Belugas: Such cute White whales

June 24, 2017 mammal 0

The Beluga whales(Delphinapterus leucas), literally translated as “the dolphin without a fin that is white”, are one of the two species of the family Monodontidae; the other being another oddity called the Narwhal. Their family is most closely related to dolphins among whales and perhaps arose 30 -to 40 million years […]

asian river dolphin

South Asian river Dolphin: The Blind and Beautiful!

April 30, 2017 mammal 0

The South Asian River dolphin (Platanista gangetica) also locally called susu, is a freshwater or river dolphin found in the Indian subcontinent. One subspecies is found in the Ganges and Brahmaputra rivers while the other is found in the Indus river. The lovely creature diverged from toothed whales, particularly ancestors […]

Gray Whale

The Gray Whale – adventurer of the high seas

April 13, 2017 mammal 0

The gray whale (Eschrichtius robustus), named after the famous Danish Zoologist Daniel Frederik Eschricht, is a baleen whale that migrates between feeding and breeding grounds yearly. Although not a very pretty beast; what with it being encrusted with barnacles and marked white in places by parasites clinging on to it, it […]

The Pygmy Right Whale – too few and too small to kill!

April 6, 2017 mammal 0

This whale is rarely seen and so the above photograph is of a beached whale in New Zealand. The scientific name is Caperea Marginata and it is part of the family of baleen whales called Cetotheriidae. The range of this small whale, 3000 lbs. and 6 meters is very small in […]

Humpback Breaching

That’s how whales tweet

February 9, 2017 mammal 0

We always wondered why Leviathans like these were so eager to jump out of the water. Breaching, it is called and has been long a thing of joy and wonder to many scientists. It also takes a lot of energy for such large beasts to jump out of water, which […]

Cuvier’s beaked whales – the deep divers

February 5, 2017 mammal 0

A remarkable creature first described by the very vain and very famous Monsieur  Georges Cuvier, as a water owl because it has a goose-like beak, as you can see below.           “In 2014, scientists reported that they had used satellite-linked tags to track Cuvier’s beaked whales off […]

Narwhals pay for the legend of the Unicorn.

January 14, 2017 mammal 1

The Narwhals are whales, and so are classified within the Order Cetartiodactyla (even-toed) of mammals. The interesting thing they have is a tusk ( really a long canine) coming out from their mouth that looks exactly like the fabled Unicorn’s horn. Research videos have come out that they use this tusk […]