Archive for the ‘Ocean’ Category

Whale shark

So earlier I posted an article on a sea turtle being rescued to continue on that theme, I thought I would post this article on a whale shark being rescued. Nothing like seeing humans and nature getting along.

This article is entitled “Diver Cuts Whale Shark Loose from Painful Entanglement in Fishing Rope” by Maximillien Weinstein over at World of Animals. The whole story is incredible to watch.

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Green Librarian

Whale family tree

Long before I read Mac Barnett’s book Billy Twitters and His Blue Whale Problem to my kids, I’ve loved whales. So when I read this article entitled “New Fossil Fills In Missing Moment in Baleen Whale History: A new toothed whale highlights an important time in the evolution of today’s ocean giants” by Brian Switek over at Scientific American, I knew I had to post it. Writing this post also reminded me of the time I saw a whale off the coast of Cape Cod years ago.

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Green Librarian

Plastic straws

As I think I’ve mentioned before, my use of plastic is something I’m trying to reduce. First with plastic bags and now with straws. So when I came across this article over at the Washington Post, it only reinforced that idea.

The article is entitle “A Campaign to Eliminate Plastic Straws is Sucking in Thousands of Converts” by Darryl Fears. I will warn you however, the video of a straw being pulled out of a Sea Turtles nose is kind of gross. At the same time, you get the idea of what we’re doing to our planet and with Sea Turtles being one of my favorite animals, it was hard to watch.

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Canoeing

I will be the first to admit that I’ve never done a lot of canoeing except for a few times on our lake at the family cabin. That said however, I must admit it’s something that I’ve always admired other people doing.

So when I saw this article on a short documentary (originally filmed as a commercial), I found myself again drawn. The article is entitled “This Canoe Documentary is Almost too Beautiful to Watch ” by Michael D’Estries over at the Mother Nature Network. Unfortunately my computer isn’t that great so I will have to watch the rest of it this weekend.

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Green Librarian

 

 

Ocean blue

Okay, here’s another one of those articles which I am recommending that is over at the Wall Street Journal.  Unfortunately you will need either a subscription to the Journal online or you can hop on down to your local library and look for the Review Section of the March 11-12 weekend edition page C4.

The article is entitled “Why Is the Ocean Blue? We know that water is transparent and colorless, so what accounts for its color? Think of it as a big game of molecular pinball” by Helen Czerski. Another option however would be to check out her book Storm in a Teacup: The physics of everyday life , which came out last year. I just requested it myself.

Sail away!

   

Green Librarian

Nautilus

Shortly after I graduated in from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education back in 1985, I got my first job working at the St. Louis Community College at Meramec as an instructor in their fitness center teaching students how to use their  nautilus equipment.

Fast forward to just over thirty years and here I am writing a post about nautilus, not the fitness equipment but, the beautiful chambered cephalopod for whose shape the equipment is designed upon. Who knew?!

Anyway, tonight I came across an article over at the Center for Biological Diversity on a petition they submitted to the National Marine Fisheries Service asking for the nautilus to be given protection under the Endangered Species Act.

Then being the research librarian that I am today, I searched to find some more articles on this topic and low and behold, I came across the group Save the Nautilus. How cool is that?

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Whale of a story

This article reminded me of the book The whale : in search of the giants of the sea by Philip Hoare , a book that really started my love of whales. The article is entitled “When Whales Started Living Large: A new study tracks ‘the rise of ocean giants’“by Brian Switek over on the Laelaps blog at Scientific American. I also highly recommend the book.

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Green Librarian