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Title: Large Sea Creatures
Post by: AGelbert on October 29, 2013, 12:13:08 am
The Oarfish


Title: Re: Large Sea Creatures
Post by: AGelbert on September 27, 2014, 08:09:15 pm
Take a look at the footage of Iceland's legendary lake monster, which was confirmed as real by Icelandic panel

By Matt Eliason

Lagarfljótsormur, a mysterious Icelandic lake monster similar to the Loch Ness monster, was confirmed as "real" by an Icelandic panel after evidence of the creature was seen in a grainy video posted to the internet.

A 13-member panel determined by a majority vote that the grainy footage released in 2012 depicts Lagarfljótsormur the legendary lake monster first reported in 1345. This footage takes place in a river in East Iceland.

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Title: Re: Large Sea Creatures
Post by: AGelbert on January 03, 2015, 04:50:27 pm
Was Moby Dick based on a Real Story?   (

The inspiration for Herman Melville's 1851 novel Moby Dick was based on a real albino sperm whale called Mocha Dick. During the growth of the whaling industry in the Americas in the mid 1800s, Mocha Dick gained a reputation of being a one of the most feared whales in the ocean. Mocha Dick was reported to be docile if left alone, even swimming along ships.


However, when provoked, the 70 foot (21.336 m) whale would become aggressive and attack ships with his body. During the 28 years that Mocha Dick hunted, he reportedly attacked 100 ships, 20 of which were completely destroyed.

Mocha was eventually killed by whalers in 1838 near the Chilean island Mocha after he came to the rescue of a female whale whose calf was killed by the whalers.

Whalers liked the "easy" kill of the small offspring of females. How "noble" of them. But profits are profits, RIGHT!!? The EROEI of killing a small whale is HIGHER than that of killing a large, aggressive one, so IT's OKAY, RGHT!!?  ( (

The humans are at it again; must try to save the female. She is traumatized by the death of her calf and won't leave. That will enable these murderers to kill her too.


Agelbert NOTE: More evidence of aggression used more for defense than predation in nature (unless you are a GREEDY Homo SAP (

Notice how a friendly, ship accompanying,  compassionate and noble whale that goes out of its way to save a female, something a conscience free predator is not supposed to do according to the "apex predator evolutionary advantage", modern "science" interpretation, gets killed by humans with no conscience.  (

WE are the evolutionary dead end, NOT the whales we stupidly killed.   (

Another Agelbert NOTE: As to the double talking morons who will claim that Mocha Dick's behavior was NOT "touchy feely" but was actually evidence of an evolutionary advantage of a predator because it "perpetuated the species" ( his sacrificial death saved the female to breed another day (, I just want to say that is one of the most logic free exercises futility I have ever heard (See what Lions DO to offspring that aren't theirs. This was an act of altruism and compassion, not evolutionary advantage instinct.  Go ahead, claim that the female had Mocha Dick's offspring! LOL!   ). It's the FEMALE sperm whales that hang around and pine when a calf or a large male gets killed, NOT the males (Google it!).  ( But, of course, the champions of conscience free predation will always come up with some other threadbare piece of erudite BALONEY. Logic isn't their thing; defense of murder, mayhem and biosphere degradation for profit is. (

More about whales:


•As of 2014, an albino humpback whale named Migaloo is being studied by scientist. Migaloo, which means "White Fella" in Aboriginal Australian language, was first spotted in 1991 off the Queensland coast in Australia.

•Sperm whales are the most aggressive whale species and have been known to attack whaling ships and battle giant squids.

•An extinct species of sperm whale which lived approximately 12 million years ago, the Leviathan melvillei, was named after Herman Melville.

Title: Re: Large Sea Creatures
Post by: AGelbert on January 13, 2015, 01:31:26 am
Science now PROVES that whales, top of the food chain predators, are INSTRUMENTAL in ensuring the survival and perpetuation of the species they feed upon!   (  They help trophic levels BENEATH them!

In addition, whale behavior aids the oceans in absorbing CO2!  :o   (

Another reality check from the biosphere for those who see everything in terms of "carrying capacity".   ;D

Whales sustain the entire living system of the ocean.

Indeed, every living species on this planet has a role in keeping it alive.

Researchers scratched their heads when the fish and krill population went down as the whale population was massively diminished because of human whale hunting.  ( They assumed there would be MORE fish with the main predator out of the picture.   ( (
Title: Re: Large Sea Creatures
Post by: AGelbert on January 27, 2015, 01:17:02 am
Feast your eyes on the strangest bunch of aquatic life forms you have ever seen. Some of them cannot even be classified. Most of the deep dwells are bioluminescent. And get this: It is estimated that there are more creatures using LIGHT to communicate, mate, hunt for prey, warn, etc. in the earth's oceans than all the other non-ocean creatures (like us) that use sound to communicate!  :o

Unfortunately, Homo SAPS have done an excellent job of damaging the ocean bottom and bringing many species to near or total extinction.  :( >:(   

So it goes.  :P
Title: Re: Large Sea Creatures
Post by: AGelbert on January 12, 2016, 06:57:14 pm
Why do whales breach?  ???

Melissa Breyer (@MelissaBreyer)
Science / Reader's Photos

Self-taught photographer E Flen has certainly learned a thing or two about taking photos ... just look at this beauty! Shot during a whale-watching trip in San Francisco, this photo catches a majestic humpback whale mid-breach. Which begs the questions, why do whales do that in the first place?

As it turns out, scientists aren't exactly sure  (  ( but they have some ideas. Probably the most popular theory is that they do it to help remove parasites like barnacles from their bodies – life in the sea is hard when you don't have hands to brush things off of your skin. Other theories suggest it's a way to scratch an itch or a way to communicate. And if none of those resonate with you, there's always the last one: They're just having fun. (  (

Title: Re: Large Sea Creatures
Post by: AGelbert on August 23, 2016, 09:39:49 pm
WATCH: Humpback Whales Nearly Crush Kayakers  :o
August 19, 2016 by John Konrad

Filmed in the vicinity of the Penn Islands of British Columbia, these three kayakers are lucky to have gotten such a close look. In fact, if they were any closer they might not have lived to tell their tale.

“Humpbacks are marine mammals and you need to stay back 100M. As you can see in this Video they can close the distance very fast and they are unpredictable. Remember ‘See a Blow Go Slow’” – via UnofficialNetworks

Watch: Spectacular Drone Footage of Gray Whale Superpod

March 11, 2015 by Mike Schuler

Check out this drone footage showing a gray whale superpod spotted near Catalina Island, California. The video was captured during a 8-hour whale watching trip in late January. The charter company says that there were 45+ gray whale sightings that day, including a superpod of 15+ and another of 12+. Now that’s getting your money’s worth.

Video via Dana Wharf Whale Watching

Title: Re: Large Sea Creatures
Post by: AGelbert on April 04, 2017, 05:02:16 pm

Longest-living vertebrate is a 400-year-old Greenland Shark

Tibi Puiu August 12, 2016


A massive shark that can grow up to 20 feet long and lurks beneath the chilling waters of the sub-Arctic ocean might be the longest living vertebrate. Scientists say the Greenland shark could easily live to 400 years old, or more than twice as much as Jonathan, a Seychelles giant tortoise from the island of Saint Helena, which holds the record for the oldest terrestrial animal at 183 years of age.

A giant that lurks beneath the ocean

Julius Nielsen, a marine biologist at the University of Copenhagen, estimates the oldest of the Greenland Sharks freely swimming in the open ocean might be anywhere between 272 and 512 years old. Despite the broad range, even the lowest estimate clearly positions the shark as the most longevic vertebrate.

Though very large, rivaling the Great White in size, and known to eat animals like the polar bear, horse, moose, and reindeer these venerable sea beasts are quite non-aggressive and harmless to humans — unless you eat them. And because of its range and habitat, the Greenland shark is still a mysterious species for scientists. Of the 465 known species of sharks, only eight live in the Arctic, among them the Greenland shark which can grow to 6.5 meters (21 feet) in length and reach 900 kilos in weight. That makes it the biggest fish in the Arctic.

The sluggish Greenland Sharks can rarely be spotted, often choosing to live in deep waters, often as deep as 400-600 meters below the water’s surface. Which is why Nielsen and colleagues had to rely on specimens retrieved as by-catch in fishing expeditions. Fishermen don’t actively pursue the Greenland Sharks but catch them by mistake while setting their nets for more agreeable prey like cod or trout. They have a good reason, too — the Greenland Shark’s flesh is packed with toxins and eating it is considered highly poisonous.

The team managed to retrieve 28 female sharks measuring  31 in. to 16.4 ft. (81 cm to 502 cm). Typically, to determine the age of fish scientists study the growth bands in a calcified tissue located in the ear called the otolith, sort of like measuring the rings of a tree trunk to see how old it is. Since sharks don’t have this tissue, the researchers turned to a very unconventional proxy: the lenses of their eyes.

Eyeing the oldest vertebrate

Shark lenses are formed in the uterus, which means whatever the shark mother ate made its way into the offspring. This means that by measuring the radiocarbon isotopes found in the core lens, we can determine what the environment was like before a shark was born and, hence, its age. For instance, the late 1950s saw thousands of atomic bomb tests which caused a spike in the amount of radiocarbon that eventually made its way into the sea — this is known as the ‘bomb pulse’.  ( If a shark had high levels of Carbon-14 in its core lens, on par with bomb pulse readings, it clearly means the animal is at least 60 years old.

In our case, two of the smallest sharks had a post-bomb pulse isotopic reading making them at most 50 years or younger. The third smallest shark though had radiocarbon levels right at the onset of the bomb, making it 60 years old. The rest of the 25 sharks all had pre-bomb pulse readings suggesting they were all at least 60 years old.

By comparing these readings with known levels of radiocarbon in the ocean from various years published in a database, scientists could then estimate the age of the sharks. To make the estimates a bit better, the researchers also assumed that the larger the shark the older it was. When this was factored in, they found that the largest shark they studied, a 16-foot specimen, was about 392 years, give or take 120 years.

Not only is the Greenland shark perhaps the longest-living vertebrate, it might also be a terribly difficult one to breed. Some of the smallest sharks studied measured 31 inches, making them juveniles — at age 50 to 60 years! Since Greenland sharks are known not to reach sexual maturity until they grow to 13 ft. (400 m), this means that this shark would have to wait for around 150 years before it’s ready to become a parent.  :o Clearly, that makes them very vulnerable to extinction. Luckily they’re poisonous and smell really, really bad  ;D — this makes them very uninteresting for humans.  (  Maybe they’re lucky.  (

“Greenland sharks are among the largest carnivorous sharks on the planet, and their role as an apex predator in the Arctic ecosystem is totally overlooked. By the thousands, they accidentally end up as by-catch across the North Atlantic and I hope that our studies can help to bring a greater focus on the Greenland shark in the future,” Nielsen said.

The groundbreaking paper was published in the journal Science.
Title: Re: Large Sea Creatures
Post by: AGelbert on April 21, 2017, 07:49:24 pm

A whale's eye view of Antarctica  :o  ;D

Unlocking the mysterious lives of whales with camera tagging

Whales are awe-inspiring and often elusive creatures. Their distribution and critical feeding areas are currently poorly understood, and as climate change and krill fishing increase, our time to learn more about these giant mammals is running out. However, with the help of Dr. Ari Friedlaender, a whale ecologist and National Geographic Explorer, WWF is using whale tagging to discover a wealth of new information.

Suction cups

Researchers are using suction cups to attach non-invasive digital tags onto humpback and minke whales in Antarctica. (picture at article link)

These tags contain both sensors and a ‘whale cam,’ which take us on a day in the life of a whale. They remain on the whales for 24 to 48 hours before being taken off and reused.  (

Full article with great photos and more video: (
Title: Re: Large Sea Creatures
Post by: AGelbert on April 30, 2017, 01:48:26 pm
Attack this lady's friends or offspring, you should not. (

Are Humpback Whales Aggressive? ???

In the past 62 years, there have been 115 documented interactions between humpback whales and orcas (also known as killer whales), according to a 2016 study published in the journal Marine Mammal Science.

Agelbert NOTE: Below, please observe a smart seal taking advantage of the friendly Humpback Limo service.    (


A photographer documenting a pod of whales in Australia took this photo of a seal hitching a ride on a humpback whale. (KGO-TV)

Reports have described humpbacks defending animals being attacked by orcas, from seals and sea lions to porpoises and other marine mammals.

Yep, Humpback whales are fast friends with Ocean Sunfish. ;D

There was one documented incident in which humpback whales tried to save a pair of ocean sunfish that were being circled by orcas.

  ( We Humpbacks do NOT get along with Orcas AT ALL.

And in May 2012, in the most dramatic event of this kind, two humpbacks spent six hours fighting off a pod of killer whales intent on eating a gray whale calf they had killed near Monterey Bay, California.

Heroes of the seas?  (

•“This humpback whale behavior continues to happen in multiple areas throughout the world,” says Alisa Schulman-Janiger of the California Killer Whale Project. “(The 2012 event) remains the longest humpback-to-killer-whale interaction known to date.”

•Orcas are known to attack humpbacks, which are most vulnerable when young. However, once grown, a single humpback whale is large enough to take on an entire pod of killer whales.

Humpbacks are capable of sophisticated thinking, decision-making, problem-solving, and communication, says Lori Marino, president of the Whale Sanctuary Project.

Title: Re: Large Sea Creatures
Post by: AGelbert on June 04, 2017, 03:10:35 pm
Where's the Krill? Don't ask the Fossil Fuel "Industry" Polluters. (

How Much Krill Can a Blue Whale Swallow?

Unlike toothed whales that hunt for individual prey, baleen whales -- including the blue whale, the largest animal on Earth -- eat an enormous quantity of food in one big gulp. When a blue whale opens its mouth 80 degrees, it can hoover up large schools of tiny crustaceans called krill, consuming as much as 1,100 lbs. (500 kg) at a time.


And for a blue whale, a single mouthful of food can contain 457,000 calories, making each foray a relatively efficient and satisfying meal.

A whale of an appetite:

Instead of teeth, filter-feeding whales use baleen, which are plates with frayed edges in the upper jaw that filter out tiny seafood from the water.

Baleen whales' feeding efficiency is unprecedented, says researcher Robert Shadwick. “When they take a gulp of water, they are filling their mouths with the amount of water equal to their own body mass.”

Plates of baleen are made of keratin, a protein found in hair, fingernails, and feathers.


Your fossil fuel 'business model' is KILLING us! Whales, seals, penguins, fish AND YOU are next, you arrogant, stupid, greedy, ( humans! (

Krill Are Disappearing from Antarctic Waters

Whales, seals and penguins could be hurting as this tiny creature--fundamental to the food web--declines

By Andrea Thompson, Climate Central on August 29, 2016


They may be small, but krill—tiny, shrimp-like creatures—play a big role in the Antarctic food chain. As climate change warms the Southern Ocean and alters sea ice patterns, though, the area of Antarctic water suitable for krill to hatch and grow could drop precipitously, a new study finds.
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Post by: AGelbert on June 29, 2017, 08:58:15 pm
Physeter macrocephalus (Sperm Whale)
Sperm Whales Dealing With The Unexpected

Wildlife Documentary

Published on Apr 10, 2017

Around the Crozet Islands, here is the incredible odyssey of a family of Sperm Whales facing rapid changes in their environment. From the stormy surface to the eternal darkness of the abyss, several generations of these deep-sea divers encounter men and their "toys": harpoons of yesterday, and fishing lines of today.

Once victim of whale hunting, now accused of stealing fish, a sperm whale shares its private life with us. And what an immersion! We discover in turn its mysterious sonar, its competitors like orcas, and also the strange world of its neighbors - the deep-sea monsters. Amongst them, a revelation: the biggest squid ever filmed in its natural environment, almost 15 feet long. Come and discover the depths of the Crozet abyss...

Producers : Saint Thomas Productions
Director: Bertrand Loyer
Stars: Michael Burnside, Christophe Malavoy
Title: Re: Large Sea Creatures
Post by: AGelbert on June 19, 2019, 03:12:12 pm
Sierra Club Insider

June 19, 2019

Photo by Philip Hamilton

Stunning Images From the Deep

Underwater photographer and ocean conservationist Philip Hamilton laments that we know more about the moon than we do about the Earth’s oceans. With his stunning new book of photography, Call of the Blue, he's out to change that.

We picked 16 of his most breathtaking shots.

This World Oceans Day 🐳 🐋, Answer the “Call of the Blue”
Title: The 🐳 Blue Whale’s Heart Beats at Extremes
Post by: AGelbert on November 28, 2019, 06:07:01 pm

The Blue Whale’s Heart Beats at Extremes

For the first time, scientists recorded a cardiogram from the largest animal that has ever lived.



Based on equations that apply across mammals of different sizes, a 220-ton blue whale (the largest animal on record) should have a resting heart rate of 11 beats a minute. For comparison, humans have a resting rate of 60 to 100 beats a minute. But Goldbogen found that the very concept of a resting rate doesn’t apply to a blue whale. It’s constantly diving to depths of 150 to 200 meters, feasting on shrimplike crustaceans called krill for 15 minutes at a time, and then resurfacing to reload on oxygen. As it sinks and rises, its heart oscillates between two extremes—very slow or very fast, with nothing in between. (Ba-bum.)

During dives, the whale’s heart rate plummeted to between four and eight beats a minute, and sometimes as low as two. How did the enormous ticker keep blood flowing during those long pauses between beats? The secret lies in the whale’s incredibly elastic aortic arch—the part of the major artery just outside the heart. “Think of it as a balloon,” Goldbogen says.

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