Is it normal for a whale to bleed when begining their dive?
August 8, 2014 8:21 PM Subscribe
Calling all marine biologists! Question about whales and their health inside.
posted by smcniven to Pets & Animals (6 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Yesterday I was on a whale watching cruise with my family and we got to see a humpback whale flashing it's tail just before it dove. My little guy (who's somewhat of a hypochondriac at the best of times) commented that he saw blood in the water. I didn't really see anything at the time but upon reviewing the movies I took during the cruise I did see what my son saw. Just as the whale started to dive a large bubble of bloody water appears near the base of the tail.
I know that there's not much that anyone could do for the whale but I'm curious if this is indicative of a problem for the whale or maybe something else (recent calving perhaps).