There are few more distressing sights than the body of a dying whale being rolled around in powerful surf. Sadly, in the last few weeks, we have witnessed just this as a number of magnificent sperm whales have stranded on North Sea coasts. Not surprisingly, questions are being asked about why this happened, and also whether we could have helped them.
So many times I have seen where charities, groups and movements fighting the same cause, wanting identical results refuse to pull together through differing opinions, politics and egos, but sadly, no matter what the issue, unless we can unite for what we are fighting for, world leaders and governments will always have the upper hand.
Male spinner dolphins also have odd-looking upturned or curled tail flukes. This might be yet another anatomical oddity that is meant to attract the ladies. Or it might help them swim faster. Nobody knows. Bottom line: adult male spinner dolphins look like they've been crafted out of playdough by a toddler who has no idea what a dolphin should look like.
On 11 September, a young Risso's dolphin is driven into and trapped in the cove. She lands at the feet of Ric O'Barry, star of the Academy Award-winning documentary The Cove and ex-dolphin trainer turned activist, who is helpless to intervene. Exhausted, she gives up the will to live, takes a final breath and sinks to the bottom of Taiji cove, never to be seen again.
Our best friends of the sea, the dolphins have always been a great fascination to humans. They are friendly, happy and social animals and have been positively noted for their playful nature, intelligence and occasional help to humans, whether it is fishing or rescuing their lives! Here's 15 facts about dolphins that you might not know.