“THE PRINCE OF WHALES”: BLAINVILLE’S BEAKED WHALE
This post results from a recent Technological Breakdown at Rolling Harbour Towers, and is to be viewed as post-trauma therapy. Smart New Mac ordered, to replace 5 year-old warhorse loosely held together with duct tape and prayer. After lengthy (overnight) data migration, Smart New Mac turns out to be faulty. SNM returned to store: a seething hotbed of stress and distress (the shop too). While replacement is eagerly awaited, fry motherboard of old computer with shorted charger. A week of wailing and gnashing of teeth. Smart New Newest Mac brings you this offering.
I like whales. Everyone likes whales. Even whalers, though for very different reasons. Here are some calming pics of one of Abaco’s largest yet best kept secrets – Blainville’s beaked whales. Adults grow to more than 15 feet long and weigh about 2000 pounds, yet they can behave like huge dolphins in slow motion – circling a boat, diving under it, drifting away, swimming back. They have no motherboard and require no data migration.
The amazing barnacled tusks of a male, that protrude upwards from the lower jaw
Dorsal fin damage is an excellent way to ID individual whales
The knobbly back will help with ID too
A female beaked whale noses towards the BMMRO research vessel
The blowhole, used for breathing, in close-up
Healed circular wounds caused by COOKIECUTTER SHARKS
‘Dolphining’ towards the RHIB (the small creature between the two on the left is a calf)
CLOSE ENCOUNTER & HEAVY BREATHING
BMMRO research RHIB BMMRO HQ, Sandy Point, Abaco
Female beaked whale being peaceful
Credits: all photos & video RH; Charlotte & Diane for a brilliant experience ; Mr Blainville (below) for a brilliant whale
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