Category Archives: Marine Mammals

Book Review: Beautiful Whale by Bryant Austin

If I had to describe Bryant Austin’s book, “Beautiful Whale,” in one word, it would be *amazing*. Just looking at the photographs of whales up close is enough to make you go wow, but his accounts of how he got … Continue reading

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10 Endangered Ocean Animals: Happy Endangered Species Day!

10 Endangered Marine Animals 1. Maui’s Dolphin: found off of New Zealand, only 55 individuals remain 2. Northern Right Whale: found in Atlantic Ocean, only 350 individuals remain 3. Vaquita: small dolphin found off of Baja Peninsula, Mexico, 500-600 remain … Continue reading

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10 More Amazing Facts About Sea Otters

1. Sea Otters, under the (United States) Endangered Species Act of 1977, are considered “threatened with extinction.” Sea otters technically are not an endangered species. 2. Sea Otters can dive up to 5 minutes, and average 60 feet deep (but … Continue reading

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Sperm Whales Adopt Deformed Dolphin

Hi, I am a sperm whale, and no my name is not Moby Dick, nor am I all-white! I’m not sure whether I should laud Herman Melville for putting sperm whales at the pantheon of literature, or if I should … Continue reading

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How Seals are Affected By Climate Change

Ah, polar bears get all the attention because of the ice caps melting due to global warming, but there wouldn’t be any polar bears if us ice seals weren’t around to feed them! Not that I want to be polar … Continue reading

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Right Whale Mother Adopts Orphaned Calf in Addition to Her Own Calf

There is no sorrow greater than a mother’s when she has lost her babe. In my case, a calf. I am a Southern right whale, and I live off the Western Cape of South Africa. Recently I adopted a still … Continue reading

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The 200 year old Bowhead Whale: the Oldest Mammal on Earth

I am a bowhead whale. I just celebrated my 200th birthday this year. That makes me the oldest living mammal on the planet! Sure, trees can live thousands of years, and the oldest living tree on earth is a bristlecone … Continue reading

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My Unforgettable Moment with Mae, the Sea Otter Surrogate Mom from the Monterey Bay Aquarium

I am very sad to hear of the passing of Mae on November 17, 2012. Mae was one of southern sea otters in the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Sea Otter Exhibit. I first met Mae 11 years ago when she was … Continue reading

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Willow, the All-White Humpback Whale Found Off of Norway

While it is nice to get some attention for being an all-white humpback whale, I wanted to clear a few things up. First of all, I am not Moby Dick! Moby Dick was a sperm whale, and a fictional one … Continue reading

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Polar Bears, Polar Ice Caps Melting, and Global Warming

Hello, my name is Ursula. I am a polar bear. While it is flattering to be the poster “animal” for global warming, it just plain sucks to be a polar bear in this day and age. Don’t get me wrong, … Continue reading

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Meet Migaloo, the All-White Humpback Whale of Australia

Hi, my name is Migaloo. I am the famous all-white humpback whale that lives off the Great Barrier Reef of Australia. My name is an aboriginal term meaning “white fellow.” I have been called an albino, but what I really … Continue reading

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How Sea Otters Fight Global Warming

The simple answer is that sea otters are a keystone species that eat the sea urchins who graze on kelp. The kelp then flourishes and sequesters (sucks up) carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. So sea otters indirectly fight global warming. … Continue reading

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10 Amazing Facts About Sea Otters

Here are 10 Amazing Facts About Sea Otters: 1. Sea Otters are one of the few animals that use tools. They mainly use rocks, but have been seen using glass soda bottles and cement blocks. 2. Newborn pups cannot sink … Continue reading

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Olive the Oiled Sea Otter

Olive the Oiled Sea Otter Sung to the lyrics of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” Olive the oiled sea otter, was rescued from Santa Cruz. She was picked up with care, for she had everything to lose. She was given a … Continue reading

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Farewell to Joy and Toola, Surrogate Sea Otter Moms Extraordinaire at the Monterey Bay Aquarium

I am sad to hear of the passing of one of the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s sea otter surrogate moms, Joy. It is also a sad day for the Sea Otter Research and Conservation Program (SORAC) because they have lost their … Continue reading

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