Here you will find intriguing extras: segments our producers weren't able to fit into a five-minute podcast as well as images, interesting facts and ways to get involved or in touch with biodiversity wherever you live.
Karen Romano young tells Ari about the dangers of hunting the world’s second biggest whale from a teeny, tiny boat.
What are the sights and sounds of life aboard an icebreaker? Listen as Young describes what it was like on deck at the 16,000-ton Healy smashed its way through Arctic pack ice.
The giving away of whale meat after the hunt happens during Naluqatak – which translates to “the festival of the whale.” There’s food and dancing, and they even toss the whaling captain, his wife, and others up into the air using a sealskin blanket like a trampoline. The whale can feed all of Barrow for up to a year and a half.
View a slideshow of images of Naluqatak, as the people of Barrow rejoice and give thanks for the bounty of the hunt.
Images courtesy of Karen Romano Young
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Sometimes pods of up to fourteen bowheads cruise through the ocean in a V-shaped formation, filter-feeding as a group. At 10,000 kg per whale, that’s about 140 metric tons of whale on the move!
Bowheads are very long-lived. Some individuals can live to be over one hundred, as evidenced by stone harpoon points (out of use since 1900) recovered from the bodies of whales.
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OrcaSound project, you can listen to ambient sounds streaming live from hydrophones in the Salish Sea, which stretches between British Columbia, Canada and Washington State, USA near Seattle.
Use the online Sound Tutor to learn orca calls. Then monitor the hydrophone feed from your home computer. If you hear killer whales calling, alert the OrcaSound project by email or log in to a collaborative Google database to record your observations. Data you collect will help fill in the picture of numbers and movements of endangered orcas in the waters of the Pacific Northwestern United States.