so, whales fucking rule then.

well, humpback whales do.

killer whales are scary as shit.

i’m been scared of killer whales for a few years now. that wave attack footage is pretty bad, as is their penchant for pwning great whites. they don’t mess around is my point. so they’re kind of like the fictional velociraptors as portrayed in jurrasic park (i’ll come back to that).

anyway. two articles that i read and wowed:

the first is that scientists think that humpback whales are using the stars, or earths magnetic field (or both) to navigate. they don’t know yet. the important thing is that over the last 8 years they’ve been tracking their movements. and they migrate in a straight line. so fucking what right? well, not really:

researchers found that, despite surface currents, storms and other distractions, the humpbacks never deviated more than about 5 degrees from their migratory courses. in about half the segments mapped by the researchers, humpbacks deviated by one degree or less

over 5000 miles. one of my earliest memories of school swimming was when me and my main popularity rival at the time (paul grey?) were asked to demonstrate to the rest of the class our front crawl skills by doing a length. a race basically. everything was going fine until i hit my hand against something, looked up, and saw that i had swum into the side of the pool. paul had already finished i was still half way down, looking confused, and being subjected to echoey laughter. my point is i can’t swim 25m in a straight line.

the last is that humpback whales follow musical trends, singing the same songs all over the world, then changing them a couple of years later.

the findings are based on 11 years of recordings from underwater microphones slung over the sides of boats…the team had to listen to 745 songs in total from six whale populations across the south pacific over the 11-year period. the researchers identified 11 distinctly different styles (audio). sometimes the “hit song” contained snippets from previous seasons, sometimes it was entirely revolutionary. but at any given time and place, there was only one song. what’s more, the popular song switched incredibly rapidly; it took only 2 to 3 months.

there is probably a lady gaga/weird al joke here, but i can’t think of one.

back to the velociraptor thing. can’t remember where i was referred from, but he’s pretty fucking funny:

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