With Mardi Gras recently passing, I was privileged to partake of a King Cake graciously offered by a coworker. Originally European in tradition, the riche brioche-style cake is now also popular along the Gulf coast. King Cakes are recognizable from nearly 3 miles away by the patches of green, purple, and gold sugar that top . . . → Read More: What’s In Your Stomach?
Over at AnimalWise they explain dolphin equivalent of planking. We at DSN fear this may be another step on dolphin world domination
If you’ve ever wanted to respond to a request for a tissue with “THAR SHE BLOWS!!!”, this whale-shaped tissue holder gives you that glorious chance. Made by gnomesweeetgnome on Etsy. (Via NotCot, H/T Aili C-F)
Not so smug now are you! Not so big and charismatic now! Your just a free living fat sack of pollutants! Suck on that! A Texas Tech University whale researcher said she and others found evidence of exposure to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons PAHs and persistent organic pollutants, including the pesticide DDT, in Pacific Ocean-dwelling sperm . . . → Read More: F U Pacific Sperm Whales
A couple of nice inexpensive finds on Etsy.
While the commentary actually makes this sound appropriately apocalyptic, please ignore the cheesy last minute sound bite. hccreekkeeper writes on his youtube page for this video: This was the most emotionally disturbing video I have ever done! A flight over the BP Slick Source where I saw at least 100 Dolphins in the oil, some . . . → Read More: Hell-on-Earth Flyover of the Gulf of Mexico
There is a disturbing trend in this BBC news article about the relationship between whaling and carbon. The report comes from a talk at The Ocean Science meeting in Portland last week discussing some calculations presented by Dr. Andrew Pershing on how whaling is putting “locked up” carbon back into the atmosphere. “Whales, like any . . . → Read More: Won’t They Think of the Poor Bone-Eating Worms?
Dr. M frequently assists whales in portaging ocean basins after loading up on Guinness.
From the ever awesome FAILblog.
David Honig is a graduate student in marine science at Duke University in the lab of Dr. Cindy Van Dover. He is participating in LARISSA, a 2 month multinational expedition to study the causes and consequences of the ice shelf collapse. He will be posting regular updates on the expedition exclusively for Deep Sea News . . . → Read More: Dispatches from Antarctica – Icebergs and Whales