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Beautiful new book from Charles 'Flip' Niclin now available form Amazon!  Among Giants: A Life with Whales.

 

"This is not only a book of extraordinary pictures, which it is, and the story of an extraordinary life, which it is; this is the story of the man who opened the window on a world we barely knew existed before his work. A compelling, engaging adventure story, well told. I can't recommend it highly enough." -Christopher Moore, author of Fluke"

 

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Humpback whale female with cooperating males around her. She just slapped her pectoral on the surface which caused the bubbles. ©Flip Nicklin, from Among Giants.

 

 

Nicklin hit the ocean swimming. His father Chuck, an underwater cinematographer, naturalist and one-time San Diego dive shop owner, had taught his young son to dive by the age of eleven. The elder Nicklin provided the impetus for his son’s cetacean photographic habit, in 1963 when a picture of Chuck riding astride a Bryde’s whale was published in a number of national magazines and caught the eye of National Geographic photographer Bates Littlehales who wanted to swim with the whales.

 

Report and more info from: http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/aroundthemall/2011/07/flip-nicklin-whale-photographer-extraordinaire-tells-tales-at-the-ripley-center/

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Harbour porpoise stranded at Bridlington on Monday, looked like it hadn't be dead long but sadly we were unable to pick it up for post mortem.

 

Thanks to BDMLR for the report.

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2 Suffolk strandings

Posted by Strandings Officer Jul 13, 2011

Two animals found at the same time in Felixstow, Suffolk this week.

 

SW2011/258 was a dolphin although due to it's decomposed state it is impossible to identify the species any further then possible common/striped.

 

SW2011/259 was a harbour porpoise, also very decomposed.

 

 

 

Thanks to David for the report!

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ONE OF THE three dolphins that swam into Cork’s River Lee has died.


The dolphin is believed to have been found in fishing nets in the city centre river but it is not yet known if it died after getting caught in the nets, or if it died and drifted into the nets.

 

 

 

Report and more info from: http://www.thejournal.ie/cork-dolphin-dies-in-city-centre-river-175485-Jul2011/

 

 

 

 

 

Image: @CyberNoelie

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Why two pygmy whales washed up within a week on Indian River County beaches, and six more were found on southeastern shores, remains a mystery; one researchers are hard at work to solve.


At this stage of the analysis of the bodies, said Steve McCulloch, manager of the Marine Mammal Research and Conservation Program at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute in Fort Pierce, "there's no common denominator, no smoking gun. The data is going to take some time to analyze, but so far we haven't seen any signs of trauma, such as a shark attack or entanglement in fishing lines or nets. The animals weren't emaciated, either. So this is going to take some deeper digging."

 

More: http://www.tcpalm.com/news/2011/jul/11/2-beached-whales-in-indian-river-county-within/