False killer whales, Hawaii, close up video

This video from Hawaii says about itself:

Extreme close up FALSE KILLER WHALES, Oahu, Hawaii

20 September 2015

Hawaiian false killer whales, as you’ve never seen them before…! Extreme closeups, and even an underwater smile for the GoPro.

False killer whales share a very similar skull and other traits with true Orca (uncommon, long-lived, slow to mature, calve only once every 6-7 years). However, they are quite distinct from them. For instance, though both are top predators, false killers rarely attack mammalian prey. And while Orca are quite popular, most folks have never heard of the pseudorca – false killer whale, or its highly endangered plight.

Go to the source – Learn more about conservation efforts, why they are needed and research focused on Hawaii’s False Killer Whales: here.

Spinner dolphin of Hawaii, videos

This video says about itself:

Wild Dolphin Triple Barrel Rolls

17 August 2015

Best honeymoon we could have asked for! Wife (filming) and I hit up a dolphin snorkel tour in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. Most of the dolphins swam alongside us in groups. This one though…

And here is the second video in this series.

Wild Dolphin Close-up

17 August 2015

Spinner dolphin zips by just before (and after) launching out of the water. You’ll spot a remora attached to it.

Taking a deep dive into Hawaii’s deep-sea ecosystems.

False killer whale research in Hawaii

This 2013 video from Ari Atoll in the Maldives is called False Killer Whales caught on tape while feeding.

From Honolulu Civil Beat in Hawaii:

Cluster of False Killer Whales Tagged for First Time Off Kona

Rare group was photographed and tagged last weekend — the first time they’d been seen in four years.

June 11, 2015

By Cliff Hahn

In an exciting encounter with an elusive group of Pseudorca (that’s “false killer whales” in non-geek terms), a team of biologists from Cascadia Research Collective were able to tag three of the cetaceans (marine species that includes whales, dolphins, and porpoises) which will enable satellite tracking of their movements throughout the Hawaiian Islands. Each tag is attached remotely (smart idea) and will provide GPS coordinates 10 to 12 times a day for the next few months.

The team was also able to photograph about 20 different individuals and will compare them to an existing photo catalog. “Every adult in the population is distinctive,” says Dr. Robin Baird, a research biologist with Cascadia, the non-profit organization that is leading the research. “We’ve already discovered that one of the individuals photographed was first documented in 1986, twenty-nine years ago.”

The new tags are showing that the whales have remained off the north end of Hawaii Island and in the Alenuihahi. (Channel that separates the island of Hawaii and Maui.)

But where are they going next? That’s anyone’s guess.

False killer whales have not been studied much in the wild — which is why last weekend’s tagging is so important. In November 2012, the United States’ National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recognized the Hawaiian population of false killer whales, which numbers around 150 individuals, as endangered. Historically, the species was thought extinct until the discovery of a large cluster in the Baltic Sea’s Kiel Bay in 1861.

Researchers refer to false killer whale “social clusters”, which are like killer whale “pods” – long-term groupings of closely related individuals who tend to stick together. “Cluster 1” and “Cluster 3” whales are seen a few times a year. But the recently tagged whales are part of “Cluster 2” and hadn’t been seen by anyone in nearly four years. Hawaii’s false whale population is unique, since they remain within 70 miles of the state’s shore.

“We’ve been hoping to find Cluster 2 for years, but they obviously spend very little time on the leeward sides of the islands where our research is based,” says Baird. “Saturday was our last day on the water and the winds were calm, so we were able to spend time in deep water north of Kona, an area we rarely get to.”

The research project was funded by grants from the Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center of NOAA Fisheries and the Hawaii Ocean Project, and was undertaken in collaboration with the National Marine Sanctuary.

Humpback whale freed from fishing gear, Hawaii, video

This video from Hawaii says about itself:

Humpback whale successfully freed from entangled gear

21 February 2015

After an eight-hour operation, a humpback whale spotted off Kona last week has been successfully freed of life-threatening gauge line.

Entangled humpback whale freed

This video says about itself:

Exclusive Preview of Humpback Whales of Tahiti

18 February 2014

Along the majestic islands of French Polynesia, host Jeff Corwin explores one of the largest ocean sanctuaries on earth and comes face to face with a family of Humpback whales. Jeff investigates whale biology, conservation, and witnesses the special bond between a protective mother and her precocious calf. It’s a once in a lifetime adventure with some of our planet’s most awe-inspiring animals.

From Associated Press:

Crews free humpback whale tangled in fishing line off Hawaii

February 22 at 7:23 AM

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii — Officials say a 45-ton humpback whale entangled with fishing line in Hawaii waters for more than a week is finally free.

The Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary said Saturday that its craft got within 10 feet of the mammal a day earlier and the crew used a pole equipped with a knife to saw the line free.

Ed Lyman of the sanctuary says several hundred feet of line was cut away.

West Hawaii Today reports that when the 45-foot-long whale swam free, all line but a small piece lodged in a wound was off. Lyman says that the fragment will fall away as the wound heals.

The entangled whale was first spotted Feb. 13 off the Big Island’s Kona Coast.

Experts say such entanglements could result in drowning, starvation, infections and increased susceptibility to ship strikes.

Bird webcams in North America

This 4 February 2015 Laysan albatross video from Kauai island in Hawaii is called Dad Ko’olau and baby Niaulani.

From the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in the USA:

Baby Boom on the Bird Cams

Laysan Albatrosses, Season 2: On January 31, Niaulani—an albatross chick on the island of Kauai—hatched under the watchful eye of Malumalu, the mother. Watch Niaulani grow up from a hatchling just six inches long to a massive bird with a seven-foot wingspan by the time it fledges in July.

Great Horned Owls: Two downy young owlets are eagerly taking bits of food from their mother when their father delivers prey. Watch them while you can-—the owlets will grow quickly and are estimated to fledge from their nest in mid-March.

Can’t get enough winter? Watch a bevy of winter birds—Common Redpolls, Pine Grosbeaks, Evening Grosbeaks—on our Ontario FeederWatch Cam.

Great horned owl eggs hatching on webcam

This video from the USA is called Savannah Great Horned Owl Cam Dad Finally Shows Himself! 1-31-15.

From the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in the USA:

Owl Hatch Has Begun!

We’re excited to share the news with you that the first egg in the Savannah Great Horned Owls nest has begun pipping! Late last night a small hole was seen forming and there is a high likelihood of seeing a new downy owlet enter the world over the next 24 hours. “Pipping” refers to the process of the chick initially breaking through the shell, using a hard projection on its bill called the egg tooth. The resulting hole is the “pip” that the chick then enlarges to finish hatching. This year’s pip follows 33 days of incubation by the female Great Horned Owl in often windy and rainy conditions.

Don’t miss your chance to see the young owl emerge live on the Great Horned Owl cam, made possible in partnership with Skidaway Audubon.

As if hatching owls aren’t enough to keep you busy, be sure to also check out our Kauai Laysan Albatross cam where a three-day-old nestling is beginning to adapt to life outside the egg. Special thanks to the Kauai Albatross Network for on-the-ground updates on hatching and invaluable insight on albatross behavior.

We’ll continue to post updates on the Bird Cams Facebook page and on Twitter at @birdcams. Thank you for watching!