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Dolphin video

Very nice video clip of dolphins, apparently engaged in cooperative hunting/feeding.  Via S/A.

The life aquatic on flickr


The Life Aquatic group is a tribute to ocean life and marine biology. Marine Biology is the scientific study of animals, plants and other organisms that live in or near the ocean and other saltwater environments such as estuaries and wetlands. One of the most important reasons for the study of sea life is simply to understand and preserve the world we live in.

15,045 pictures.  That’ll keep you busy.

Orca plays with dog!

Luna / L98 the solitary killer whale socializes with dog. Please note that Luna was a southern resident (fish eating orca) and was not hunting the dog for food. a composite video of Luna

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Gallery of whales

Mostly orcas.

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Gallery of jellies and undersea life

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Dolphin gallery

A big gallery of wallpaper-sized pics of our friendly buddies.

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Right whale listening network/collision avoidance system


The world’s last 350 North Atlantic right whales live along the East Coast. Collisions with ships are a deadly hazard, but new listening buoys are helping. Here’s how.

The green dots on this map show locations of buoys listening for endangered right whales. If you see a red whale icon instead, it means a buoy at that location has heard a right whale within the last 24 hours. This information is made available to ship captains, who can slow to 10 knots and post a lookout to avoid a collision. via SA

Teh anatomy of a sharxor


Oh, the huge manatee!


Unknown blue whale population discovered off southern Chile

Some good news for a change…

MELINKA, Chile (17 Mar 2008) — Three scientists stand on a hillside on the remote island of Melinka in Southern Chile. In the distance, across the shimmering waters of the Gulf of Corcovado, are the majestic snow-capped peaks of the Andes mountains.

All three are peering through high-powered binoculars, scanning the horizon methodically.

Suddenly, biologist Yacquiline Montecinos spots a spray of water piercing the horizon, six miles or so off shore.

“There … whale. Blue whale,” she says excitedly. Montecinos has seen hundreds of these spouts, but she still gets excited when she finds one.

And why not? She is part of a team researching a previously unknown population of blue whales, the biggest mammal on the planet, bigger than the biggest dinosaur. They can be up to 100 feet long and 100 tons.

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Moby Orca


ANCHORAGE, Alaska – The white killer whale spotted in Alaska’s Aleutian Islands sent researchers and the ship’s crew scrambling for their cameras.

The nearly mythic creature was real after all.

“I had heard about this whale, but we had never been able to find it,” said Holly Fearnbach, a research biologist with the National Marine Mammal Laboratory in Seattle who photographed the rarity. “It was quite neat to find it.”

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Horsesurfing: The British-invented sport combines the technical skill of surfing with the raw power of horse riding

This daredevil duo were onto a shore winner yesterday when they hit the beach for the latest extreme sports craze – HORSESURFING.  The British-invented sport combines the technical skill of surfing with the raw power of horse riding.   A towing rope is attached to a special saddle so the surfer can be pulled through the water as the horse and its rider gallop alongside.   As speed picks up the boarder hits waves and is thrown into the air – where they can pull flips and tricks before landing back down and racing on.   Horsesurfing is the brainchild of stuntman Daniel Fowler-Prime who thought up the idea with friends when they grew bored of their existing hobbies.


Hey, I beat out Joe in posting this!

Surf kitty


The surf kitty pics have been all over the Interweb, you can see the original story here.  Our own cats, Avery and Capt. Blood, are not to be found doing watersports.

Dolphins blowing bubble rings

When you spend your life in the water, I guess you tend to develop a good intuition for its subtleties. Dolphins have been observed to create bubble rings by exhaling air carefully in the middle of the vortices caused by the motion of their fins through the water, among other techniques.  Besides being nice to look at (and a neat demonstration of fluid mechanics), this phenomenon also might throw some light on dolphin cognition, since the skill to create the rings is a bit subtle and tends to be taught from one dolphin to the next via careful observation and practice. I’m also intrigued by the report that they seem to be using sonar to locate the vortex in the water, since that would be a fairly amazing bit of audio analysis.

See more here.

Anti-sea-lion brutality


From the 2007 Quote of the Year