Humpback whales are pop music geniuses! »
As any yoga-loving hippie weirdo (HUGS) will tell you, humpback whale songs are the most relaxing way to decompress while you’re posing in svetlana or whatever it’s called. satsuma. saunasauna. The relaxing pose. Anyway, now we know more about what exactly the songs are!
David Rothenberg, a musician and environmental philosopher, writes:
The mainstream scientific view about humpback whale song is that it’s all a kind of pop music evolutionary strategy; that the whales all like the same hit song, but it has to be a continually changing new “hit.” Just like humans listening to Top 40 radio, quickly getting bored with the latest chart topper and always craving the next variant.
They’re creating their own hits! Suck it, Adele, these whales are rolling in the deep, FOR REAL.
[photo, “A female humpback whale and its calf,” by OAR/National Undersea Research Program via NYT]
Photographer Brian Skerry had “a magical day with a right whale” and you know what? It sounds pretty magical. Right whales are so weird-looking and also amazing! And apparently this one wanted to hang out with some tiny harmless human beings for hours and hours.
National Geographic is the best! Love those crazy photographers.
[Ed.: Also, “The testicles of right whales are likely to be the largest of any animal, each weighing around 500 kg (1,100 lb)” Dang, son! - Laura]
According to scientist, this is the first-ever hybrid shark, a cross between a common black-tip and an Australian black-tip. It was discovered in Australian waters and is believed to be the result of an adaption “to ensure its survival as sea temperatures change because of global warming.” Amazing!
I mean, sharks are older than dinosaurs, but they’re still around and they’re still evolving, now to cope with shitty human-caused climate change. Over 450 million years old and still kicking ass! If this doesn’t make sense, take it up with the reporters at Yahoo! News, because I am science-ignorant and just wanted to share some amazing animal news with you. Sharks rule, land vertebrates are adorably useless!
Harvest Home Sanctuary’s Toast to the Turkeys was AWESOME: A photo essay! »
Last weekend’s Harvest Home Sanctuary's Toast to the Turkeys event was pretty much the greatest and if you missed it, that’s just inexcusable. Oh well, there’s hope for you, yet! You can go to another Thanksgiving with the animals event, they’re still happening all over! so GET ON IT because you haven’t lived until you’ve seen a turkey eat a cranberry. It’s a turkey! Eating a cranberry! Jesus Christ.
A PHOTO ESSAY OF THE EVENT AND ITS GREATNESS, brought to you by me and Jonas and Ian (check out all of Ian’s great photos!):
Turkeys doing it UP!
Get down on that grape, girlfriend!!
THE DELICIOUS FOOD:
Giant squids are being killed by ocean noise pollution. NOT COOL »
This is so unacceptable. First of all, don’t fuck with giant squids because they will cut you. WITH THEIR AWESOMENESS. If you’re not convinced of this fact, I have a list of ways in which the giant squid rules all:
- They can measure up to 60 feet long
- They have eight arms
- Their eyes are the size of beach balls
- They’re so enormous, that sometimes they eat whales as a snack! (please see accurate dramatic representation below)
- They can change colors! What! I thought only hyper color t-shirts could do that! Also, Mom, I’m still waiting for one of those! It’s not too late for me to be one of the cool kids
- Female giant squids are bigger than male giant squids and still, they work it. Go ‘head, ladies
Annnnnnnd case closed.
Because giant squids are so wily and elusive (good job, giant squids!), humans haven’t figured out how to kill and eat them just yet. However, when humans can’t destroy ocean animals by ripping them out of the water, we just murder them via sonic waves. We are so amazing at killing everything! In related and also unrelated news, I’m gonna throw myself off a bridge later today. I kid, I’m not ready to end it all, I must stay around to torture you all via exclamation marks and CAPS LOCK!!
Another squirrel rescue! This is from reader Rebeka P.:
His name is Ax, or Axeman. (An Amebix song named “Axeman” inspired that: lock up your acorns, the Axeman is coming!) I kept him in my shirt for a week or two straight when he wasn’t sleeping in his nest. He was very small, eyes just barely opened, and we woke up at all hours of the night to feed him.
We released him before the winter since he seemed ready to go, more eager to get outside. After a few trial runs of him being outside for three hours while I sat and watched him in the trees crying because I was scared he was too high up or that he would never come back, we brought his cage and his nest and lots of nuts outside for him and let him do his thing. We have a squirrel food basket hanging in a tree in the woods full of goodies for him, and other squirrels, so he would have a steady flow of food through the winter since he didn’t have all spring and summer to collect nuts and stash them away.
We see him sometimes up in the trees. I miss him so very much but am so happy to have had his company. He enjoyed cleaning me, digging in my hair, laying on his belly on my head and spinning around in my hair, hiding acorns in my clothes, and playing with stuffed animals. He was the cutest and loveliest creature I’ve ever had the pleasure of caring for.”
Rebeka also says that the Squirrel Board has good resources on how to raise a squirrel adding, “squirrels are not pets, they do ‘wild up’ and are a LOT of work even just to raise them! Lots and lots of work and time with them. They’re cute, cuddly and awesome but they belong in the trees.”
I didn’t realize everyone and their mom was rescuing squirrels! I’m so jealous! What’s up with these squirrel parents though? We need a squirrel social services. Or maybe people just need to stop hitting squirrels with their stupid cars. Vegansaurus friend and super squirrel foster mom, Livia, is taking care of these two adorable critters:
The furless guy is a storm victim; his nest was blown down. The older one’s mom was dead in the street and he fell out of the nest looking for her. Now please excuse me while I go punch a bunch of people and then cry forever.
He looks like a pissed-off heart.
Fat cat tip: sexy boudoir photos of
yourselffat cats are a great last-minute gift idea.
Take a QUICK survey and/or send an email to keep hunting down in California! »
This is the last day to do this so please, please, please take a minute. It’s a very real possibility that many of the game refuges in California will be delisted and opened to hunting. If you can, please take this survey or send an email (emails carry more weight and only take a moment!) and say that you emphatically oppose the delisting of California game refuges! Let’s not let this happen, and the best way to do that is to send smart, polite emails TODAY! You’re all the best!
Hello friends, it’s WTF Wednesday! »
Well, hello there! Aren’t you looking attractive today! Almost as attractive as these dogs in a photo booth:
[Photo from vi.sualize.us]
These dogs are not only looking awesome (SUNDAY BEST, MOTHERFUCKERS!) but are also emulating exactly what each one of us does in a photo booth: one regular photo and then three photos of insane making out. Even if you’re taking the photo alone. Which I usually am. That means it’s usually just one photo of me smiling for my mom and then three of me frantically tonguing the wall and crying. Life!
Last week I got an email (email me!) from Becki who lives halfway across the world (as soon as I got it I was all, “WHOA! STOP THE PRESSES! ALLEN I GOT A LETTER FROM SOMEWHERE IN EUROPE!” and Allen was all, “like a real letter? In one of those awesome envelopes?” and I said “SURE! EXACTLY LIKE THAT! BUT IN MY EMAIL!” and then Allen groaned at me and went back to sleep because he does not like to be disturbed at 3 a.m. Something about working in the morning. BORING!)! Becki wanted to share something great and uplifting with me (which will get its own post!) to combat some of the sadness of the last WTF Wednesday offerings. I’ve been thinking about that a lot, and so today we’re going to shatter the idea that WTF Wednesday has to be all doom and gloom! Because it doesn’t! It’s whatever we want it to be! It is like the ’70s! Except without STDs! Or, rather, with fewer STDs!
Let’s talk about Hamsters! First of all, hamsters are the world’s most perfect animal. I know that you may disagree with me, but you are wrong. And this has nothing to do with the fact that I went vegetarian because I adopted a hamster off the street. I AM NOT BIASED AT ALL! You want more proof? You ever see a wombat (very cute!) wielding a chainsaw? You ever see a prairie dog (adorable!) playing rap? You may not know this but Hamsters are OGs (and I am not talking OLIVE GARDEN!). Bunny (R.I.P. BIG POPPA!) used to terrorize bigger animals all the time! She taught my other hamsters how to escape their cages! She once tossed a piece of corn at someone for looking at her wrong! If Bunny were with us today, I’m sure she could have taught these hip-hop HAMSTAZ a thing or two! Sadly, there was one thing Bunny couldn’t do: she couldn’t play an instrument, so she was never able to join a jazz trio. I will never forgive myself for not encouraging her love of music.
Then there are pandas! Yes, I know! You’ve seen the baby panda sneezing? An oldie but a goody! BUT have you seen this panda have a sneezing fit? No, you go ahead! I will just wait patiently until you finish convulsing in reaction to all of the cute flooding your system. But why leave it at pandas? Do other animals not sneeze? Isn’t there a baby elephant, perhaps, sneezing itself silly somewhere? Why yes, YES THERE IS! Let’s just stop this before we both pass out! Let’s go look at something sparkly!
Laura just hepped me (lolz!) to this awesome video of people dressed as MY LITTLE PONY doing musicals. First, horses and ponies are so rad, and I love reading good stories about them, AND ALSO HATE reading bad news (everyone help the wild horses!). Secondly, when that blue pony is doing “Defying Gravity” and climbs up onto the ramp to sing the grand finale, I almost cried. Not only because it is a fucking pony singing and dancing,* but because it wanted to keep the INTEGRITY of the original staging! Why is there not more stuff like this on the internet? Usually you just get this guy doing songs from A Chorus Line with the most dramatic head rolls I’ve ever seen. How does he not give himself whiplash? He used to do an amazing cover of “Part of Your World,” and although this is not his original version, the CAMERA WORK and props are amazing. I wish he wouldn’t refer to him as a “boy” in the song, though. You’re going to do Little Mermaid? You’ve got to OWN Little Mermaid, like Abby and I did for Hazel’s benefit! Fuck it, here we are being fabulous:
[can’t see the video? watch it at vegansaurus.com!]
Boy, am I exhausted! You know what would counteract that (besides not receiving any more lectures from Allen for waking him up at night for no good reason when he has to put up with me all day already AND JESUS, MARK!)? If you would send me links that would make you happy to see on Vegansaurus! Links to articles and videos that gave you pause and/or made you think “oh my god, what is UP with that?”
And puppies! You see those puppies up there? We can have that EVERY WEEK! And it’s all up to you! and my editor [Ed.: Damn skippy, crazy!]. But mostly YOU! AT LEAST 89 PERCENT YOU!
Have an awesome day!
Quadruple-amputee kitty remains a super-kitty! Look at her get around on her little furry stumps! Animals’ desire to live is really amazing. OK, science, it is not “amazing,” it is the survival of the fittest? But it amazes me nonetheless. This cat still hunts! Just cold acting like every other cat in the world.