The Blue Whale Biten in Half in South Africa recently made international news. It’s the world’s largest animal, and now, it has been sliced in half. This article explores various perspectives on the incident. In addition, it explores the plight of Blue Whales, which aren’t immune from predators. In some cases, they only eat part of their prey, causing them to starve to death. Often times, this leads to them being hit by ships, starving to death.
Blue Whales are not immune to predation
Though the blue whale is believed to be immune to predation, they are not entirely exempt. Their feeding strategies depend on their location in the water column and the density and depth of their prey patches. As a result, blue whales modulate their feeding rates in order to maximize their energy gain. This adaptation to predation may also contribute to the blue whale’s low feeding rate. The low feeding rate is also necessary for blue whales to assess the prey field and conserve their limited oxygen supply.
The home ranges of blue whales overlap with areas of high productivity in the water column. As a result, researchers suggest modifying shipping lanes that overlap with these habitats to protect blue whales. One such solution is to close the northern shipping lane leading to San Francisco Bay in August and November. This would allow the whales to feed on their own during the summer. If this does not work, it will be necessary to implement a bifurcated lane along the coast of Newfoundland.
The presence of humans in the water is another cause for the blue whale’s vulnerability to predation. They face threats from killer whales that hunt at night. To protect their young, females form a circle around them and use their powerful flukes to protect them. While females protect their young, killer whales can also latch onto their prey and trash back and forth to wound it. They are thus extremely vulnerable to ships striking them.
Though the size of the blue whales has made them relatively immune to predators, they are not immune to predators. These giant creatures have evolved into enormous sizes because they were made to feed under water. This large size also makes them immune to certain diseases that land mammals carry. If they do not have immunity, they can still become prey. However, they do not have immunity from predation, which is not always possible.
They eat only part of their prey
During the summer and autumn, foxes rely heavily on insects, including craneflies, moths and earthworms. The scat of the fox shines in the sunlight due to the presence of beetle wing cases. Researchers in New South Wales, Australia, observed that foxes consume a considerable amount of raccoon and fox carcasses. This may suggest that the foxes are practicing cannibalism.
They starve to the shore
In the video game, Blue Whales: The Game, players can help save these magnificent mammals by helping them find food on the shores. Unfortunately, many of these animals have been killed by fishermen, or in collisions with planes, ships, and predators. Fortunately, the game is still on the way, so if you’d like to save this magnificent creature, you should check out this video!
The story of the blue whale’s demise has spread like wildfire across social networks, with many discussing whether the video is real and what creature would do such a terrible act. After all, the original video of a dead blue whale split in half, creating a social media uproar on all networks. ‘Everyone knows who’s boss around here,’ read one of the many jokes circulated on Twitter.
While it’s true that whales are protected by law, their survival depends on their environment. In addition to being protected by law, these creatures are vulnerable to attack. Several times in the last century, people have been attacked by sharks while kayaking in southern Africa. However, in the most recent case, a father and son duo narrowly avoided a fatal attack from a shark while kayaking.
In the same vein, some people are mocking the media. Others, on the other hand, have shown compassion for the white shark. This video is easily accessible on most social media platforms. Most websites that show it have the hashtag, “Blue Whales Starve to the Shore After Being Bitten in Half 2021.”
They get hit by ships
An animation of a blue whale has been circulating on Twitter this week, accompanying a study published in Nature journal. The study examined the overlap of ships and blue whales in the waters off the Patagonia coast of Chile. Researchers tracked the whales for up to three months, comparing the data to vessel traffic patterns recorded in a Chilean database. Scientists conclude that more protective measures are needed to protect the creatures. One option is to impose speed limits on vessels.
In an attempt to prevent more deaths, the U.S. Coast Guard has issued an order that shipping companies slow their vessels to 10 knots or less. The goal complements the U.S. Coast Guard’s request to slow ships for the sake of the whales. The new order will help protect endangered species, as well as the environment. But will the new rules really help the Blue Whale? In the meantime, it’s not just the government’s responsibility to slow down shipping vessels, but the public’s safety as well.
Currently, the number of whales killed by ships is estimated at about 83 per year in the Western Pacific Ocean. The skeletal remains of these whales are barely visible. In addition, they often arrive on shore in a rotten state, making it difficult to determine what caused their deaths. From 2011 to 2021, ten whales were officially recorded as being hit by vessels, but this number is likely to be undercounted.
These studies show that there are still a few ways to mitigate the risk of collision between boats and whales. One of these collaborations is the International Maritime Organization. Its Marine Environmental Protection Committee (MEPC) report provided information on hot-spots where whales are most active. The group also provided feedback on collision reduction plans. Several countries have already adopted voluntary speed reductions for ships. The IWC has also developed an information leaflet about the collision risk of ships and whales. It is available in French, Russian, and Spanish.
They are attacked by sharks
If you want to know why Blue Whales are attacked by sharks, you’ll have to visit the Southern Ocean. There, you’ll find a group of fifty to seventy orcas hunting the blue whale. The whale was killed on March 16 and a boat full of whale watchers watched the three-hour attack. Kristy Brown, a marine biologist, documented the attack in her blog post.
Some reports have suggested that orcas are the culprits behind the attacks, but the truth is much different. Sharks do not normally attack blue whales, but they have been known to try and eat the whale’s tongue. While orcas may be the primary predator, they are a poor choice for a meal. That said, they have been documented to chase blue whales and kill them, albeit rare.
Once plentiful in the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, the blue whale population has declined to just 2,000 animals. They were once part of a population of 200,000. However, commercial whaling has driven them to the brink of extinction, and whalers have since banned the practice. Although the blue whale is an endangered species, it’s still easy to spot when traveling. Just make sure you don’t get too close.
The big blue whales don’t pose a threat to sharks. Their food diet is mainly comprised of krill and small fish. Despite their large size, sharks are still unable to escape their attacks. The fact is that the whales are gentle giants, but they do not pose a threat to sharks. But sharks aren’t the only threat to the blue whale.