The whales and their “Families”

Contrary to what is believed if one bears in mind the interwoven unity of the mother and their offspring, the whales don’t form steady family groups. Their system of mating is promiscuous, they form sexual groups that can be observed very well in the Valdés Peninsula, in which there is a female and several males. The males compete… Read on

To filter to eat

The Right Whales have an immense mouth, caused by an extremely arched superior jaw, inside which there are some extremely long beards. These beards are bigger than a tall person: an adult could fit, standing with his/her arms spread out, inside the mouth of a whale.   The whales swallow tons of sea water, then close their… Read on

Callosities on the whales

Callosities on the back? One way of recognizing a Right Whale is by noting the presence of certain characteristic callosities on the upper part of its body and at the sides of the head. These callosities are covered by thousands of crustaceans known as “Whale lice”, or more properly called crustaceans. These crustaceans are born, grow,… Read on

Southern Whale: Vulnerable species

These Southern whales have been in danger of extinction at a time, and nowadays have come out of this situation after the hard work of several organizations. The number has increased, even though it is considered a vulnerable species and requires special care. They are now attacked by seagulls. The reason for this is not exactly known,… Read on

Southern Whale N.M.

Due to their slow motion, and the fact that they float when they die, these cetaceans have suffered the worst pressure during the commercial exploitation that took place between the 17 th and the 20 th centuries. The International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling, signed in 1935, gave them total protection. Since then, a… Read on