  • Although Migaloo is suspected to be an albino humpback whale, there is no clear proof of this diagnosis.
  • It is therefore better to describe Migaloo as a hypo-pigmented humpback whale, until confirmatory information is available.
  • Migaloo is a member of the east Australian humpback whale population.
  • Migaloo's name means "White Fella" in the Australian Aboriginal language - the naming is based on advice from Aboriginal elders in the Hervey Bay area, Queeensland.
  • Migaloo was first spotted & photographed on the 28th June, 1991, near Byron Bay.
  • He is believed to have an age in the mid 20's (2009).
  • Every year Migaloo migrates to humpback breeding grounds along the Great Barrier Reef region off north-eastern Australia.
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Tags: Aboriginal - Aboriginal Language - Albino - AP Photo - Australia - Breeding Grounds - Byron Bay - Catamaran - Coffs Harbour - Great Barrier Reef - Hervey Bay - Humpback Whale - Hypo-pigmented - Megaptera novaeangliae - Migaloo - - Pacific Whale Foundation - Port Douglas - Queensland - Silversonic - Whale - White Fella - White Humpback Whale

Wednesday, 19 May 2010

Cetacographer - A Cetacean Blog

This blog will be about the wonderful world of cetacean biology & photography.

The mammalian order Cetacea includes whales, dolphins, & porpoises.