Protecting Dolphins: A Right to LifeLast Updated on 2013-09-10 20:35:41One of the daily privileges of living in southern California along the Santa Monica Bay is watching pods of bottlenose dolphins patrolling the coastline. They are extraordinary creatures with astounding memories that bring joy to my day - each time I see them.
My students and I believe that dolphins are entitled to the right of life. We along with millions of other Earthlings are mortified that Japan and Faroe Islanders brutally slaughter dolphins i.e. Faroe Islands and Taiji Cove with such reckless abandon and a despicable sense of entitlement.
Those unfortunate dolphins not slaughtered but caught are sentenced to an unimaginable captivity - suffering a brutal and torturous existence in dolphinariums for the amusement of unconscious humans. Have you seen the documentary Blackfish?
Since July 1, my colleagues and I have witnessed bottlenose dolphins dying along the eastern seaboard... More »
Marine biology mystery solvedLast Updated on 2013-05-20 14:48:13Function of 'unicorn' whale's 8-foot
tooth discovered by Harvard School of Dental Medicine researcher
Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM) researcher Martin Nweeia has just answered a marine science question that had eluded the scientific community for hundreds of years: why does the narwhal, or "unicorn," whale have an 8-foot-long tooth emerging from its head, and what is its function? Nweeia, a clinical instructor in restorative dentistry and biomaterials sciences at HSDM, will be presenting his conclusions at the 16th Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals in San Diego.
The narwhal has a tooth, or tusk, that emerges from the left side of the upper jaw and is an evolutionary mystery that defies many of the known principles of mammalian teeth. The tooth's unique spiral, the degree of its asymmetry to the left side,... More »
Saving leatherback sea turtles crucial to healing earthLast Updated on 2013-03-08 00:00:00
Sea turtles are ancient but not primitive. Having evolved on land some 200 million years ago, they spend their entire lives at sea except to lay eggs on rugged beaches around the globe.
Leatherback turtles are the largest of the seven sea-faring species and they are truly remarkable, most worthy of admiration and in dire need of protection.
Leatherbacks are Earth’s last giant warm-blooded reptiles; their weight can easily exceed one ton.
All sea turtles except leatherbacks have shells. Leatherbacks instead have backs with a jigsaw of thousands of small, thin bones overlaid by a thick matrix of oily fat and fibrous tissue. Their belly has only a narrow oval bone with heavy fibrous tissues.
They are the fastest-growing and heaviest reptiles in nature. And the fastest swimming turtle with the widest distribution.
Their four legs are wings in the sea and shovels on... More »
Earth Calling SOS - Save The WhalesLast Updated on 2012-05-15 00:00:00
Join distinguished conservation biologist, award-winning science communicator, Dr Reese Halter, in his crusade to protect Earth's wild ecosystems, its critters and our children.
The science is in, save the whales, save the planet!
Dolphins deserve same rights as humans, say scientistsLast Updated on 2012-02-21 00:00:00
Dolphins should be treated as non-human "persons", with their rights to life and liberty respected, scientists meeting in Canada have been told.
Experts in philosophy, conservation and animal behaviour want support for a Declaration of Rights for Cetaceans.
They believe dolphins and whales are sufficiently intelligent to justify the same ethical considerations as humans.
Recognising their rights would mean an end to whaling and their captivity, or their use in entertainment.
"Science has shown that individuality - consciousness, self-awareness - is no longer a unique human property. That poses all kinds of challenges.” -- Ethics Professor Tom White Loyola Marymount University of Los Angeles
The move was made at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Vancouver, Canada, the... More »
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