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   CaliforniaMama  Thursday Nov 17 10:21 AM

November 17, 2011 Baleen



Quote:
The figures around whale watching are staggering. As well as the money involved, around 13 million people (a couple of million more than the entire population of Greece) from 119 countries go whale watching each year. Although it started in the 1950s it has only been the last decade in which whale watching has really developed, and has outpaced other varieties of global tourism considerably.
But . . .

This article questions whether or not whale watching is good for the whales. It sounds like the whales are feeling harrassed. Boats get too close, visit the same pods over and over, they linger too long, and some skippers actually run into the whales!

All of this stresses out the whales. Their respiration increases, their blood pressure goes up, they stop eating, don't nurse their babies well and the pods suffer.

It is amazing to think that such huge creatures are so sensitive to the actions of much smaller mammals (humans). We have machines and technology and that gives us the advantage.

The article asks if we are handling it well.

Lots of great pictures at Ark in Space.


Image Credit Flickr User lymang


HungLikeJesus  Thursday Nov 17 11:43 AM

Well, just think how humans react to a mouse, or a spider or a bed bug.



BigV  Thursday Nov 17 11:47 AM

Quote:
It is amazing to think that such huge creatures are so sensitive to the actions of much smaller mammals (humans). We have machines and technology and that gives us the advantage.
Quote:
Originally Posted by HungLikeJesus View Post
Well, just think how humans react to a mouse, or a spider or a bed bug.
Right.

Or a wasp or a bee. My late sister in law drove her car off the road and into the guardrail because a bee was in the car. She didn't die from the crash though. I doubt she was thinking about eating or nursing and her vitals definitely spiked into the emergency range.


footfootfoot  Thursday Nov 17 11:48 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by HungLikeJesus View Post
Well, just think how humans react to a mouse, or a spider or a bed bug.
Especially if they had been harpooning us for a few hundred years. That'd get my BP up.


footfootfoot  Thursday Nov 17 11:49 AM

and another thing, What ever happened to the Jefferson Airplane?



Clodfobble  Thursday Nov 17 11:51 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by HungLikeJesus
Or a wasp or a bee.
Quote:
Originally Posted by footfootfoot
Especially if they had been harpooning us for a few hundred years. That'd get my BP up.
Those fuckers have been harpooning us. But in their defense, they haven't been stealing our fat and turning it into perfume and tiny bee lipsticks.


ZenGum  Thursday Nov 17 05:19 PM

Whale watching is insurance against the resumption of commercial whaling.

Suck it up, tubby, it's for the good of your species. Better to be gawked at than harpooned.



Aliantha  Thursday Nov 17 05:37 PM

There are pretty tight restrictions in Australia on tour boats who are specifically targeting whale watching or any kind of eco tour boats for that matter.

I remember the last time we went deep sea fishing (which wasn't really all that deep, but that's what it's called) just outside Moreton Bay, it was whale watching season, and there were whales everywhere. At one stage we were drifting and fishing, and a large whale came up beside the boat. And I mean right beside the boat. We could almost touch it. It was amazing. We also got to watch some whales leaping into the air and all those sorts of things that most people only dream about seeing. It was one of those life experiences that will never leave me. We were very lucky that day. We caught heaps of fish too.



footfootfoot  Thursday Nov 17 05:52 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by footfootfoot View Post
and another thing, What ever happened to the Jefferson Airplane?
C'mon people. Bueller? Anyone?


hipshot  Friday Nov 18 12:44 AM

It's a dolphin...



Trilby  Friday Nov 18 04:42 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by footfootfoot View Post
and another thing, What ever happened to the Jefferson Airplane?
and I'm in love with you again.


sigh.

I just can't stay mad at you footy.


SPUCK  Friday Nov 18 06:24 AM

Whales.. The first two weeks of this month we had a whale infestation. Everyone I ran into asked, "Have you seen the whales yet?" You could go down to the lighthouse and watch them all day.

This happened last week a few blocks from where I live. A camera crew was doing an advertizing clip showing how tech company employees can benefit from living in our town. (we're on the outskirts of Silicon Valley) So they were filming a guy kayaking when behemoth showed up for his mug shot.



Here a link to the story:
Close whale call



Aliantha  Friday Nov 18 07:14 AM

I'll bet that kayak was brown on the inside by the time he got back to shore.



infinite monkey  Friday Nov 18 08:19 AM

Baleen, Baleen, Baleen, Baleen
Im begging of you please don't eat my man
Baleen, Baleen, Baleen, Baleen
Please don't eat him just because you can



footfootfoot  Friday Nov 18 10:00 AM

May Baleen why can't you be true?
You done started doin' the things you used to do.



infinite monkey  Friday Nov 18 10:13 AM

99 Luftbaleens
Auf ihrem Weg zum Horizont
Hielt man für Ufos aus dem All
Darum schickte ein General
'ne Fliegerstaffel hinterher
Alarm zu geben, wenn es so wär
Dabei war'n da am Horizont
Nur 99 Luftbaleens



Sundae  Friday Nov 18 10:20 AM

Baleen sounds like a traditional Irish name.
Although it would probably be spelled as Bhalishngt.



Aliantha  Friday Nov 18 06:07 PM

Quote:
Bhalishngt
.

That looks more like scottish to me.


BigV  Friday Nov 18 09:20 PM

I was traveling in Alaska once and stopped in a gift shop to look for some souvenirs. I saw a little black woven basket. It looked like it was made with very heavy plastic line, the size of line you'd find in a heavy duty string trimmer. It was pretty, and a nice small size, about as big as a grapefruit with a little domed lid. I picked it up and saw on the tag on the bottom that was made from whale baleen by Alaskan Natives. I also saw they wanted $3,500 dollars for it. I gingerly replaced it in the case and moved over to the postcard, shot glass and snow globe section.



richlevy  Friday Nov 18 11:12 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by footfootfoot View Post
and another thing, What ever happened to the Jefferson Airplane?
Funny, when I saw that title I was thinking of Marty too.


Sundae  Saturday Nov 19 06:33 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Aliantha View Post
That looks more like scottish to me.
It's all Gaelic to me...


Pete Zicato  Monday Nov 28 05:08 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by footfootfoot View Post
and another thing, What ever happened to the Jefferson Airplane?
They got old.


xoxoxoBruce  Wednesday Nov 30 01:19 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by footfootfoot View Post
and another thing, What ever happened to the Jefferson Airplane?
Quote:
Originally Posted by Pete Zicato View Post
They got old.
They became Starship, and then got old.



glatt  Wednesday Nov 30 09:20 AM

"We Built This City" has got to be one of the worst songs ever. Starship is but a mere shadow of Jefferson Starship, which itself is a mere shadow of Jefferson Airplane.



footfootfoot  Wednesday Nov 30 09:43 AM

Rich got the joke.

agreed @ we built this city

Grace is still a good looking woman, but the before and after juxtaposition just isn't fair.



SPUCK  Thursday Dec 1 06:34 AM

Baleen,baleen,baleen,baleen
Im begging of you please don't take my man
Baleen,baleen,baleen,baleen
Please don't take him just because you can
Your beauty is beyond compare
With flaming farts of plankton air
With ivory skin and eyes of emerald green
Your smile is like the death of spring
Your voice is odd like bellowed pain
And I cannot compete with you,baleen

He talks about you in his sleep
There's nothing I can do to keep
From crying when he calls your name,baleen

And I can easily understand
How you could easily take my man
But you don't know what he means to me,baleen

Baleen,baleen,baleen,baleen
Im begging of you please don't take my man
Baleen,baleen,baleen,baleen
Please don't take him just because you can



xoxoxoBruce  Thursday Dec 1 07:11 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by glatt View Post
"We Built This City" has got to be one of the worst songs ever.
Quote:
Originally Posted by footfootfoot View Post
agreed @ we built this city
That's because youse guys don't get it, didn't get the message. Grace was trying to warn you hippies living in a post Vietnam alter reality, that the 1% were stealing your government and your future.


infinite monkey  Thursday Dec 1 02:40 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by infinite monkey View Post
Baleen, Baleen, Baleen, Baleen
Im begging of you please don't eat my man
Baleen, Baleen, Baleen, Baleen
Please don't eat him just because you can
Quote:
Originally Posted by SPUCK View Post
Baleen,baleen,baleen,baleen
Im begging of you please don't take my man
Baleen,baleen,baleen,baleen
Please don't take him just because you can
Your beauty is beyond compare
With flaming farts of plankton air
With ivory skin and eyes of emerald green
Your smile is like the death of spring
Your voice is odd like bellowed pain
And I cannot compete with you,baleen

He talks about you in his sleep
There's nothing I can do to keep
From crying when he calls your name,baleen

And I can easily understand
How you could easily take my man
But you don't know what he means to me,baleen

Baleen,baleen,baleen,baleen
Im begging of you please don't take my man
Baleen,baleen,baleen,baleen
Please don't take him just because you can
What a great idea!


Pete Zicato  Thursday Dec 1 03:03 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by footfootfoot View Post
Rich got the joke.
Balin/baleen. We got the joke. We were just extending it.

BTW, this thread prompted me to go back and listen to Plastic Fantastic Lover (A Balin tune about his new TV, if you believe the liner notes). One of JA's best songs and visionary as well.


footfootfoot  Thursday Dec 1 04:33 PM

That is still a great song



SPUCK  Friday Dec 2 05:15 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by infinite monkey View Post
What a great idea!
Crap! I didn't catch yours..

I like yours better.


infinite monkey  Friday Dec 2 07:55 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by SPUCK View Post
Crap! I didn't catch yours..

I like yours better.
No, we collaborate.

Wanna help me write a sitcom?


Trilby  Friday Dec 2 08:17 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by infinite monkey View Post
No, we collaborate.

Wanna help me write a sitcom?
You're taking on too much.

you're supposed to be working on a Hooters for Chicks restaurant, IIRC.



Get back to work, young lady.




infinite monkey  Friday Dec 2 08:24 AM

I have so many irons in the fire, as you know.

Like this weekend. OMG. First I have to sleep late tomorrow. Then I have to turn the TV on, maybe boot up the computer. I have to go get my hair cut. I have to return a library book.

There's hardly ever enough time for world domination.

Can I be the silent partner? The creative consultant? The rider of the coattails?

Because I can't find my gumption.



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