Archive for April 14th, 2009

April 14, 2009

Top Ten Ocean Rivalries

Normally I only peruse AskMen.com if I’m looking for a window into the modern male mind (though frequently the answers I find are more perplexing than my original questions). Imagine my shock and amusement then when I found an email at the ‘Notes inbox detailing a great roundup of videos posted at AskMen.com for the top ten ocean rivalries.

You may have seen a few of these before (like the octopus meets shark, or killer whales hunting a gray whale calf) but even I was surprised by several shots that AskMen managed to scour out of YouTube (and elsewheres I suspect). Overall a beautiful job making it easy to watch fascinating carnage and behaviors from ocean wildlife. Dare I dream that these images inspire a few of the regular readers to tread water in the ocean conservation pages online? I suppose I can hope. But even if you simply kick back with a Yuengling these are definitely great clips.

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April 14, 2009

Wildlife Get Social

Seahorses mobbing together (c) SML

While I have yet to join the Twittering crowd, I do love Facebook. Incredibly enough you can chat up Herbie Hippocampus on FB thanks to the kind translating aquarists at Monterey Bay Aquarium’s new “The Secret Lives of Seahorses” Exhibit. (Unless of course Herbie has found a way to use his prehensile tail to type away on a waterproofed keyboard in his aquarium.) You can also follow Shamu’s adventures at SeaWorld these days on Twitter. I’m pretty sure the whales are also getting assistance from the training crew to type up their tweets. Although, now that I think about it, their usual clicks, whistles, and trains probably would qualify as “tweets” quite literally.

I think this officially means we live in a socially saturated world when even the marine wildlife are getting in on the act. It is nice to consider using these networks for conservation and outreach and I’m curious to see how successful they are. Shamu has loads of followers; Herbie has plenty of friends so far. But really, as a good friend of mine pointed out, shouldn’t the penguins, pelicans, and puffins be on Twitter? That would be far more appropo.