Posts tagged ‘whale’

August 10, 2011

Juneau Gets His Kicks

What a minute, I know that whale!  I used to run back and forth across his underwater panels while Juneau was still at SeaWorld Orlando.  What a sweetheart.  Never thought to bring my trumpet in to play him a tune.

And yes, the sillier you think you are being, the more entertaining you are to a marine mammal.  In the field we call this “environmental enrichment”, when we literally play to break up a zoo animals’ day.

As highly acoustic animals, it makes sense that a beluga would respond to this quirky display.  Never mind the dancing and enormous sombreros.

May 30, 2011

Memorial Day With Pilots.. Whales!

Now this is how you spend a Memorial Day! The Marine Mammal Conservancy, along with dozens of volunteers including some from our armed forces, continues to care for three pilot whales at their center in the Keys.  Over twenty pilots stranded back on May 5th.

On the sad side: MMC had to euthanize one of the pilots R-303, last Wednesday as her condition had reached a point of no return.  On the positive side: R-302 is listed in critical condition, R-301 in guarded condition, and the little calf R-300 is reportedly in stable condition at this time.  MMC expects to continue to require volunteer help and financial assistance to care for these whales for several months to come.  (I’ve given you a full breakdown of their needed list of supplies.  Please do consider contributing if you have the time or the means!)

MMC also has a good update on the two pilot whales that were released earlier this month, Y-400 and Y-404.  Both whales continue to travel together and, as you can see from the satellite markers, are currently traveling several hundreds miles off the coast of Charleston, South Carolina.  The biologists with the Conservancy as well as the Chicago Zoological Society’s Sarasota Dolphin Research Program and Mote Marine Laboratory will monitor their tags to try to learn as much as they can from these released whales and hopefully track their progress as well as learn traveling and diving habits.

If you’re planning a trip to the Keys this summer, consider stopping in at MMC and donating a few hours of time! You don’t need any special training and a four hour commitment will probably change your life as well as improve the chances for the pilots and help the MMC!