Whale Watching Down Under

Before we take a look at whale watching, we should take a moment to get to know these magnificent animals …

What’s a Cetacean?

Cetaceans are mammals that live their entire lives in the water and include whales, dolphins and porpoises. They have hair, breathe air, are warm-blooded and bear live young that drink their mother’s milk.

There are two types of cetaceans: the baleen and the porpoise. Whales do not have baleen cords, but they have teeth. They have no thumbs, but their feet have developed over their 15-million year history. Modern scientists now believe that these additional characteristics of whales are the result of natural selection.

Baleen whales can be found in every ocean on earth, while porpoises are found primarily in the shallower seas. There are about 2,000 species of whales, including the Southern Right whale, the Southern blue whale and the North Pacific Right whale.

Wolves are shy and keep their distance. The whale shark knows how to easily lure these mammals out of the water and swim away with them, which is why they are so afraid of them.

In addition to their being afraid of sharks, whales are also afraid of sea snakes, foxes, sea lions, seals and sea turtles. Pygmy killer whales are not above using their sonar to locate their prey.

And what about the bottlenose dolphin? Well, you can thank Henry Beston for that. He found and recorded the very first whale sounds in 1842. Later, Static pulled teeth from a whale that had been attacked by a shark. The captain of the ship, Charles Johnson, became the first human casualty of a shark attack when he was attacked by a shark while the vessel was sailing into harbour in Suriname in 1538.

And finally, there is the case of the pygmy killer whale. First recorded near the beginning of the 20th century, and last decade, there has been an increase in pygmy killer whale sightings. Pygmy killer whales are much smaller than other whales, and are not as curious about humans as their cousins. But there are two incidents that give a hint of the difficulty that might be involved.

In 1920, an expedition aboard the Akademik Ioffe reached only 6 miles off the Arctic Circle. There, the captain of the ship, Rukmini Devi, became the first woman to reach the North Pole. With Devi’s help, the expedition discovered the stretcherfish, a highly venomous marine fish. After the shark had been removed, Devi remained missing for seven days. The next year the same type of shark was spotted. And in the year 1930, another lady went to become the first lady to cross the Antarctic.

Unsolved mysteries

There are countless mysteries about the whales. Nobody really knows where they come from – although theories suggest they travelled over the land bridge from the area of the Patterson Peninsula in Asia. Whether whales migrate to the Antarctic or whether they simply fly from summer climate to winter climate is still a mystery.

They are considered as one of the Protoparidae, the daughter species of whale sharks. Through out the years, somebody has inverteined the mechanism of generation by “hitching” the tube through the mouth of the whale. Another theory suggests that they werehes over to the Pole from the Indian Ocean. The matter is still under debate and in the Conservation area there are still questions on how to proceed.

ancestral mysteries

This is just the tip of the iceberg. Whale watching brings numerous fascinations. youngster be twixt and ixt whale watching tales. There is more than 16,000 varieties of whales and there are still many questions on how to handle whale watching properly. You can become a whale watch ker, but you first need to get to know these wonderful animals and how to care for them.

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