12/02/2017 Selah 1Comment

Earlier in 2016 I received an Ocean Alliance pack from my parents. Ocean Alliance is an organisation that researches about whales using drones. You can adopt a whale if you go to their website. I adopted a whale called Wizard who is a humpback whale. A basic whale pack is $30 (USD) a deluxe pack is $100 (USD) and the last pack is the corporate pack that is $1000! I received the $100 dollar pack. The $100 dollar pack includes: An official whale adoption certificate, voyage of the odyssey-acoustic adventures digital download, subscription to whales tales e-newsletter, two digital wallpapers of whale…

20/12/2016 Selah

I like that humpback whales use orcas’ attack calls to find orcas when they are hunting. That tells me that they are pretty intelligent. Maybe they hate orcas because they kill their calves. I think it is awesome that they’re protecting other animals! Did you know that orcas have no predators except humans? Humpbacks aren’t going after orcas normally, just when the orcas are attacking their calves or other animals. https://youtu.be/2zzxKQVCHyI

13/12/2016 Selah 2Comment

This is really cool! I wondered what the whales would be thinking…they might be showing off. I also wondered if they can hear the lady screaming and what they would think. If this happened to me I think I would be pretty freaked out but I would think it’s really awesome. There are some good guidelines for what to do around marine mammals. https://youtu.be/j17CUVoONsQ

15/09/2016 Selah 1Comment

If you saw the last post on my blog you will know that I went whale watching with Auckland Whale and Dolphin Safari on Saturday! My mum, dad and best friend came along too. This was a birthday present for my tenth birthday. The crew on board the Dolphin Explorer (that’s what the boat is called) were amazing… they came round one on one to see if you were feeling alright. One of the staff stood out though, Cat talked to me about humpback whales and my blog. I did feel a bit sea sick because I don’t go on boats…

07/09/2016 Selah 5Comment

I’m Selah’s mother. Earlier in the year, Selah asked to go whale watching. I knew nothing about their migration patterns and when it might even be possible to see one! I researched this question by e-mailing and asking the Auckland Whale and Dolphin Safari team. I was very impressed with their detailed response: “We do sometimes see humpback whales during their seasonal migration, more commonly on their return to Antarctica at the end of winter-spring time. The Hauraki Gulf actually used to host many humpback whales on their migration but unfortunately there was a whaling station on Great Barrier Island…

04/09/2016 Selah 2Comment

In my last blog post I said that this blog post would be about how to tell if a humpback whale is a male or female. We researched this because we saw a blob underneath the Collecta humpback whale, but didn’t know what it was. It is very hard to tell. Here are some quick facts to be able to tell: Male humpbacks sing more than females. If there is one whale and there is a calf (baby) with that whale, the older one is most likely a female. As with most mammals, males have a penis and females have…

02/09/2016 Selah

Humpback whale toys can be so exciting but getting one that is amazingly realistic is a challenge. On Saturday the 27th of August, 2016 my mum and I drove to Sylvia Park. We passed Toy World and decided to go in. I knew what I was looking for with the money that I saved so walked over to the Collecta whales. The species’ that were there were blue, beluga, pilot, southern right, narwhal and humpback. There were orca but they are in the dolphin group. Orca are the largest species of dolphin. There was no doubt that if I was…