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The Mighty Oarfish

Ladies and gentlemen, may I introduce a creature making it’s very first debut on live video: the oarfish (Regalecus glesne.) I recommend watching the video from about 4:30 to 8:00 for extreme wonderment and stunning close-ups of this 22-foot-long giant.

 

 

 

Oarfish, the longest bony fish alive, are large, greatly elongated, deep-sea dwelling fishes, found in all temperate to tropical oceans yet rarely seen.  This particular video was shot in the Gulf of Mexico.

The name, oarfish, is presumably in reference to either their highly compressed and elongated bodies.  The occasional beachings of oarfish after storms, and their habit of lingering at the surface when sick or dying, make oarfish a probable source of many sea serpent tales.

Mark Benfield, a professor at Louisiana State University, was present when the footage of oarfish was taken.  He explained that there were actually five videos of oarfish taken between 2008 and 2011, through use of remotely operated vehicles (ROVs).  Once they spotted the fish, the team followed it for about ten minutes, Benfield said.

“We weren’t looking for oarfish,” Benfield explained. “This was just sheer luck. We happened to be in the right place at the right time and we were able to spend some time with this oarfish.”

That time paid off. From the footage, Benfield and his colleagues discovered an abundance of information about the creature: that it can be found at least 1,640 feet (500 meters) below the ocean’s surface, and that it swims with a linear propeller.  Benfield’s findings were published earlier this week in the publication Journal of Fish Biology.

 

http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2013/06/11/rare-video-of-giant-sea-serpent-oarfish-caught/

 

http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/long-oarfish-sea-creature-makes-rare-video-appearance/story?id=19385250#.UbvYAvnVBtc

 

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oarfish

Blue Whale Watching

 

Tourists to New Zealand got the chance of a lifetime (and took video): a blue whale, the largest known animal to have ever existed on Earth, swimming and breaching right next to their boat.

 

Happy Humpday  (^_^)

Whale Watching in Monterey, California

This amazing video, that was just published on YouTube today, shows humpback whales, gray whales, and Risso’s dolphins, surfacing off the coast of beautiful Monterey, California.  It’s almost like being there, on the boat with those lucky whale watchers.

 

Happy Humpday :-)

 

The Great Whale Count

An estimated 1,126 humpback whales were observed in the waters surrounding Maui during the Great Whale Count held over the weekend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The survey, conducted by the Pacific Whale Foundation, utilized more than one hundred volunteers who gathered data on the wintering whales from twelve locations across Maui.

Pacific Whale Foundation’s founder and Executive Director Greg Kaufman said, “Typically, at the peak of the season, we see mothers and calves inshore, and competition pods beginning to move inshore as well. I think the whales are still arriving to Maui from the south, from the direction of the Big Island, and predict we’ll be seeing greater amounts of nearshore activity in the weeks to come.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More important, authorities say, is the overall upward trend in the number of whales sighted since 1995. Officials estimate that anywhere between 12,000 to 14,000 humpbacks make the trek to Hawaii each year.

“Some sites experienced gusty trade winds, which kicked up the sea and made it challenging to locate whales. Nonetheless, the count was a success,” reported Dr. Emmanuelle Martinez, senior researcher at Pacific Whale Foundation.

Happy Humpday :-)

 

http://mauinow.com/2013/02/25/maui-whale-count-tallies-1126-humpbacks/