Rare Western Gray Whale heads south long eastern Pacific path


How little we know!!! In a recent blog I made the mistake of saying that Western Pacific Gray Whales were strictly found near the Sakhalin Islands which are of the east coast of Russia in the Sea of Okhotsk. Further they did not mix and were genetically separate making interbreeding most unlikely in regards to our  closely aligned California Gray Whale.

Flex was born in the summer of 1997 making him thirteen years old and one of only 130 living members of this species. By following the link below through Bruce Mate at the Oregon State University more exact information and specifics of this seemingly  unusual migration can be found.

Again I feel we have a creature screaming for help, for all we know there may be several traveling together, since Flex was the only one  tagged. Credit should be given to the Russian branch of the International Wildlife Federation for attempting to stop further drilling for oil near the Sakhalin Islands.  Therein lies the real problem, the search for and extraction of petrochemicals and its high decibel sounds.

http://mmi.oregonstate.edu/Sakhalin2010

Killer Whales Flee Deadly Naval Sonar


This video, narrated by Ken Balcomb from the Center for Whale Research, will give you a good idea of how sonar effects Cetaceans. In this video the whales frantically try to get away from the ear shattering, brain crushing  sounds.
To think  that these killer whales are not impacted by naval sonar is complete ignorance.

Last month when 33 whales were stranded and died in the British Isles. The British Navy immediately took the bodies of the pilot whales away to do necropies. That was over a month ago and still no results have been released.  There should   have been a release of the findings  to the public  yet that hasn’t happened. Why not ? Possibly the interests of the Navy are  again at stake. Watch the video above and judge for yourself. I think that even the Navy must ADMIT that Sonar is destroying Cetaceans each time they unleash their deadly sounds with little regard for our oceanic brethren.