AP10 is a young adult male southern Alaska resident killer whale that is still rapidly growing. These two photos were taken almost exactly one year apart: The first photo is from 7/11/17 and the second is from 7/10/18. You can see that his dorsal fin has grown a little taller, a little straighter, and a little wider at the base. Additionally, he has picked up two new nicks in his fin which appeared to be relatively fresh when I took his 2018 photo. We don’t always know where these nicks and tears come from; it’s possible some are from conspecifics, and it’s also possible that they may come from interactions with the environment around them.
It will be interesting to see how AP10 looks in 2019.
It’s #FunFactFriday! #DYK that Pygmy Blue Whales are the smallest of the three blue whale sub species, though they still grow to an impressive 24 meters in length?! These whales are also thought to be the most numerous of all of the blue whales with some estimates suggesting their numbers make up half of the total blue whale population⠀
Photo by @Whale_Watch_Western_Australia⠀
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Killer whale superpods are relatively rare (i.e. only happen a few times a year) but they are astounding to witness. They are essentially a community gathering, a celebration of sorts. There is a huge amount of social activity that goes in a superpod, including mating.
In July, we got to see a superpod in Kachemak Bay comprised of AP pod, AS30 pod, and a pod that still has yet to be cataloged. One of the coolest things I saw was that the calves of the pods split off from their families and joined up to make their own “mini pods.” They rolled around and played with one another while their parents socialized with adult whales from other pods.
In this photo, we can see a calf from AS30 pod (left) surfacing next to AP3’s calf, which still has yet to be given an alphanumeric name.
We are incredibly lucky to have some amazing regular contributors to the Whale Tales library and these storytellers have their own category on our website! Follow your favourite Storyteller by searching categories on the left side of our site. ⠀
Photo: J19 “Shachi” by @gary_j27⠀
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