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The Fate of the Alamogordo Chimps

The National Institutes of Health announced that by 2011 it will transfer almost two hundred chimpanzees from the Alamogordo Primate Facility in New Mexico to a lab in San Antonio, Texas, lab for use in invasive research. In 1995, the NIH announced a moratorium on the breeding of chimps in federally-supported labs, and as a…

More Orcas Near LA Coast!

Last month a pod of orcas was found off of Palos Verdes, near Los Angeles. Well, they’re back. Actually, it isn’t clear if this is the same pod or not, but here’s some more awesome footage of orcas found in the waters off of Dana Point, earlier this week. Killer whales are not seen often…

The perspective that whales, dolphins, and other such marine mammals should be afforded “human rights” has surfaced again. I thought I’d revisit a post I wrote about this several months ago, from the archives, when this first hit the news after the AAAS conference in San Diego. So here’s a modified, updated version of the…

Though they are routinely found in the waters off of California, large marine mammals like killer whales don’t usually come so close to shore – it seems they prefer to stick to the farther side of the channel islands. But yesterday, a small pod of killer whales was found in the waters between Palos Verdes…

Whale Poop

Earlier this week we talked about how to use whale snot for science. I especially enjoyed blog bff Scicurious‘s take on the study: Budgetary requirement: $5000 for series of expensive remote control helicopters. Source: Toys R Us. Justification: Need something that can fly close to a whale and collect snot for measurement. Also, this is…

Whale Snot

Figure 1: Humpback whale The question is: what do you use to study the health of whales in the wild? The answer is: not what you’d think.