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Walruses, Odobenus rosmarus (Odobenidae), are not the most classically beautiful creature in the Arctic, but they are one of the iconic species of the far north, and there is something strangely appealing about them.
This male has lots of battle scars from the tusks of other males. Males seem to divide their time between sleeping, fighting and feeding. They use their moustache bristles to search for clams in the murky depths.
Photo credit: ©Tim Melling
Locality: Svalbard (Arctic)

libutron:

Walrus

Walruses, Odobenus rosmarus (Odobenidae), are not the most classically beautiful creature in the Arctic, but they are one of the iconic species of the far north, and there is something strangely appealing about them.

This male has lots of battle scars from the tusks of other males. Males seem to divide their time between sleeping, fighting and feeding. They use their moustache bristles to search for clams in the murky depths.

Photo credit: ©Tim Melling

Locality: Svalbard (Arctic)

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Brazil bans catfish fishery that used dolphins as bait

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Park board votes to end the breeding of whales and dolphins at the Vancouver Aquarium

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"THE PARK BOARD has passed a bylaw that effectively ends the breeding of whales and dolphins at the Vancouver Aquarium.

Commissioners voted unanimously to amend the Parks Control bylaw “to prohibit the breeding of captive cetaceans in Vanoucver parks, unless, in each particular instance, the captive cetacean is a threatened species and the Oversight Committee, the Board, and the Society agree that captive breeding is necessary for the survival of such threatened species”.

The board also voted to establish an “oversight committee”, which will have a mandate to “provide public oversight to ensure the well-being of all cetaceans owned by the Society [Vancouver Aquarium]”. The committee will prepare bi-annual reports “on the status and well-being of all cetaceans owned by the Society”

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BP Oil Spill Is Much Worse Than People Think, Scientists Say

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Meet the crabeater seal (Lobodon carcinophaga). It’s a charming specialized predator that lives on the coasts of Antarctica. It feeds almost exclusively on krill (90% of their diet) and sometimes cephalopods and antarctic fish.

Technique: The seal gobbles mouthfuls of krill and water drains through the spaces created by its teeth.

Crabeaters have little food competition, but as pups they are heavily preyed upon by leopard seals.

If you love the crabeater mug go here for a short story told by the person who photographed it.

Top two photos from The Brain Scoop. If you love natural history, museums, and taxidermy, follow them!

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"The friendliest whales in the world" from the Telegraph. Apparently these gray whales will like come right up to your boat to check you out and get pets! They even got a dude kissing them! God, whales are so awesome. This whale doesn’t look that big in this picture but check out this one; he’s huge!
I can’t believe whaling exists. People are the worst.

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"The friendliest whales in the world" from the Telegraph. Apparently these gray whales will like come right up to your boat to check you out and get pets! They even got a dude kissing them! God, whales are so awesome. This whale doesn’t look that big in this picture but check out this one; he’s huge!

I can’t believe whaling exists. People are the worst.

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