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Kodiak vs. Blue Whale

Postby Jschiers » Sat Jan 07, 2006 6:07 pm

On the surface this seems like a juvenile question, but what I am looking for is a clear reasoned response detailing offenses, defenses, issues with mass differential, etc. of the two. Interest in the engagement by both creatures should be removed from the equation. (Both of these creatures represent the high end of their species)

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Who would win a 13 foot / 2.5 ton Kodiak or a 130 foot / 150 ton) Blue Whale? Would there be advantages if the arena were on Land vs on sea?
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Two words

Postby jonfpalmer » Sat Jan 07, 2006 6:12 pm

DA BEARZ!

A whale doesnt know how to fight. It has no instinct for that. It might take that bear a little while but it'd get the job done eventually. What do you think, Dave?
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Postby Arctic Dave » Sat Jan 07, 2006 6:19 pm

Seconds on the bear.

Whale: "Doesn't look like krill....."

Bear: "WOW! That's a huge seal! I won't have to hunt for the rest of the season!"

Potted Petunias: "Oh no. Not again."

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Re: Kodiak vs. Blue Whale

Postby Jschiers » Sat Jan 07, 2006 6:20 pm

[quote="Jschiers"] Interest in the engagement by both creatures should be removed from the equation.
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Postby MrMistery » Sat Jan 07, 2006 8:08 pm

I would say neither since the bear would never attack a blue whale and if it does the blue whale will simply dive in the water and swimm away
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Postby ZakaSPFC » Sun Jan 08, 2006 7:19 pm

"Bears are supreme blue whale hunters, often swimming thousands of miles just to attack their favorite prey, the blue whale" Encyclopedia Britannica
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Postby MrMistery » Mon Jan 09, 2006 7:51 pm

Really? Someone please explain this to me..
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Postby jonfpalmer » Tue Jan 10, 2006 12:23 am

"The Blue Whale will, in the winter, retreat to warmer waters off the coast of the Galapagos Islands in an effort to gain as much distance as possible from its' most formidable opponent; the Great Arctic Kodiak Bear. The large land-based mammals typically take to the seas in groups, known as a Sleuth Of Bears. A normal sized sleuth consisting of up to 12 adult bears can surround a pod of blue whales and, in a matter of weeks reduce the giant water-bound creatures to bones before returning home to hibernate." -Rogettes Collegiate International Encyclopedia
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Postby Jschiers » Tue Jan 10, 2006 12:32 am

Hmmmm. Jonfpalmer, can you provide a the year of the encyclopedia so I can validate this quote.

Does anyone else have any data on the defenses the "pod of blue whales" would use to counter this surrounding attack performed by the Kodiaks?

Also, could you define "in winter", how long is the winter and in general which months would it encompass in a normal year?

thanks for the feedback
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Postby ZakaSPFC » Tue Jan 10, 2006 2:27 am

Thanks for the comic relief ::):
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Postby amoebapower » Tue Jan 10, 2006 3:11 am

i dont think it would be much of a contest . on land whales cant move on land and bears cant breath under water :)
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Postby MrMistery » Tue Jan 10, 2006 8:41 pm

That's what i said. A whale can survive 2 hours under water. So wouldn't it simply go to the deep, swimm away and pop up a kilometer away?
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