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Giant blue whales showing in record numbers
The Daily Breeze ^ | 8/31/10 | Sandy Mazza

Posted on 08/31/2010 1:35:34 PM PDT by Nachum

Swells of calorie-rich planktonic krill have attracted more giant blue whales off the Palos Verdes Peninsula than local whale watchers can ever remember.

Since last week, onlookers have been treated to a virtual whale playground. As many as 25 giants at once have been spotted from shore in recent days.

This is extraordinary, considering that only 2,000 blue whales have been documented in the north Pacific Ocean.

The blue whales' massive smooth backs, geyseral blows, and spade-like flukes have rushed the heartbeats of those who have witnessed the largest mammals ever known to A blue whale surfaces and exhales. (Scott Varley / Staff Photographer) inhabit Earth.

"So little is known about whales, so when you get to see this brief glimpse of them it's really thrilling and quite a treat," said Diane Alps, program coordinator at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium. "We're seeing a whale that's relatively rare and hard to see."

(Excerpt) Read more at dailybreeze.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: blue; giant; showing; whales

1 posted on 08/31/2010 1:35:39 PM PDT by Nachum
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To: Nachum

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ojydNb3Lrrs


2 posted on 08/31/2010 1:36:18 PM PDT by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Nachum
This cannot possibly be true. Ecofreaks have been wailing for years now about how global warming is killing off the krill population.
3 posted on 08/31/2010 1:37:19 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: hinckley buzzard

That’s because the boys from South Park convinced the Japanese that it was Cow and Chicken that flew Enola Gay.


4 posted on 08/31/2010 1:39:32 PM PDT by Bryanw92 (Obama is like a rocket scientist....who's trying to do brain surgery with a hammer.)
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To: Nachum

In the article it states that ...”whales [are] the second largest mammals on Earth...” I thought whales were the largest organisms on the planet. What is bigger than a whale? And a larger mammal? What are they talking about?


5 posted on 08/31/2010 1:40:01 PM PDT by Blennos
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To: Nachum

I love whales. So glad to hear their numbers are up.


6 posted on 08/31/2010 1:40:15 PM PDT by diamond6 (Pray the Rosary to defeat communism and Obamacare!!)
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To: Nachum

...paging the Nisshin Maru...


7 posted on 08/31/2010 1:42:31 PM PDT by Texan Tory
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To: Blennos
What is bigger than a whale? And a larger mammal? What are they talking about?


8 posted on 08/31/2010 1:43:01 PM PDT by mountn man (The pleasure you get from life, is equal to the attitude you put into it.)
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To: Nachum
Oh, look ... krill!


9 posted on 08/31/2010 1:44:56 PM PDT by al_c (http://www.blowoutcongress.com)
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To: Blennos

“.....What is bigger than a whale? And a larger mammal? What are they talking about?”

Rosie O’Donnell?


10 posted on 08/31/2010 1:45:53 PM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, Call 'em what you will. They ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: Nachum
That's worth looking at Pictures, Images and Photos

False alarm, it was Michelle on yet another vacation.

11 posted on 08/31/2010 1:46:28 PM PDT by Snickering Hound
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To: Nachum

this overpopulation of giant mammals should be curbed by sustainable harvesting...


12 posted on 08/31/2010 1:46:46 PM PDT by aMorePerfectUnion
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To: Nachum

Any numbers on the Dwarf Blue Whales?


13 posted on 08/31/2010 1:48:31 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: Nachum

Blue Whales must like these inviting, spa like, temperatures resulting from Globull Warning.


14 posted on 08/31/2010 1:48:44 PM PDT by BAW (November. Let's roll.)
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To: hinckley buzzard

Bush’s fault!


15 posted on 08/31/2010 1:50:02 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This post is not a statement of fact. It is merely a personal opinion -- or humor -- or both.)
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To: Blennos

“In the article it states that ...”whales [are] the second largest mammals on Earth...” I thought whales were the largest organisms on the planet. What is bigger than a whale? And a larger mammal? What are they talking about?”

Me, I think.

I really need to get back on a diet.


16 posted on 08/31/2010 1:50:56 PM PDT by El Sordo (The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen.)
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To: aMorePerfectUnion

and you would do what with one?


17 posted on 08/31/2010 1:56:31 PM PDT by rahbert
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To: rockinqsranch

“.....What is bigger than a whale? And a larger mammal? What are they talking about?”

Rosie O’Donnell?

Funny!


18 posted on 08/31/2010 1:56:41 PM PDT by Bitsy
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To: Blennos

It said that the blue whale was the largest mammal and that another gray whale (the 2nd largest) also appeared in the waters.


19 posted on 08/31/2010 1:57:26 PM PDT by Laulee
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To: Bryanw92

20 posted on 08/31/2010 2:03:50 PM PDT by isthisnickcool (Sharia? No thanks.)
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To: Laulee

Um...I believe they said 3 “Fin Whales” (2nd Largest)....

The mention of the Grey’s referred to their being common to the migration route.


21 posted on 08/31/2010 2:06:07 PM PDT by G Larry (Democrats: expediting the Destruction of America, before they lose power...)
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To: Nachum

The P.V. Peninsula is a great place to watch the whales.

Think I’ll go this weekend.


22 posted on 08/31/2010 2:09:30 PM PDT by Retired Greyhound
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To: mountn man

LOL. I should have expected this.


23 posted on 08/31/2010 2:11:05 PM PDT by Blennos
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To: Snickering Hound
False alarm, it was Michelle on yet another vacation.

I'm wondering if it goes "beep...beep...beep" when she backs up.

24 posted on 08/31/2010 2:19:34 PM PDT by capt. norm (Never underestimate the power of very stupid people in large groups.)
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To: Nachum

HOW SOON BEFORE THEY RUN OUT OF KRILL AND START EATING HUMANS???? HUH?? DIDJA THINK ABOUT THAT? HUH? THEN WHAT??? HU?? HUH??


25 posted on 08/31/2010 2:43:25 PM PDT by Mr. K (Physically unable to proofreed (<---oops! see?))
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To: Mr. K

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nOvId7pTNuo


26 posted on 08/31/2010 2:45:40 PM PDT by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Blennos

What is bigger than a whale?

Michelle in a tent gown and Hillary in a hand-me-down Michille gown.


27 posted on 08/31/2010 5:07:34 PM PDT by sergeantdave
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To: rahbert

“and you would do what with one?

Allow sustainable harvesting and usage


28 posted on 08/31/2010 5:13:29 PM PDT by aMorePerfectUnion
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To: aMorePerfectUnion

and I ask you again, what sort of “usage” would you envision?

I’m just curious.


29 posted on 08/31/2010 5:25:31 PM PDT by rahbert
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To: rahbert

“and I ask you again, what sort of “usage” would you envision? I’m just curious.”

no problem...

Food, Sport, Oil, Products, or whatever economic usage can be made of the entire beast.


30 posted on 08/31/2010 5:35:38 PM PDT by aMorePerfectUnion
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To: rahbert

http://www.ehow.com/about_5009827_what-whales-used-today.html


31 posted on 08/31/2010 5:36:54 PM PDT by aMorePerfectUnion
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To: rahbert

http://www.coolantarctica.com/Antarctica%20fact%20file/wildlife/whales/whaling2.htm


32 posted on 08/31/2010 5:39:26 PM PDT by aMorePerfectUnion
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To: aMorePerfectUnion

33 posted on 08/31/2010 5:45:41 PM PDT by Rebelbase (Political correctness in America today is a Rip Van Winkle acid trip.)
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To: aMorePerfectUnion

“Buggy whips, Carriage springs, Corset stays, Fishing rods, Hoops for women’s skirts, Umbrella ribs and many other applications **where nowadays plastic or steel would be used**.”

Exactly.


34 posted on 08/31/2010 7:07:45 PM PDT by rahbert
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