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Fri Mar 17, 2017, 12:50 PM

Humpback whales are organizing in huge numbers, and no one knows why

The world is ending and only the whales know. At least, that’s one explanation. Humpback whales are normally pretty solitary—scientists used to call groups of 10 to 20 “large.” Now they’re congregating in groups of 20 to 200 off the coast of South Africa. Something is definitely going on here, but so far experts are stumped.
In fact, Humpback whales aren't supposed to be hanging out in that region in the first place. Humpbacks migrate up to tropical waters to breed, but they typically feed down south in the icy waters of Antarctica this time of year. Yet scientific expeditions keep seeing these super-pods (not to be confused with super PACs, which are equally giant but much more dangerous), which were finally compiled and published at the beginning of March in the journal PLOSone. The researchers have a few ideas about why the humpbacks are organizing, but no clear answers yet. So far the consensus seems to be: this is pretty freakin’ weird.

http://www.popsci.com/humpback-whales-are-organizing#page-2

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Reply Humpback whales are organizing in huge numbers, and no one knows why (Original post)
News2Me Mar 2017 OP
Da Mannn Mar 2017 #1
Juan Rico Mar 2017 #2
msv Mar 2017 #3
BigKahunna2.0 Mar 2017 #4
Aldar Mar 2017 #5
Jack Burton Mar 2017 #6
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Fri Mar 17, 2017, 12:54 PM

1. If the whales are wearing Pink P**** hats...its another March on Washington!

When ever I see a bunch of whales organizing I get outa there!

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Fri Mar 17, 2017, 12:59 PM

2. A clear and present danger. Lock and load.

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Fri Mar 17, 2017, 01:19 PM

3. Wasn't this a Star Trek movie?

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Fri Mar 17, 2017, 01:36 PM

4. Sounds like a group of Hillary supporters getting ready to protest

are the whales carrying "I'm with her" signs

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Fri Mar 17, 2017, 01:45 PM

5. Now now

not all Hillary's supporters are fat

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Fri Mar 17, 2017, 01:54 PM

6. I may have discovered why the whales are organizing?



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Fri Mar 17, 2017, 02:03 PM

7. "Most of the whales seem to be young, "

Its a humpback singles bar.......great food, decent drinks, a chance to meet that special humpback.....

You could honeymoon in Antarctica it inst that far away......

I like it wonder if they have special luminescent jellyfish to provide ambiance...



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Fri Mar 17, 2017, 03:10 PM

8. Preparing for a....

"Prudential" commercial shoot...??

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Fri Mar 17, 2017, 04:25 PM

9. Since the humpback population has been pretty low for decades, what is normal?

Maybe this is just a reflection of recovering numbers?

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