While small boats flee to the harbors as the fall storms are brewing up here in Alaska, the whales are making a beeline towards the rough seas. Today, the AJ20s charged straight towards open water in Prince William Sound, where the waves are predicted to reach 16 feet. The juveniles in particular seem to enjoy the rough-and-tumble play that is associated with such raging waters.

Photo by NGOS.


New photos from NGOS!

The first is of an adolescent orca practicing his or bellyflops. The second is of a frisky young calf (AK pod, perhaps?) that just had an invigorating rub at the local rubbing beach. Whales, usually AK pod, frequent the shallow, rocky beaches and spend time rubbing themselves all over the pebbles. In fact, whales from AK pod do it so often their skin is often covered in scratches from the rocks!


Exciting news!

An extremely rare spectacled porpoise washed up in New Zealand on Wednesday. The carcass was in good condition, with only a chunk missing from one side of the flank (probably a shark bite). It was photographed, examined, and dissected at the Department of Conservation’s workshop. The skeleton will be preserved for future studies. Only 10 spectacled porpoises have ever washed up in New Zealand, so this is a very exciting find.
Little is known about the spectacled porpoises.

Watch the video for more information! (Caution: scenes of dissection are in this film)


90% of the ocean’s large fish are gone

9 0 %  o f  t h e  l a r g e  f i s h  a r e  g o n e

90 fucking percent


Old Tom: Anniversary of the death of a legend

Wednesday marks 84 years since the end of one of the most unique relationships in world history, between two of the most intelligent species on Earth.

The body of Old Tom, the last of the ‘Killers of Eden’, a pod of killer whales who worked side-by-side with human whalers, was found in Twofold Bay on September 17, 1930.

Today, 84 years on, his skeleton is preserved in the Eden Killer Whale Museum, and remains one of the town’s biggest drawcards.

Fittingly, local tourism operators will visit the museum on Wednesday for a screening of ‘This Eden’, the museum’s new DVD showcasing Eden’s vast history, which is largely centred on whaling.

“Old Tom is special because he represents the last of that era,” museum historian and tour guide Barry Smith said.

“His death was the end of an incredible partnership that developed over a period of around 8-10,000 years, dating back to the end of the last ice age.

“Killer whales are very intelligent creatures, and they’d perfected this method of hunting other whales where they would drive them onto the shore and eat there.

“Because the killers only ate the lips and the tongue [of their pray], they found it easier than eating at sea.”

It was through this that the unique bond between human and whale was formed in Twofold Bay.

Read more here.

(via Orca Network)

Text credit: Blake Foden




This is 054 and CIRCE (Conservation, Information and Research of Cetacean (south of Spain) ) managed to tag and follow her via satellite thanks to Loro Parque last year.

The goal of the project (financed by Loro Parque, who has been funding and helping with their own orcas CIRCE with almost all their orca projects since 2006), was to design the feeding area of Gibraltar orcas to turn it into a protected area, and at the same time, protect the orcas.

The area was drawn from Algeciras to Barbate (far West coast of the Strait)

This is what Loro Parque should be focusing their efforts on. Researching orca populations. Not keeping a socially inept group of orca captive in poor conditions that lead to them regularly churning out inbred calves.


it’s nalani’s birthday and i should be thrilled she made it another year but all i can think about how her father is also her brother and how he’s dead because he got bit by a mosquito

what the fuck, seaworld