‘It’s the whalers who are headed for extinction,” observed Roff Smithr in National Geographic of Norway’s seafaring Lofoten Islands, where the scene is fast changing as the next generation of Norwegian kids don’t want to carry on the family business. The feature came with equally evocative photographs by Marcus Bleasdale.
In case you haven’t heard about the bunch of whales who were spotted with a deformed bottlenose dolphin as part of the gang, hear it now: the inter-species meeting of mammals was sighted by behavioral ecologists from Berlin’s Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries about 15-20 kilometers off the Azores in the North Atlantic. […]
Is this a hoax? We just listened to an audio recording and it sounded like a guy who forgot the lyrics and is just going all ‘doo doo doo doo’ his way in a sing-song kind of way — except that it wasn’t a guy, but a Beluga whale in captivity at National Marine Mammal Foundation (sadly though, the recording was done a number of years back, and NOC passed away five years ago). And because whales typically produce sounds via their nasal tract instead of the larynx like people do, it seems to suggest that, as the foundation’s president Sam Ridgway says, ‘motivation for contact.’ Simply, wow.
When Kaikura in New Zealand suffered an economic downturn, the local Maori people looked to the cultural bond between the creatures of the deep and themselves to revitalise their economy and to give tourists an idea of the majesty of whales. These whales are in a truly special spot at Kaikura. The ocean floor drops some 1km down just a few hundred feet from shore, and the sea is a permanent home to sperm whales, as well as migrating right and humpback whales and a community of dolphins and seals.