Archive for the ‘Whales’ Category

A whale’s home

Sounds like the title of a book. The problem is, the whale’s home is changing according to the article entitled “A Less Hospitable Home” by Karen Weintraub over at the New York Times. If you want to learn more about whales,  I highly recommend the book The Whale: In Search of the Giants of the Sea by Philip Hoare.

Though I haven’t been to the ocean in years and years, two of my favorite animals are sea turtles and whales. To me, truly magnificent animals.

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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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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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Crocodiles & whales

These two animals, who seemingly are not related at all, do in fact have something in common. They both have jaws lined with conical teeth and a similar array of snout shapes. According the article over at Scientific American entitled “Why Crocodiles Look Like Whales: Shared dining habits have fueled a “remarkable” case of evolutionary convergence” by Brian Switek , the reason for this is convergence. So go converge on the article.

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Solar storms & beaching

With this recent story over all over the news including NPR entitled “As 200 More Whales Are Stranded In New Zealand, Heroics Turn To Heartbreak” by , many scientist  wonder, why do these mass beachings continue to occur?

That brings us to this article from a few days ago entitled “Are Solar Storms Causing Mysterious Sea Animal Beachings?” by Kacey Deamer over at LiveScience. Unfortunately it’s a very timely topic. 

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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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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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