Archive for the ‘Whales’ Category

Whale jail

As someone who works in the judicial system, I found this article very sad and at the same time, a little hopeful when I read that Jean-Michael Cousteau (along with a gentleman named Charles Vinick from the Whale Sanctuary Project) were involved.

The article is entitled “Russia Says It Will Try to Free Almost 100 Whales Held in ‘Jail’” by Neil MacFarquhar and Ivan Nechepurenko over at the New York Times. I guess what I take from this, and what I wish for is, to keep hope alive.

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Blue & red

So tonight’s article is really quite random except for the fact that Whale’s are one of my favorite animals. This article actually just struck me as “cute”. It’s entitled “Why did this Blue Whale Swim into the Red Sea?” by Bryan Nelson over at Mother Nature Network. 

While several of the reasons as to why it’s there are not necessarily good, to me, the chance for people who otherwise wouldn’t see it is always a good thing. Perhaps one of those people who see’s it might find it as majestic and beautiful as I do and therefore volunteer in some small way to help Blue Whales. I guess that’s me just being the eternal optimist but nonetheless, here’s hoping.

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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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