Aquariums are a timeless concept. Many love to have them at home and when we want something more extraordinary, there are the museums and observatories that we can visit (and try to spot a shark or two!). However, sometimes the same old tired square block can become less of a novelty and more like a chore. And that’s exactly what this observatory center in Australia would like to avoid. Continue reading »
The Whale: A New Touristic Attraction In Norway, That Will Tell The Stories Of The Majestic Sea Creature Through Art, Science, And Architecture
The Danish architecture firm Dorte Mandrup A/S won the international competition to design “The Whale”, a new touristic attraction for northern Norway, that will tell the stories of the majestic sea creature through art, science, and architecture. Continue reading »
For several months the French street artists duo Murmure Street have been developing their latest project : « Garb(age) » that will be revealed in their upcoming exhibition in Paris in 2020. Continue reading »
Against ocean’s pollution, Studio KCA installed a 5 tons whale sculpture, 11,5 m high in the middle of a canal in Bruges. The statue is entirely composed of whastes found into the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. The project was a part of the Triennale de Bruges which was this year about the theme “Liquid City”. Continue reading »
This beached whale — although very realistic — is a replica installed by the Belgian Captain Boomer Collective with the aim of raising awareness of how our society and the way we live is affecting the environment. the metaphor has generated a game between fiction and reality, reinforcing a feeling of disturbance. Continue reading »
A gigantic blue whale skeleton was suspended in the Natural History Museum in London. Scientists named the 25.2-meter-long whale “Hope”, drawing attention to the role of science in safeguarding the environment. Continue reading »
A pair of newly born grey whale calves intrigued by visiting tourists eagerly swim over to the group to get a closer look. Urged on by their mother, the small calves confidently went up to the tour group who were visiting San Ignacio Lagoon in Baja California, Mexico. This adorable moment was captured by zoologist and wildlife photographer, Mark Carwardine on his visit to the area in March 2017. Continue reading »
Greenpeace Philippines has launched a 50 ft sculpture of a dead whale made out of plastic waste in a campaign to raise awareness about the effects of dumping rubbish. Continue reading »
As photobombs go, this is one for the scrapbook. A happy couple in the middle of their wedding vows were joined by a curious onlooker in the form of a beluga whale. During a wedding ceremony at Mystic Seaport in Mystic, Connecticut the bride-to-be was upstaged when the whale swam over to see what the commotion was about. Needless to the say, the internet didn’t waste any time having fun with the picture. Continue reading »
With the humpback calving season drawing to a close, here’s a look at some of Rita Kluge’s distinctive marine photos from the south Pacific. The Sydney-based photographer fell in love with whales after witnessing southern rights from the New South Wales coastline as they travelled to and from their feeding grounds in the Antarctic. She has since been to Tonga, where humpbacks breed and calf in winter months, to photograph them in the water. Continue reading »
A female skydiver swims with whale sharks, manta rays and sailfish – the fastest fish in the sea. Model, skydiver and wing-suit jumper Roberta Mancino jumped from a boat into the ocean surrounding Isla Mujeres near the northern Peninsula of Mexico. The incredible project involved two trips to the stormy winter seas – one in February 2013 and one a year later in February 2014. Photos by Shawn Heinrichs. Continue reading »
The juvenile humpback became stranded on the sand at Palm Beach late on Tuesday but is now swimming out to sea. The rescuers were successful on their fifth attempt to free the whale after earlier managing to move the whale towards the back of the breakers before the tow rope snapped and the humpback was back on the sand.
Sea World spokeswoman Tacha Mulligan says she is hopeful the whale will survive despite being out of the water for some time. “We were working against the conditions – time was running out on us”, she said. “It was the perfect time to go when we were able to release it. However, it has been out of the water and we are cautiously optimistic it will be OK from here on in”.
Marine rescue workers from Sea World attempt to help a juvenile humpback whale stranded at Palm Beach on the Gold Coast, in Queensland July 9, 2014. (Photo by Jason O’Brien/Reuters)
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This cheeky chappy isn’t in the mood to live up to his scary reputation as he is pictured here cracking a killer smile as he goes about his daily business. In some of the pictures, taken offshore in Kona, Hawaii, it even looks like the creature is showing off his best side as he beams from ear to ear. The amusing photographs show what appears to be a big grin plastered across the face of a False Killer Whale as he patrols the sea looking for food, seemingly tickled by something. American photographer Doug Perrine, 60, snapped the shots last year while the False Killer Whale was out hunting for food. (Photos by Doug Perrine/Iber-Press) Continue reading »
A group of wildlife watchers scan the open ocean for activity – as a huge whale drifts just below them. These amazing images show a 50-tonne southern right whale and its calves swim within touching distance of a small tourist vessel and its crew. The massive mammal dwarfs the boat and could easily crush it with one swipe of its 15ft tail.
But according to wildlife photographer Justin Hofman – the family seemed more intent on making friends. He said: “Being in the water with a whale is the most humbling experience I’ve ever had underwater… Not only are these animals massive, but they are long-lived, intelligent, cultural beings… Swimming along with a curious right whale calf was nerve-racking. At any moment I thought ‘mom’ was eventually going to get annoyed with me and swat me with her 15ft tail – and I’d be a goner.” Continue reading »
Bill Bouton, a retired high school biology teacher, was on an unsuccessful outing to photograph birds in San Luis Obispo, California, when he happened upon a breathtaking sight beneath the skyline: a pod of humpback whales feeding in shallow water.
The 69-year-old captured one of the enormous mammals breaching the surface while feeding on a “bait ball,” a dense mass of sardines that forms to ward off predators. But the defense mechanism just seemed to be attracting more hungry creatures, Bouton said, as hundreds of pelicans and seagulls were diving in the water and flying up again. Continue reading »
The sea of Faroe Islands in north of Europe turned red with the blood of hundreds of whales killed by the inhabitants, as a part of their annual whale hunting culture. Every year the islanders catch and slaughter pilot whales (Globicephala melaena) during the traditional whale hunt known as ‘Grindadrap’. Being an autonomous province of Denmark, where whaling is banned, the Faroe Islands’ laws allow the mass slaughter of pilot whales, beaked whales and dolphins to observe the annual tradition.
“It is unacceptable for the Faroe Islands to preserve separate laws that allow inhabitants to continue the whale slaughter,” PETA mentions in its action alert “Stop the Bloody Whale Slaughter” urging government to stop the massacre.
Inhabitants of Faroe Islands catch and slaughter pilot whales (Globicephala melaena) during the traditional ‘Grindadrap’ (whale hunting in Faroese) near the capital Torshavn, November 22, 2011. (REUTERS/Andrija Ilic) Continue reading »
Jake Adams, an exhibit maintenance supervisor for the American Museum of Natural History, cleans a 94-foot blue whale model at the museum in New York September 7, 2011. The model, based on a female blue whale found in 1925, was first displayed in 1969. The model, the largest of its kind of the largest creature that has ever lived on Earth, is sculpted from fiberglass and polyurethane and weighs 21,000 pounds. (REUTERS/Eric Thayer)
Photo of the Day: Spectacular Photos of World’s Largest Fish Whale Sharks Seen Almost Swallowing Dive
A diver was almost swallowed by a whale shark while he was staring into the mammoth jaws of the largest fish in the world that feed mainly on plankton. The breathtaking photograph was captured by photographer Mauricio Handler in the waters of Mujeres Island in Mexico. (Mauricio Handler/handlerphoto) Zoom.
Two boys look at the body of a humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) at Toluca beach, 50 km south from San Salvador, El Salvador on July 4. (Jose Cabezas / AFP – Getty Images). Click to zoom.
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