Yes, these killer whales have paint on their chins. This is a part of a self-awareness test that helps prove cetacean intelligence. At first, these orcas could not see the paint on them. However, when a mirror was placed in front of them, they attempted to look for the paint on their body. They connected that the paint on the reflected whales was actually on their own bodies - therefore, they recognized their own reflections. Self-recognition is affiliated with complex intelligence.
That’s amazing and awesome!
A baby dolphin with its umbilical cord still attached was found beached near Montevideo, Uruguay. Luckily, a rescue organization got involved and and has been nursing the little guy back to health.
Looks like this dog is as entranced by the whales as we would be!
I cannot express enough how jealous I am of this dog. If I were this dog, I’d probably be passing out from the sheer awesome.
But this dog is more like, “Huh. Are you watching this too? Huh.”
Dolphins are my favorite animals (with whales), but this whole thing is hilarious GOLD with the comments! people are so gullible.
NIO WONER IT CANT BREATHE
UPDATE: The original photo has been replaced with a more recent photo of a white orca.
Originally observed in August 2010 near the Commander Islands in the North Pacific, researchers decided to wait until the animal had been studied further before releasing photographs.
Photo: E. Lazareva / Newscom
Ed note: Almost as rare as a white killer whale is the mysterious narwhal. Our article on the “unicorn of the sea.”
Pictured are mother/daughter pair Stella and Ran II.
Happy Mother’s Day to all moms - no matter the species!
On Memorial Day Monday, at around 10:30pm, Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium welcomed a new-born Pacific White-sided Dolphin calf to its Oceanarium. Shortly after the birth, the calf swam to the surface, took its first breath, and began to swim and bond with its mother. (via zooborns)