In the beginning of things men were animals and animals men. ~ Algonquin saying

"For instance, on the planet Earth, man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much — the wheel, New York, wars and so on — whilst all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man — for precisely the same reasons." ~ The Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Rupert Sheldrake on Coast to Coast Tonight

Rupert Sheldrake Online

How dogs know when you're coming home, and other animal insights, from Coast to Coast's guest Dr. Rupert Sheldrake.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

A Dead Whale In Tokyo Bay

A Dead Whale In Tokyo Bay
As for the dead blue whale in Tokyo Bay (see below), it probably was while still healthy...feeding somewhere between the Bering Strait and the Sea of Okhotsk, unknowingly ingesting radioactive and chemically-contaminated krill at depths of 100 meters or more. These krill are spawned over the Japan Trench were the warm Kuroshio meets the cold Liman currents.

Upon feeling strange symptoms in its gut and having difficulty in holding in air, the huge cetacean rose to the surface for easier breathing and slowly swam southward in the Liman/Oyashio Current in search of warmer waters. Once past Choshi Point, it headed toward the brackish water flowing out of Tokyo Bay in hopes of reaching the estuary of the Edo River, where it could rest in the shallow bed of running fresh water. It senses filth in the water, however, and decides to push further south in search of a cleaner river.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

"Mistake?" Or Intent? : Gorillas mistake American tourist for one of their own -

The title of this piece: "Gorillas Mistake American tourist for one of their own" is interesting. It's possible the gorillas knew very well the differences, no mistake at all, but an intentional action. Very moving and beautiful, truly awe inspiring. But to assume the gorillas made a "mistake" trivializes the episode and underestimates the gorillas. Gorillas mistake American tourist for one of their own -

Magpies and bears mourn North Korea's "Dear Leader" - Yahoo! News

Here is another article about North Korea's animal lore surrounding the death of Kim Jong-il:Magpies and bears mourn North Korea's "Dear Leader" - Yahoo! News

Saucer Sightings: Animal Legal Defense Fund 2011 U.S. Animal Protection Laws RankingsTM

Realized I had posted this link on the wrong blog, but, I'll let it be:Saucer Sightings: Animal Legal Defense Fund 2011 U.S. Animal Protection Laws RankingsTM

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Because They Can: Chimeras

Disturbing science news on "chimeras" which is the name given to lab created monkeys:BBC News - First 'mixed embryo' monkeys born
For the first time, scientists have produced monkeys composed of cells taken from separate embryos.

The animals were born after researchers combined cells from different embryos and implanted them into female monkeys.

Such animals, which contain genetically distinct groups of cells from more than one organism, are called "chimeras".
The three monkeys have been given names, and they have scientists excited for what "might" be revealed. However, as a Dr. Mitalipov is quoted:
But he stressed there was no practical use for producing human chimeras.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Monday, January 2, 2012

Mystery as 20 TONNES of fish wash up on Kvaenes beach in Norway | Mail Online

Mystery as 20 TONNES of fish wash up on Kvaenes beach in Norway | Mail Online

Thousands of dead herring have been discovered washed up on a north Norwegian beach - prompting Doomsday predictors to hail it as another sign the world is set to end.
More than 20 tonnes of the fish is currently carpeting the beach of Kvaenes, in Nordreisa, with experts views differing on how they have come to be there. One thing is for sure, it will provide welcome ammunition to those believing the Mayan prophecy that 2012 will bring the end of Earth.
There are theories of course:

"...Maybe the fish have been caught in a deprived oxygen environment, and then died of fresh water?'... Experts have said the school could have been trapped by tidal waters after predatory fish - such as coalfish - chased them towards the shoreline. . . the fish were washed ashore during a recent storm, or trapped in shallow waters and affected by freshwater from a river that flows into the bay... several factors could have come together at once. . . they had died of a disease.

The article ends with a mention of Beebee, Arkansas.

Beebe: Fortean Synchronicity Name Game

(Thanks to Greg Nathan) I discovered yet another Fortean twist to the bird falls-Beebe name game. The town of Beebe, Arkansas, as I wrote in the earlier posts, was named after Roswell Beebe. Another twist: the inventor of the bathysphere as William Beebe, among other things, an ornithologist:
William Beebe, born Charles William Beebe (July 29, 1877 – June 4, 1962)[2] was an American naturalist, ornithologist, marine biologist, entomologist, explorer, and author. He is remembered for the numerous expeditions he conducted for the New York Zoological Society, his deep dives in the Bathysphere, and his prolific scientific writing for both academic and popular audiences. ~ (source: Wikipedia)

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Fortean Name Game and More: Beebe, Arkansas

Last New Year's, birds fell to their deaths in Beebe, Arkansas. The cause of the deaths was said to be from fireworks. Or gunfire. Or both. Or maybe something else. No one was sure, but officials did their best to stick with the "celebratory noise" explanation. Many other reports of bird falls in the U.S. came in last year around that time. But Beebe, Arkansas seemed to be the point of origin for the Fortean falls.

Then this New Year's, a new report of birds falling to the ground, and again, in Beebe. A Fortean coincidence to be sure. Same town, twice? At the same time of the year? So I looked up Beebe, Arkansas and I found that the town was named after Roswell Beebe. Roswell! Also on the Wikipedia entry is a section on the bird falls from 2011, but also, information on the current bird deaths. That was quick!

Dead Blackbirds Fall Again in Ark. Town - ABC News

Fortean coincidences: birds fall from trees on New Year's in the south, specifically, Beebe, Arkansas, which is where the bird falls happened last New Year's:Dead Blackbirds Fall Again in Ark. Town - ABC News From ABC News:

Thousands of dead blackbirds rained down on a town in central Arkansas last New Year's Eve after revelers set off fireworks that spooked them from their roost, and officials were reporting a similar occurrence Saturday as 2012 approached.

Police in Beebe said dozens of blackbirds had fallen dead, prompting officers to ban residents from shooting fireworks Saturday night. It wasn't immediately clear if fireworks were again to blame, but authorities weren't taking a chance.

Officer John Weeks said the first reports of "birds on the streets" came around 7 p.m. as residents celebrated the year's end with fireworks in their neighborhoods.

"We started shutting down fireworks," he said. "We're working on cleaning up the birds now."

The Huffington Post had a short AP item on the story.

And here's pretty much the same item from Beebe, Arkansas, but with video.

See the Bird Falls tab at top of blog for more bird stories.