The past few weeks I've experienced a number of interesting behaviours amongst the Orcas here in the north of Norway. The influx of herring into the fjords this time of year is the dictating factor behind the large number of Orcas that can arrive . This image taken this week displays a pod a of orcas feasting on a bait ball of herring. Orcas locate deep schools of herring then by working as a group isolate herring into smaller shoals and force them to the surface. Once on the surface this creates a ceiling and allows easy preditation by the pod and the feeding banquet can begin.
Over-whale-ming facts about killer whales (sorry for the bad pun):
1.The killer whale is not a fish. It is a marine mammal. However, it is not a whale. It is in fact a dolphin, and the largest dolphin to boot.
2.Killer whales do not have smelling organs or a lobe of the brain dedicated to smelling, so it is believed that they cannot smell.
3.The language of killer whales is one of the most complex in the animal kingdom. They produce high-pitched whistles, pulsed calls and low-frequency pops. They can even make clapping sounds with their jaws. .
For me the Blue Whale has always been a ghost, mysteriously appearing like a phantom out of nowhere then just as quickly disappearing into the blue. Today that changed as I witnessed mama Blue cruising with Baby Blue. She’s still mysterious and magnificent , yet somehow everything changes when she’s a Mum . Now I see her nurturing, caring loving and protecting nature, not only the largest animal to have ever existed on our planet, but a beautiful Ocean Soul full of love and mothers milk :) filming for @oceansoulsthefilm
Vor Millionen von Jahren waren Wale damit beschäftigt, die CO2-Emissionen auf die unwahrscheinlichste Art zu regulieren, es nennt sich „Walpumpe“. Der Blauwal z.B. verzehrt jeden Tag tonnenweise Krill und scheidet jeden Tag tonnenweise Kot aus. Wie eine Pumpe tauchen die Wale auf und ab und scheiden dabei Nährstoffe aus.
Der Walkot ist stark eisenhaltig. Diese täglichen Ausscheidungen bezeichnet man als „flockenartige Fäkalwolken“. Diese Fäkalwolken stellen dem Phytoplankton zur Bildung von Planktonblüten jedes Jahr Hunderttausende Tonnen Nährstoffe zur Verfügung. Diese Planktonblüten produzieren nicht nur 80% des Sauerstoffs für unseren Planeten, sondern bauen auch Kohlenstoff ab.
False Killer Whale! Playful and social, these dolphins enjoy hanging out with other species, including bottlenose dolphins. They are prone to beaching in large groups - perhaps because the noise we humans make underwater messes with their navigation.
We're particularly jealous of our Head of Diving Louisa, who is currently on a research trip diving across French Polynesia. Did you know that the tiny island of Mo'oera in French Polynesia is one of the few places in the world you can swim with humpback whales? This incredible video was captured by @storyofsage: "You could feel the vibrations from the whale's song in your chest. Using only our hearing, we swam through the endlessly perfect blue following the song as it grew louder and louder. After so much anticipation and swimming we finally stumbled on one of the most beautiful creatures I've ever seen. Time froze for just a minute. We watched as the whale gave us the most memorable show; flopping, turning, breaching, it was the display of a lifetime. Only to disappear into the depths once again, leaving us wanting so much more."
A bit of a wild goose chasing Orca today! Lost the 27’s group when the weather came in over Scapa Flow but caught up with them eventually in Echnaloch Bay, Burray. Always a privilege to see the wonderful creatures, so lucky it’s in my back yard too.
Meet T46B1, Tread 🐳
Tread is Raksha’s eldest child, and a mother of two herself! Born in 2003, Tread gave birth to her fist calf (T46B1A) when she was twelve years old. As a young mother, she stayed close to her family, benefiting from the mentorship of her mother and hunting success of the pod. In November of 2018, Tread was first seen with her second calf (T46B1B). In the year since, Tread and her children have been documented venturing off on their own, splitting away from Raksha’s pod from time to time. While it is likely still too early to start referring to her family as the T46B1 pod, we are starting to see Tread and her kids becoming a bit more independent. ⠀
T46B1's nickname alludes to the "tread-like" scars on her saddlepatch. ⠀
📷 @smurph.travel, courtesy of @islandadventurewhales
Nessa lua cheia, que você se conecte com o essencial
Que se liberte do que precisa ir
Confiando na frequência da vida
Ouvindo a linguagem das baleias
Que ao invés de criar palavras de baixas e altas vibrações, emanam músicas.
Músicas que podem durar até 30 minutos cantadas em sequência por todos os machos. Essas canções abrangem 7 oitavas, quase toda a faixa de um piano. A cada ano uma nova música é produzida e todos as cantam. Aprendem novas músicas quando se encontram vindos de diferentes regiões
Na realidade nossos ouvidos não conseguem de fato ouvir toda a frequência
Mas só de sentar por alguns segundos e ouvir,
já podemos sentir 💙 #SaveTheOcean#ProtectWhales
Imagem via: @protecting.oceans
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Un contributo alla salvaguardia dell’ambiente marino quello di @pupamilanoitaly che, con i suoi splendidi cofanetti make-up “Whales” sostiene attivamente l’associazione @whalesorg.
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Spyhopping sperm whales? Yep. A family of sperm whales poke their heads above the surface together. It's hard to capture one spyhop, so I was stoked to get three at once! #spermwhales ; #whales ; #dive ; #drone ; #dji ; #filmcrew .
У нас очень ветрено 💨 уже 📆 вторую неделю. Сегодня к вечеру вообще обещают ураган 💨💨💨😱. Необычное начало лета...
Мне такой ветер напоминает морское побережье 👙: жарко 🌞 и приятно задувает...
И волны 🌊...
Материалы: хлопок, синтепух, вязанные элементы из хлопковой нити, кружево хлопковое, бисер
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