I want to tell you a bit about my daily work experiences today: in my job I give talks on animals. I tell people and most times school classes or groups of children what's special about every species. And how we can protect them.
When it comes to sharks, it gets tricky. "Man, a shark kills humans!" "The most dangerous animals ever!" "Mindless killers" - I am used to hear all these prejudices when I start to ask the kids "What do you know about sharks?". And then I realize that I still have to SO much to do. 80% of the children have no idea how important sharks are for our eco system. They have no idea that there are less than 10 people every year killed by sharks. They have no idea that there are instead a few hundred million sharks killed by humans every year. They have no idea that even if a swimmer or surfers dies by a shark attack, the sharks doesn't eat the person. They have no idea, that the consequences would be abysmal if sharks would become extinct. They have no idea that the two largest sharks are only feeding on plankton.
The key is to start with the youngest of our society. We already need to explain to the three- or four-year-olds that no animal is mean or cruel. That no animal wants to kill humans. And that any animal on this planet has its own importance and right to exist. Only if we can change the prejudices our three-year-olds already have in mind, we can change something in general.
Photo by the amazing @oceanramsey who is doing an absolutely fantastic job! ❤️
Orca (Killer Whale)
Orcas, or killer whales, are the largest of the dolphins and one of the world's most powerful predators. They feast on marine mammals such as seals, sea lions, and even whales, employing teeth that can be four inches long. They are known to grab seals right off the ice. They also eat fish, squid, and seabirds.
The average life span of an Orca in the wild is between 50 and 80 years
They are the size of a bus weighing up to 6 tons and reaching lengths of 7m – 9m (23 to 32 ft)
Though they often frequent cold, coastal waters, orcas can be found from the Polar Regions to the Equator.
Orcas hunt in deadly pods, family groups of up to 40 individuals. There appear to be both resident and transient pod populations of orcas. These different groups may prey on different animals and use different techniques to catch them. Resident pods tend to prefer fish, while transient pods target marine mammals. All pods use effective, cooperative hunting techniques that some liken to the behaviour of wolf packs.
Whales make a wide variety of communicative sounds, and each pod has distinctive noises that its members will recognize even at a distance. They use echolocation to communicate and hunt, making sounds that travel underwater until they encounter objects, then bounce back, revealing their location, size, and shape.
Orcas are protective of their young, and other adolescent females often assist the mother in caring for them. Mothers give birth every three to ten years, after a 17-month pregnancy.
Orcas are immediately recognizable by their distinctive black-and-white colouring and are the intelligent, trainable stars of many aquarium shows. Orcas have never been extensively hunted by humans.
These set of images were photographed on location in Norway courtesy of our latest One Ocean Diving @oneoceandiving Photographer and Teammate, Chiara Salomoni @chiaraphoto and posted by My Mother Team at One Ocean Diving @oneoceandiving - While sharks are the apex predators we focus on, the world is full of incredible species.
Orcas, above all, rule the oceans with an intelligence that evolved to levels we can barely understand. We know they have strong family bonds and a brain built to use and process sound. They use sound to communicate, and to see, eco-locating all there is to see in the water further then the eye could ever reach.
To communicate, each eco type of Orca uses a different language and within these groups, each family or “pod” utilized a different dialect. These dialects and many other behaviors are not instinctive but leaned and passed down by the matriarch, the oldest female and head of the pod! From this comes the importance of keeping orcas wild.
Photo by @chiaraphoto#apexpredator#orca#encounter#nature#underwater#underwaterphotography#norway#killerwhale
This week on “instagram always crops my pictures weird and im Angry,” we have days 10-12; flowing, cruel, and whale, aka the edgy lot of the whole. Is it weird that im really proud of the dead body in the pond piece? Idk man.
Happy Hump Day! 🌊Our superstar volunteer Ciara came across this calf breaching whilst she was processing images for photo-ID today- nothing like a beautiful image to give you a bit of encouragement whilst you process 6400 images from just one survey day in Bremer! 😱🤷♀️ What can I say?! I am a bit trigger-happy, but it was a busy day 😉
Project ORCA is made up of a team of dedicated ocean and orca enthusiasts & the work could not be done alone. Thank you to everyone who contributes their time and passion to help our dedicated research on killer whales here in Western Australia 🇦🇺🙌🏽🖤 You are so appreciated 🖤🐳 #projectorca#killerwhaleresearchaustralia#orcatalkoz#orca#science