Photo Of The Day

Photo: Keri Wilk

Photo: Keri Wilk


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And they say Whale Oil is bad for you?

Want to reverse the ageing process?

It seems that you may need a daily dose of whale oil…or some such product.

Bowhead whales are most likely the longest-living mammals on the planet. There’s evidence – some of it in the form of Victorian-era harpoons embedded in blubber – that they can live as long as 200 years. And there are humans who’d like to get a little slice of that longevity for themselves.

This week, some of them took the first step to stealing the bowhead whale’s secrets: they sequenced its genome. Their results  have now been published  in biomedical research journal Cell.

“I think that having the genome sequence of the bowhead whale will allow researchers to study basic molecular processes and identify maintenance mechanisms that help preserve life, avoid entropy and repair molecular damage,” said corresponding author Joao Pedro de Magalhaes of the University of Liverpool.   Read more »

Photo Of The Day

Photo: Google Earth. A long swirled wake was spotted on Google Earth in Oke Bay, part of the Bay of Islands in New Zealand.

Photo: Google Earth.
A long swirled wake was spotted on Google Earth in Oke Bay, part of the Bay of Islands in New Zealand.

Too big to be a shark and too fast for a whale…

So what is the mystery creature captured by Google Earth off the coast of New Zealand?

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Good for whales, bad for Labour

Mike Williams, affectionately known as "Fat Tony"

Mike Williams, affectionately known as “Fat Tony”

Apparently, some Labour sources tell me that there was a 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 doesn’t need to go on the whales.

With Labour getting 98% of their 2011 vote a spare hundy might have helped out.

Fat Tony apparently got 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.   Read more »

I wonder what the green taliban will say about this


Orca whales are awesome…especially when they carve up useless gray whales.

Nature’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 Whaler’s Cove at Pigeon Point near Pescadero.

Selby boarded the Point Sur Clipper with Monterey’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.

“They came in waves, like attacking swarms of hockey players,” Selby said. “When 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.”

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.   Read more »

The unbelievable stench of rotting whale


A dead whale is transported on the back of a lorry on the A2 near Canterbury in Kent

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.  Read more »

Another whale slapping handed out

Well, that escalated quickly

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.


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Bugger, was looking forward to drinking some of that


An Icelandic brewery that was planning a beer that contained whale meat has been told that they aren’t allowed to make it 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 didn’t have a license to sell the whale meal for consumption.   Read more »


For the lair


I am starting to make a list of items that are needed for the lair…you know cool stuff like  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.

I like this one…has the Whale theme going and looks like a whole heap of fun.

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.  Read more »