Wren and sperm whale on Texel island


Wren on tree, 8 March 2016

After 7 March 2016 on Texel island came 8 March. When we saw this wren in the forest.

Earlier, east of Den Hoorn, a skylark flying and singing.

Near the Novalishoeve farm, a flock of jackdaws.

A greenfinch.

In the forest, a song thrush sings. A great tit.

A chaffinch sings.

Wood ear fungi on a fallen branch.

We arrive at Ecomare museum, and at their animal rehab center.

In the birds’ center at the moment mainly gannets. And one great cormorant. Other injured or sick birds brought to the center include herring gulls, lesser black-backed gulls, razorbills and guillemots.

In the harbour porpoise pool there are two porpoises. They beached when they were still very young, unable to survive in the North Sea not having learnt so from their mothers. In the pool they get herring and capelin fish.

Common seal, Ecomare, 8 March 2016

In the harbour seal rehab pools, some animals looked relaxed.

Finally, the new whale hall. Paid for by the sperm whale beached in December 2012 on Razende Bol islet near Texel. That whale turned out to have much valuable ambergris in its entrails. The ambergris meant enough money for a hall, big enough for the skeletons not only of the sperm whale, but also of the humpback whale beached also on Razende Bol a few days earlier; and of a killer whale.

Sperm whales’ ultrasound, video


This video says about itself:

Feeling The Force of Sperm Whales Ultrasound – Super Giant Animals – BBC

11 March 2016

Sperm whales can hunt in total darkness under the sea but how? Steve Backshall explains how sperm whales use sound to build up a picture of their environment as he gets up close to them.

Beaked whale beaches in Dutch Zeeland


Beaked whale beached near Vlissingen

Dutch regional broadcaster Omroep Zeeland reports that yesterday evening a beached beaked whale was found near Vlissingen.

Beaked whales are very rare in the North Sea.

The animal, about five meter long, has been transported to the veterinary department of Utrecht university; to find out why the animal died and which beaked whale species it is.

Entangled humpback whale frees itself, video


This video from the USA says about itself:

Entangled Humpback Whale Frees Itself Off Dana Point As Whale Watchers Cheer

4 March 2016

Whale watchers aboard a catamaran with Captain Dave’s Dolphin and Whale Safari were viewing a humpback whale when they noticed that the whale seemed to be playing with a shrimp trap buoy located about 2 and 1/2 miles off the coast of Dana Point, California. Several minutes later the whale dove down and entangled itself around the tail.

Scientists witness extraordinary feeding event as humpback whales feast on krill ‘super-swarm’: here.

Humpback whales, BBC video


This video says about itself:

Swimming With Humpback Whales – Super Giant Animals – BBC

4 March 2016

Steve Backshall has an amazing experience as he swims with two whales who interact with him.

Baby blue whale nursing, video


This video says about itself:

Baby Blue Whale Nursing (Exclusive Drone Footage)

2 March 2016

While researching pygmy blue whales in the South Taranaki Bight region of New Zealand, Leigh Torres used a drone to capture footage of a baby blue whale nursing. This is believed to be the first time that aerial footage has documented the nursing behavior of this endangered marine species.

Whale saved from illegal net


This video says about itself:

23 February 2016

Sea Shepherd crew rescued a [humpback] whale entangled in an illegal totoaba gillnet in the Gulf of California.

Sea Shepherd currently has two vessels in Mexico’s Gulf of California on OPERATION MILAGRO.

Our goal is to save the vaquita porpoises, the most endangered marine mammal.

The vaquita are caught as a result of fishing the totoaba, a fish poached for its swim bladder.

Both the vaquita and the totoaba are endangered species and protected by law.

Both species live only in the Gulf of California.

See also here.