Watch whales migrating around the Hawaiian islands from your home

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Friday 16 May 2014

This is pretty amazing. The Smartmine Whale Tracker actually allows you to follow sperm, beaked, false killer, and pigmy killer whales ‘as they migrate around the Hawaiian islands’. The data collection is provided by Dr. Robin Baird of Cascadia Research, and goes toward a larger research project that studies the movements and habits of whales […]

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Whales are becoming extinct, so are the whalers

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Photography on Thursday 4 July 2013

‘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.

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Deformed bottlenose dolphin adopted by whales

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Tuesday 5 February 2013

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. […]

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A whale trying to make human contact

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Saturday 27 October 2012

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.

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Wings Over Whales in Kaikura, New Zealand

Tristan Rayner Editor

By Tristan Rayner in Cool Travel on Tuesday 2 August 2011

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.

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