Writing grants + papers + stress + migraines + beautiful weather apparently = me not blogging.
Luckily, others are and Dr. Dolittle at LifeLines put up a post on how whales use bubbles to hunt:
While that sounds like part of a Monty Python bit (“First you get the comfy chair… and then… BUBBLES! NO ONE EXPECTS THE BUBBLES!”), that is actually how whales hunt for fish, and I actually got to see this irl in Antarctica!
NOTE: These are NOT my pictures! These are pics from folks on the trip that had awesome cameras, and they donated them to the DVD of photos everyone got. So to reduce the chance of someone snatching these and using them for profit without anyones approval, Im making them lower res. If you are a teacher and want higher res ones for class or something, shoot me an email.
Here are a couple good shots of the whales making the pretty spirals:
While the folks who took these shots had nice cameras, I dont want you to think they were using some super fancy zoom lens for these pics. This is actually how close were were to the whales hunting that day + people for a size comparison (and we frequently got this close to them):
Also, so, apparently a ‘thing’ I do now when Im totally stressed out is try to book another trip to Antarctica.