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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Help Save The Whales ... Stop Whaling Now

This is the 3rd part to the 10 part blogs of the Sailor Creatures of the Deep fountain pens collection. Previously, we seek your help to save the shark and a brief introduction to clown fish. In this blog, we seek your help to save the whales and help stop whaling.

There are a lot of us has mistakenly consider whales to be fish. They are not fish, but mammals. They feed milk to their babies and breathe air. The live in large groups called “herds”, and baby whale is called a “calf”.

The whales do not have gills, therefore, they cannot breathe under water. Hence, they have to surf to the water to get air. They breathed in and out through their “blow hole” which is on their back.

If they can't breathe under water, how do they sleep?

Whales stay at the top of the water with their blow hole above the surface when they sleep. Occasionally, they will swim up the surface of the water and quickly blow air out of their blow hole, and make a fountain of watery mist, which is known as “a blow”.

Whales are categorize into two major groups, baleen (toothless) and toothed whale.

Baleen whales are also called “toothless” whales. Instead of teeth, they have plates made of baleen in their jaws. Baleen is a very hard and strong substance, much like the material that makes animals’ horns. Baleen is also called “whalebone.”
Baleen whales have 2 nostrils, or blowholes.
Blue, bowhead, gray, humpback and minke are some example of baleen whales. The magnificent blue whale is the largest animal on earth at 100 feet in length. It is even larger than dinosaurs. Can you believe it? Humpback whales is just as big, weighing up to 45 tons.
The sea water passes through the baleen, which is about 2 to 12 feet long and act as a filter, and trip the whales foods. It favour food are krill. The whales eat as much as 2 tons of krill per day! Wow!

The toothed whales, as they are called because they have teeth instead of baleen. The white, bottlenose, narwhal, pilot and sperm whales are a few examples of such whales.
Do you know that the famours “killer whale” is actually a large dolphin?
Killer whales, or Orcas, are actually the largest species in the dolphin family and can grow up to a 30 feet in length. They are also number 1 predator in the marine environment. Have you ever wonder why the Orcas are called killer whales?
They have such nickname not because they kill human, but because they have been observe to hunt in group, killing marine mammals, including other type of whales. There are no accurate report till date of orcas killing humans in the wild.
Toothed whales eat fish and plants. They have one nostril, or blowhole.

Our neighbour dog always reminder me of the whales. All whales are very noisy. They moan, groan, squeak and sigh to talk to each other. These underwater sounds can travel great distances. The Whale are not only the largest number, they are also the loudest animals in the world.
Whales feast to build up their blubber and other fat reserves during the warm summer, and start to migrate to a warmer places during winter. During the migration, the whales will swim non-stop, not even stopping to eat. They only stop for a short rest before continue to swim again.
No lives remains unaffected by human activities, and that include marine lives. Look at the world economic today. The stock market crashed, the property market crashed leaving thousand of people homeless, the inflation is at all time high ... over exploit, cheat, deplete …
Due to it high profit, global whaling industry have drove one whale specie population after another toward extinction. Now whaling is no longer the only threat to whales. Human activities impact to the oceans have dramatically changed the marine environment.
The whales population continue to be at risk from hunting, ship strikes, by-cathc, entanglements, marine pollution, underwater noise and global warming. We are at a stage where the whale population can no longer withstand the resurgence of commercial whaling.
Ensuring a healthy whale population is key to restoring the health of our world's oceans. Whaling not only is cruel, it is also not unnecessary as there are no pressing human need but poses a serious of major threat to the survival of world remaining whales, and other marine lives.

Other blogs for the Sailor Creatures of the Deep collection
(1) Crown Fish "Kumanoni"
(2) Hammerhead Shark "Same"
(3) Octopussy "Tako"
(4) Pengiun
(5) Sunfish "Manubou"

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