Silver the Humpback Whale
There is quite an interesting story about this humpback whale. In 1979 a new whale appeared on Stellwagen Bank. It was easy to identify because it had just half-a-tail! It was named Long John Silver for the pirate with a missing leg in Treasure Island.
Imagine everyone’s surprise the following year, when Long John Silver was sighted with a small calf! Of course, Long John Silver wasn’t a good name for a new mother.
So, Long John was dropped and Silver became the first whale to get a name change!
Enjoy this clip of Silver from Salt & Friends (Coming soon)
Silver on DVD ($18.99)
Salt & Friends: Humpback Whales With Names
The story of Silver and her family is three minutes in length. You will meet Silver, her 1988 calf Coral and her 1990 calf, Chablis. Fourteen other whale families round out this hour long program.
|Mother: Unknown||First Sighting: 1979|
|Year Of Birth: Unknown||Last Seen: 1991 [Deceased]|
Silver’s Family Tree
|Calves||Year of Birth||Grandcalves|
|Beltane||1980||Cat’s Eyes 1985 (Beltane)|
There is a lot of bad news, however about this whale family. Beltane died in 1987 with many other humpbacks due to natural toxins and Silver was found on a beach on Long Island in 1991. Net entanglement was believed to cause her death.
This is one of my favorite trips in 1988. Coral was just a small calf of Silver’s and she was teaching him the fine art of flippering. Just observe the difference in size. Silver’s flippers are sixteen feet long!
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