antarctic orcas

juoksiainen  asked:

Hello! I royally screwed up changing my URL, and managed to delete ALL of my blogs! RIP Skatakit, 3 years worth of whale posts oTL... Anyways, I was wondering if you could help me find some of the cetacean blogs I used to follow? Do you have any recommendations on who to follow? Thanks in advance! :^)

This is awful news, I’m so sorry to hear that, I loved your blogs and I will miss them! But hey, let’s see this as a new beginning, there’s plenty of amazing content to share out there and I’m sure you’ll do an amazing job with this new blog.

Here’s a (probably incomplete) list of the cetacean-related blogs I am following: 

@@from-the-sands @king-lobo @argentinian-orcas @teamcetaceans @missmariemariana @kohola-kai @wild-orca @orca-friend @orcalovingbeing @russianorcas @dutchorca @natsilane @derangedhyena-delphinidae @i-am-seawolf @dreamt-of-dolphins @cetaceamother @w0lvesofthesea @thelovelyseas @theblackdorsalfin @b3n3aththesurfac3 @volk-morya @fachaich @habeas–porpoise @cetacean-nation @taslishaw @cetacea @cetagifs @cetaceanawareness @cetacean-lover @cetacean-waves @porpoiseprincess @stumpyx163 @whales-and-all-their-tails @orcas-till-the-end @orcas-of-the-strait @the-sea-is-their-home @echoesunderthewaves @endcetaceanexploitation @cetuselena @epaulard @mystic-marsh @vagnhvalr @beakedwhales @californiatransients @marion-island-orcas @mysticete @whalesgonnabewhales @keikosfreckles @missmarinebio @l-41 @weneedoceans @bitch-dont-krill-my-vibe @orcabeauty @blackfishsound @tired-seas @japaneseorca @marine-bio-stuff @scottish-orca @antarctic-orca

Ok that’s a scary long list. But I hope it’s helpful and I would encourage anyone to check out these blogs, they share varied content and are either strictly cetacean-related or post cool marine biology stuff in general. 

Not a Request but...

So back when Season 3 wasn’t out yet, and before all the handbook stuff I used to head canon that Shiro’s favourite animal is an Orca and not a cat.

Hey so hear me out, I didn’t just head canon that because they’re both black and white okay, I just thought that they had some pretty cool similarities and some reasons why Shiro would love an Orca.

 • Shiro’s favourite animal is an Orca because they’re very intelligent and majestic animals. 

 • He thinks that they’re very cool animals because of their techniques in hunting their prey.

 • Not only that but they are very family oriented too.

 • Orcas/Killer Whales are known to hunt in groups of other Orcas called pods, which is basically like a large family hunting together.

 • Usually, the oldest female is the one who leads the pod.

 • So he’s very intrigued and enthusiastic about them because of their unique attributes

 • They’re very different than most of the inhabitants of the ocean.

 • Orcas rely in numbers, they communicate with each other and have different techniques in hunting their prey. You could say they basically plan their attacks before attacking.

 • They rely on cooperation, like a team.

 • And unlike other animals in the ocean, orcas have different techniques and ways of hunting based on where they live whether its in the wide open ocean, near land or in the Antarctic.

 • Orcas are really emotional animals and they get devastated when a member from their pod dies, just like humans.

 • I like to think that Shiro is just such a fan of these types of animals because they’re such beautiful, deadly and intelligent creatures.

 • I mean come on, orcas can even use fish as bait to lure in birds or any other animals. That is a fact.

 • He just likes them because he really like their mentality and their cooperation and he’s just really inspired.

 • I head canon that he’s really fond of these type of animals.

This will probably never be canon but I just kind of like this head canon okay. I also love Orcas and I just couldn’t help but see similarities between orcas and Shiro okay, they both rely on teamwork and I’m all about teamwork man.

Teamwork makes the dream work! XD

Antarctic (Southern Hemisphere) Orca Types. Alternate names: Pack Ice Killer Whale (Large Type B) Gerlache Killer Whale (Small Type B, not pictured) Ross Sea Killer Whale (Type C) Subantarctic Killer Whale (Type D)

jannock-jess  asked:

Hi, thank you for making this blog! I know this question is kind of, er, BIG, but I am working on a scifi story with a lot of alien species so I was wondering if there are any theories on what traits would be necessary in an organism for it to evolve intelligence? Would it most likely be humanoid, etc?

Ohh come with me child, I love questions where I get shpeal on about intelligent animals! Let’s take a look at the most intelligent species on OUR planet for you to know whether its simply humanoid animals that can be intelligent.

First up, we have the great apes; gorillas, chimpanzees, orangutans, all are very intelligent animals and have passed the mirror test, meaning they are self-aware to the point that they recognize their own reflection as themselves and not a different animal! These guys also use tools like we do! They have some pretty advanced problem solving skills and as you should know with CoCo the gorilla, are capable of learning modified sign language to communicate thoughts!

Onto the African Elephant! These big lovey beasties travel in large matriarchal groups and can remember the places where water will show up every year and be able to migrate to and from various sites that are hundreds of miles apart! They are smart enough to be trained, have remembered human caretakers years after rehabilitation and release, and are capable of forming significant bonds with humans in the correct environments! They show very deep and intense familial bonds between their herd members and have been documented mourning the loss of their mothers and even protecting the remains from predators until the herd was finished mourning.

Next up we have the European Magpie! This is the only non mammalian species to have this level of intelligence(and also is my patronus for you HP lovers out there) As all corvids are vastly intelligent, the magpie is the only species to continuously pass the mirror test! We’ve all heard the stories of crows and ravens in cities using crosswalks and cars to crush nuts in order to get the flesh of the nut inside! They’ve also been tested to understand water displacement, solve complex puzzled for a food reward, and are likely trainable as such!

Now onto my last two and favorite babies, bottlenose dolphins and orcas!!

Bottlenose dolphins as we all know are very intelligent animals, but in the late 60s did you know that there was an experiment that taught dolphins human speech and they were able to receive and correctly perform 3-5 word commands?! That’s the cognitive ability of a small human child! Bottlenose dolphins live in either matriarchal groups of females and offspring or in bachelor groups comprised of all males in the wild! They form tight connections with each other, though males can be aggressive to one another during mating time! Bottlenose dolphins have strong problem solving abilities, they’ve been documented using sea sponges to cover their beaks to dig up fish hiding in the sand so the sand doesn’t hurt their skin! So like the great apes, these animals use tools!

Last and most definitely not least are orcas! THESE ANIMALS ARE THE SECOND RECOGNIZED SPECIES AFTER HUMANS TO HAVE EVOLVED DUE TO THEIR /CULTURE/!! LET ME EMPHASIZE THE CULTURE PART!! These animals are so similar to humans and are my entire reason for studying marine biology because ai’m so fascinated by them. They live in matriarchal societies with a single matriarch, her daughters, her daughters daughters, her daughters daughters daughters, and all of their sons! Theres a record 5 generations traveling together in the Northern Pacific! Even more like humans orcas go through menopause and have a significant role in the pod structure even after their ability to have offspring goes away, which is very rare in the animal kingdom! Orcas are very capable hunters, which takes a lot of brain power and teamwork for a pod to come together and take down large animal prey. For instance, mammal eating orcas in the arctic work together to bring down whales that are twice their size! In the antarctic Type B orcas use a strategy called wave washing to get seals off of ice flows! These guys have the second biggest brain on the planet and also have different ecotypes across the worlds oceans, similar to how humans look and behave different on different continents and in different counties and in different communities! I would dare to say they are the most intelligent animals out of these five!

As you can see there are lots of different forms of intelligence and not all of them have to be humanoid! You have a humanoid, a quadrupedal, an avian, and two marine forms of life are are scientifically recognized to be the most intelligent species among the worlds animals! Get creative!


NEVER BEFORE SEEN FOOTAGE: On December 26 2014, while in pursuit of the poaching vessel Thunder, the crew of Sea Shepherd ship, Bob Barker, encountered a pod of rare “Type D” Orcas.

Marine ecologist and (Antarctic) Orca expert Robert L. Pitman, examined photos taken of the encounter, and confirmed the Orcas as “definitely a type D killer whale”. He added, “I don’t think they have ever been filmed alive.”

anonymous asked:

You know Type A, B, C and D orcas? Where are each of those groups actually found?

Those refer to groups in Antarctica!!

Type A  - look like “typical Orca” and live in open water in the Southern Ocean. They’re some of the biggest Orca found in the world (up to 30ft), and are thought to prey primarily on minke whales. 

Type B (large) live in the loose pack ice around Antarctica, they’re slightly smaller than type A, grey in colour, have a very large eyepatch, typically shorter dorsal fins and their saddle patch extends into a black dorsal cape along their back. Their white patches are stained yellow/brownish by the diatoms that grow in Antarctic Orca. These whales have been spotted away from the pack ice, some its thought they may migrate to warmer waters.

Type B -  (small) live in the Gerlache straught in Antarctica. They look similar to large type B, but are smaller. They are thought to hunt penguins.

Type C - live in the Ross sea but have been spotted in new zealand waters. They are the smallest orca ecotype, males only reaching only 20ft long. Type C are more greyish, also have a black dorsal cape and are stained by diatoms, they have a distinct narrow forward slanting eyepatch. Its believed they are fish hunters.

Type D - lives in sub-antarctic waters, and like type c have been spotted around new zealand. They have black colouring, a bulbous head, a tiny eyepatch and a very thin dorsal fin. Its known they hunt patagonian toothfish but other parts of their diet remain unknown.


Orcas swimming alongside a fishing boat in Tahiti. 

Virtually nothing is known about Tahitian orcas. However, there was one confirmed sighting of either a type B or type C orca (it is unsure which type it was, but it was certainly one of those two as it had a prominent dorsal cape) from Antarctica about 200 miles south of Tahiti. This suggests that some Antarctic orcas are spending the winter in tropical waters, perhaps even Tahiti. 

The orcas in this video, however, are neither type B nor type C. It is unclear where this pod originates from. 


Really annoying music put in but this penguin jumped into a boat to escape a pod of Type B Antarctic Orcas. :)