Predators

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.

Orcas find gray whales

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 »

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 seals.?Baby sea lions. Even?baby sperm whales! ? Read more »

If sharks can tweet, when do we get our friggin’ laser beams?

Artist's conception of a shark tweeting. Wikimedia Commons / Lee Hutchinson / via ARS Technica

Artist’s conception of a shark tweeting.
Wikimedia Commons / Lee Hutchinson / via ARS Technica

Via the tipline

Western Australia’s beachgoers are a bit more informed as to the whereabouts of the region’s shark population this summer, thanks to?a scientific initiative?that has fitted transmitters to more than 300 sharks of various types. The transmitters are picked up by underwater receivers, and when a tagged shark comes within a kilometer of the shore, a tweet appears in the Surf Life Saving Western Australia twitter feed (@SLSWA). ? Read more »

Shark bites off more than it can chew, chokes on moose until saved by hunters

The Green party are big fans of sharks and hate hunters…I wonder how they will deal with story of a shark choking on a moose that was rescued by a couple of hunters.

This past Saturday, two men came to the aid of a shark that was choking on a large piece of moose hide in the shallow waters of a Newfoundland harbor.

CBC News?says Derrick Chaulk was driving along a harbor when he saw what he thought was a beached whale. When he and another local man, Jeremy Ball, investigated closer, they saw it was a Greenland shark with a large chunk of moose hide protruding from its mouth. Chaulk and Ball pulled the hide from the shark’s mouth, tied a rope to the shark’s tail, and towed it to deeper water where it recovered for 30 minutes.? Read more »

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 »

How are the Polar Bears and Whales doing?

The green taliban like to scare us that Whales and Polar Bears are dying…but are they?

Nope…not anytime soon.

Humpback whales.?Some cetaceans are in big trouble. The Yangtze River dolphin is down to a few individuals, at best. Right whales could disappear by the end of the century. Yet we?ve been repeating the ?save the whales? mantra for so long that the real conservation status of most whales is widely misunderstood.

Humpbacks were endangered decades ago due to whaling, but international protection has helped them rebound so well that they are now listed as a ?species of least concern.? The global pre-whaling population is estimated at about 125,000, and today they probably number about 80,000 individuals. Conservation efforts worked, and humpback whales are doing all right now.? Read more »

A ‘tragic accident’? Did the shark just crash into him with its mouth open?

Radio New Zealand runs with a very strange headline:

accident

A reader emails:

Possibly the coroners report is used in a poor way to produce this headline and it’s just a poor angle from Radio NZ.

While respecting coroner findings, I had long presumed that shark attacks were most probably always to be regarded as ‘accidents’.? I had also commonly regarded all such type of incidents as ‘tragic’. ? Read more »

SPCA sides with the shark instead of dead man and cop

I wonder if the widow of the man attacked and killed by a shark this week has read the SST.

If so, she will have read these comments about the cop shooting the shark:

SPCA Auckland executive director Bob Kerridge said the outrage at the shooting was understandable. “I can understand the public concern about this and I share it.

“At least the shark was shot by a marksman a number of times, I presume it died fairly quickly. I hope it did.”

But most people understood the risks of swimming at sea, and killing a shark for its actions was unnecessary.? Read more »

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Global Warming would have saved these Whales

We were promised that?the?Arctic would be ice free by 2012. Well it isn’t and as a result a pod of Orca are in great peril as the ice closes in around them:

Locals are calling for an ice-breaker to help free the mammals. Photo: AP/Marina Lacasse

Locals are calling for an ice-breaker to help free the mammals. Photo: AP/Marina Lacasse

Twelve whales are caught in a death trap outside of a northern Quebec fishing village.

Since Monday, the killer whales have been stranded under thick layers of sea ice near the town of Inukjuak, on the northeastern coast of the Hudson Bay. They take turns breathing through a small breach in the ice, but one expert says that if immediate action isn’t taken to free them, the whales could suffocate or die from exhaustion.

“These are large animals competing for breathing space in a hole not much larger than your desk,” said Lyne Morisette, a marine ecologist and researcher at the Universit? de Qu?bec ? Rimouski. “We don’t have two weeks to manoeuvre here.”

About 25 km of ice separates the pod from open water, meaning it would take an ice breaking ship to open a path for them.

An Inuit hunter stumbled upon the whales earlier this week while tracking seals. killer whales are a rare sight in the Hudson Bay during winter, and the animals have drawn dozens of curious locals from Inukjuak ? a one-hour snowmobile ride from the ice breach.

The Inuit seem perplexed as to what to do about the Orca.? Read more »

Orca chases dog and diver

Obligatory Orca whale post:

An astonishing encounter between a crayfish diver, a frightened dog and a pod of hungry orca has been caught on video.

Scott de Jongh, 34, and his friend Dale Graham were diving at Mathesons Bay just north of Auckland last Sunday when the pod of orca came between them and the shoreline.

De Jongh, of Auckland, said they had no idea the orca were less than 20m away because visibility was bad underwater.

“We didn’t notice until we finished the dive. Then we saw the dorsal fins,” De Jongh said.

The stunned divers climbed on to a rock and waited about 15 minutes for the orca to leave before swimming to shore.

“I was actually quite relaxed, I knew it was (not a shark) because the fin was quite long and black in colour. It was a really, really good experience.”

Twenty minutes later, two orca returned and De Jongh’s wife, Deonette, was ready with a camera.

The video, which has more than 8000 views on YouTube, shows a frightened diver scrambling on to a rock.

He whips off his goggles and peers frantically around at the murky water.

The orca loses interest in the man and turns towards a curious labrador in the water. Within seconds, the dog turns and paddles for land as the orca follows.

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