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Whales - Dolphins - CetaceansCetaceans are marine mammals
Whales are NO fish - they give birth
Whales have to breath in air
Whales can hear much better than humans
Whales use different languages
Whales care for each other
Whale babies have to learn the language
Whale mothers are very good care takers
Whales hunt together
Baleen plates of a cetacean
Whales and dolphins belong to the order Cetacea. Cetus is Latin, but the Greeks have given the name ketos meaning, "large sea animal". Marine biologists who study whales, porpoises and dolphins, work in Cetology.
Cetaceans are mammals, not fish, best adapted to aquatic life. The body of a cetacean has flippers, flukes, the mouth baleen or teeth. Cetaceans are nearly hairless, but are well insulated by blubber, a fatty substance under the skin.
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Whales & Dolphins
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Our oceans and the whales that live in there are endangered.
If our oceans die, many humans will also die.
Even now, whales are still being slaughtered, even now dolphins + whales still end up in dragnets. Greater impurification = pollution reduces the numbers of ocean creatures, reducing the sources of nourishment which multitudes of humans have utilized for many thousands of years.
To be sure, most of the nations of the Earth united in asserting an international prohibition of whale-hunting, although Japan, Norway and the Russians persist in their practice of slaughtering whales.
Also yet today in Denmark's Faroe Islands, year after year Grind-whales are still slaughtered in great numbers.
Iceland also continues whale-hunting under the cover claim of science during which time 14000 whales were killed 'for purposes of scientific research..'
What is happening in Europe?
Ever more fishing fleets are outfitted with malicious drag-nets, in whose meshes the mammals *drown*, because they cannot swim up to the surface to breath in air.
Six hundred Italian ships put to sea each year in the Mediterranean to catch swordfish - but only 18% of the animals killed in their nets are swordfish. 82 % among which 8000 striped dolphins per year constitute so-called "by-catch" or 'collateral damage'.
These mammals, found hanging either dead or critically injured in the nets, are simply tossed back into the ocean.
International Nature conservation organizations are attempting to close ranks into a global network against this senseless murder of our oceans.
We try to give nature-lovers the chance to visit whales and dolphins in their "home" habitat -in our oceans.
Whales and dolphins have developed their brains for thirty million years - much longer than humans.
Let us pose the question:
What damage have whales during the thirty million years of their "conscious" existence on earth caused?
Were it not for humans, would the seas still be as they once were - populated by beings - living alongside one another in a natural balance.
Ships' radar and channel-tunnels, hydrofoils and Echo location systems, which disturb the sensitive orientation systems of whales, contribute heavily to the stranding of many whales and dolphins which are often crushed by their own weight.
Humans have long reported encounters with dolphins which, if unexplainable, are undoubtedly abundant. Repeatedly and persistently, reports are heard from diverse witnesses that they have experience feelings of overall emotional turmoil, joy, elation, and/or mortal sadness --
however, in all cases 'different' after such an encounter.
It is indisputably true that an extraordinary affinity has existed, indeed since darkest prehistory,
between dolphins and humans.
There have even been intense friendships recorded– between individual, free-living dolphins and humans.
There have been countless reports from mariners who were warned of reefs or otherwise rescued from other dangers.
Well-known also are many cases from all over the world of drowning humans carried to shore by dolphins.
It has also been attested that dolphins behave totally differently with pregnant women or mentally-impeded children than with otherwise 'normal' humans.
And in the long history of relations between dolphin and human, it has never been reported that a human was attacked by a dolphin, or was killed by one.
Dolphins have a special intelligence, one which we humans have until today not comprehended, since "intelligence" is purely a human concept which primarily has to do with human understanding, with human "thinking."
Humans can communicate with dolphins and whales, especially dolphins are learning fast, but, unfortunately most humans don't try to understand these air-breathing occupants of the sea.
Narwhale lat. Monodon monoceros
Toothed Whale lat. Odontoceti
Lives in: Arctic ocean, close to the ice
Around Greenland, Baffin Bay, Hudson Bay, coastline of Siberia
Coastline of Alaska, Tschuktic Sea, East Siberian Sea
Length: 4 - 5 yards
Weight: Male ~ 1 1/2 t
Female ~ 1 t
Orca mother with baby
Compare the size of a blue whale
Did you know?
The biggest truck a moving truck rental company can rent you is typically 26 feet and has a max load of 7,400 lbs. A newborn Blue Whale, the largest baby in the world, will just barely fit as their average length is 25 feet and average weight is 6,000 lbs. Better hurry though, they gain an average of 200 lbs. a day and will double in size in about 7 months! Want to haul a full-grown adult blue whale? Good luck! When NASA recently relocated their 122 foot, 65 ton space shuttle, a specialized trailer with 144 wheels was used. An adult blue whale weighs up to 200 tons and can be over 100 feet long!
Whale calls are often in the 155 to 188 decibel range. A big diesel moving truck is about 100 decibels. A jet engine from 100 feet away is 130 decibels. If you were to stand directly near a jet engine at full throttle, it would be about 155 decibels and would cause major hearing damage and perhaps permanent hearing loss.
Often we are looking for children books that are entertaining and informative. "Winston the Whale and the Blanket of Darkness" is one of these books, a heartwarming story for children ages 4 and up.
It tells the tale of Winston, a humpback whale and the perils he must face because of the pollution contaminating his home. Follow Winston and his friends, through words and illustrations as they encounter the danger and the beauty that exists in their home, the ocean. See what happens when Winston and his fellow sea life, including his dear Albatross friend Lea Le come face to face with an oil spill (the Blanket of Darkness) and must escape before it is too late. WILL THEY ESCAPE IN TIME? WILL THEY HAVE TO LEAVE THEIR HOME?
Find out in this educational and entertaining children’s story that will introduce your child to the connection we all share with our environment. Included at the end of this story, is a glossary of words with definitions to help children learn more about the characters in the story. In addition there are web sites to go to for further information about oil spills and other pollutants. Places to visit for further information about our oceans and what we can do to help save our oceans are also included.
"It is my hope that Winston the Whale and the Blanket of Darkness give children and their parents an entertaining and informative journey into our ocean environment..."
Renee Sherkness author/educator
Books: The Day Mother Nature Decided To Paint Her House
Winston The Whale And The Blanket Of Darkness
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Support the existence of whales + dolphinsWhales are mammals as we are!
Whales have a language and can talk
Whales hunt together
Whales can hear much better than humans
Blue whales can produce sound waves louder than a jet plane
Dolphins can produce sound waves to locate their food