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liris-san:

Farewell, Shoujo…
I can`t forget it. On January 17th a pod of approximately 250 bottlenose dolphins were driven into the Cove.  It was the largest pod to be driven into the cove in several years… Amongst them was a beautiful, extremely rare albino calf.  These dolphins have received numerous injuries and had had nothing to eat since their capture in Taiji Cove for four days.  40 were slaughtered and one more died in the process. The following day, three of the 52 captives were found floating dead in their harbor pens, having succumbed from stress or injury. Angel (or Shoujo), the baby albino, was then taken to the Taiji Whale Museum where they are proudly displaying her in captivity.
Please, visit Call of the Cove page to learn about how you can help - http://callofthecove.wordpress.com/ Letter to Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe - http://dolphinproject.org/take-action/free-angel Angel in captivity - http://www.savejapandolphins.org/blog/post/angel-in-captivity
You can use this work without my permission. ———————- Я не могу забыть этого. 17 января в японской бухте Тайдзи произошла одна из самых кровавых и трагичных охот на дельфинов за последние несколько лет. 5 стай афалин общей численностью примерно в 250 особей было загнано в западню.  Среди этих прекрасных животных был дельфиненок-альбинос. Ангел или Седзе (как назвали ее в Китовом музее Тайдзи…). Каждый день перенося в смертельной ловушке разлуку с родными, эти дельфины получали серьезные травмы во время их отбора на продажу. Кроме того, они не ели 4 суток подряд, пока их держали в бухте. Так Седзе потеряла свою мать. В общей сложности 40 дельфинов было зарезано и один погиб во время отбора. 52 взято для продажи в дельфинарии по всему миру (в т.ч. и в Россию). Трое из этих дельфинов были найдены мертвыми через несколько дней - они не перенесли стресса и травм. На данный момент Седзе находится в Китовом музее Тайдзи. Она плохо переносит адаптацию и есть риск, что она проживет не так долго, как могла бы…
Эту работу вы можете использовать без моего разрешения. Пожалуйста, не оставайтесь в стороне.Это преступление против природы не должно вечно скрываться под брезентовыми навесами. Здесь вы можете узнать о том, чем вы можете помочь - http://namiko-dolphin.blogspot.ru/2013/12/blog-post.html Обращение к премьер-министру Японии Синдзо Абэ - http://dolphinproject.org/take-action/free-angel
Жизнь Седзе сейчас - http://www.savejapandolphins.org/blog/post/angel-in-captivity Это видео - вместо тысячи слов… - http://youtu.be/xutTIH3lW7M

liris-san:

Farewell, Shoujo…

I can`t forget it.
On January 17th a pod of approximately 250 bottlenose dolphins were driven into the Cove.
It was the largest pod to be driven into the cove in several years…
Amongst them was a beautiful, extremely rare albino calf.
These dolphins have received numerous injuries and had had nothing to eat since their capture in Taiji Cove for four days.
40 were slaughtered and one more died in the process.
The following day, three of the 52 captives were found floating dead in their harbor pens, having succumbed from stress or injury.
Angel (or Shoujo), the baby albino, was then taken to the Taiji Whale Museum where they are proudly displaying her in captivity.

Please, visit Call of the Cove page to learn about how you can help - http://callofthecove.wordpress.com/
Letter to Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe - http://dolphinproject.org/take-action/free-angel
Angel in captivity - http://www.savejapandolphins.org/blog/post/angel-in-captivity

You can use this work without my permission.
———————-
Я не могу забыть этого.
17 января в японской бухте Тайдзи произошла одна из самых кровавых и трагичных охот на дельфинов за последние несколько лет.
5 стай афалин общей численностью примерно в 250 особей было загнано в западню.
Среди этих прекрасных животных был дельфиненок-альбинос. Ангел или Седзе (как назвали ее в Китовом музее Тайдзи…).
Каждый день перенося в смертельной ловушке разлуку с родными, эти дельфины получали серьезные травмы во время их отбора на продажу. Кроме того, они не ели 4 суток подряд, пока их держали в бухте.
Так Седзе потеряла свою мать.
В общей сложности 40 дельфинов было зарезано и один погиб во время отбора. 52 взято для продажи в дельфинарии по всему миру (в т.ч. и в Россию). Трое из этих дельфинов были найдены мертвыми через несколько дней - они не перенесли стресса и травм.
На данный момент Седзе находится в Китовом музее Тайдзи. Она плохо переносит адаптацию и есть риск, что она проживет не так долго, как могла бы…

Эту работу вы можете использовать без моего разрешения. Пожалуйста, не оставайтесь в стороне.Это преступление против природы не должно вечно скрываться под брезентовыми навесами.
Здесь вы можете узнать о том, чем вы можете помочь - http://namiko-dolphin.blogspot.ru/2013/12/blog-post.html
Обращение к премьер-министру Японии Синдзо Абэ - http://dolphinproject.org/take-action/free-angel

Жизнь Седзе сейчас - http://www.savejapandolphins.org/blog/post/angel-in-captivity
Это видео - вместо тысячи слов… - http://youtu.be/xutTIH3lW7M

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odditiesoflife:

Newly Discovered Deep Sea Worms Unknown to Science

Scientist and marine researcher Alexander Semenov, recently released a number of incredible new photographs of worms, several of which may be completely unknown to science.

Half of the photos were taken near the Great Barrier Reef in Australia during a 2-week conference on marine worms called polychaetes. Semenov photographed 222 different worm species which are now in the process of being studied and documented by scientists.

The other half of the photos were taken during Semenov’s normal course of work at the White Sea Biological Station in northern Russia where he’s head of the scientific divers team. 

(Source: thisiscolossal.com, via caramelzappa)

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scottish-orca:

The link between Icelandic and Northern Isles Pods- and what that might mean for Keiko

A theory by darling-taima and stumpytheorca

Keiko was captured off Reyðarfjörður, Iceland. There is no documentation of when this capture was due to ‘hiding’, a common practise so that capture limits would not be gone over. You probably know this already so why are we telling you again? Well…

In finding out about the Northern Isles orca range, we were surprised to find they have quite a large range. 8 individuals from the Pod were sighted in Icelandic waters near Reyðarfjörður- where Keiko was captured- and Vestmannaeyjar- where Keiko’s sea pen was located. The study was conducted around the times he was there. 

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In this graph you can see the 8 individuals (blue diamonds) from the Northern Isles (Yellow triangles) who have links and associate both with East Icelandic Orca (red cubes) and some Vestmannaejar orca (green triangles).

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To go with the above graph, it is possible more northern isles orca were/are present in iceland but to make results fair only left side photos are used. 

Work was done to try and find Keiko’s family in 1999-2001. Two former SeaWorld trainers were hired to do fieldwork on ID-ing, biopsies on wild orca DNA samples gathered and studying their dialect, but no matches were found. DNA matches between some members of icelandic pods and northern isles have also been found to contain mostly the same makeup. Meaning a divergence between populations could be less than 15 generations back.

But back to Keiko. He only had ‘walks’ out of his bay pen during the summer months where he interacted with wild orca during summer of 2001. In the summer of 2002, Keiko left the bay pen for 15 days and he was observed around Iceland before returning to the pen for one last time on July 8th then swam back out. He then began his 1,000 mile journey across the North Atlantic.

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This is Keiko’s line of travel (dots) and the NI orca confirmed range underneath in areas A,B,C,D and E.  Circled are the areas thought to contain schools of herring. 

What if Keiko’s matriarch line was never found by researchers because they were only there for a few short months of the year (September- November and in such small numbers)? Northern Isles orca spend their summer months in the Northern Isles hunting seals, could this be why Keiko took off east to Norway trying to find his home? He was captured at 2-4 years old, not leaving much to remember and he would not have migrated the route in over 22 years. It is possible that he only remembered the vague direction hence his journey to Norway.


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And in regards to his possible family? Well, we also have a theory for this too! This is 012. There have been confirmed sightings of her in 1995/2007 off the coast of Iceland. She is almost always sighted with 013 - whom due to the son never leaving the mother’s side, it is highly possible they are related. The rest of their pod with confirmed sightings in Iceland are  019 (Mousa) 021, 062 (Hulk).

012 could possibly be Keiko’s mother/grandmother/sister, and 013 a relation as well. 

Sources:

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Image Sources:
Keiko   013
please note this guys, this is just a fun theory- it is heavily researched and a lot of co-incidences cropped up hence this very long post and sources, but please don’t take it for fact! 

(via fightingforwhales)

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paramortality asked: I was watching QI, and there was a question on a vegetarian spider. Do you know anything about it?

bogleech:

Yep, Bagheera kiplingi, named in honor of the Jungle Book, feeds on tiny nutrient capsules produced by a species of Acacia tree.

These trees live in close symbiosis with ants, producing the capsules entirely to feed the ants who live in its hollow outgrowths and defend it from pests.

The spider carefully sneaks around the tree, dodging ants with its sheer agility and gets most of its food from plant matter, but it’s not completely vegan; it will also sometimes steal the eggs, larvae and pupa carried by ant workers!

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ftcreature:

The Featured Creature: Sea Sapphire: the Most Beautiful Animal You’ve Never Heard Of

This is the Sea Sapphire, an absolutely STUNNING marine copepod. Japanese fishermen would call a gathering of these creatures “tama-mizu”, or jeweled water.

Make sure to watch the VIDEO in the article!!

photos: Stefan Siebert, http://blogs.yahoo.co.jp/bluemuseum, CIOERT, .gif from liquidguru vid

(via darkwizardjamesmason)

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rhamphotheca:

GOOD NEWS:

First Endangered Whooping Crane Nest in Louisiana in 75 Years!

Two eggs sitting on a nest of marsh grass and sticks in a crawfish pond offer a hope in a project to bring back the endangered whooping crane to south Louisiana.

“Our fingers are crossed that next week we might have chicks hatching there,” said Sara Zimorski, a biologist with the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

It’s been 75 years since a whooping crane egg was documented in the state, and the birds had disappeared from the Louisiana landscape by 1950, the victim of habitat loss and hunting…

(read more: Clarion-Ledger)

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Condor Watch

Hey, wanna help scientists study the endangered California Condor? Here’s your chance!

With Condor Watch, you’ll be helping researchers ID condors to help them figure out what, if anything, their social structure has to do with who gets lead poisoning from animals killed by lead bullets. You’re presented with photos from feeding stations and asked to ID what scavengers are there, and if condors are present, things like their ID tags and age.

There are a lot of mangled animal carcasses at the feeding stations which some viewers may find upsetting, so careful there if gore and/or animal death is something you’re sensitive to. Zooniverse has plenty of research projects you can help out with, but as a Pacific Northwest native the California Condors are really important to me, so I though I’d get the word out.

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