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Killer Whales Spotted In Gulf Of Mexico—Marine Mammal Reference Ideas

Killer Whales have been spotted in the Gulf of Mexico.

Below is a picture of killer whales seen in the Gulf of Mexico. Behind them you seen an oil rig which is pretty good evidence that you are looking at the Gulf of Mexico.

Here is information about the Gulf of Mexico.

Here is a link to YouTube video footage of killer whales in Texas waters.

Below is from the Houston Chronicle story on the killer whales

“Scientists say orcas have been in the Gulf for years but are rarely seen because they live far from shore and beyond the typical range of commercial fishermen. Still, a recent sighting of killer whales 95 miles off the Alabama coast has captivated those who work and play in the warm waters of the Gulf. “It was like being at Sea World because they’d come right up to the boat,” said Eddie Hall, captain of the Shady Lady, the charter boat that spotted as many as 200 orcas feeding on tuna. Hall recorded the close encounter on video, and the National Marine Fisheries Service confirmed that they were, indeed, killer whales. Tony Amos, a researcher with the University of Texas Marine Science Institute in Port Aransas, said confirmed sightings of orcas in the Gulf date back to at least 1985.”

The guy in the Chronicle story said that it was just like Sea World. Yes–It was just like Sea World except that the whales were free and not in a kind of sea jail in the form of a (sort of ) big tank.

A killer whale is not a whale. It is a kind of dolphin. It is a very big killer dolphin. Its presence in the Gulf is not so much a surprise when you consider that it is the most widespread of any whale or dolphin. Here is some discussion of the differences between whales and dolphins.

Killer Whales can grow up to 30 feet long and live up to 90 years. Female killer whales can hang on for 80 to 90 years while males make it between 50 and 60.

A great book on marine mammals is the National Audubon Society’s Guide To Marine Mammals of the World(Books remain the stronger source on very many issues and questions than what you are able to find on the internet. Please consider getting off the computer and reading a book.)

Here is a bit of what the Audubon Guide says about killer whales—

“The world population of killer whales seems to consist of specialized subpopulation, each adapted to live off the resources available within its home range. In this sense killer whales are much like wolves.”

A book I don’t own but that maybe someday I will is The Marine Mammals of the Gulf of Mexico.

There are many types of marine mammals in the Gulf of Mexico. Please click here for a list of such creatures.

The American Cetacean Society is a good on-line reference for marine mammals. You can find killer whale information at the ACS.

Here is the link to the Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network.

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March 30, 2009 - Posted by | Books, Sea Life | , , , , , , , , , , ,

3 Comments »

  1. Great story~ “they are big killer dolphins” LOL I had a dolphin swimming next to my boat in Panama earlier this year. It was awesome (and I mean awesome in the truest sense of the word). I would love to sea killer whales in the Gulf and I AM happy that the humpback wasn’t playing dead and even if we was he wouldn’t eat that guy. It sounded funny though.
    Thanks for sharing this Neil.

    Comment by Shannon | April 19, 2009

  2. Isn’t that just like some liberal greenie religious zealot weenie to want the person to be dead instead of the animal that God gave him dominion over? Dude, ~whatta crock. Great picture by the way. I’m sorry that the whale died, but it priobably died from old age. It sure doesn’t look as though anyone harpooned it repeatedly or ran over it with their pleasure craft (a craft which was gulping down untold gallons of Capitalist-produced hydrocarbons and spewing tons of Carbon Monoxide into the atmosphere that we’ve already polluted beyond repair)to kill it.

    Comment by Capitalist Pig | September 8, 2009

  3. Amazing creatures..just had to share this beautiful pic:

    http://www.redbubble.com/people/andrewpatsalou/art/4189923-1-killer-whales

    gotta love killer whales…hope to see some real ones soon..

    Comment by Jane | November 25, 2009


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