Bowhead whales! For me this was one of the greatest whale encounters ever. Being solely an Arctic species and in some places very difficult to observe, due to the fact they are still being hunted, I could only ever dream about seeing a Bowhead whale in the wild. In the waters around Franz Josef Land they are not hunted and are more easily approached. To see up to 10 animals feed a few hundred metres from the ship, and that during several encounters on 3 consecutive expeditions, truly was a whale dream come true for me!
And they are such amazing creatures!!! One of just three year-round native Arctic whale species, Bowhead whales are famous for their massive bow-shaped heads, designed perfectly for getting through thick sea ice to breathe. Bowheads are able to use their large reinforced skulls and powerful bodies to break through ice 20 cm thick. Inuit hunters in Alaska have reported whales surfacing through 60 cm of ice.
Records suggest that they may live up to 200 years!! Like the other ice whales (narwhal and beluga), bowheads have no dorsal fin, enabling them to move easily under the sea ice. They have a very thick layer of blubber (up to 40-50 cm), which serves primarily as an energy store in the icy waters.
Hunted by commercial whalers until the last century for whale oil and baleen, bowhead whales are today still recovering slowly from the brink of extinction. Inuit in Canada, Greenland and Alaska are still allowed a limited subsistence hunt for bowhead whales however.
Modern threats include sea ice retreat and changes to food web dynamics due to rapid climate change and ocean acidification. Bowheads are also affected by increased development such as oil and gas exploration, commercial shipping, and fishing.
I don’t know if you remember this whale-in-progress from a couple of weeks ago, but he’s still in progress.🙄 In fact, I’ve decided to make him my traveling whale for a while.☺️He’ll be joining me this Wednesday, where I’ll be participating our town’s new farmers market! I’ll be there weekly throughout the summer, and I’ll have felting kits, wool, needles, foam blocks, a few animal companions, and always a work in progress so you can stop by and see how needle felting works and ask questions! I’ll also be offering order pick-ups, so if you’re in the Central New York area and you want to save on shipping while grabbing some delicious local produce, breads, and more, this is your chance!🌿☀️ I’ll be sending out an e-newsletter tomorrow with all the details, so if you aren’t signed up yet, simply click the link in my profile to join!💛
An Arctic sea. The narwhal, bowhead, and orca with a bit of a crazy background because flinging paints makes me happy. The bowhead made an amazing comeback after whaling almost wiped them out, which just goes to show, if we put in the effort with conservation, it can pay off. Protect what you love.
An art project evening with Nola dog. Excited to see where this goes. I've not seen much attention given to bowhead whales in art or photography in general and decided that they needed some watercolor love, so we're going Arctic in this painting. Also, note to others... Puppies do not make good arm rests while sketching. They will, in fact, kick like a friggin kangaroo while you attempt detail work. The more you know. #watercolor#puppysnuggles#micron#artistsoninstagram#whales#narwhal#bowheadwhale
Tales of the north part 1/3.
This was one of my favourite shoots- Bowhead whales near Igloolik, Nunavut.
I was working with local guide Luke Taqqaugaq (his claim to fame is his role as the “bad brother” Pittiulak in The Fast Runner) in Foxe Basin near Igloolik.
We’d been shooting at the floe edge for several days when the whales suddenly disappeared. After a fruitless morning, we pulled the boat up on the ice and sat down for lunch. Gazing across the ice we saw strange misty clouds in the distance that disappeared rapidly.
Grabbing our gear, we began to trek across the two kilometres of melting ice to investigate. I took this photo of Luke crossing a surface-water pond carrying my underwater camera housing. The place was surreal and the light was low and gorgeous. That walk was incredible and I've thought of it many times since- it made me feel like a child who had fallen into a storybook.
When we arrived at the source of the mist we realized we’d found gold... #canadiancinematographer#iankerrcsc#igloolik#bowheadwhale#arctic
Bowhead Whale — Average Life Span Over 200 Years. One hundred may be old for humans — and tortoises — but it's nothing for the bowhead whale. In fact, he's only middle-aged at that point in his astoundingly long life. This species of whale can live for over 200 years.
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After years of requests we have put together our 1st collectible Sticker Pack! Each pack comes with 5 stickers, featuring 5 of our most popular designs : The Dumbo Octopus, The Bowhead Whale, The Ship & Whale in a Bottle, The Stag Beetle, and a NEW design - The Hermit Crab!
Stickers range in sizes. They are all just under 3 inches on the longest area of each sticker. Please check out all of the photos for detailed pictures, as well as a picture of all 5 next to a quarter ($0.25) for scale.
The stickers are professionally made heavy vinyl and can be used both indoors or out in the weather!
The packaging is hand numbered _ /50 as these are limited edition. Check out the photos above! Shipping is just $1 worldwide! Link to our Etsy shop in my IG bio!
THERE IS A SEPARATE ETSY LISTING FOR A LARGER PUFFERFISH STICKER TOO! I only have 10 of them! 😊
a bowhead whale in progress🐋 Do you have a favorite animal to sculpt, paint, draw, embroider? Whales are definitely a favorite of mine, along with owls, foxes, birds, and bears. .
Depending on how quickly I work, this whale will either be joining me for @hudsonriverexchange Summer Market this weekend as a finished piece, or a demo one! One of my favorite things about craft shows is the opportunity to show people how needle felting works, so I’ve always got a work in progress to share. If you’re in Hudson, NY this Saturday and Sunday, stop by Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, and say hello to this fellow and me - we’d love to meet you!☀️
What an amazing experience being able to roam around the tundra in Alaska. And to see the arctic ocean while it still frozen.
Post is as follows: jaw bones of a 70ft bowhead whale (the bone is so big, there are about 5ft of bone underground keeping this memorial upright); me touching the water from the melting ice that eventually will be the Arctic Ocean; the video highlights how quiet it is (only the sound of wind and melting snow/ice); the high price of food; Boise State may be the only college with a blue field but the high school here has one too; old air force base; sign of where places are; pic on the Tundra; three flights in and three flights out; terminal 1 gate 1- you go through security only when you're ready to board cuz it's so small.
Happy #WhaleWednesday ! 🐳 Meet the whale of the century: The bowhead whale. These massive creatures can live well over 100 years old, but scientists speculate that their real age is actually over 200 years! Since they live almost exclusively in the Arctic, these whales are difficult to track and study. But that's not stopping us from learning everything we can! .
#Leather#Whale of the week is the magnificent #BowheadWhale . The longest living mammal on Earth. Some bowhead whales have been found with the tips of ivory spears still lodged in their flesh from failed attempts by whalers 200 years ago
On #WorldOceansDay we're celebrating the awesome beauty of the Arctic Ocean, like this endangered Bowhead whale, known as the 'songbird of the Arctic Sea' for its complex music. Visit buff.ly/1qLVoiw for ways you can help preserve ocean health and diversity. ⠀
Wow! What a close poll outcome! In regards to what whale species is documented to live longer, 47% said it was the bowhead whale and 53% said it was the blue whale!
The correct answer is the bowhead whale!!!! While a blue whale has been documented to live to 110 years old, the discovery of 19th century stone harpoon points in the skull of a bowhead whale have shown that they can live to be over 200 years old!! This is one of the longest living mammals ever recorded! How amazing is that?
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Last week’s unveiling of the Thaku whale statue at Mayor Bill Overstreet Park at the Seawalk in Juneau points to the majesty of these charismatic megafauna in the wild, as well as their legacy as a vital food source for native Alaskans. Funded by the Whale Project in celebration of 50 years of statehood, artist R.T. “Skip” Wallen sculpted Thaku from measurements from a beached whale, and created a mold that later became the bronze humpback whale statue. In Alaska, indigenous subsistence whaling remains a cultural tradition, with the International Whaling Commission granting native communities special permissions to continue subsistence whale hunts. The ubiquity of whales makes appearances in historic newspapers, too: As reported in 1908 by the Daily Alaskan newspaper in Skagway, a whale from Sitka struck a schooner and caused it to capsize!
📷: Thaku whale statue in Juneau.
📷: Text reads: “Sitka Whale Swats Launch: (United Press Telegram-Cable Service.) Sitka, Jan. 28- An exciting adventure and one which almost cost the lives of the parties to it is the topic of this town today. Captain William R. Hanlon, while navigating a gasoline launch from Sitka, to Silver bay carrying provisions to the Bauer silver mines at that place encountered a whale. The captain was loaded for whale, his rifle was in action at once. Four shots were well placed near where the whale lived before the whale began to take notice. Then the whale woke up to the situation and behaved like that other whale in the South Sea which the comic opera tells about, and struck out with his tail, The little schooner received a severe side wallop and went clear over, the crew and the cargo being flopped out into the sea. Captain Hanlon was quite severely injured and it was only through the most heroic efforts of Charley Haley that he was kept above water, Haley clinging the while to the side of the overturned schooner, until a party of miners from shore, who had seen the accident, came to their rescue in a small boat. The whale went about his business.”
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These were fun! From last year, a little letterpress print of a Bowhead Whale! It started as a scratch board drawing, which became a letterpress plate, which produced these dudes. He has a friend I printed too, the “Southern Right Whale” that goes with him and makes a set. I love whales.
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Close 01:00 PM sailling open waters on route to Uunartoq, our basque navigator gives the voice of alarm “¡Whale, whale!” The spiracle expels water and the column elevates from the surface. The huge tail gets up and the whale disappears on the bottom of the sea. Without disturbing it we leave it continue on its way. Next hour after the majestic and slow dance of the whale we arrived on Uunartoq Hot Springs.
(Sound on, trust us.) Bowhead whales love weird music — specifically, their own songs. What do the songs sound like? Well, they range from “animals having a party in a barn” to “almost extraterrestrial,” in the words of biologist Kit Kovacs. Over three seasons, researchers captured 184 acoustically distinct songs from a population of more than 300 whales near the Svalbard archipelago in Norway. Though other whale groups sing basically the same song, female bowhead whales may value original musical tastes — the variety of songs increased during the height of breeding season. It may be that since bowheads are the only baleen whales that live that far north, they don’t need shared melodies to keep them from courting the wrong species. So they’re free to focus on originality — even if the end result means, as Kovacs puts it, “Even experimental jazz isn’t as weird as these bowheads.” (📸: Kit Kovacs/Norwegian Polar Institute)
SEDNA (Inuit Leyend)
The old ladies tell that once upon a time there was a young woman beautiful, long-black haired girl named Sedna, who lived with her father. Anyone sought to marry her reached the age of it, but one day she saw from his cabin a glorious sailboat captained by a foreign hunter. The captain immediately fell in love with her and has been seduced with words full of promises and treasures so she left with him. Sedna fell into despair to discover that the true identity of the hunter was an Angakok (inuit shaman), able to change shape. The father, hearing the desperate cry of his daughter, ventured in his kayak by the ocean until he found her. He found her alone and escaped, but when the shaman returned in the form of a bird and noticed the game of his beloved. The bird, blinded by the rage, unleashed with its powers to raging tempest to see that the father denied giving to his dear girl. With tears in his eyes, the fisherman understood that the sea was to strike his daughter and throw Sedna overboard to the cold waters to consummate the sacrifice. In the midst of despair, Sedna surfaced and grabbed her father's kayak with frozen fingers. When he was in danger, the father cut off his daughter's fingers, which became small fish and seals, and thumbs and hands became walruses, whales and all marine animals. After the fierce scene, the ocean calmed the fury unleashed by the shaman, and Sedna sank forever in the bottom of the sea. The Inuit believe that when the sins of men, which always go to sea, have polluted the ocean, the long dark hair of Sedna is entangled. Since she no longer has hands to comb her hair, she cries and becomes angry, so the marine animals move away from the coasts and come to comfort her. When the Inuit begin to starve, they know that it is time to confess the attack on nature and they go out in large numbers to the ocean on board their boats, to comb the sea, to clean and to unravel the hair of the fisherman's daughter.❤️
...thanks Nora ☺️