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I wonder what the green taliban will say about this

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Orca whales are awesome…especially when they carve up useless gray whales.

Nature’s truth and tragedy unfolded in a dramatic scene on Monterey Bay last week when a pack of 20 orcas attacked a mother gray whale and its calf.

The fight lasted more than two hours, witnessed and photographed by field scout Bart Selby, and dozens aboard whale watching boats that cruised at top speeds to the periphery of the scene and cut their engines.

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Selby, a kayaker, wildlife expert and photographer, heard about the whales and headed straight to Monterey. In 2011, Selby paddled a kayak solo 25 miles from Santa Cruz to Monterey, and two weeks ago, reported sighting a mother gray whale and its calf lounging on the inshore waters at Whaler’s Cove at Pigeon Point near Pescadero.

Selby boarded the Point Sur Clipper with Monterey’s champion whale specialist, Nancy Black, and they quickly found the orcas, more than 20 in all, on the hunt.

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At mid-afternoon, the orcas found a mother gray whale with a calf.

“They came in waves, like attacking swarms of hockey players,” Selby said. “When one group got tired, then the entire line would rotate out and orbit the center ring while a new swarm of orcas pressed the attack.”

Just as a pack of coyotes will try to separate a fawn from its protective mother, the orcas tried to pry the calf away from its mother as well.   Read more »

The unbelievable stench of rotting whale

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A dead whale is transported on the back of a lorry on the A2 near Canterbury in Kent

Ok, so you are never going to get a smell off a blog post, despite what my detractors say.

You can however read about it.

Motorists were left sickened after seeing a 50ft rotting whale being driven along a busy dual carriageway.

The giant sperm whale died when it became stranded on the Kent coast near Seasalter more than a week ago.  Read more »

Another whale slapping handed out

Well, that escalated quickly

My shiny precious not even 24 hours in on my desk, I’m faced with the following headline

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I know I’m not universally loved.

(No, I’m not, odd eh?)

But I’d think I’d get to bask in the afterglow of the Yellow Cube of Win just a little longer before they turned on me.

Again.

(Want to see the actual article?)   Read more »

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Bugger, was looking forward to drinking some of that

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An Icelandic brewery that was planning a beer that contained whale meat has been told that they aren’t allowed to make it because of some lack of a piece of paperwork.

What a bugger I’d ordered a case of it for the lair…I wonder if I can get my money back.

A controversial beer made with whale meat by-products and oil has been banned after it was discovered that its creators didn’t have a license to sell the whale meal for consumption.   Read more »

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For the lair

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I am starting to make a list of items that are needed for the lair…you know cool stuff like  a Polar Bear, Grizzly Bear rug, a Lion, a Cougar, Moose, Elk, that kind of thing.

Toys are also on the list of things for the lair.

I like this one…has the Whale theme going and looks like a whole heap of fun.

Is it a plane? Well, it steers like one. Is it a boat? Legally, yes. Is it a submarine? Kind of … and then it leaps out of the water and breaches just like a whale.

The Seabreacher could be described as a fast-planing raceboat, or alternately as a fully sealed jet-ski-engined sea missile that can plunge two people under the water at 60km/h and then hurl them into the sky.  Read more »

Re-post – Some perspective on Whaling

I originally posted this in 2010. Given the Labour party thinks they speak for all New Zealand upset over a few Minke whales getting harpooned and the fact that the media accept pirates as a valid source of news, I thought I’d repost these rather inconvenient facts that the anti-whaling crowd wouldn’t want you to know.

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The world’s meddlers gnash their teeth over whaling whether it is for scientific purposes or for commercial. Right now the moratorium on commercial whaling isn’t working and just over 1500 whales were harvested last year in whaling activities and 31,084 in total since the moratorium began in 1986. Those figures sound horrendous. I am of course using the WWF figures and we all know how accurate and peer reviewed their information is. An independent assessment done by the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (they must be good, they have the word conservation in their title) says that “Iceland, Norway, and Japan – have brutally slaughtered over 25,000 whales under the guise of scientific research and for commercial purposes”. Note their overly emotive language. They were harvested, as we know, not brutally slaughtered. To use that terminology I would hate to think how they consider the Beef  industry. Somewhere between those numbers lies the truth.   Read more »

Eating baby seals is only the beginning

Apparently I eat babies…am evil personified…and should be ignored.

But you can’t ignore Killer Whales…you can only seek to understand them.

Fortunately The Atlantic earlier last year compiled a list of 7 reasons why Killer Whales are Evil geniuses.

Over at Wired Science, a photographer caught a stunning sequence of a killer whale in Monterey Bay flipping a dolphin out of the water and then eating it. Apparently, they do this regularly! “I have seen this with several different species of dolphins from various places around the world, so I think that killer whales probably do this regularly but not commonly,” a NOAA ecologist told Nadia Drake. “With slower swimming species, like seals and sea lions, killer whales prefer to use their tails to swat them out of the water.” Just go look at the ridiculous photographs.

Yikes. So that’s reason number one: they kill dolphins, and who doesn’t love dolphins?

Perhaps, though, we should more firmly establish that they are evil.* They kill baby things. So many baby things and in so many innovative ways!Baby sealsBaby sea lions. Even baby sperm whales!   Read more »

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Sperm Whale explodes in the Faroe Islands while a man is trying to open his stomach. Sperm Whales are not killed in the Faroe Islands, this one died of natural causes.

Stranded Orca saved by fishermen

It isn’t often you see a stranded Orca…though the left-wing keep hoping and praying.

In late September three commercial shrimp fishermen near Ketchikan, Alaska came to the aid of a killer whale stranded on a shallow, rocky inlet. A video posted on YouTube last week shows the men calmly petting a large female orca and pouring water over its body, waiting for the rising tide to help them return it to the water.

Jason Vonick told ABC news that he and his partners, Nick Segal and John Oakes, were preparing for the start of their fishing season when they saw several killer whales hunting seals near a rocky inlet. When one of the orcas got stuck on some rocks, the men anchored their fishing vessel and ventured closer in a smaller, 15-foot boat to see if they could help, but the orca’s mass and low tide was working against them.   Read more »