Whale Facts, The Lives of Incredible Giants

Posted on November 17, 2015 by Liesl Ulrich-Verderber

Whales: they are these giant enigmas that we know are there – we see a tail or a rolling back with a tiny fin – but what we know is barely a glimpse of the wonder.

Today we expand that wonder by volumes. Even if you never see one yourself, after today’s EWC video-share, you’ll be glad just knowing they are there.

Newfoundland Whale, Whale Facts

At Ever Widening Circles, we are HUGE fans of whales (I’ve seen Dr. Lynda, EWC founder, nearly jump in the water with a few). As a family, we tend to stumble upon adventures where the five of us find ourselves crammed into a dingy or tiny boat with whales all around us. The photos on this page in fact, come from occasions when we just asked local fishermen to take us out to where the whales were.


Image: whales bubble net feeding Newfoundland
These two giants burst to the surface while “bubble net feeding”, 40 feet from our fisherman’s boat in Newfoundland.

We like to think we are “citizen experts” on whales, but I was brought to more than a few “Really?!?” moments while watching this It’s Okay To Be Smart video.

Here are some whale facts that show why these creatures are truly incredible!

As we’ve written about before, whales can give us a lot of perspective on our place in the grander scheme of things, but these creatures themselves are an incredible feat of evolution, with an enormous impact on the environment.

All too often we underestimate the impact a single species can have on an environment. Whether its the death of a blue whale creating an ecosystem, wolves changing the course of rivers, or the collapse of an environ when one species is brought to the brink of extinction, there is an enormous amount of interconnectivity that we often forget exists.

One last photo of a touching moment from our dingy:

Image: Mother and baby whale survived attached by killer whales

That photo shows the tail of a mother whale who had successfully defended her tiny baby from a killer whale attack. See that small pink fin on the left. After closely looking at our images, we realized that pink was healing skin, raked with tooth marks and yet both mother and baby were relaxed in the water next to our boat.

While my porpoise (sorry I had to) wasn’t to get too deep, I think its important whenever we find ourselves with a sense of wonder or awe to remember how that fits into the grand scheme of things and how that must might prove “it’s still an amazing world!”

“Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.”-Victor Borge

Liesl can be found on Instagram @Liesl.UV

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