Oh Russia. Why? As media attention turns once again towards the 2014 Winter Olympics, the spotlight falls on the host city - the resort of Sochi on the Black Sea. In a series of spectacularly ill-advised public relations stunts, the Russian organising committee has shown it is not only out of touch with the rest of the world but is also at odds with the International Olympic Committee’s own environmental mandate!
Andrew Darby, author and friend of the whales, reports that 'Australian scientists have tracked a minke whale from the Great Barrier Reef deep into the subantarctic for the first time'.
It seems Blackfish has struck another blow against Sea World and the keeping of orcas.
It can be very hard to find whales in the wild – they spend very little time at the surface, and not much of their body comes out of the water when they do break the line between our world and theirs. The bright white bodies of beluga whales are easy to see from a distance when they are at the surface, but they usually appear as tiny white dots that emerge and are gone again in as little as three seconds – maybe it was just an ice floe! Belugas lack a distinguishing feature that helps whale-watchers find other species (like orcas)
A new toy by LEGO, the “Dolphin Cruiser,” and the accompanying online game encourages both feeding and interacting with wild dolphins – the fish included in the toy are even referred to as “dolphin food.” LEGO is a worldwide and well-loved company that usually encourages imaginative play, but this toy teaches children illegal and irresponsible beh
Chosun Online Japanese Edition reported on November 18th, 2013 that in September, investigators in Yeongcheon city, South Korea, 'searched a walk in freezer where they found more than 100 wooden boxes measuring 30cm x 50cm, inside each was 25kg of minke whale meat. The report estimates that on the black market, the freezer’s entire contents could sell for KRW100 million. All of the meat is from illegally killed minke whales.'
Belugas are considered slowpokes in the world of whales and dolphins (if I lived in freezing Arctic waters, I’d probably want to conserve my energy, too) but they would medal in any diving competition. Belugas regularly make 1,000ft (305m) foraging dives, and can dive 2,300ft (700m) or more. The maximum recorded depth for a beluga is 2,860ft (872m). In comparison, their fellow (and much larger) deep-diver, the sperm whale, averages 1,300ft (396m) on a typical dive, though they too are capable of dives much greater.
They say time flies when you’re having fun, and it must be true because today marks seven months since I started my internship with Whale and Dolphin Conservation, and it feels as though April were only yesterday. What started as a three month field research internship gradually expanded into four months, then five, and now I sit here the week before Thanksgiving wondering where the time went. Pausing to look back at the many activities of the summer and fall, I can tell you exactly where that time went, but in the interest of brevity I will simply present the highlight reel.
We have our days for getting deals, now it’s time for a day of giving back.
“If you keep making that face it’ll freeze that way!” Do you think beluga moms use that line on their kids? Probably not, because the moms are making faces, too! Belugas have very malleable mouths with a cleft upper lip. These traits are unusual among whales and dolphins, but give belugas their uniquely wide range of “facial expressions,” the ability to pucker their lips, and squirt water with amazing accuracy.