Category Archives: mammal

Good News for Hedgehogs

Photo Credit: Gaudete Hedgehogs were a familiar sight as I was growing up in Southern Ireland. We used to put out food for them at dusk. Our house was close to woods and soon a hedgehog would venture out and tuck … Continue reading

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An Unexpected Encounter With a Water Owl: Cuvier’s Beaked Whale

Several hundred years ago there was said to be a strange and fierce sea creature that attacked ships.  The Water-Owl or Ziphius had the body of a fish and a head of an owl with huge eyes and a beak-like … Continue reading

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Whales and Seabirds at Stillwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary

Last Week I went whale watching on a New England Aquarium whale watching trip run by Boston Harbor Cruises.  I was with NOAA Stillwagen Bank NMS and Mass Audubon staff.  We had a wonderful trip counting seabirds and saw several … Continue reading

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Southern Elephant Seals in the South Shetlands

On the way back from the Antarctic Peninsula we stopped at Livington Island in the South Shetland Islands.  It was a very cold day with bitter winds but worth every second on land.  It is bleak landscape but there are … Continue reading

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Orcas in Antarctica

On a recent trip to the Antarctic Peninsula I was lucky enough to see a pod of Orcas – or Killer Whales –  close to the ship in the entrance to a narrow channel between islands.  The sun was low … Continue reading

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Humpback Whales in the Sea of Cortez

I was lucky enough to spend a few days at Cabo Pulmo on the Sea of Cortez, Baja Peninsula in Mexico. I was on the ocean near the coast on small boats a lot of the time – and in … Continue reading

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Leopard Seals In Antarctica

I was totally unprepared for Leopard Seals – so unlike any other seal I had ever seen.  Fierce predators of the Antarctic they can be seen lying on ice floes resting between hunts. They have long necks with large mouths … Continue reading

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