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The Largest Pod of the Largest Animal

One year ago in Sri Lanka, after the thirty-year civil war finally ceased, scientists reassessing the ecosystem made a humongous discovery: the largest pod ever found of blue whales- the largest animal to ever exist on Earth.

 

 

This mini-documentary may be eleven minutes long, but it’s worth it: I could not stop watching it.  It’s wondrously shot, the people are fascinating, and the views are breathtaking.

Calico Lobster Saved from Becoming Dinner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This beautiful calico lobster was saved from the cooking pot at Jasper White’s Summer Shack restaurant in Cambridge, Massachusetts, after the staff noticed its striking coloration, and named it Calvin.

The unusual lobster will eventually take up residence at the Biomes Marine Biology Center in Rhode Island.  Calvin is a very important crustacean, as researchers say it had a 1 in 30 million chance of having the calico coloring.  That is one rare lobster!

 

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2012/05/10/152434750/rare-calico-lobster-turns-heads-and-escapes-dinner-menu?sc=fb&cc=fp

Happy 40th Anniversary of the MMPA

Today marks the 40th Anniversary of the passing of the Marine Mammal Protection Act.

 

 

The MMPA was the first act of Congress to call specifically for an ecosystem approach to natural resource management and conservation. It prohibits the taking of marine mammals, and enacts a moratorium on the import, export, and sale of any marine mammal, along with any marine mammal part or product within the United States.

 

Since the MMPA was passed in 1972, the populations of all marine mammals, like sea otters, seals, whales, manatees, and the like, have been monitored and studied frequently to ensure their lasting place on this Earth.