Apparently, some Labour sources tell me that there was aÂ lazy hundred grand offered to Labour prior to the election.
Tim Barnett failed to pick it up when Mike ‘Fat Tony’ Williams jacked it up doesnâ€™t need to go on the whales.
With Labour gettingÂ 98% of their 2011 vote a spare hundy might have helped out.
Fat Tony apparently gotÂ the shits with Tim for not turning up when the meeting was organised for the cheque collection and so the donor decided to give the money to saving the whales.
Which on the face of it looks like a more sensible investment.
The number of blue whales in the northeastern Pacific appears to have returned to near-historic levels thanks to a 48-year international ban on commercial or subsistence whaling for this species and allied laws enacted at national levels.
The current population of blue whales off the US West Coast is about 2,200, or 97 percent of their levels at the beginning of the 20th century, according to a study published Friday in the journal Marine Mammal Science. Â Read more »
Orca whales are awesome…especially when they carve up useless gray whales.
Natureâ€™s truth and tragedy unfolded in a dramatic scene on Monterey Bay last week when a pack of 20 orcas attacked a mother gray whale and its calf.
The fight lasted more than two hours, witnessed and photographed by field scout Bart Selby, and dozens aboard whale watching boats that cruised at top speeds to the periphery of the scene and cut their engines.
Selby, a kayaker, wildlife expert and photographer, heard about the whales and headed straight to Monterey. In 2011, Selby paddled a kayak solo 25 miles from Santa Cruz to Monterey, and two weeks ago, reported sighting a mother gray whale and its calf lounging on the inshore waters at Whalerâ€™s Cove at Pigeon Point near Pescadero.
Selby boarded the Point Sur Clipper with Montereyâ€™s champion whale specialist, Nancy Black, and they quickly found the orcas, more than 20 in all, on the hunt.
Orcas find gray whales
At mid-afternoon, the orcas found a mother gray whale with a calf.
â€śThey came in waves, like attacking swarms of hockey players,â€ť Selby said. â€śWhen one group got tired, then the entire line would rotate out and orbit the center ring while a new swarm of orcas pressed the attack.â€ť
Just as a pack of coyotes will try to separate a fawn from its protective mother, the orcas tried to pry the calf away from its mother as well. Â Read more »
Ok, so you are never going to get a smell off a blog post, despite what my detractors say.
You can however read about it.
Motorists were left sickened after seeing a 50ft rotting whale being driven along a busy dual carriageway.
The giant sperm whale died when it became stranded on the Kent coast near Seasalter more than a week ago.Â Read more »
My shiny precious not even 24 hours in on my desk, I’m faced with the following headline
I know I’m not universally loved.
(No, I’m not, odd eh?)
But I’d think I’d get to bask in the afterglow of the Yellow Cube of Win just a little longer before they turned on me.
(Want to see the actual article?) Â Read more »
An Icelandic brewery that was planning a beer that contained whale meat has been told that they aren’t allowed to make itÂ because of some lack of a piece of paperwork.
What a bugger I’d ordered a case of it for the lair…I wonder if I can get my money back.
A controversial beer made with whale meat by-products and oil has been banned after it was discovered that its creators didnâ€™t have a license to sell the whale meal for consumption. Â Read more »
I am starting to make a list of items that are needed for the lair…you know cool stuff like Â a Polar Bear, Grizzly Bear rug, a Lion, a Cougar, Moose, Elk, that kind of thing.
Toys are also on the list of things for the lair.
Is it a plane? Well, it steers like one. Is it a boat? Legally, yes. Is it a submarine? Kind of … and then it leaps out of the water and breaches just like a whale.
The Seabreacher could be described as a fast-planing raceboat, or alternately as a fully sealed jet-ski-engined sea missile that can plunge two people under the water at 60km/h and then hurl them into the sky.Â Read more »
I originally posted this in 2010. Given the Labour party thinks they speak for all New Zealand upset over a few Minke whales getting harpooned and the fact that the media accept pirates as a valid source of news, I thought I’d repost these rather inconvenient facts that the anti-whaling crowd wouldn’t want you to know.
The worldâ€™s meddlers gnash their teeth over whaling whether it is for scientific purposes or for commercial. Right now the moratorium on commercial whaling isnâ€™t working andÂ just over 1500 whales were harvested last year in whaling activities and 31,084 in total since the moratorium beganÂ in 1986. Those figures sound horrendous. I am of course using the WWF figures and we all know how accurate and peer reviewed their information is. An independent assessment done by theÂ Sea Shepherd Conservation SocietyÂ (they must be good, they have the word conservation in their title) says thatÂ â€śIceland, Norway, and Japan â€“ have brutally slaughtered over 25,000 whales under the guise of scientific research and for commercial purposesâ€ť. Note their overly emotive language. They were harvested, as we know, not brutally slaughtered. To use that terminology I would hate to think how they consider the BeefÂ industry. Somewhere between those numbers lies the truth. Â Read more »
Apparently I eat babies…am evil personified…and should be ignored.
But you can’t ignore Killer Whales…you can only seek to understand them.
Fortunately The Atlantic earlier last year compiled a list of 7 reasons why Killer Whales are Evil geniuses.
Over at Wired Science, a photographer caught a stunning sequence of a killer whale in Monterey BayÂ flipping a dolphin out of the waterÂ and then eating it. Apparently, they do this regularly! “I have seen this with several different species of dolphins from various places around the world, so I think that killer whales probably do this regularly but not commonly,” a NOAA ecologist told Nadia Drake. “With slower swimming species, like seals and sea lions, killer whales prefer to use their tails to swat them out of the water.”Â Just go look atÂ the ridiculous photographs.
Yikes. So that’s reason number one:Â they kill dolphins, and who doesn’t love dolphins?
Perhaps, though, we should more firmly establish that they are evil.*Â They kill baby things.Â So many baby things and in so many innovative ways!Baby seals.Â Baby sea lions. EvenÂ baby sperm whales! Â Read more »