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Spotted in Brighton, UK: WhaleFest 2014
March 2014 sees Brighton hold the annual WhaleFest, “reminding us just why we love whales, dolphins and oceans so much”; a not-for-profit eco-festival packed with music, exhibitions, celebrity speakers, films, virtual whale-watching, scuba-diving and snorkelling. Find out more here: www.whale-fest.com
Sperm Whales Adopt Dolphin With Spinal Injury.
This unusual group, containing three sperm whales and one bottle-nose dolphin stick together in the Azores. The bottle-nose dolphin found itself rejected by a group of bottle-nose dolphins and was surprisingly accepted by a group of sperm whales. The dolphin seen in the photo above, has a rare spinal curvature which gives his body an ‘s’ shape, this physical characteristic has enabled scientists to prove that it is the same dolphin which is traveling with the group of sperm whales. It is unclear as to why this particular dolphin was rejected by fellow dolphins, however behavioral ecologist Alexander Wilson of the Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries in Berlin said;
”It might be that this individual didn’t fit in, so to speak, with its original group.”,
Perhaps this dolphins deformity may have resulted in him being unable to keep up with the group of dolphins, and as whales swim at a slower pace, he would be able to swim comfortably with them. Whatever the interpretation of this situation may be, this unlikely group has excited behavioral ecologists worldwide.
A Dozen Whales Trapped Under Ice in Canada.
About a dozen killer whales were trapped under a vast stretch of sea ice in Inukjuak, Quebec. Locals said the mammals have gathered around a single hole in the ice in a desperate bid to get oxygen. Mayor Peter Inukpuk urged the Canadian government to send an icebreaker as soon as possible to crack open the ice and help them find open water.
Fisheries and Oceans Canada spokesman, Frank Stanek, said in a statement.;
“Fisheries and Oceans Canada is assessing the situation and are exploring every possible option, but will only be in a position to determine what, if anything, can be done once our specialists arrive on site,”
Talented photographer Brian Skerry shoots life above and below the waves to show both the horror and the magic of the ocean. He shares amazing, intimate shots of undersea creatures, he shows how powerful images can prompt change.