pilote whales


The Oceanic Whitetip shark lives in the open ocean, far from land in tropical water. Their large pectoral fins allow them to glide through the water and take a break between tail beats, helping to conserve energy. Oceanic Whitetips are bold, opportunistic hunters; largely solitary animals, but are scavengers and will group together in a feeding frenzy if an opportunity of a meal presents itself. These sharks are known to follow pilot whales, researches believe this is because pilot whales are keen at finding squid, a favorite meal for these sharks. Although Oceanic Whitetips tend to lead lonely lives, they often don’t mind the company of pilot fish and remoras. The sharks protect the fish from predators and, in return, the fish clean parasites off the sharks’ skin.


Hundreds of whales are dead after swimming too close to New Zealand shore

  • Between 250 and 300 pilot whales are dead after a wave of them washed ashore on Farewell Spit in New Zealand Friday.
  • According to the New Zealand Department of Conservation, volunteers attempted to re-float over 100 of the estimated 416 beached whales with partial success.
  • About 50 of the whales swam out, while 80 to 90 re-stranded on the beach. Read more (2/10/17 11:09 AM)

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For weeks now, hundreds of pilot whales have stranded on New Zealand’s serene shoreline. More than half of these animals have already died, and dedicated volunteers have been working non-stop for days to save these amazing creatures.

It is estimated that between 600-700 animals have made their way onto the beaches, and over 300 have died.

The reason why whales strand is still a mystery, though scientists do have some ideas. One theory is that oceanic noise pollution messes with the cetacean’s hearing, disorienting them and causing them to beach themselves. Another is that if one individual whale has a problem, such as injury or illness, and is driven to strand, then the rest of the pod will follow. Cetaceans are social creatures, so they will often stick together till the end.

One thing is for certain though: New Zealand’s bay’s are the perfect trap for the whales. Shallow water, closes in areas, there’s no doubt that a cetacean, who could be feeding perhaps, might get stuck there.

This story, however, is not a complete loss. While Anthony Phelps/Reuters
many have died, numerous pilot whales have been re-floated too. In fact, a little over two weeks ago 240 whales from Farewell Spit, a beach that goes from New Zealand’s South Island, managed to get back out during the night when the tide was in and swim off.

Volunteers are still vigilant in their efforts to save these animals and are currently in high alert for any new ones that find themselves trapped on the beach.

PC: Marty Melville/AFP/Getty Images and
Anthony Phelps/Reuters

More whales stranded in New Zealand, bringing total to 650
A new pod of 240 whales swam aground at a remote New Zealand beach Saturday just hours after weary volunteers managed to refloat a different group of whales following an earlier mass stranding.
By Associated Press

The mass stranding of pilot whales continues in New Zealand, as ANOTHER GROUP ends up beaching themselves.

There is still no concrete explanation for why this is happening, but i feel it is definitely not a good sign.

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  • The Boy With The Torn In His Side - The Smiths
  • Brimful of Asha (Norman Cook Remix) - Cornershop
  • I Wanna Be Adored - The Stone Roses
  • Steady, As She Goes - The Raconteurs
  • Coming Down - Dum Dum Girls
  • Bette Davis Eyes - Kim Carnes
  • Heathens - Twenty One Pilots
  • Purple Light - Elliphant
  • Paris - The 1975
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  • Rhiannon - Fleetwood Mac
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  • Don’t Fear The Reaper - Blue Öyster Cult
  • Let Her Dance - The Bobby Fuller Four

Forgot I hadn’t posted this! Got commissioned to do a potential cover for a scientific journal. Haven’t heard anything about it being picked or not, but the illustration was cool and really fun to do.

Pictured, clockwise from midnight: minke whale, blue whale, humpback whale, orca whale, fin whale, Atlantic white-sided dolphin, sei whale, pilot whale, sperm whale


New Zealand whale stranding

A new pod of 240 whales swam aground at a remote New Zealand beach on Saturday just hours after weary volunteers managed to refloat a different group of whales following an earlier mass stranding.

In total, more than 650 pilot whales have beached themselves along a 5 kilometer (3 mile) stretch of coastline over two days on Farewell Spit at the tip of the South Island. About 335 of the whales are dead, 220 remain stranded, and 100 are back at sea. (AP)

Photo credits: Tim Cuff/New Zealand Herald via AP, Marty Melville/AFP/Getty Images (2)

See more photos of whale stranding and our other slideshows on Yahoo News.

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Remus- Remus likes slow but catchy music. perfect for a rainy day while your curled up with a book and tea.  (Bands: Of Monsters and Men, Mumford and Sons, and Noah and the Whale.

Sirius-Sirius likes loud music that you sing your lungs out. Perfect fro longroad trips with best friends. (Bands: Vampire weekend, Grouplove, and Twenty One Pilots

James- James surprisingly enjoys soft acoustic music.  Great fro lazy days during the fall. (bands: Tom Rosenthal, The Accidents, and winterbourne

Peter- Peter likes bluegrass and country (everyone gives him shit for it). Pete’s music never really has a area where it shines. it just kinda shows up uninvited. (bands: Devil makes three, The Avett Brothers, and  Trampled by Turtles

Lily- Like James, Lily also enjoys soft music. Perfect for studying before a big exam. (bands: Fionn Regan, Johnny Flynn, and Cinders.