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Four different “ecotypes” of killer whales spotted in Falklands waters

Wednesday, September 12th 2012 - 02:09 UTC
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To many, the killer whale, also known as orca, is considered the panda of the sea (a not-so-cuddly black and white ocean beast). Whale scientists have been particularly busy over the last 20 years studying the killer whale and we now know a whole lot about this species or, as it turns out, possibly several species. Read full article


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  • Room101

    It is Orca, also known as killer whale...

    Sep 12th, 2012 - 12:07 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • briton

    It’s some irate Argies in disguise .lol.

    Sep 12th, 2012 - 12:19 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GeoffWard2

    Really interesting natural history items coming out of the South Atlantic and featured by Mercopress.

    My guess is that many of these come via the British Antarctic Survey.

    It would be really good to have more sourced postings from the BAS, also from Nature, New Scientist and Science when these mags run features/articles on research coming out of the South Atlantic.

    It would also be good to hear of some of the best natural history/science articles coming from Argentina, Chile, etc. ... not just Continental articles (Andes/pampas/Amazonia/etc, etc), but also marine and Antarctic.

    Sep 12th, 2012 - 01:07 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Monty69

    3 GeoffWard2

    Most of these science articles come from the Falkland Islands or have strong links to the Islands. Helen is a former FIG Environment Officer, the Shallow Marine Surveys Group is run by Falkland Islanders, a lot of the sealion, albatross and penguin research comes from Falklands Conservation, other albatross articles come ACAP via Anton Wolfhaardt, or from Sally Poncet, who is also a Falkland Islander.

    BAS do their own thing, and very fine it is too.

    Sep 12th, 2012 - 01:20 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • sjay

    1 Room101

    Sorry but it is Killer Whale with the Latin name Orcinus orca. Orca is a US term used to give them a 'friendlier' image.

    Sep 12th, 2012 - 02:54 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Room101

    No: can't use it- I don't have malice towards these animals. But I get your tongue in cheek allusion.
    I've found them to be more intelligent and caring than some of the fellow human beings I meet (both as Marine scientist and hopefully, human being)

    Sep 12th, 2012 - 03:12 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Martin Woodhead

    Lovely things seen from a distance not so much fun close up in a black canvas kayak though!
    Apprantly they can tell the diffrence between panicky squaddies heading for the shore and tasty seals :)

    Sep 12th, 2012 - 04:13 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • briton

    perhaps the british can set up a perminant scientific base to study all creatures in the antartic.

    Sep 12th, 2012 - 06:22 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Joe Bloggs

    8 briton

    That's the plan.

    Sep 12th, 2012 - 07:33 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • surfer

    fantastic, would love to catch a glimpse of them

    Sep 12th, 2012 - 11:16 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GeoffWard2

    Briton #8,
    that's what the BAS has a Signy.

    Sep 13th, 2012 - 09:59 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • briton

    its nice to know.

    Sep 13th, 2012 - 11:01 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • British_Kirchnerist

    Better a killer whale than a killer sub...

    Sep 15th, 2012 - 08:12 am - Link - Report abuse 0

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