How did the melon-headed whale get it's name?

How did the melon-headed whale get it's name?

How did the melon-headed whale get it's name?


Aggressive interactions may also be seen such as rapid approaches to other whales, with attempts to elicit slight avoidance reactions.

Melon-headed whales are often seen with other species of cetaceans, including rough-toothed dolphins, and short-finned pilot whales. NOAA's melon-headed whale info.

Navy sonar used during the 2004 Rim of the Pacific exercises likely caused 150 - 200 melon-headed whales to strand themselves in Hanalei Bay, Kauai, Hawaii over the Fourth of July weekend of 2004. (Read NOAA's article on the stranding.)melon-headed Whale face

On July 3, attendees of a canoe blessing observed the animals entering the Bay in a single wave. These deep-water, open ocean mammals appeared to be showing signs of stress by swimming in a tight circle in a shallow part of the bay.

A reverse variation of the native Hawaiian method of corralling fish, a long twisted strand of beach morning glory vines was made by the families of the Hanalei Canoe Club. In a brilliant, coordinated effort that involved paddlers, local companies, fishermen, State and Federal Agencies, and the general public, the whales were herded out to deep waters using the vines.

The only apparent casualty of the incident was a young whale found dead in Hanalei Bay. It is likely that maternal separation, poor nutritional condition, and dehydration contributed to the final demise of the animal.

Wild Side Melon-Headed Whale Picture Gallery


Melon-headed Whales in Hawaii (Peponocephala electra ) Underwater footage of melon-headed whales - closely related to other 'blackfish' in Hawaii - false killer whales, short-finned pilot whales and pygmy killer whales.

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