Archive for the ‘Whales’ Category

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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Whales and Rhinos

While whales are no longer found in Africa (see my Whales in Africa post), Rhinos are still there but struggling. So it was nice to come across this article entitled “Endangered Rhinos in Kenya Are Taking Back Their Land” by Dodo over at Yahoo Travel. As a kid, I think they were one of my favorite animals. They just look so cool!

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Whales in Africa

Whales have always been one of my favorite animals, particularly as an adult. I’ve been fortunate enough to have several opportunities to visit the oceans over the years but that was back when I was much younger and unaware of their deeper beauty.

When I saw this headline, “When whales roamed in what is now Africa” over at the Environmental News Network via Southern Methodist University, it took me back. Seventeen million years back.

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From the smallest to the biggest

Yes, I love bees but I also love whales and this story hit me straight in the heart yesterday. The article is entitled “Can Embattled Gray Whale make it home?” by Pete Thomas over at GrindTV.

I know that whales dying is part of the process of life. In fact, as I’ve said recently, I now realize how important they are to life in the oceans. I hope however, that this whale finds his way home. I’m all about happy endings.

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