Riveting Reads.

 

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New calf J54 frolicking ©Dave Ellifrit, the Center for Whale Research via Puget Sound Express

A weekly post of riveting reads from my travels around the internet this week! A selection of links, blogs, news articles, scholarly articles and images I am currently loving.

More Sperm Whale Strandings: A total of 30 have now stranded across the UK, The Netherlands and Germany. Scientists at ZSL are at work to see if they can discover why.

Polar Bear Fitness Tracking: Female polar bears wore tracking devices to understand their movements and energy demands. Thinning and retreating sea ice is leading to bears needing to expend more energy to find food.

Southern Resident Killer Whales Baby Boom: Biggest boom since 1977, seen nine new calves since December 2014 and this January however, the sex ratio is inordinately biased towards males. We do not know why.

Le Sigh: Sighing is good for you! Without it your alveoli can collapse and struggle to reinflate themselves. You need to sigh roughly every five minutes (don’t worry it is involuntary!). See a video of Professor Jack Feldman of the University of California, whose team made the discovery, discussing it here.

What have you been reading this week? Let me know in the comments below.


You can also follow along on the Deep Blue Conversations Facebook Page. I post interesting articles related to marine conservation, share awesome stories as well as photos from the marine conservation and environmental world in general. Come on over and have a look! I also have Twitter come and join the conversation you can find me as @Leila_Lula!

Riveting Reads.

Humpback Whale Blow And Companions Back in British Columbia A welcome back to my weekly post of riveting reads around the internet this week! A list of links of blogs, news articles, scholarly articles and images I am loving this week.

This Storify of the #IAmAScientistBecause: You can read through some of the most fascinating, insightful and funny reasons people are scientists! You can see the #IAmAScientistBecause timeline below:

Story-board your research proposals: I think this is a neat idea to visualise your research plan of attack!

Bremer Canyon “Orca Fest” In News: The research I conducted in Bremer Canyon was briefly in the news here in West Australia!

With the ice melting Polar Bears won’t get enough nutrients from land food: No terrestrial food sources will be as energy-dense as the marine prey of polar bears.

Acoustic telemetry reveals cryptic residency of whale sharks: Neat paper that has discovered that whale sharks remain resident in Mafia Islands, Tanzania year round but just occupy a deeper and further off shore environment during the “off-season”. Sweet use of telemetry.

Brilliant Ted Talk on Shame: Not conservation but a wonderful talk by Brené Brown, I think we should all watch about: “Life is about daring greatly, about being in the arena.

What have you been reading this week? Let me know in the comments below.


You can also follow along on the Deep Blue Conversations Facebook Page. I post interesting articles related to marine conservation, share awesome stories as well as photos from the marine conservation and environmental world in general. Come on over and have a look! I also have Twitter come and join the conversation you can find me as @Leila_Lula!