Rare whale find on Ameland beach

This video says about itself:

Sowerby’s beaked whales breaching

Filmed 2013-08-25 (Mesoplodon bidens).

Translated from the Nieuwe Dockumer Courant in the Netherlands today:

This Wednesday, pro environment beachcomber Piet Metz found a special piece of bone on the beach of Ameland. Research by the Nature Centre Ameland on the origin of this bone has now shown that this is a vertebra of a Sowerby’s beaked whale (Mesoplodon bidens).

The discovery of a single vertebra of this whale is remarkable. This is because of this whale species in the Netherlands only 19 strandings have been recorded; in this century only four.

See also here.

Bermuda Triangle to Become Humpback Whale Haven: here.

White whale Humpback calf off Queensland: here.

Fin whale in Dutch Naturalis museum: here.

Fin whale dies after stranding on mud in Humber Estuary: here.

Japan Dolphin Day: Protest The Slaughter In Taiji (TAKE ACTION): here.

Dolphins don’t whistle, but instead “talk” to each other using a process very similar to the way humans communicate: here.

3 thoughts on “Rare whale find on Ameland beach

  1. Biologists baffled by unusual whale behaviour

    Melissa Brown

    Updated September 09, 2011 16:05:48

    Biologists say a number of whales did not migrate north over winter as usual.

    Marine biologists are baffled by a change in the behaviour of whales visiting Victorian bays this year.

    The Dolphin Research Institute says a number of humpback whales remained in Western Port and Port Phillip bays throughout the migration season instead of travelling north.

    Institute spokesman Jeff Weir says scientists are unsure what has caused the change in their migration pattern.

    He says they also saw the animals competing for the first time off Mount Martha and Mornington.

    “These are big animals, the size of tourist buses, playing demolition derby under the water and then sometimes reaching the surface banging into each other jostling for position in the pod,” he said.

    Mr Weir says it is the kind of behaviour normally seen when the animals are mating in northern Australia.

    “I mean, it possibly is simply numbers of whales are picking up again and the populations are increasing,” he said.

    “Maybe they’re just spreading themselves more evenly around our coast. The critical thing will be to monitor it in the years to come.”



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