Did plastic kill the Northland whale?

It is a great shame that major news outlets in New Zealand are not more discerning about what they print.? Someone’s beliefs may be sincerely held, but nevertheless, still, personal beliefs are printed without any attempt to provide balance.? See this, from a newspaper. Quote.

The stranding and death of a 15m sperm whale is an example of how unhealthy our oceans are, according to a witness.

The whale came ashore near Dick Urlich Drive on Tokerau Beach, Karikari Peninsula, on Friday afternoon and was tossed about by the waves.

Department of Conservation staff and locals stayed with the giant mammal but it died in the early hours of Saturday.

Robert Urlich, who was born on Tokerau Beach, said sperm whales used to frequent the area but the whaling industry almost completely decimated the population. After commercial whaling stopping in 1923, it took a long time for the population to recover.

Whale deaths had increased in recent years, Urlich said.

“Recently, there have been a number of whale deaths worldwide; in fact, I think there have been an increase in the number of whale deaths and we don’t know why that should be, exactly.” End quote.

So, the whale population was significantly impacted by whaling but is now recovering.? Thus, there are more whales now, consequently, more whales get old and die. Seems a logical reason to note an increase in whale deaths.? But no; it’s got to be evil plastic.?Quote. Read more »


Family witness Killer Whale hunt close-up


Dolphin and whale pod stampede… Drone+GoPro=Win

Apart from this being obligatory material for Whaleoil, it is also pretty awesome


Creatures of the deep


Well that was unexpected…..


Whales on Whales – For the boss


Mmmmm Dolphin

Beautiful photos of an Orca chasing, catching and eating a dolphin.


With the setting sun just beginning to turn the sky pink, a killer whale leaps out of the ocean and soars into the air, spray cascading down in its wake.

It is a magnificent image. Except the whale?s dive has a purpose ? the dolphin quivering 15ft below.? Read more »

Whales almost eat divers


“Own a whale and save it” — Rodney Hide

Who needs saving?

After last week?s confession I have been asked how the evolution and expansion of the common law could deliver resource conservation and environmental protection.

By its nature, there?s no generic prescription but common law principles can be helpfully thought through for particular instances.

The advantage of the common law approach is its lack of prescription in favour of the consistent application of the principles of property, tort and contract law.

The common law doesn?t deliver an outcome but instead a set of rules that enables people to interact peacefully and freely while continuously discovering the best and proper use of precious resources.

That makes my head hurt. ?What has this got to do with whales Rodney? ?’Cause we post anything about whales. ?It’s policy.

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See, Whales do care

Credit: Alexander D. M. Wilson / Aquatic Mammals

Credit: Alexander D. M. Wilson / Aquatic Mammals

AAAS reports

Sperm whales are fierce squid hunters, but they also have a softer side. In a serendipitous sighting in the North Atlantic, researchers have discovered a group of the cetaceans that seem to have taken in an adult bottlenose dolphin with a spinal malformation.

There you go: ?Fierce hunters with a softer side. ?Even scientist says so. Read more »