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White orca is back! On the first day of our fieldwork in the Commander Islands, we encountered a large aggregation of several groups, including one with a whiteindividual. Not the famous Iceberg this time, but the female CO210 also known as “Mama Tanya” (named after the main photoID researcher of our project Tatiana Ivkovich, who is also blond). CO210 was encountered for the first time in 2009 and re-sighted several times in 2010, but then disappeared for a long time. We are happy to greet her again!
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“World Oceans Day” by chunchau1 It is up to all of you and I to work together to save our ocean. It is as simple as minimizing the use of plastic bags, plastic straws, and non-reusable water bottles. And please always make sure to recycle! It starts with us so let’s work together to restore the health of our beautiful oceans.
Another Gorgeous Day with the T2C’s! To read this story (and more!), follow the link in our bio.
Photo: t2C1 “Rocky” by brendonbissonnette
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Fox 13 – May 18, 2018
Almost exactly three years after badly-injured was found swimming in John’s Pass, photographer Doc Jon spotted the marine mammal, which seems to continue to thrive in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Back in June 2015, scientists and marine life specialists from the Clearwater Marine Aquarium and the National Marine Fisheries Services were called to help the dolphin, which was apparently the victim of a boat’s propeller. were able to monitor the dolphin and figure out a way to help.
The dolphin was determined to be about 9 years old. Ann Weaver, a resident of John’s Pass and animal behaviorist who had been studying dolphins in the area for over a decade, named the dolphin Babyface. Although the lacerations seemed to go all the way to the bone, the scientists decided it was best to let Babyface heal in her natural environment. She seemed to be traveling and foraging easily.
They caught up with her again in August 2015, confirming she was continuing to improve. On May 18, 2018, photographer Doc Jon caught a glimpse of Babyface. Her cuts are healed, but her scars make her easily-identifiable.
Damien Sharkov – May 16, 2018
Dolphins trained by the Ukrainian military for missions at sea are likely dead because they refused food from Russian handlers and starved, a top official in Kiev has claimed .The facility for training sea mammals in Crimea is one of several Ukrainian assets that fell under Russian control in 2014 following Moscow’s annexation of the territory. Since then, Ukrainian authorities have made repeated requests for the return of the animals it began training in 2012.Four years later, Ukraine appears to have lost hope it will see its service animals again, after an envoy of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said he was informed that the dolphins are dead.
One would think that with their built-in swords, a Narwhal would win battle with an Orca? Guess not. Read the entire excerpt for a humorous presentation of the battle site in the Arctic waters.
A study has concluded that the increased presence of killer whales in Arctic waters is intimidating narwhal into drastically changing their behaviour.
It’s another symptom of how climate change is remaking the delicate northern environment.
“Just having (killer whales) around is terrorizing their prey and causing them a lot of difficulties,” said Steve Ferguson of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, a co-author of the paper.
“They’re having to add this on top of all their other problems.”
More than 5,000 narwhal, which grow a single long tusk from the front of their head, are thought to summer in Admiralty Inlet on the north coast of Baffin Island.
Extensive year-round sea ice once limited the number of killer whales in those waters. The decline of that ice due to global warming means killer whales arrive earlier, leave later, and are greater in number.
Ferguson and his colleagues used telemetry to track a pod of killer whales and a number of narwhal over an 18-day period in the vast inlet, which is 300 kilometres long and 50 kilometres wide.
When killer whales weren’t around, the narwhal went after abundant shoals of prey fish between four and 10 kilometres from shore. But when the orcas were anywhere in the inlet, narwhal cowered within 500 metres of shore.
“I think the narwhal are scared to death,” said Ferguson. “Watching your brother or sister or mother get killed and eaten by a killer whale would cause a little post-traumatic stress in most of us.”
Ferguson has a theory on how the narwhal know.
“Killer whales are quiet,” he said. “They almost don’t communicate while they’re hunting.
“But once they make a kill, they tend to celebrate and make a lot of noise. And quite likely, in the chase, the narwhal are able to communicate and somehow this gets passed on down through the different groups.”