Thursday, November 29, 2007

Lobster larvae could be affected by pesticides

Now I wonder why scientists have only just come to this conclusion. It is a well documented fact that pesticides have been the cause of deformed birds in the central valley of California for decades. It makes you wonder why we eat the stuff. More power to organic growers.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Betta fish as gifts

It is at this time of year that fish are common Christmas gifts. The Betta seems to be a fish of choice for many people but also is one of the most misunderstood of fish. I personally know of several people that think the Betta should only live in a small tank not much bigger than the cup it came home in! If only these people would educate themselves on the care of the Betta fish. A good book would go a long way for them. If you are thinking about getting or receiving a live animal be it fish, mammal or bird please get a good source of information. Try to get several views on the animal's treatment and care before you decide on which one will work best for you.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Dolphins the target of slaughter

We almost always hear of dolphins and whales being hunted by countries like Japan but now Brazil is up to the same thing. This is an older news story from a few months back but I am sure that many people have not heard about it yet so I am posting it here.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Life spans of wild sea mammals

Here is a list of life expectancy averages for wild sea mammals. The life expectancy for captive sea mammals is much shorter, up to 1/3 of the expectancy for sea mammals living in the wild.

Orcas: Average

  • Female 50 years - maximum 80-90 years
  • Male 30 years - maximum 50-60 years

Bottle nose Dolphin: Average

  • Female and Male 30-45 years

Manatee: Average

  • Female and Male 50-60 years

Sea Otters: Average

  • Female and Male 10 years
    In captivity the oldest otter was 23 years old.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

How fast can a Blue Whale swim?

Blue Whales can swim faster than most boats including speed boats. That is the main reason why they have not been filmed much by nature film makers. Most of the filming has been done by helicopter. The Blue Whale has been clocked at 34 miles per hour when they feel threatened.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Stop killing sea otters with cat litter

Did you know that a bacteria found in cat litter boxes is killing sea otters? How did that bacteria find it’s way to the ocean? Some cat owners flush the used kitty litter down the toilet. That’s how the bacteria is finding it’s way to the ocean. This bacteria is deadly to sea otters. Do sea otters a favor and don’t flush used cat litter down the toilet.

Swimming with the whales