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Orca Whales/Killers of the Sea?

by on Jul.30, 2012, under Adventures

Orca whales (or killer whales as they are sometimes called) are not really whales at all but are the largest member of the dolphin family. These highly intelligent mammals roam the oceans of the world except for the warm waters of the tropics, and they live in family groups called pods. The family structure of these pods revolves around the oldest female member making them one of the few large mammals that live in a matriarchal society.

Except for human beings, Orca whales are the top predators of the sea. They developed their nickname “Killer w Whale” by the way they hunt large whales. There are many similarities between a pack of wolves hunting and a pod of Orcas doing the same. These whales have been known to attack and kill blue whales, the largest animal that roams our oceans. Killer whales are organized hunters, chasing their prey with relentless pursuit, wearing it down, driving it to exhaustion before starting to rip hunks of flesh from its body. There is an amazing and somewhat disturbing series of photographic published in National Geographic of these whales attacking a blue whale off the coast of Baja, Mexico.

Male Orca whales become sexual mature at fifteen years of age and females become sexually mature around twelve years of age. After mating the gestation period is seventeen months. Baby whales are born tail first, eyes open and ready to take their first breath, often with a little help from their mother. The average baby at birth is approximately eight feet long and weighs close to four hundred pounds. It is estimated that a fully grown male Orca whale needs to consume over a hundred pounds of food daily to survive and can weigh over twelve thousand pounds.

Experts can identify Orca whales by their dorsal fin and also by their distinct saddle patch. The dorsal fin on a breeding age male can be six feet tall. Female dorsal fins are smaller and more rounded or swept back. The saddle patch is a small area of gray at the base of their dorsal fin. Another tool used in identifying individual whales is the many different nicks, scars, and other irregularities found on their fin. In the wild Orca whales enjoy a very long life. The male’s life span is estimated to be between thirty and sixty years of age and the female fifty to eighty. One interesting note is that in the Pacific Northwest of Washington state (which is the best place on the planet to see Orca whales in their natural environment) the oldest living female named “Granny” just turned one hundred years old this year. Unfortunately Orca whales have a much shorter life span in captivity.

Rather or not these beautiful animals should be labeled with the name “killer” is up for debate, but science agrees that there has never been one known case of an Orca whale (except in captivity) attacking or in any manner hunting, harassing or killing a human being.

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    Yucatan Birds

    by on Sep.27, 2011, under Travel

    Often, a bird watcher visiting the Yucatan gets lost in the immense wildlife. To prevent yourself from this also to help you stay guided toward searching out the birds you wish to watch, I have created a listing of the top 4 avian species to keep your eyes open for at the same time navigating the heavy forests as well as jungles of the Yucatan. So as to make it really difficult for you, most of these birds are common but some aren’t, and so don’t sit around, get into the Yucatan wildlife and also find what you went to see! Among the Yucatan wildlife, the strangest bird found is the Ocellated Turkey. The mentioned turkey has a bluish-purple head with a dark purple beak. Its body is covered in the same turquoise feathers, nonetheless they appear to dance with the light if the day almost as if they were metallic. It’s size is quite comparable to the wild American Turkey. It’s really capable to fly for its lightweight, wild Turkeys can fly unlike the usual belief that they can’t. The Ocellated Turkey in most cases can be located in the open plains or hiding among some other wildlife in the heavy brush of the Yucatan.

    Yucatan Birds

    Yucatan Nightjar

    The wildlife in Yucatan offers bird watcher all types of opportunities. This bird is recognized as the Yucatan Nightjar. It is actually the Guatemalan version of the sparrow. It’s dark brown color spotted with bits of light brown and white disguise it totally in the forest canopies. While this bird is really common in Guatemala yet still small and very hard to locate. Whenever you do locate one, don’t make any noise or sudden movements, the same as the sparrow, they startle easily and are extremely quick.

    Red Vented Woodpecker

    The Red Vented Woodpecker is another bird that you can spot in the Yucatan wildlife. In contrast to its name the Red Vented Woodpecker is certainly all white with only a red cap covering the top and back of its head. It’s only 6.5 inches tall and can often be spooked away whenever given enough clatter. The top place to come across this species of Yucatan wildlife is to look on the edges of forests, in thick shrubs, and also open areas that have small clumps of trees. As with any woodpecker, it sports the classic long beak to be able to reach deep inside trees along with fruit for squirming worms as well as insects.

    Cozumel Thrasher as well as the Cozumel Emerald

    In the Yucatan, there are many birds to see and worth mentioning. This bird has long been on the “to-watch” list of every bird watcher that has tried his or her bird watching skills from the Yucatan wildlife. They’re the Cozumel Thrasher as well as the Cozumel Emerald. The Cozumel Thrasher is among the most vulnerable avian in the Yucatan. The most up-to-date reliable sighting was during a field study in the year 2006.

    Long-Billed Thrasher

    Another endangered bird specie is the Long-Billed Thrasher. Both of them have deep red to deep brown back feathers having black and white spotted breasts. Their special long tail feathers are a dead gift. While watching birds among the Yucatan wildlife, if you notice either the Long-Bill Cozumel Thrasher or even the standard Cozumel Thrasher, remember to tell the right authorities. It’s the crown jewel of Yucatan birding.

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      The Reason Why Underwater Photographers Adore Nuweiba

      by on Jan.23, 2011, under Travel

      Nuweiba is really a relaxing, remote destination within the Northern Sinai and this tucked away treasure is one of the top sites in The Red Sea for underwater photography. The location is nowhere near as commercialised as Sharm which is situated 100 miles to the south down the coastline. Subsequently, this means less divers to disturb the marine creatures.

      At the the north of the Gulf of Aqaba, the water is significantly calmer under the surface and combined with the clear waters, marine photography enthusiasts couldn’t require better conditions. The house reef at the Nuweiba Hilton is a well-liked spot for underwater photography classes. There is a superb array of underwater life with little pipefish and cuttlefish found in the shallows while a bit deeper, a good amount of vivid fish and coral reefs are found. The pier also offers a number of amazing photo possibilities.

      Undoubtedly one of the fish Nuweiba is well known for is the frogfish. Even though it is present in other locations around Egypt, Nuweiba is something of a hotspot for this elusive little fish. Obviously, there’s no promise you’ll find a frogfish but you will find shrimp, seahorse and octopus in the area therefore you may get lucky and discover them as well.

      A big advantage is the fact that all of this is the within easy reach from your room at the Hilton which means that when a keen photographer is on holiday with the family, they are not left behind right through the day, simply for the hour for the duration of the dive. Divers can go under the sea after breakfast, join the family for lunch just before going to the sea again.

      Underwater photographers are often really eager to take pics on land and the surroundings in the vicinity of Nuweiba is wonderful. Across the sea lies Saudi Arabia and the mountains of the Sinai provide an excellent backdrop. It’s certainly worth taking an excursion to Mount Sinai or the Coloured Canyon since the scenery is amazing. It is hard to imagine a desert may well be so eye-catching.

      You will find plenty great places of underwater photography and Nuweiba is among the best places to visit.. Check here for free reprint license: The Reason Why Underwater Photographers Adore Nuweiba.

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