Albino Grey and Humpback Whales. and even an Orca have once again been in the news. The best known is called Migaloo, the Humpback whale and the most recently confirmed is a Grey whale seen along the Baja peninsula. We too had one report a few issues back of a possible white whale in the Georgia Strait, but without photos, we could only list it as possible. The herring spawn seems to have brought relatively few whales and dolphins into the area, or perhaps these intelligent animals are purposely avoiding the fishing fleet. Susan MacKay, Wild Ocean Whale Society
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Also in this issue:
... local enthusiasts are busy capturing videos of Humpback whales
... what are whales doing at night?
... Quirks and Quarks looks at Whale Slurpees
... and Australian dolphins are having fun with octopus.
A small pod of whales shows every year like clock work, looking to gorge on an all you can eat shrimp buffet.
About 25 years ago, a very small group of Gray whales began to make a 200 kilometre detour on their way to Mexico and travel to Saratoga Passage, off the waters of Whidbey Island in Puget Sound....
For the past 12 years, a teams of volunteers have spent day after day from February to May on an overlook at Coal Oil Point Reserve.
They watch as gray whales make their way back north after spending the winter in lagoons off the coast of Mexico.
Close to 20,000 gray whales make the annual migration past Ventura County — one of the longest of any mammal.
A gray whale believed to be albino has been documented in Scammon’s Lagoon in Baja California, Mexico, for the first time in at least three years.
The same whale was spotted in 2008 and 2009, as a juvenile. It might also have been spotted in 2013, according to at least one report.
This time, though, the white whale is traveling with her calf...
Over the past three years, humpback whales have been spending more time in the area, and Jude Abrams and Terry Brown have found themselves watching and learning as much from these animals as possible.
The raccoons spend day and night on the shoreline, gorging on seafood, which has had a detrimental effect on the intertidal ecosystem.
By scaring the raccoons' away with the sound of barking dogs, researchers found that raccoons substantially reduce their foraging and the beach came back to life with a huge benefit for the crabs and fish that they eat.
A rare Cuvier's beaked whale died shortly after stranding on a New Brunswick beach in early February, and local experts recently performed a necropsy to figure out what went wrong.
Baleen whales may have evolved from suction feeders.
A DOLPHIN researcher took these amazing pictures of a Mandurah dolphin playing with an octopus last week.
PHD candidate Krista Nicholson, who took the photos, said she had seen dolphins take part in an “octopus toss” before, but it was unusual to get pictures.
“It’s not unheard of for dolphins to do this, but it’s not a regular occurrence” she said.
“We haven’t seen them (Mandurah dolphins) actually consume an octopus. .....
A group of artists and technicians visited a remote site on the south of Spitsbergen to 3D-scan the remains of beluga whales that were caught there in large numbers about a century ago. Their work resulted in a unique art installation in tribute ...
New technology helps researchers make better nighttime observations and devise conservation plans for the aquatic mammals
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