It’s a Humpback whales versus Killer Whales scuffle. But why are these otherwise gentle whales risking their lives to save seals and other prey from killer whales?
A Killer Whale Hunting A Seal In Antarctica
A marine ecologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) named Robert Pitman was working with an expedition in Antarctica back in 2009 when he noticed something strange in the water.
According to him, a pack of killer whales (orcas) were hunting a Weddell seal and had succeeded in washing it off an ice floe into the water. As usual, the next thing was to go in for the kill. But suddenly, a pair of Humpback whales swam to the scene.
As he watched in surprise, one of the massive mammals flipped onto its back and carried the seal on its enormous belly. Even when the killer whales came closer to claim their prey, the humpback just arched itself upwards and
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There’s a very popular story about a whale swallowing a person. But based on science, can a whale swallow a human being?
Jonah and the Whale (1621) By Pieter Lastman (Public Domain)
If you’re anything like many ocean goers, you may have wondered what it would feel like for a whale to swallow you. Especially if you’ve ever seen one of these absolutely massive creatures in real life.
You’d probably think being swallowed by a whale would be one of the most horrible things that could ever
Whales, Porpoises, and Dolphins are all cetaceans but there are differences between each species.
Finless Porpoise, Miyajima Aquarium, Japan. (Photo: ori2uru/Wikimedia Commons, cc 2.0)
Whales, Porpoises, and Dolphins are all members of the cetacean species. They are also referred to as placental marine mammals since they carry their fetus in their uterus during most of the fetal developmental stage. They feed, suckle and give birth to their young ones underwater exclusively.
These aquatic animals are also referred to as “Conscious Breathers” because they can decide when to breathe. This feature differentiates them from sharks. Most sharks need to keep moving around before they can breathe.
But in contrast to sharks, cetaceans can remain motionless in the water when they want to sleep. However, they
The Common Minke Whale is the smallest in its suborder and is known for “human watching.”
The Common Minke Whale is one of two species of minke whales both within the suborder of baleen whales.
This whale is the second smallest in size among the baleen whales. The pygmy right whale is the only one that’s smaller. It has a blackish-gray and sometimes purple color with white underbelly. A white band on each flipper distinguishes the common minke whales from others of its kind.
The common minke whale was initially ignored by commercial whalers during the whaling era because of its
Despite being one of the largest whales alive today, the Fin Whale is also one of the fastest cetaceans in the Earth’s waters.
Fin Whale In The Kenai Fjords Near Resurrection Bay, Alaska (Photo: Lori Mazzuca/WikiMedia Commons, cc by-s.a. 2.5)
The Fin Whale or finback whale is a baleen whale and the second largest creature on Earth; second only to the Blue Whale.
This remarkable creature is unique in a number of ways. For one thing they produce the lowest frequency vocalization of any whale. They produce sounds as loud as 188 decibels but the frequency is so low that humans can’t hear it.
In addition, though so large, this whale is sleek and built for speed. American naturalist Roy Chapman Andrews
Apparently whale ancestors were nothing like the gentle giants we know today.
Hippos Are The Closest Living Relatives Of Modern Whales.
It may come as a surprise to know that millions of years back, whales looked next to nothing like what we know them to be today.
For one thing, they were unbelievably much smaller than their modern descendants. In addition, they had very