Humpback whale sleeps suspended upside down underwater in rare and beautiful footage (Caribbean)

The ocean update

The whales have to rear up at least once an hour to get oxygen from the air. Source : Supplied The whales have to rear up at least once an hour to get oxygen from the air. Source : Supplied

October 13th, 2014. THIS is the fascinating sight of a humpback whale taking a nap underwater.

The gigantic creature hangs upside down in the sea, one fin outstretched, its tail just floating on the surface.

It can then be seen slowly raising its head up to take a breath, before swimming away along the surface of the ocean.

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Saving the Dogs of Gladno Polje, Bosnia

IN MEMORY OF VUČKO

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GladnoLeila2Gladno Polje is a public “shelter” on the outskirts of Sarajevo that has existed for 3 years. 150-200 dogs live in this shelter in horrific conditions, and more dogs and puppies are constantly being dumped, some in dire need of veterinary care.

If it were not for dog-catchers taking dogs off the streets to who-knows-where, dogs would probably be better off on the streets than in this awful place.

P1020658When Andrea and Sandra visited Gladno a few weeks ago, it was late afternoon. But because there is no electricity in the shelter, the inside part where there are many dog pens was in pitch darkness. The sensation of walking into this space is impossible to truly describe. All we could make out were some of the dogs’ eyes as they looked desperately at us through the bars of their pens. The smell was completely overpowering – there had been no running water that day…

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Australia aims to end extinction of native wildlife by 2020

GarryRogers Nature Conservation

Australia’s Environment Minister Greg Hunt has pledged to end the extinction of native mammal species by 2020, with a focus on culprits such as feral cats.

Source: phys.org

GR:  Invasive species, including feral species, are the second greatest short-term reasons for extinction.  Even if we removed them all, extinctions would still occur.  Habitat loss to human development is the greatest short-term reason.  Development in the form of construction and resource harvest (agriculture, grazing, logging, and mining) is steadily eliminating the natural habitats required by native wildlife.

It makes sense to begin repairing our conservation efforts by controlling short-term reasons for extinction.  However, we must also control the long-term human impacts (climate change, toxic wastes, and more) if we seriously intend to stop extinction.

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Saving Two Homeless Dogs Hiding in a Junkyard! Please SHARE so we can find them a home together

Big Victories in the Battle Against Monsanto

Random Candidate

Is Monsanto tanking?  Here’s hoping.

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Obama to import Ebola-infected foreigners into America

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Martin Sheen Protects Oceans, Newest Sea Shepherd Vessel Unveiled

Emilio Cogliani

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society christened its latest research vessel Saturday morning in Marina Del Rey, Calif naming it after award-winning actor and ocean activist Martin Sheen.

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Ocean activist Martin Sheen speaking at the press conference aboard the RV Martin Sheen, Captain Oona Layolle in the background. Photo credit: Naio Halter.

Martin Sheen has campaigned for 25 years with Sea Shepherd and long-time friend and founder of the movement Captain Paul Watson. These two intrepid warriors have stood shoulder-to-shoulder opposing brutal bludgeoning of Harp seals along Canada’s eastern seaboard.

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Martin Sheen and Captain Oona Layolle at the christening ceremony along the docks in Marina Del Rey, Calif. Photo credit: Naio Halter

Sheen told me that, “It’s a huge honor and privilege to have a research ship named after me. The biggest risk and danger to the world today are plastics in our oceans. The RV Martin Sheen will conduct scientific research…

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Noted dog abuser gets it in the end

The Daley Gator

From Bearing Arms a story of how Karma can be a wonderful thing

Adell Ziegler is a deplorable human being.

He bragged about burning a Jack Russell terrier puppy  in 2012 after his arrest, and received the maximum sentence for his crime without showing any sincere signs of remorse for his brutality.

As a result, I’m having a hard time getting too upset over his recent shooting .

Adell Ziegler, 21, who served a brief state prison term for setting fire to a Jack Russell terrier that came to be known as Phoenix, was hospitalized after being shot Monday morning on Humboldt Parkway, two Buffalo police officials confirmed for The Buffalo News.

Ziegler was shot at 9:10 a.m. while in the 600 block of Humboldt. He was taken to Erie County Medical Center for treatment of gunshot wounds to his groin and buttocks. He was listed in stable condition at…

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Captive Orcas Can Learn How to Speak Dolphin, Researchers Say

How to Tell What’s in Your Food in Seconds

Fukushima radiation nearing West Coast

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-salbrd07-29-2014statesman1a00320140728imgsal0729-oceanradiat11October 17, 2014

Radiation from Japan’s Fukushima nuclear disaster is approaching the West Coast, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is reporting.

A sample taken Aug. 2 about 1,200 kilometers west of Vancouver, B.C. tested positive for Cesium 134, the Fukushima “fingerprint” of Fukushima.

It also showed higher-than-background levels of Cesium 137, another Fukushima isotope that already is present in the world’s oceans from nuclear testing in the 1950s and 1960s.

The sample is the first of about 40 offshore test results that will be made public next month, said Ken Buesseler, a chemical oceanographer at Woods Hole.

Further results, which Buesseler will release at a conference Nov. 13, will show offshore Fukushima radiation down the coast into California, he said, including some samples that are closer to shore.

Buesseler emphasized that the radiation is at very low levels that aren’t expected to harm human health or the environment.

“I’m…

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Tell BP to pay for FULL Gulf restoration

Tell the EPA: Protect communities from toxic oil refinery pollution