A few Orca, mostly the meat eating Transient Bigg's transitted but suprisingly not chasing the large regrouping of Harbour Porpoise by their favourite area by Whytcliffe park in West Vancouver.
Susan MacKay, Wild Ocean Whale Society
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ISSUE SIGHTINGS MAP 2017-043
TRANSIENT BIGGS KILLER WHALES
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UNIDENTIFIED KILLER WHALES
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PACIFIC WHITE SIDED DOLPHINS
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Christie McMillan, executive director of the Marine Education and Research Society, said a juvenile humpback was first observed employing trap feeding in 2011. Since then, the method spread to at least 16 whales by the end of 2015 in the waters near Telegraph Cove.
“As far as we know, this behaviour has not been seen for humpbacks in places other than B.C.,” she said at a University of B.C. marine mammal conference over the weekend. The closest similar feeding behaviour involves Bryde’s whales in the Gulf of Thailand.
The way trap feeding works is the whale floats with its mouth open at the surface, while using its pectoral fins to slowly draw water towards it — along with juvenile herring.... read on
Everyone enjoys a good scratch. For a bowhead whale stretching up to 20 meters long and weighing as much as 75 tonnes in Canada’s Arctic, the question is what to do about it. The unexpected solution lies within the shallow and relatively warm waters of Cumberland Sound, off southeastern Baffin Island in Nunavut...... read on
NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL
Researchers have examined coastal dolphins off the State's north coast and found something rarely seen in mammals — males gifting females large sea sponges ripped from the ocean floor.
They've also been seen tossing them about, possibly to show affection and strength.
"It could be gift-giving in the sense that humans do it — diamond rings [and] roses and the like — in order to impress a female or to suggest that he is somebody that would be a really wise idea to mate with," he said.
"It appears the females tend to be ignoring the male and then it kind of ramps up to the point where he's a bit frustrated and he tosses the sponge in the direction of the female."... read on
There are many enduring mysteries surrounding dolphins and porpoises. Are they really as happy as they seem? Are they laughing with us, or at us? But one of the more serious – and better researched – questions is, how does their natural sonar actually work?
We know in general terms how cetaceans echolocate – they generate high frequency noises which echo off an object, thereby building up a sound-picture in the brain which allows them to work out their surroundings, any possible threats and the presence of prey. Other animals do it too, most obviously bats, and humans have built machines that do the same thing.
The question, however, is this: how do they do it so well? The accuracy and directionality of the biological sonar of porpoises wildly outperforms anything humans can design, and there's no obvious reason for it....... read on
Archaeologists based in Orkney are investigating a number of 19th century whale skeletons recovered during a dig at a neolithic site.
The bones were buried in pits cut into the site at Cata Sand, in Sanday.
There are description in the historical records ...... read on
Saving one 40-ton sperm whale is a huge feat—so when 10 live sperm whales washed ashore off the coast of Aceh in northeastern Indonesia, it required a small army of wildlife volunteers.
In an emailed statement from WWF Indonesia, representative Aryo Tjiptohandono said the WWF team, environmental officials from the Indonesian government, and the Indonesian Navy were dispatched to Ujung Kareng Beach on Monday morning. Posting live updates on their Facebook page, the local conservation group Whale Stranding Indonesia commented that rescue groups were working around the clock to save the whales.... read on
Despite strict European rules aimed at saving the intelligent marine mammals, thousands are still suffering lingering deaths around our coastline after become entangled.
A new report today shows how only the UK among 15 EU nations is doing its best to stop cetaceans enduring terrible wounds and suffocating as “by catch”.
According to a Whale and Dolphin Conservation report, the Spanish government “persistently ignores” the EU regulations aimed at preventing these tragedies...... read on
A massive "drawing" of a killer whale has been found in the legendary Nazca Lines of Peru. It could be the oldest image ever recorded at the site.
In 2013, scientists found what they believed to be an enormous depiction of a sea creature roughly 250 miles south of Lima. Researchers from the Commission for Archaeology of Non-European Cultures (KAAK) of the German Archaeological Institute collaborated on the project with other partners, including members from the Instituto Andino de Estudios Arqueológicos (INDEA). After years of analysis, restoration work, and debate, they’ve confirmed it’s an orca...... read on