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Here I am again - get to the beginning of them but not to the end..... Let's start with an E.
Is there an "A" please
At least I didn't say "W" lol.
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Wow - no more players today - an I????
Hi ! I am here !
S, please !
Everyone is prob taking off early for Spring Break.....!
Is their an "N" please
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may I have an L?
Is it a long finned pilot whale?? Hope hope!!
- 263 days ago - therainforestsite.com
Thanks Nyack......didn't even get started this time!
Long-finned Pilot Whale
The long-finned pilot whale is not actually a whale, but a dolphin. Along with the related short-finned pilot whale, this species was once called a 'pothead', as the bulbous head was thought to resemble a black cooking pot by the early whalers that first encountered the species. The Latin name of this genus, Globicephala, meaning 'globe head' also refers to the shape of the head. The stocky body is black or dark grey in colour with a white stripe passing diagonally behind the eye, a greyish area on the belly, and an anchor-shaped grey patch on the chin. As the common name of this species suggests, the sickle-shaped pectoral fins (flippers) are very long, there is a single blowhole, and the dorsal fin is placed forwards on the body). The range of this species and the short-finned pilot whale overlap in some areas, and it can be very difficult to distinguish between the two, particularly as it is often difficult to see the flippers .
The long-finned pilot whale (Globicephala melas) is one of the two species of cetacean in the genus Globicephala. It belongs to the oceanic dolphin family (Delphinidae), though its behavior is closer to that of the larger whales.
Like the orca, the long-finned pilot whale is really a dolphin. It has a bulbous forehead and is jet black or dark grey with grey or white markings on throat and belly and sometimes behind dorsal fin and eye. The dorsal fin is sickle shaped. The long flippers are about 15 to 20 percent of total body length. It is sometimes known as the pothead whale because the shape of its head reminded early whalers of black cooking pots. Females reach sexual maturity at about 3.7 m and 6 to 7 years of age. Males need about twice as long to reach sexual maturity at about 4.6 m and 12 years of age. An adult whale weighs 1.8 to 3.5 tonnes.
They are very social, family animals and may travel in groups of up to a hundred. A dominant female is mostly acting as a leader. These groups socialize with common bottlenose dolphins, Atlantic white-sided dolphins and Risso's dolphins. An adult whale needs about 50 kilograms (110 pounds) of food a day, which consists mostly of cephalopods and to a lesser amount of fish. Pilot whales generally take several breaths before diving for a few minutes. Feeding dives may last over ten minutes. They are capable of diving to depths of 600 metres (approximately 1900 feet), but most dives are to a depth of 30-60 metres.
Gestation lasts approximately 12 to 15 months and calving occurs once every 3 to 5 years. Calves are generally 1.8 meters (6 feet) at birth, and weigh about 102 kilograms (225 pounds). The calf nurses for up to 27 months, with some evidence for longer lactation and extensive mother calf bonds. Most calves are born in the summer, though some calving occurs throughout the year. The males may compete for mates with fights involving butting, biting, and ramming. Mating also involves these activities, and some females carry scars from bites inflicted by males during the breeding season. Females have been observed to have calves as late as 55 years old, and lactate as late as 61. This evidence indicates that females may nurse their last calf until puberty (up to 10 years in males).
Communication and echolocation consist of a wide sound range from three to 18 kHz. These sounds are produced 14 to 40 times a minute.
Long-finned pilot whales are very active and can often be seen lobtailing and spyhopping. The younger ones also breach. Full grown females have been observed breaching, but this is very rare in adult males. Long-finned pilot whales often strand themselves on beaches - because they have strong family bonds, when one animal strands, the rest of the pod tends to follow. These whales have also been observed babysitting calves in the pod while the mother goes deep to feed. It has been observed in the Gulf of Saint Laurence where one female was babysitting up to three calves at a time.
VERY GRAPHIC PHOTOS
of the Faroe Island Whale Slaughter
Pilot Whales Brutally Slaughtered Annually in the Faroe Islands
Residents of the Faroe Islands, an autonomous province of Denmark, slaughter and eat pilot whales every year, as these photos graphically depict. The Faroese are descendents of Vikings, and pilot whales have been a central part of their diet for more than 1,000 years. They crowd these intelligent animals into a bay and kill them, cutting the dorsal area through to the spinal cord. In the process, their main arteries get cut. As you can see, the waters in the bay turn bright red from all the blood.
Ironically, this practice, called grindadrá, is diminishing the population of 5,000 islanders. Many of them get sick and die from high mercury levels in the whales. Mentally retarded children are reportedly being born at alarmingly high rates.
To be clear, the whales are not endangered and animal rights organizations have largely backed off due to the fact that this process is such an integral part of Faroese culture, and because the Faroese aren’t involved in commercial whaling. That doesn’t make the pictures any easier to look at, though.
PBS has a video about the mercury problem and this culture’s deeply held beliefs called ‘The Faroe Islands – Message from the Sea’, viewable here.
- Stop Whale Massacre in Faroe Islands! - The Petition Site
- Pilot Whales brutally killed in Faroe Islands! (3611 signatures on petition)
- End Whale & Dolphin Slaughter in the Faroe Islands! - The Petition ...
- The Faroe Islands are the Taiji of the North Atlantic! (19503 signatures on petition )
- Stop the Faroe Islands Pilot Whale Massacre! - The Petition Site
- Every year in the Faroe Islands, anywhere from 1000 to 3000 long-finned pilot whales are brutally... (221 signatures on petition)
- Heavy Whaling on Faroe Islands - Care2 News Network
- Aug 2, 2011 ... Fishing has been utilized since the Mesolithic period. However, with an ever- expanding human population so too must our global fishing ...
- Pilot Whales Brutally Slaughtered in the Faroe Islands | Care2 Causes
- Sep 8, 2010 ... Animal rights activists undercover in the Faroe Islands have uncovered evidence of horrifying and illegal whaling practices.
- Stop Killing Pilot Whales in the Faeroe Islands! TAKE ACTION ...
- Oct 24, 2011 ... The Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats classifies the long-finned pilot whale as “strictly protected” ...
- Ban Whale Slaughter in Faroe Islands - The Petition Site
- A total of 1115 pilot whales have been brutally slaughtered in the Faroe Islands so far this year, making it the larges (3116 signatures on petition)
- Stop the Barbaric Whale and Dolphin Slaughter in the Faroe Islands ...
- Help to stop this macabre activity NOW!!! (2547 signatures on petition)
Well done Kim. I have signed all the petitions that I could, some of the ones re the Faroe Islands are closed. Thanks Nyack
Thanks everybody! Sorry...I got here late and it just jumped out at me. Petitions all signed for the poor whales. Sooo sooo horrific what happens to them. Stomach turning to say the least. This has to stop now! Thanks for all of the great information on the whales, Nyack!
Where's hangman game gone ?
Can I have an A
They're really good petitions to sign Nyack , I'll do it tomorrow getting late here.
Where's the Hangman ?
Its finished- Kim guessed it- it was Long-finned Pilot Whale- I will need to start another one- I am the tem[porary "hangman" until George gets back in a month or so- he is in the hospital having a hip replaced
Got a bit sidetracked with the whales! So have a nice time!!
Nyack - thanks for the graphic warning- can't do those - great petitions!
Congrats Kim Signed petition and noted info Thanx Nyack ) ) )