Still searching for #GreenChristmas gift ideas…

Still searching for #GreenChristmas gift ideas? Check some of these out! ⠀
via @lessplasticuk⠀
#christmasa #beplasticwise #beatplasticpollution #talesofsavingwhales #whaletales #stopsingleuse #sustainablegifts #christmas #merrychristmas #gifts
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It’s the #twelvedaysofwhalemas Day Three…

It’s the #twelvedaysofwhalemas Day Three: #didyouknow that Dugongs and Manatees are Sirenians not Cetaceans? Although they resemble whales in many ways they are a different taxonomic order referring to herbivorous marine mammals. There is one species of Dugong, three species of Manatee and the extinct Steller’s Sea Cow which used to reside in the North Pacific Ocean.⠀⠀
How do you include #whalelove (or #sirenianlove) in your holiday celebrations?!⠀⠀
#whaletales #whales #manatees #dugongs #sirenian #whalesofinstagram #sireniansofinstagram #trivia #whalewatching
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Augusta Blessing of the Fleet. To read this st…

Augusta Blessing of the Fleet. To read this story (and more!), follow the link in our bio.⠀
Photo by @whale_watch_western_australia⠀
#whaletales #whales #humpback #whalewatchWA #anotherdayinWA #whalewatching #storytelling #getonaboat #whalesareawesome
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It’s the #twelvedaysofwhalemas Day Two! …

It’s the #twelvedaysofwhalemas Day Two! #didyouknow that Bottlenose Dolphins are the most common and well known member of the dolphin family (but don’t confuse them with Common Dolphins!)?! There are two species of Bottlenose-the Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin and the Indo-Pacific Bottlenose Dolphin which is generally smaller than the Atlantic⠀⠀
How do you include #whalelove in your holiday celebrations?!⠀⠀
#whaletales #dolphin #trivia #dyk #dolphinsofinstagram #storytelling #getonaboat #whalemas #christmas #holidays
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It’s the #twelvedaysofwhalemas Day One: …

It’s the #twelvedaysofwhalemas Day One: #didyouknow that whale flukes contain no bones? They are different between all species but in some, flukes are so distinctive that researchers use them like fingerprints to identify individuals.⠀⠀
How do you include #whalelove in your holiday celebrations?!⠀⠀
#whaletales #whales #whalesareawesome #whalemas #christmas #holidays #whaletail #whalesofinstagram #dyk #trivia #whalewatching #flukes #getonaboat #funfactfriday
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cetacean-nation: Humpback whales – Reunion Isl…

Humpback whales - Reunion Island

cetacean-nation:

Humpback whales – Reunion Island by Cédric Péneau

Gov. Jay Inslee wants $1.1 billion to help sav…

Gov. Jay Inslee wants $1.1 billion to help save Puget Sound’s critically endangered orcas:

king-lobo:

Spoilers: Dam removal is still not being listed as a solution…

Inslee also accepted the 3-year morotorium on whale watching for the southern residents (bad idea, as I have explained in previous posts) and apparently there will now be a 400-yard buffer around killer whales in general, though details on this are still unclear.

I am not a fan of this; there is no evidence that increasing the distance between a vessel and killer whales reduces noise disturbance, especially considering vessel speed is the most important factor. I can also promise you that 400 yards is extremely far away for killer whale watching. There have been times where killer whales have been 400 yards in front of our vessel and the passengers on deck were completely oblivious to their presence until I pointed out the faint dorsal fins in the distance. I will never advocate for approaching whales too closely simply for the benefit of passengers but I also won’t support new regulations that seem like a good idea to concerned but misguided parties when in reality they are not backed by science and don’t help the whales.

Overall, the “bold” actions are weak and not helpful to the whales. It’s a mixed bag, really.

An Incredible Evening on the Water with Southe…

An Incredible Evening on the Water with Southern Residents. To read this story (and more!), follow the link in our bio.⠀

Photo by @tspesak⠀

#whaletales #whales #killerwhale #orca #SRKW #getonaboat #salishsea #whalewatching #whalesareawesome
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AS41 and another member of AS30 pod goofing around.

The AS33 Matriline

The AS33 Matriline

This matriline of killer whales belongs to AS30 pod, a pod of about 20 or so whales. The matriarch, AS33, has 5 known offspring: AS41, AS43, AS47, AS48, and AS63. I documented all known members of this group this year, and possibly a newborn calf for AS33 as well. Here are their photos, left to right: 

#1: AS33 and potentially a new 2017-2018 calf! This was the only photo I was able to snap of them so I can’t be 100% sure it was hers (her daughter AS47 is close to breeding age) but it seems likely. 

#2: AS63 (6 years old) and mother AS33.

#3: Adult male AS41. There is no age estimate for him but he is at minimum 17-20. 

#4: AS43 (15 years old) and sister AS47 (12 years old)

#5: AS49 (9 years old) and sex unknown.