Schlagwort: Conservation

Hanna Michel

Have you ever found a „Mermaid’s purse“? // Hast Du schon einmal die „Handtasche einer Meerjungfrau“ gefunden?

What the hell is a Mermaid’s purse? That’s what – back in the days – the egg cases of sharks, rays, and chimaeras (all cartilaginous fish, Chondrichthyes) were called before people figured out what they were. They wash ashore during strong winds and rough seas, where they can be found by curious beachcombers. The egg…

Cultures in whale and dolphin societies? // Haben Wale und Delfine Kulturen?

In this article for Special Tours Iceland, I am focusing on what we have learned about the cultural lives of whales and dolphins. The better we study these animals, the more we realize that they are not that different from us. There are amazing examples of ingenious ideas of how to catch food and other…

Happy end for Humpback whale „Nettie“ // Happy end für Buckelwal „Nettie“

On 31 July 2015, a Humpback whale we had never seen before was sighted on one of the Whale watching tours in Faxaflói, the bay off the coast of Reykjavík. As we carefully approached the animal, our hearts dived: The whale was severely entangled in fishing gear. Some fishing lines were wrapped around its entire…

Killer whale encounter in Faxaflói, Iceland // Begegnung mit Schwertwalen in der Faxabucht, Island

For the Special Tours Iceland website, I’ve put together some information about the Killer whales (Orcas) in Icelandic waters. The reason for this was our encounter with two Killer whales on one of our Whale watching tours in early June. Learn more about these two and other Orcas, not only in Iceland but in all…