Archive for the ‘Seas’ Category

Strawless in St. Louis

Okay it’s not as catchy as strawless in Seattle but it’ll do. So I’ve been trying to go strawless for a while now and I will admit it’s not easy as I thought it would be. Tonight though, I just decided to put one of my metal straws in my work bag.

Anyway, if you need some motivation, check out my earlier post entitled Plastic straws. You can also check out this article entitled “Seattle Fights for Sea Animals by Going Strawless for September” by Melissa Breyer over at Treehugger. It’s not easy but it is worth it. Check out some of the statistics in the article.

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Green Librarian

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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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Green Librarian

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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Green Librarian

 

 

Blue day

Okay, so it wasn’t a blue day today but that sort of leads me to the topic of my article (maybe two) on blue whales. The first article is entitled “How Do You Dismantle a 90-Ton Whale? Start With a Strong Stomach and a Machete: When the corpses of two blue whales floated into two Newfoundland seashore villages, it presented a rare research opportunity; ‘I was totally slimed’” by Jacquie McNish but unfortunately it’s over at the Wall Street Journal. Since that usually requires a subscription, may I suggest that you run over to your local library and read it? It’s in the January 2, 2017 issue.

The second article however, is free and entitled “11 facts about blue whales, the largest animals ever known to live on Earth by Melissa Breyer over at Treehugger. I must say, while the first article gives you lots of in-depth information, this second article is sort of the short and sweet version of whales.

Now if all else fails, you can also go to your library and check out the kids book entitled Billy Twitters and His Blue Whale Problem by Mac Barnett (Author) and Adam Rex (Illustrator). Whew, that was a whale full!

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Green Librarian

Horseshoe crabs

As I’ve talked about before, horseshoe crabs are a favorite of mine, ever since I  read “Horseshoe Crabs and Velvet Worms: The Story of the Animals and Plants That Time Has Left Behind”  by Richard Fortey. So when I came across this article, I was disturbed.

The article is entitled “Medical Labs May Be Killing Horseshoe Crabs: Drawing the crabs’ blue blood for vital medical testing can condemn the animals to die, even after they are returned to the sea” by Caren Chesler. Hopefully, we’ll start to re-think how we treat them.

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Green Librarian

Pirates and the environment

So who knew that pirate ships sitting at the bottom of the ocean, would one day help scientist studying sun spots, hurricanes and climate change? Well, that’s what’s happening according to the article “Ahoy, Mateys! Downed Ships Reveal Hurricane History” by Tia Ghose over at Live Science.

To me, pirate ships are something that my oldest son use to love reading and learning about. We even got the chance to see some of the remains of the pirate ship Whydah over at the St. Louis Science Center.

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Green Librarian

Great Whites

Like many people, I think that sharks are one of the most misunderstood animals on the planet.  I know that I call myself the Green Librarian, but I do love blue too and all it’s inhabitants.

Even though the helicopter crew in this article couldn’t just go up and measure this amazing animal, it’s hard to dispute the fact that it is huge or as they said, “It’s the biggest I’ve ever seen…”.

To learn more, check out the article entitled “Massive great white shark off Australia said to be ‘the size of Jaws’  by at GrindTV. Oh how I wished I could visit the oceans again. Or at least take my kids there. Maybe one day.

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(Blue) Green Librarian