Mon, 13 July 2020
Last year, we observed 215 dead Gray Whales wash ashore. Scientists believe that more whales died and were stuck in some gyres or sank to the bottom of the sea. There were a ton of questions being asked as to why the whales were washing up dead.
Now researchers have some answers and the results are more worrisome than we initially thought.
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Tue, 23 October 2018
A dedicated listener, Alyssa Stoller, sent me an article on beaked whales beaching themselves off the coasts of Scotland and Ireland. Alyssa wanted to make sure that the story would get spread across the Speak Up For Blue airwaves as it was an important story and it needed to be discussed. I gladly obliged.
I asked Dr. Chris Parsons if he would be able to come on the podcast to help explain the details of the story as he is familiar with the area. Chris used to work in the area on Marine Mammals.
As usual, Chris and I got talking and we talked...a lot. So I decided to separate the show into two parts. In Part 1, Chris and I discuss the overall reasons as to why marine mammals beach themselves. In part 2 (next episode), we discuss the specifics of the article that Alyssa sent us.
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Direct download: SUFB_S605_WhyAreBeakedWhalesBeachingThemselvesInTheUK.mp3
Category:Whales -- posted at: 3:57pm EDT
Sat, 6 October 2018
A quick episode today. This episode is based on the various reactions of a family who encountered two whales during their family adventure in Puget Sound. Let's just say some family members were enjoying the once in a lifetime experience and others were scared out of their wits.
The whales were under the boat and lifted the boat slightly, so I can understand why some of the family members were afraid. However, it was interesting to hear calmer heads prevail as they calmed down their fellow family members to show that the whales meant no harm and that they will never experience it again...so take it all in.
I have some family members that get frightened at specific wildlife around my neighbourhood. I tell one of those stories in this episode.
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Direct download: SUFB_S588_IfAWhaleWentUnderYourBoatWouldYouCall911.mp3
Category:Whales -- posted at: 4:00pm EDT
Mon, 1 May 2017
Whales are the focus of today's podcast as they are in the news on the East and West Coast of the United States. Some of the news is good and some of the news is bad. Even the good news is not that great. Here is the breakdown of the episode:
1) 41 Humpback whales washed ashore dead over the past year (average is 14). Scientists are looking into it;
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Category:Whales -- posted at: 8:00am EDT