This young orca is missing her dorsal fin and her right-side pectoral fin. That means she can't navigate well, and can't catch food on her own.
You might imagine that the other killer whales in her family pod would have had to abandon her and do what's best for the pod overall. But it seems that what's good for the pod overall involves looking after the youngster, even if this slows them all down a bit.
Not sure what we mean by the Sixth Mass Extinction? What were the other five? Is there really a sixth one going on? Will we all disappear like the dinosaurs? Is this real science or just a Sixth Mass Anxiety Attack?
For a simple explanation, check out the Sixth Mass Extinction blog by Hannah Boyne. It offers a easy-to-read explanation of each of the five previous known extinction events:
A high school student who's giving a presentation to her class about sport hunting asked if I'd be up for answering some brief questions on the topic.
Here are her questions and my answers. The questions range beyond hunting, and I pulled no punches in responding. After all, today's teenagers are going to be dealing with the mess that we and other generations are bequeathing to them, so the more they know about the state of the Earth and the sooner they know it, the better equipped they'll be to mitigate the damage and adapt to the consequences.
A whole neighborhood of Granbury, Texas, was leveled in one of the tornadoes that tore up whole swaths of the United States last week. But that was the least of what happened, all around the world, in the week that was:
Good news, for a change! The Government of India has issued a nationwide ban on keeping dolphins in captivity.
The ban had been under consideration for several months, during which time a coalition of animal protection organizations in India worked with experts around the world to provide the evidence as to why dolphins should not be kept in captivity.
Great story of a dog rescuing a kitten whom she found at the bottom of a ravine behind a Home Depot store in Anderson, South Carolina. The duo are at the local shelter, where the dog is nursing the kitten.
A former inspector for the British Royal SPCA, who blew the whistle on how many dogs are routinely being killed by the animal charity, rather than being found good homes, was found hanged at her home in Somerset, England, on May 8th.
Last week, the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere went through the roof. Another roof.
The previous roof was 350 parts per million (ppm) – which was generally considered to be the point of no return, beyond which it would be very hard to stop a runaway climate effect from happening. We went through that roof about 25 years ago. And last week, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere topped 400 ppm.
No human being has ever witnessed greenhouse gases at this level. Scientists say the last time Planet Earth was like this was probably about 2 million years ago, during the Pleistocene Era.
It's a small victory, but a big precedent, for the animals at factory farms: Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has vetoed the ag-gag bill that would effectively prevent undercover investigators and whistleblowers from exposing abuse at the state's factory farms and slaughterhouses.
It was like one of those early Republican primary debates where all the candidates try to outdo each other in terms of how many assault weapons they have in the kitchen ... except that this one was about Chihuahuas, not guns.
So it may have been a first in American political history: five candidates (of different political persuasions) running for Mayor of New York City and facing a new kind of audience of single-issue voters: animal lovers.
An oration about climate change ... loaded with Bible quotes ... invoking the name of the Almighty in almost every other sentence. Must have been delivered by a right-wing climate change denier, right? Wrong.
Three months ago, we took note of a 10-year study finding that billions of dollars of research and billions of lives of mice have gone down the drain in experiments on mice that have proved completely useless when applied to humans.
Now a follow-up report says that any number of household, food and cosmetic products that have been tested on mice and other animals may not be as safe as we have been assured. According to Independent Science News:
New scientific research has cast grave doubt on the safety testing of hundreds of thousands of consumer products, food additives and industrial chemicals.