It's field season! Our Anderson Cabot Center team is in the Gulf of St. Lawrence and has photographed 42 unique individual right whales in the past two weeks. 📷: ACCOL/New England Aquarium and Canadian Whale Institute.
Proof that New York City has wildlife 🙌🐋
A humpback whale feeding on dense shoals of menhaden. Since the Clean Water Act was enacted, the Jamaica Bay ecosystem has flourished. As pollution levels have decreased, it has allowed for a resurgence of Atlantic menhaden, also known as bunker. These fish play a key role in the Jamaica Bay food chain as they are the primary food source for humpback whales and juvenile sharks. It's because of the Clean Water Act and environmental protections of NYC's waterways that we are able to witness whales swimming throughout its waters.
Photo and video courtesy of @women4oceans contributor @whereskara. Whales observed off Far Rockaway with ecotour outfit @gothamwhale.
the whale salute PART 3 - amazing to see this big guy breach over and over. 2 centuries of whaling all but decimated whale populations along our coast. Whale migrations are so predictable that crews returned to hunt in the same bays season after season and simply waited for the animals to appear - each ship could harvest more than 20 whales per voyage and Durban had 6 whale processing plants by 1912. In 1979, South Africa banned commercial whaling. By then, the humpback population in the western Indian Ocean was approaching extinction—down to roughly 300 to 600 individuals.
Imagine a basketball court. Can you picture it’s interlacing white markings? Place yourself in the centre circle - feel the maple beneath your feet. You’ll see a hoop, I’m sure; walk towards it. Notice how you can easily walk underneath with plenty of room to spare. Now, plonk a great, writhing Fin Whale behind you. It will be about as long as the court with a belly that scrapes the hoop — try not to get yourself flattened when hauling it out of there.
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These denizens of the deep are the second largest animal to ever exist, with many individuals topping the scales at nearly 90-feet in length and 74 tonnes. That’s about 15 African Bull Elephants to us common thinkers.
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Did you know? Despite their size, American naturalist Roy Chapman Andrews called the fin whale "the greyhound of the sea ... for its beautiful, slender body is built like a racing yacht and the animal can surpass the speed of the fastest ocean steamship."
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📸 by: @kristincampbell
Is a stunning photographer of the marine world. Her images depict moody seas where a vast range of creatures coexist in an evermore competitive ecosystem. Be sure to check her out!
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¿Sabías que en Porto Seguro se realiza avistaje de #Ballenas ?
De Julio a Octubre se realizan paseos en barco que salen tanto desde #PortoSeguro como de #ArraialdAjuda . El recorrido dura un promedio de 4 horas.
La excursión es guiada por un biólogo marino, especialista en ballenas, que acompaña el recorrido, explicando el comportamiento sobre los hermosos gigantes de #Jubartes .
El paseo es emocionante, tener la oportunidad de observar las ballenas en su entorno natural, desarrollando los comportamientos relacionados con su reproducción, es una experiencia fantástica!
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