Balaenidae

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 »

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 »

How are the Polar Bears and Whales doing?

The green taliban like to scare us that Whales and Polar Bears are dying…but are they?

Nope…not anytime soon.

Humpback whales.?Some cetaceans are in big trouble. The Yangtze River dolphin is down to a few individuals, at best. Right whales could disappear by the end of the century. Yet we?ve been repeating the ?save the whales? mantra for so long that the real conservation status of most whales is widely misunderstood.

Humpbacks were endangered decades ago due to whaling, but international protection has helped them rebound so well that they are now listed as a ?species of least concern.? The global pre-whaling population is estimated at about 125,000, and today they probably number about 80,000 individuals. Conservation efforts worked, and humpback whales are doing all right now.? Read more »

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