Archive for the ‘Oceans’ Category

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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Lost beach

As I sat and watch the Mississippi river during the latest round of floods here in Missouri this past spring, I’m reminded how no matter what humans do to the river (i.e. dams, levies, etc…) when she wants something, mother nature just goes and takes it.

In this case, it was a beach on Achill Island, located off the coast of Ireland in 1984. Then suddenly it was returned this past April. You can read about it in the article entitled “Lost Irish beach returns after 33 years: A freak tide just returned more than 1,000 feet of sand wiped out by a brutal winter storm on Achill Island” by Michael d’Estries over at Mother Nature Network.

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Orcas & great whites

So for a reason unknown to scientist, at least three great white corpses have washed up on the shores of South Africa recently, all with their livers removed and with Orcas believed to be the culprits. This according to the article entitled “Are Orcas Killing Great White Sharks for Their Livers? Experts Stunned” by Pete Thomas over at GrindTV. Stay tuned to find out more about this mystery of the seas.

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Balloons

As a kid, I’m sure I enjoyed balloons as much as anyone but after I read the book Voyage of the Turtle by Carl Safina as both an adult and parent, I think I realized how harmful they are to nature. So seeing this article, entitled “Why Balloon Releases Need to Stop” by Katherine Martinko over at Treehugger only reinforced that thinking.

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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.

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Cape Cod & great whites

I’ve been to Cape Cod only once and I have some really fond memories of the place. Now it sounds like great whites sharks like it too, at least according to the numbers. You can read about them in this article entitled “Cape Cod’s Great White Shark Population May Be Growing” by Stephanie Pappas over at Live Science. I would love to visit again!

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