Gray whale moving on down the road

Yesterday I received an update from the MARMAM (Marine Mammals Research and Conservation Discussion) email list on the famous gray whale recently spotted near Israel. In the last 23 days, the gray whale has been on the move and was just spotted near Barcelona, Spain on May 30th! Apparently, the gray whale “was consistently heading… [read more]

Call the White House and help save the whales again!

Right now President Obama is backing down on his campaign promise to keep protections for whales in place. This is unacceptable! Please call him and let him know that you want him to keep his campaign promise to uphold the moratorium on whaling and oppose commercial whaling. What’s that? You’re not best friends with President… [read more]

ACS/LA free talk tonight on Cuvier’s beaked whales!

Tonight (Tuesday, May 25) the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Cetacean Society is hosting a free lecture at 7:30 at the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium. Researcher Ted Cranford, San Diego State University, will be presenting his work on toothed whale biosonar using rocket science and cybernetic technology. Here’s more details straight from the ACS/LA website:… [read more]

Sea lions, weasels and bears oh my!

Classifying animals is a messy business. Back in the day before genetic analysis, seals, sea lions and walruses were classified as members of the order Pinnipedia. They were considered to be “separate from but closely related to the terrestrial carnivores of the order Carnivora” as told by the Encyclopedia of Marine Mammals. And of course… [read more]

Classifying marine mammals, clades shmades

As of the writing of this post, there are four clades of marine mammals. Things could change if some crazy fossil is found that alters all current knowledge, but for now we only have to know about four clades. Now is a good time to explain what a clade is. According to the fabulous glossary… [read more]