Super rare Footage of the World’s Fastest Whale
by Jason G. Goldman
One lucky research assistant caught a rare show in the Straits of Gibraltar last week, as a fin whale was spotted breaching the water three times in a row, right in front of her. While fin whales do sometimes breach, it’s rarely seen and even more rarely caught on camera.
The videographer, Séréna, is a summer research assistant with CIRCE, a Spain-based cetacean conservation, research, and education organization.
Fin whales (Balaenoptera physalus) are the second largest creatures on our planet, just after blue whales. When you consider that the average fin whale needs to hurl its 80+ tons and 89+ feet out of the water and into the air, the spectacle becomes even more amazing. As one of the fastest whales in the world, the fin can reach cruising speeds of 23 mph with short bursts up to 29 mph. (The Sei whale may beat it for short sprints up t0 40mph, but not for cruising speed.) Their impressive speed has given Fin whales the nickname “greyhounds of the deep.”
Lagenorhynchus australis (by gastonCc)
I care about not having ANY animals who are not suitable for captivity freed. Betta fish can lead very comfortable and adequate lives in captivity if cared for properly, which I’m pretty sure I’m doing because I’ve been consulting with people much more experienced on the matter than I am.
Y’all I forgot to show you! I got Azul some silk plants, and a new place to hide out! The picture of him is a little blurry because he’s too busy checking out his new plants to stop and flare up for a good picture.
I just did a 50% water change too, I’m starting to get good at this! The only thing I can’t do is get him to eat his bloodworms! He’s only been eating his flakes, every time I try to feed him a bloodworm he has no interest in it and I end up having to fish it out. I know it’s not good for him to be eating only flakes so I’m not sure what to do!
Pod: A5 (?)
Place of Capture: Pender Harbor, British Columbia, Canada
Date of Capture: December 12, 1969
Age at Capture: Approx. 2 years or less
On December 12, 1969, a pod of 12 Orcas were captured in Pender Harbor. 6 were kept, while the remaining 6 were released.
The smallest whale, Patches, was moved with Corky II and Kenny to Marineland of the Pacific. The park already had two performing Orcas, Corky and Orky II. Patches soon joined Corky and Orky II in the show pool.
After Corky’s passing in December 1970, Corky II was moved in; all the whales seemed to get along very well.
In August 1971, Patches died due to a Mediastinal Abscess as well as Salmonellosis, an infection caused by Salmonella bacteria.
And so it starts again…..swim far, swim fast, swim free sweet souls
Long-beaked common dolphins are warm water dolphins but will come into the monterey bay almost about every 7 years with the warm water, i was lucky enough to see them in a pod of about 250 dolphins