Japanese Whale Hunt & Other Marine Life In The News
There has been much marine life in the news in recent weeks.
Japan is undertaking a new whale hunt for ”research.” It will be the first so-called legal hunt of Humpback Whales since 1963. Theoretically, the number of Humpbacks is now high enough to sustain a hunt.
It seems a restored population is in fact bad news for these whales. It is indeed hard to get ahead sometimes.
The photo is a Greenpeace file picture of previous Japanese research on whales.
Here is a story about a firm in Tokyo that offers “whale curry” as something for you to eat. Another product of the research no doubt.
A Minke Whale found its way far into the Amazon River. Local people tried to save it by splashing water on its back when it swam into shallow waters, and by attempting to use boats to push it back to the ocean. These efforts were not successful.
This BBC story relates that rivers and lakes that become brown after being clear may in fact be much more clean and natural. What was keeping some European and North American waterways clear was acid rain that was killing off what would otherwise turn the water a more healthy brown.
Here is a story from Practical Fishkeeping about an attack by billions of jellyfish on the only salmon farm in Ireland.
The jellyfish involved were Mauve Stinger Jellyfish.
Close to where I live, the former Texas A & M at Galveston floating classroom ship Texas Clipper has been sunk near South Padre Island so that it might become an artificial reef. This is reported by The Galveston County Daily News.
Here is a link to the great liberal magazine The Nation. I’ve linked it here to articles discussing the merits of the Democrats running for President in 2008.
Please consider becoming involved in politics and becoming a fighting liberal!