Protect Right Whales Petition

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North Atlantic right whales are one of the most endangered large whale species in the world.

Hundreds of years of commercial whaling decimated the species by the early 1900s. The species got its name as the “right” whale to hunt: these animals swim slowly close to shore and are so blubber-rich they float when dead. They have a stocky, black body, no dorsal fin and bumpy patches of rough skin, called callosities, on their heads.

These massive marine mammals migrate each year between their northern feeding grounds in coastal Atlantic Canada and New England to their calving grounds in the warm waters off South Carolina, Georgia and Florida, and back. It is a journey fraught with danger as the whales navigate waters where they encounter vessel traffic, millions of fishing ropes and other hazards associated with human activity. 

Defenders’ Impact

Defenders is building support in Congress to enact the SAVE Right Whales Act, to provide much-needed funding for develop technologies to protect the species from fishing entanglements and vessel strikes. We are also fighting in court to protect right whales from deadly entanglements.

In January 2018, Defenders and our conservation allies filed suit against the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) for violating the Endangered Species Act and the Marine Mammal Protection Act by failing to protect North Atlantic right whales from entanglements in the American lobster fishery.

We advocate for right whales as a conservation member of the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Team, a stakeholder group under the Marine Mammal Protection Act that advises NMFS on how to implement fishery management measures to minimize or avoid the risk of deadly entanglements. We are also litigating to stop seismic blasting in the Atlantic and working to promote responsible wildlife- and whale-friendly offshore wind development. 

Threats

North Atlantic right whales are threatened by entanglement, ship strikes and offshore oil and gas exploration and development. 

Protection Status

Endangered Species Act

IUCN Red List

CITES

 Endangered

 Critically Endangered

 Appendix I

What You Can Do

Tell your members of Congress to support the SAVE Right Whales Act.

Facts

Latin Name

Eubalaena glacialis

Size

about 50 feet long and weigh about 70 tons (140,000 pounds), with females larger than males

Lifespan

Under ideal circumstances, 50 -100 years; however, most adult whales are killed by human actions by the time they are 30-40 years old.

Range/Habitat

North Atlantic right whales are found from Atlantic Canada to the southeastern United States and migrate along the length of the east coasts of the United States and Canada. 

Population

Only about 400 North Atlantic right whales remain and of those, only 85 are reproductively active females.

Behavior

Right whales are slow swimmers, averaging just six miles per hour. They are known to make brief shallow dives in succession before submerging themselves underwater for up to 20 minutes at a time. They usually travel solo or in small groups.

Reproduction

Females usually give birth to their first calf at 10 years. Although usually they give birth every 3-5 years thereafter, their calving intervals are now approximately 10 years because of the energy demands of dragging entangled fishing gear around. Right whale calves are 13-15 feet long at birth.

Mating season: winter
Gestation: 1 year
Litter size: 1 calf

Diet

North Atlantic right whales eat zooplankton and krill larvae. They take large gulps of water and then filter out their tiny prey using baleen plates.

News

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IUCN: North Atlantic Right Whale Now “Critically Endangered”

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) announced today that it is changing the status of the North Atlantic right whale from “endangered” to “critically endangered” on its Red List of Threatened Species, recognizing that the species faces an extremely high risk of extinction. The IUCN Red List is the world’s most comprehensive inventory of the global conservation status of species.

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MUST READ: Body Cam Transcript Tells An Interesting Story About George Floyd’s Death

Sunday, July 12, 2020

by Eric ThompsonJuly 12, 2020 in Uncategorized00 SHARES708.5k VIEWS Share on FacebookShare on Twitter

CORRECTED ARTICLE: The official cause of death for George Floyd is related to the pressure applied by Derek Chauvin, to his neck. This article is merely speculation based on possible findings in the official autopsy. We are in no way trying to say that drugs or other conditions during the apprehension was the cause of Mr. Floyd’s death.

Some people are saying George Floyd’s respiratory crisis was caused by the Fentanyl he had ingested before the police showed up on the scene. Is that true? We are not sure, but it brings up some very concerning scenarios.

BLM blasted questionable narratives about people who have been in similar circumstances.https://lockerdome.com/lad/11388557595982694?pubid=ld-4774-3402&pubo=https%3A%2F%2Fdjhjmedia.com&rid=&width=940

The unnecessary and abusive conduct, I believe, of Derek Chauvin, who kept his knee on George Floyd’s neck when already subdued, is probably guilty of violating police force procedures, and perhaps not of causing the death of the at least 5 times incarcerated George Floyd. But we still do not really know. We should allow all the evidence to come out, for a fair trial to be conducted, and if found guilty, fair sentencing by the judge.

From Gateway Pundit

It Now Looks Like George Floyd, Not Derek Chauvin, Killed George Floyd

The transcript from the body camera worn by J. Alexander Kueng shows evidence that George Floyd was suffering respiratory distress before the police laid hands on him. The Pundit claimed he died from a Fentanyl overdose, not from being choked out by Minneapolis police. This news will not bring joy to the crazed, leftist mob screaming to lop off the heads of the Minneapolis police officers who stand accused of “murdering” George Floyd.

First a note about Officer J. Alexander Kueng. He also is a black man. He was adopted shortly after birth by a white woman and a single mother. Can’t have that story out there. Simply does not promote the meme that white Americans are inherently and irredeemably racist. How can a racist white woman be a loving mother to a black child? Racists don’t do that.https://lockerdome.com/lad/11388553368124774?pubid=ld-2492-2424&pubo=https%3A%2F%2Fdjhjmedia.com&rid=&width=940


Officer Kueng and George Floyd

Once you read the transcript you will understand why the Minnesota Attorney General seemed to withhold the video evidence from the public and why the defense attorneys are trying to get the information out–it exonerates the police.

Here’s the link to the full transcript.

The incident starts with a store manager reporting that George Floyd had just given him a counterfeit bill.

The transcript of Officer Kueng’s body cam gives us a better picture of what happened prior to the video, we all saw. In the end, we should want justice, if Mr. Floyd died from a drug-induced heart attack, or from suffocation from Derek Chauvin’s knee on his neck, the punishment must fit the crime, not what people think it was.

https://djhjmedia.com/eric/4057/

Covid-19 Update for Florida

The Extraordinary Sea Wolves – PANTHALASSA

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The coastal wolves have an extraordinary ability to swim across miles between islands.

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Sea wolves are a unique breed of wolf found in the Great Bear Rainforest along the Pacific Coast of Canada. Swimming between islands like fish, they are genetically distinct from their inland cousins, or from wolves in any other part of the world. 

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British Columbia has a relatively low human population where sea wolves enjoy an isolated wilderness – an area of 21-million acres, often described as a “bastion of biodiversity”. There are 25 native species of conifers and grizzly bears, black bears and spirit bears living together.

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In the water, whales, sea lions, seals, seabirds and salmon make the sea extraordinarily richer than anywhere else along the coast.

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For thousands of years, wolves have lived in peace. They had a unique relationship with the coastal First Nations peoples, for whom the wolf was considered as a revered animal treated with admiration and respect.

However, they’re being threatened on all sides by hunting, trapping and industry. Road building and clear cut logging have appeared to be harmful to wolves, not only destroying the forests they live in but making it easier for hunters to gain access to coast wolves.

The Northern Gateway Pipelines project is a new threat. Huge oil tankers will transport oil in this pristine region with the potential for devastating consequences. If an oil tanker ran aground, spilling its content or sinking, it will have long-term harmful impacts on the environment similar as the 1989 Exxon Valdez disaster in Alaska. 

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Chris Darimont from the Raincoast Conservation Foundation, developed the Rainforest Wolf Project in order to show these wolves as fragile symbols and gain scientific understanding about coastal wolves called “Canada’s newest marine mammal”. 

In the early 2000s, devoted nature photographer and conservationist Ian McAllister, and Canadian wolf biologist Paul Paquet started to conduct research about these coast mainland wolves eating salmon from the wild grey Pacific Ocean. They discovered a remarkable fact that locals already knew: 25 percent of the wolves’ diet was made of fish. Most extraordinary is the coastal wolves’ swimming ability, often swimming across miles between islands.

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These photos are part of a magnificent series from a book entitled “The Sea Wolves, Living Wild in the Great Bear Rainforest”, created by authors Ian Mc Allister and Nicholas Read. The book reveals the importance of preserving the Great Bear Rainforest for every unique creature that lives on the British Columbia’s remote coast.

All photos ©Ian Mc Allister / Pacific Wild

http://www.panthalassa.org/the-sea-wolves/

The west coast calls them fireflies and on the East coast they call them lightning bugs

No batteries needed

Yep. Your Dog is Playin’ You: Study

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If you have lived with a dog for at least a year (and have been paying attention) you have probably had more than one moment of suspecting your dog may be manipulating you.  Think: That longing look that begs for your attention and a belly rub, or that desperate look that says, ‘I simply must have that treat.’, or that urgent, pleading look that says, ‘ C’mon, C’mon, C’MON. Let’s take a walk NOW!’.   Well, suspect no more. The science is in and the answer is: Yes, dogs do exaggerate their facial expressions to get what they want from us.

The hypothesis

The key hypothesis was: Dogs voluntarily communicate via facial expressions to persuade humans to give them what they want and need.  A good way to test this hypothesis is with food. Food is stimulating for dogs so the researchers at the University of Portsmouth Dog Cognition Centre wanted to determine whether dogs’ reactions to food changed depending on a human’s attentiveness. This would test whether the dogs behaved differently with a person paying attention to them, and if they did, it would suggest that the differences in facial expressions are voluntary.  Conversely, if dogs make faces involuntarily, they’d be expected to make the same faces when they get food alone or around people.

Study overview

The research team devised an experiment to investigate whether dogs’ facial expressions are subject to ‘audience effects’, which simply means that they wanted to see whether dogs made different faces when they thought they weren’t being watched. If dogs make more facial expressions when humans are watching this would suggest that dogs are voluntarily controlling their facial expressions–and if this is the case, it changes what scientists and veterinarians have believed to be true about animal behavior.

To test their hypothesis, researchers presented dogs with four different conditions: (1) paying attention to the dog while giving it food; (2) paying attention to the dog but not giving it food; (3) giving the dog food but not paying attention; (4) not paying attention and not giving food. (source)

Results overview

The researchers found that dogs reacted with more noticeable facial expressions when humans were around than when there were no humans around, suggesting that dogs do in fact use facial expressions to voluntarily communicate.  More specifically, the researchers uncovered two important findings: (1) Human attention affected the production of dogs’ facial expressions. Dogs produced significantly more facial expressions when the human was oriented towards them, than when the human had her back turned to the dog; and (2) The visibility of food did not affect the dogs’ behaviors. In other words, the faces your dog makes are less about the food you have in your hand and more about getting you to do what s/he wants.

Takeaway

Your dog: an expert at using facial expressions to communicate and manipulate you to get what s/he wants and needs.  You: a willing and grateful participant.  In this artful salsa of communication between the species it is less about who is leading and who is following than it is about both partners reaping the benefits and enjoying the dance.


Journal Reference: Kaminski, J., Hynds, J., Morris, P. et al. Human attention affects facial expressions in domestic dogs. Scientific Reports, 7, 12914 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-017-12781-x


Posted by Ian; Special thanks to Peter Hess, Inverse for bringing this research into the daylight


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