Whale Activity in the News

This topic is to provide a place to keep together any reports on whale activity that you see in the news - or witness yourself.

Try to include a picture from the article - but always credit the photographer and add a link to the source article. Or post your own photo and an account of what you saw - date, time and place.

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These reports will provide a valuable referenced resource for future research.


 

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Transient Orcas Frolicking off Saturna Island

By Staff:  Global News

Photos of transient orcas frolicking off Saturna Island were taken on Remembrance Day.   At least 10 transient whales were seen frolicking together, which is unusual behaviour for the creatures as they usually travel in small pods of three or four.

globalnews.ca/news/2340093/photos-transient-orcas-seen-frolicking-off-saturna-island/

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White killer whale adult spotted for first time in wild

 

By Richard Black
Environment correspondent, BBC News

Scientists have made what they believe to be the first sighting of an adult white orca, or killer whale.

The adult male, which they have nicknamed Iceberg, was spotted off the coast of Kamchatka in eastern Russia.



It appears to be healthy and leading a normal life in its pod.

White whales of various species are occasionally seen; but the only known white orcas have been young, including one with a rare genetic condition that died in a Canadian aquarium in 1972.

The sightings were made during a research cruise off Kamchatka by a group of Russian scientists and students, co-led by Erich Hoyt, the long-time orca scientist, conservationist and author who is now a senior research fellow with the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society (WDCS).

 

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'Largest' Fin whale gathering spotted in British waters



June 7th 2011

Scientists have described whale sightings off the Cornish coast as one of the "largest gatherings" of the species ever seen in British waters.

Researchers spotted 21 fin whales 50 to 70 miles offshore, feeding near the surface over 30 minutes.
The fin whale, the second largest animal on the planet, is a globally endangered species.
Dr Tom Brereton, research director from Marinelife, said it was an "incredibly rare event".


Fin whales seen by scientists 'lunge-feeding' near the surface of the water

 

 

 

 

Dr Brereton said that it's rare to see those numbers - 20 or more - especially here in British waters.
They were possibly chasing a dense mass of krill.


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Blue whales visited in record numbers


Posted: 12/25/2010 08:32:42 PM PST
By Sandy Mazza

Giant blue whales congregated just off the South Bay shores this summer in record numbers.

The phenomenon reached its peak on Aug. 25, when whale watchers spotted 33 of the Earth's largest mammals off the Palos Verdes Peninsula at once - something not seen here before by watchers.

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As many as 200 blue whales were seen here this summer, which excited researchers as there are only an estimated 2,000 living now in the Northern Pacific Ocean. They migrate from cooler waters in the summer to feed, to tropical areas in the winter to mate and breed.


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Scientists probe missing salmon stock mystery: It's the orcas

 

A study by U.S. and Canadian scientists shows that killer whales in Puget Sound, Wa., mostly are feeding on Fraser River chinook.
A study by U.S. and Canadian scientists shows that killer whales in Puget Sound, Wa., mostly are feeding on Fraser River chinook.
Photo Credit: Handout, The Province

The mystery of disappearing salmon stocks is now explained by scientists who've discovered that Puget Sound killer whales have a taste for chinook salmon from B.C.'s Fraser River.

 

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Humpback whales form friendships that last years

Humpback whale
Searching for a friendly female?


Humpback whales form lasting bonds, the first baleen whales known to do so.

Individual female humpbacks reunite each summer to feed and swim alongside one another in the Gulf of St Lawrence, off Canada, scientists have found.

Toothed whales, such as sperm whales, associate with one another, but larger baleen whales, which filter their food, have been thought less social.

The finding raises the possibility that commercial whaling may have broken apart social groups of whales.

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