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Karen Hanegan Osh

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СообщениеДобавлено: Вт Янв 18, 2011 3:49 pm    Заголовок сообщения: Replys to my introduction Ответить с цитатой

Thank you for the replies I received! It took me a while to figure out how to log back in here.

If anyone is interested in receiving more information about the Orca Network of Puget Sound, you can request that the two or three-time weekly "sighting report" be sent via e-mail to you; it is great reading. All the orcas are accounted for & named, and the resident pods are J, K, and L pod (I believe). L pod is the one Lolita (Tokitae, her real name) was stolen from 40 years ago, and the Orca Network is working very hard along with other organizations to get her back from the Miami Seaquarium - a horrible place, the smallest of all the seaquariums in the USA, so it's like putting her in a very small goldfish bowl. The place is also very poorly maintained. The Orca Network also has a lively page on Facebook, if you have access to that over there. Oh, the e-mail to request the reports is info@orcanetwork.org.

I am still in awe of the video of the albino orca & have it saved. Of course the Orca Network also keeps track of their health, so they go out on "poop patrol" quite often; and are working with our state and local governments to keep Puget Sound and the Salish Sea as healthy as possible for them. There are plans to bring down one huge dam soon (Yay, more salmon runs!) and recently there were two more salmon and other fish varieties that re-gained access to their breeding spots.

You probably know the non-resident orcas that usually stay closer to Vancouver, British Columbia eat seals and other critters, while our residents just stick with salmon. It was recently found that they are SO picky that they use that powerful sonar they have to distinguishe between the salmon - they prefer king salmon, and will ignore the coho, chinook to the point that they will almost starve themselves when they aren't readily available!

Lately we've been having a lot of reports of wayward dolphins, whales, and other cetaceans that normally inhabit much warmer waters appearing here. Several have died. There was one poor Bryde's whale that appeared and was swimming at the far southern end of Puget Sound in Budd Inlet (right next to where I live); then he suddenly appeared with a horrible, horrible gash that went all the way down to the vertabrae; he must have been struck by one of the freighter's or ferryboat's propellors. I don't know how he managed to swim around with that kind of wound. He finally washed up close by and a necropsy was done at the Cascadia Research Center here in Olympia; it turned out he was a juvenile.

Please post a little bit more about the work you are doing! I'm interested, and will tell the folk at the Orca Network about my contact with you. Also let me know what other topics you might be interested in from the U.S.!

Karen Hanegan Osh
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Our work include most traditional components of killer whale research. We go out at sea in a small boat; when we meet orcas we take photos and sometimes biopsy and record sounds. Than we analyse all the data in the lab. We make photoID, catalogue discrete calls and try to reveal the social structure, acoustic repertoires for each group and so on.

We also have resident and transient killer whales at Kamchatka. This year, members of our project have even observed transients hunting on minke whale. Our residents appear to be not so picky as your spoilt USA residents: they can eat chum salmon and even Atka mackerel Wink

You can find more about what we do and what we have achieved on our project page. Though it is mostly out-of-date (because I am too lazy busy to update it), there are still some facts and descriptions and photos.
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