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January 13, 2009 / milesandhisfavorites

Safari with Miles 6:Whale of A Tail

Hey, there!  Our final adventure will take us into the seas.  We’ll:

  • Take a trip into time to see how whales evolved
  • Go on a whale watch in the Arctic
  • And go to the Bahamas to see a true giant

To get a good picture of whales, we need to go back in tiiiiiiiiiiiiimmmmmmmmeeeeeeeeeee!  So, here we are, in the Eocene, At this time, mammals took over the world.  Except for birds, of course.  But we’ll talk about that another time.  We’re here in the mangrove swamps, and here, killer whales rule.  But, look!  Moertherium!

 

Moertherium, an elephant of a tapir-or elephant!

Moertherium, an elephant of a tapir-or elephant!

Believe it or not, these odd mammals are early ancestors to elephants!  But underwater we must go to see this sea monster.  Hold your breath!  

 

What a lovely sea!

What a lovely sea!

And look!  Two killer whales, more commonly known as Basilosaurus.  

 

Hard to believe these are whales!

Hard to believe these are whales!

Now, we saw killer whales, but what about real living whales.  We’re going to the Arctic ocean, where whales are common.  Let’s go!  Hey, look! Harp seals!  Awwwwwww!  They’re adorable!

 

Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!  A baby!

Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww! A baby!

But now, let’s look fore some wh-look!  Off the starboard!  

 

Narwhals tusking!

Narwhals tusking!

These are narwhals, and yes-they’re whales.  A long time ago, merchants sold these tusks, saying they belonged to unicorns!  Bull hooey!  But look!  Orcas!  Otherwise known as the killer whale!  Killer whales can easily be trained, hence all that Seaworld publicity.  Orcas are supreme killers, but not like other whales

 

Whoa! This is a real Kodak moment!

Whoa! This is a real Kodak moment!

But narwhals and orcas aren’t the biggest whales here-that honor goes to this guy-the bowhead whale!

 

These whales are huge!

These whales are huge!

But there’s one more animal to see-introducing the beluga whale!

 

Parrot+whale=him!

Parrot+whale=him!

So we’ve seen the Arctic’s coolest sea life, but let’s see a true giant.  Out with the cold and in with the -Bahamas?  Yes, that’s where we’re going to see the largest animal ever, the blue whale.  Ahhhh, the tropical beaches, the exotic wildlife, and the tropical fish.  But let’s go!

 

Ahhhh!  Paradise

Ahhhh! Paradise

So we’re 30 miles from shore.  Aha!  A blue whale!  Look at her!  She’s huge!

 

Whoa!

Whoa!

That’s it for our adventures, but next time I’ll have a new series.  The topic: Can you spell D-e-i-n-o-s-u-c-h-u-s?

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