You may have read or heard about Herman Melville’s book and the whale character named Moby Dick at some point. But did you know the horrific events that followed the sinking of the whaling ship, Essex?
Poster For The 1976 Moby Dick Movie
To most of us, we regard whales as extremely large and docile creatures that have evolved to feed on plankton. These gentle giants swim around in the Earth’s waters and do not harm humans in any way. However, 19th-century literature tells a strange tale; a whale out for revenge.
Could a whale be out there bent on settling an old score?
Whales harbor large complex brains, states Dr. Richard Bevan, a zoologist, and lecturer at Newcastle University. He goes further to add that; a sperm whale can recall incidences of provocation as in harpooning and thus would
Drawing a clear line between Sharks And Whales can get confusing. Learn which is a mammal and which is a fish.
A Whale Shark: Despite being called a Whale Shark and sharing several traits with whales, this creature is a fish not a mammal.
If you are anything like most people, you would have at some point thought sharks and whales, especially the very large species, are similar or even related.
Take the example of the largest sharks and whales, for instance.
The whale shark and the basking shark are filter feeders, so are the grey whales, blue whales, and so on. They are
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
Delight friends, family, or acquaintances with any of these Gifts for Whale Lovers.
Make the next celebration for your family or friends a memorable one with any one of the below gifts for whale lovers. Each one has its own unique features and you’ll find something suitable for all ages too.
Similarly, with Christmas just around the corner, now would be a good time to start picking gifts. You’ll love our selection because not only are these items functional and durable, some of them are usable for multiple functions.
For all aquatic lovers out there, here is our rundown of 10 ideal gifts for whale lovers or
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
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
Though it sounds strange, whales often get lost at sea. Here are the reasons why.
Scientists and researchers have not been able to establish a definite reason as to why a whale could get lost at sea and end up on a beach.
Although, there are several assumptions to possibly explain this strange occurrence. Records however show that the phenomenon has been happening since 300BC. But strangely, researchers are now noticing an increase in mass strandings of these creatures especially in recent years.
Unfortunately, it’s still not completely clear why there’s this sudden increase.
From negative human activities, to natural causes, whale strandings are not pleasant in any way and animal
The debate about underwater sonar and whales has been on for years now. Here are the facts.
The debate about whether underwater sonar is harmful to marine life or not, especially cetaceans, has been raging for long now.
Active sonar (sound navigation and ranging), is the transmission equipment used on ships to assist with navigation. But this becomes a problem for some categories of marine animals for example whales and dolphins. That’s because these creatures use echolocation, or bio-sonar systems, to locate predators and prey.
It appears that active sonar transmitters can confuse these animals and even interferes with some of their basic