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It’s #FunFactFriday and June is #OrcaAwa…

It’s #FunFactFriday and June is #OrcaAwarenessMonth! Southern Resident killer whales are the best studied group of cetaceans anywhere in the world and may be some of the best studied animals, period. Since the 1960s researchers have been learning as much as possible about the lives of these whales including increasingly specific studies of population numbers, social dynamics, acoustic behaviour, prey preference, predatory techniques, and range distribution – to name only a few. They are some of the only animals we know of to concretely display social learning as many of their behaviours are passed on from mother to calf through generations. A matriarchal species, calves almost always stay with their mothers, regardless of sex, for their entire lives. Tremendously picky eaters for such a large predator, SRKWs survive primarily on a diet of Chinook salmon.⠀
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#whaletales #whales #SRKW #killerwhale #orca #juneisorcamonth #whalemonth #killerwhalesareawesome #whalesareawesome #whalewatching #storytelling #JPod #KPod #LPod
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It’s #FunFactFriday and June is #OrcaAwa…

It’s #FunFactFriday and June is #OrcaAwarenessMonth! Did you know that New Zealand is home to between 150-200 killer whales who can be seen most frequently from December and March?! They forage on numerous species but some specialize in catching stingrays right in Wellington Harbour!⠀
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#whaletales #whales #orca #killerwhale #orcamonth #NewZealand #juneisorcamonth #killerwhalemonth #didyouknow #whalewatching #getonaboat⠀
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It’s #FunFactFriday! #Didyouknow that th…

It’s #FunFactFriday! #Didyouknow that the Sei whale is named after the Norwegian word for pollock because both the whales and the fish were frequently seen off the coast of Norway at the same time?! Like many other cetaceans Sei whales migrate from warmer temperate waters in winter to cooler subpolar waters in summer but unlike most species these migrations do not yet appear to be geographically predictable. ⠀
Photo by @whalebreathphotography ⠀
#seiwhale #whales #whalesareawesome #trivia #dyk #whalesofinstagram #storytelling #photography #getonaboat #whalewatching #whaletales⠀
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It’s #FunFactFriday! #DYK that Harbour P…

It’s #FunFactFriday! #DYK that Harbour Porpoises have Megatestes?! That’s right, male Harbour Porpoise testes can swell to 4% of their body mass. The idea is to produce so much sperm that other males’ competing sperm is flooded out or just outnumbered in the female’s reproductive tract. If humans employed the same mating strategy, human testes would be 1.25 kg each (compared to the 17-27 g they are now). That’s at least 46 x bigger. #whaletales #porpoise #didyouknow #trivia #fff #porpoiseareawesome #harbourporpoise #porpoiseofinstagram #getonaboat #exploreBC #salishsea#porpoisewatching #howesound #yvr⠀
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It’s #FunFactFriday! Did you know that M…

It’s #FunFactFriday! Did you know that Minke Whales are the smallest of the baleen whales, and are in fact smaller than some toothed whales?! Though size can be hard to judge on the water they are easily distinguished from other whales by the white “mittens” or patterns they have on their pectoral flippers. Sometimes called “stinky Minke” these whales do have a powerful blow for their size and the smell does carry well over the water.⠀⠀
Photo by @JanineHarles⠀
#whaletales #whales #minke #didyouknow #whalesareawesome #funfact #trivia #dyk #fff #minkewhale
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It’s Fun Fact Friday! Did you know that …

It’s Fun Fact Friday! Did you know that the Melon Headed Whale, is actually a dolphin? They are typically found in groups of 100 – 1000 far from shore in tropical and subtropical oceans!
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#whaletales #whales #dolphins #melonheaded #didyouknow #getonaboat #hawaii #storytelling #funfactfriday
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It’s #FunFactFriday! Did you know that i…

It’s #FunFactFriday! Did you know that it is thought that Bowhead Whales are the oldest lived mammals on Earth, reaching up to 200 years in age?! This extended life span may be influenced by the cold waters where they live!⠀⠀
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#whaletales #dyk #trivia #bowhead #whalesareawesome #whales #arctic #friyay
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It’s #FunFactFriday! #Didyouknow that Br…

It’s #FunFactFriday! #Didyouknow that Bryde’s Whales were named after the 19th Century Norwegian whaler, John Bryde (pronounced “BROO-dus”)? Bryde’s whales are found in warm seas around the world, growing to 55 feet long and 90,000 pounds as they filter out plankton, crustaceans, and small fish using their large baleen plates.⠀
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#whaletales #whales #brydes #brydeswhales #whalesareawesome #whalewatching #getonaboat #nz #dyk #trivia #funfact #whalesofinstagram
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It’s #FunFactFriday! #DYK that Right Wha…

It’s #FunFactFriday! #DYK that Right Whales were given that name because they were the “right” whales to hunt? With their slow speed, proximity to shore, and large amount of blubber which kept their bodies afloat after death. With an estimated population of less than 400 individuals the North Atlantic Right Whale is extremely vulnerable to numerous physical and environmental threats including ship strikes, noise pollution, oil spills, climate change and other impacts on prey distribution, and entanglement in fishing gear.⠀
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#whaletales #whales #rightwhales #funfact #trivia #whalewatching #didyouknow
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It’s #FunFactFriday! #DYK that Dall&rsqu…

It’s #FunFactFriday! #DYK that Dall’s Porpoises are one of the most commonly misidentified animals off of the coast of BC? They are frequently thought to be “baby” Killer Whales, even the largest of these cetaceans (2-2.4 m long) is still smaller than a newborn orca (2.6 m)!⠀
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#whaletales #dalls #porpoise #didyouknow #trivia #funfact #exploreBC #getonaboat #dallsporpoise
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