Save the krill

What’s a krill you ask? It looks kinda like a shrimp: The penguins of the Southern Ocean depend on krill for their survival. But warming temps and overfishing are depleting the krill stocks, which appears to be the greatest threat to these penguins. Says this Reuters article: Krill need winter ice to survive but because…

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A critical moment in the future of whaling

Right now, the International Whaling Commission is meeting in Morocco. In another week they will vote on a proposal — apparently supported by the Obama administration — to end the moratorium on whaling. Granted, the administration isn’t confirming anything, but the news reports indicate that the US is going to give its blessing to Japan’s push to make whaling…

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A new season of Whale Wars begins

Whale Wars, the popular TV series, begins its third season tomorrow. If you’ve been following Sea Shepherd virtually, you already know the bullet points about the upcoming season. A destroyed ship, more lives endangered, and an activist in prison. And, most important, many whales were saved. But more than 500 whales died. The battle between the…

African penguins on the brink

African penguins have been “promoted” from vulnerable to endangered species. According to this article, “The colonies around our coast have shrunk to dangerously small numbers,” said Ross Wanless, Seabird Division Manager for BirdLife South Africa. “Now the colonies are very vulnerable to small-scale events, such as bad weather, seal predation or seagulls taking eggs. In…

How to learn more about penguins

Did you know that there were 17 species of penguins? You would if you had matriculated at Antarctica University. There’s a university in Antarctica? Well, not exactly. It’s a virtual university. And it’s hosted by one of the leading Antarctic research organizations: Oceanities. Oceanities is an impressive organization — balancing public education (like Penguins 101)…

Birds of Seattle

Granted, this is a brief list of birds, but you’ve got to start somewhere. I will expand it. I’m currently searching for the elusive Bufflehead. Every time I see one I’m without camera. Here’s what I’ve photographed so far, all along Elliott Bay. A goldeneye. There are two different types; I’m not sure which one…