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The Signs as Cetaceans

Aries Killer Whales: You don’t mess with them.

Taurus Bowhead Whales: Their dedication (or stubbornness) makes them capable of amazing things, even breaking through sea ice at least seven inches thick with their big heads.

Gemini Belugas: They can be very sociable and are known for their gift of the gab. They can pronounce a series of chirps, clicks, whistles and squeals, which may sound like nonsense to us, but to fellow belugas they convey deep and important messages.

Cancer Bryde’s Whales: While swimming they tend to suddenly change direction. For no apparent reason. A bit moody. They even have irregular breathing patterns.

Leo Spinner Dolphins: They have enough energy to jump up to 3 meters height and turn seven times on their axis before plunging again and then repeating the exercise about 13 more times. They are cool and they know it. They are not aggressive. Unless they don’t like you.

Virgo Pilot Whales: They are amazing, very clever, witty, and practical. Until they decide to just mass strand themselves on the beach.

Libra Humpback Whales: Very artistic, their songs are pretty nice. They love harmony, but won’t hesitate to fight for justice, getting in the way when Killer Whales attack other mammals. Depending on the point of view, this also makes them huge party poopers.

Scorpio Sperm Whales: The most famous of them is known for wreaking havoc on a ship. Giant squid and Colossal squid are very afraid of them. Enough said.

Sagittarius Fin Whales: Also known as “the greyhounds of the sea”, their open mind and philosophical views motivate them to roam the seas (at about 40 km/h, 24 mph) in search of the meaning of life.

Capricorn Blue Whales: Very strong, fearless and somewhat stoic, they may appear a bit cold on the outside, but they are actually very gentle beings.

Aquarius Bottlenose dolphins: Smart fellows, bitchy at times, but otherwise very friendly. They can form strong bonds which may last for life.

Pisces Cuvier’s beaked whales: Very wise, they dive deeper than anyone else, they have seen things no one else has seen. But this also means they are slightly out of touch with reality.

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I’ve been meaning to add a pilot whale to my repertoire for such a long time.

This my way of keeping with me all the ones we’ve lost, and the ones we’ve saved, at mass strandings.

And to keep up the rescue efforts, I’ve included the option to donate to Whale-Rescue, pioneers in the science and passion behind whale strandings and disentanglements.

You can purchase your own, here.

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This video infuriates me. The entire stadium of guests are screaming for he Pilot Whale to be helped, yet a trainer only states that this whale (who is very obviously stuck and in distress) can get back in the water on its own. The video uploader states that he/she was laughed at when she told an employee about what was happening, and no one came to the whale’s rescue for approximately 10 minutes.

For those of you who don’t know, being beached on a slide out for extended amounts of time puts immense pressure on a cetacean’s internal organs because they are not built to hold up their own weight out of water. This can lead to serious health issues or internal injury, and is believed to be very uncomfortable/painful for the animals. 

Trainers don’t rescue stranded animals on a slide out for a long time because they are instructed to teach the animal how to figure it out themselves. This is strictly for entertainment purposes, so that the animal doesn’t get stuck on the slide-out during shows and delay the choreography. this doesn’t have any kind of health-related intentions whatsoever.

Toxic chemicals found in beached pilot whales in Scotland

Scientists have found clear evidence that whales are absorbing high levels of toxic heavy metals, with cadmium found in the brains of pilot whales which washed up in Scotland

The research shows for the first time that cadmium – known to pass into the brains of infant and unborn whales - had also passed across the so-called blood-brain barrier in adult whales.

They said their findings also suggested that mercury concentrations could be increasing high enough in the seas “to lead to additional toxic stress in the long-lived marine mammals”, with higher concentrations increasing with age.

In three of the whales aged nine years or older, the mercury concentrations were higher than the toxic levels which would cause severe neurological damage in humans. 

Mercury in some of the beached whales brains was at levels high enough to cause severe neurological damage in humans, say scientists. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA