Gone!

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Why is this man smiling?
Picture credit: William A. Troyer – US Fish and Wildlife Service
I apologize for this brutal picture, but it explains my rage.

 

Yes, sorry, two in one morning, both of them  were in my email and neither could be ignored.

This story is about a subject that pains me deeply to relay.

I can still hear the words of my first Anthropology Professor many years ago saying that:

“99% of all species of all animals, will, or have already, disappeared from the Earth.”

I NEVER got over that very off-handed, complacent, nearly matter of fact, comment.

It did not seem like he was all that terribly concerned.

But, then, why should he have been, few seem to be any more.

It almost seems like we Humans, have become hardened against, or desensitized to this alarming state of affairs,  in the Animal Kingdom.

It is so much easier to pick up a gun and shoot something, than it is to put a seed in the ground and wait for it to grow!

Decimation is a horrifying word.

In the past I have used it many times when writing about the Native Americans.

They too were decimated in many places all over this country by two  other ugly words: Manifest Destiny.

But unlike the Native people, animals cannot be assimilated!

Hello people, we are losing animals as fast as they can reproduce these days.

Think I’m kidding?

Look around your own neighborhoods.

Have you, like me, watched over the years,  as fewer and fewer of certain animals have disappeared right in your own yard?

It isn’t for just one reason, or in one country, it’s everybody, everywhere, killing everything.

We either kill them directly, or by destroying their Habitats, so that they die anyway.

What ever will we all do, when they are all gone?

This Planet will be an ugly place with no animals.

As Gandhi always said,  ” A Nation will be judged by the way it treats its animals.”

Well, in the end, which may be nearer than many may suspect, so will this Planet.

Don’t think we can all get on a shuttle and head for Mars or ???

This is it people.

When we have killed them all, for what ever reason, that’s it.

The answer is right in front of us, but few want to accept it.

The answer is not eating animals anymore.

And yes to the ” Happy  Man ”   in the picture above, hunting them either.

Sure, for some, for many, this is a tough pill to swallow.

But dear Readers, what else can we do?

Millions of people all over the world do without meat every day and are quite healthy.

In some of  the poorer Countries, like for instance, Burma, or Myanmar, I was once told by a resident in an interview, that having a chicken for dinner,  is a once a month luxury.

Of course this idea will never sell in states like Texas, where their favorite saying on signs all over the state:

” Beef, it’s what’s for Dinner.”

But for the other millions who know change must be made and very soon.

Couldn’t we all at least try not eating any animals, for what ever reason each of us as individuals may choose?

If we do not, and soon, they will be GONE!

 

Places to learn more:

Earth lost 50% of its wildlife in the past 40 years, says WWF

World wildlife populations halved in 40 years – report A/a>

Shock report: World has lost 50% of its wildlife in just 40 years

Deforestation – Wikipedia

Bear Hunting – Wikipedia

 

Hope for a New Whale

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A Bryde’s Whale
Picture credit: Sophie Webb NOAA

 

Just found this awesome story this morning in my email that must be shared.

Russell McLendon of Mother Nature Network has gathered and presented an extremely compelling work and you simply must read it in its entirety.

Please see the link to it below.

If the DNA checks out, this newly discovered Whale in the Gulf of Mexico, may be the newest and absolutely most Endangered Whale on Earth, surpassing even the critically Endangered Right Whale.

This is both exciting and terrifying news.

For many years, the Whales in the Gulf near the Florida Panhandle, were thought to be a variation of the species of Bryde’s, but now the thinking is that this new Whale may be an entirely new species altogether.

As Russell  says:   “They’ve long been classified as Bryde’s whales — pronounced Brooda’s, thanks to 19th-century Norwegian whaler Johan Bryde.  Bryde’s whales are found in warm seas around the world, growing up to 55 feet long and 90,000 pounds as they feast on plankton, crustaceans and small fish.”

Of course this newest Whale already has a myriad of potential dangers facing it.

The new evidence indicates that many more  of them used to exist and that something is eliminating them.

Hmmm……

Let’s see.

So, how much oil did BP flood into the Gulf of Mexico?

The clean up from this nightmare is still plaguing the entire Gulf Coast.

The area where this new Whale is calling home, are the Desoto Canyons, near the mouth of the Mississippi, on the borders of the states of Florida, Alabama and Mississippi.

This huge area has been a most inhospitable place for sea life for many years.

Dolphin’s and several other Whale Species are continuously being poisoned in their Ancestral homes, so to speak here.

This toxic soup that is now the Gulf of Mexico, has been polluted for so long, by so many, it is no wonder the depth of decimation to all the sea life there.

It is as far as I can see, an entirely 100% man-made destruction of a Habitat.

And, we are irresponsibly, completely responsible for it all.

Please do read this wonderful story that Russell has put so much thought and effort into.

We have a lot of thinking to do on this news, if we are to reverse a terrible,  long over due trend by ignorant Humans.

Could it be, could we for a change, have hope for a new Whale Species?

 

Places to learn more:

50 whales may be a new (and very endangered) species

Bryde’s whale – Wikipedia

Baleen Whales – Wikipedia

 

Come Meet the Betelgeuse

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The USS Betelgeuse AK-260

 

Yes, I have been away.

But I was not sitting around eating bon bons~

This is what I have been doing for the past week.

It is the Tribute Web site for Walkingfox to his Ship and Service in the US Navy.

It seems the ones that we have just renewed for 2 years at Network Solutions,  have had the Front Page Extensions completely disabled, meaning that I can no longer work on any of our highly over paid Web sites ($139-$150 per year)including this one.

No, we will not be renewing anything with them again.

One really nice thing about having this site on Word Press, is that now people can come and comment or write  to him.

If you are a Military Veteran or, maybe even just curious, you may like to come take a look.

Hope you enjoy it.

He was very proud of his years in the Navy and like both, yes I have two Fathers, the Navy was the choice for all three of them, for service to their Country.

This site was made under my name, but it is ALL about him and the Navy.

I was just the builder who put it up.

I also sadly, cannot click like on any of the pages, for that reason.

Please come meet the Betelgeuse:    http://ussbetelgeuse.wordpress.com/

 

Monsters of Marianna

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The Florida Dozier School for Boys in Marianna
Dining hall construction with “White House” in background, 1936
Picture credit: Wikipedia

 

This story has been percolating in my head and heart since we moved down here nearly ten years ago,

it is not about Florida Wildlife it is about Florida Monsters.

But just like the Wildlife here that I am devoted to writing about, these children also had no voice.

If you blink as you drive West on Interstate 10 near Tallahassee in the Panhandle of Florida, you might miss Marianna.

This is a sleepy little town, that until we moved here and began seeing the News stories, had held only one memory,  it was the town where we always stopped to eat at a place called Po – Folks.

Po – Folks  has  great country-style southern comfort food and a really friendly staff.

Absolutely nothing there, or anything that you see as you drive through, could possibly tell you about the dark, ugly secret this town once had.

Now when I think of Marianna, it will forever be because of the horrible, hideous stories continuously being splashed across our TV News Stations.

You see in  Marianna,  there used to be what is called a Bad Boys, or Reform School and it was said to be the biggest one in the entire United States.

You know, the kind of place where troubled children get sent to because no one can control them, or worse, wants them.

Some of them were orphans, others were just confused and needed guidance and help.

This House of Horrors  is/was called the Dozier Boys School and it was also a  place of torture, abuse and death for many who were sent there.

It is also said that the KKK were very much a part of the crimes here.

The school was opened in 1900 and closed in 2011 amid a flurry of accusations, threats and lawsuits.

Then Governor Crist had it all investigated, but as usual in this place called the racially oppressed and color divided State of Florida, this ugly mess was claimed to not have enough, or sufficient evidence to go further.

Those in control stepped out, hopeful it would all go away.

But not so fast, some survivors started making a lot of noise and some people were listening to their stories, better yet they were believing them.

It has been reported that almost 100 children died while this school was in operation.

Then several years ago a team of Anthropologists from USF in Tampa went to Marianna and began a dig.

The Dig team was led by Associate Professor and Forensic Anthropologist Erin Kimmerle, who had known about the school and wanted to see if something could be found.

Because my field of Education at College was in Anthropology and the majority of my Nursing experience was at a State Rehab Center in California, this story was of great personal interest.

One of the many sad  things about this story,  is the name that was given to the place where so much of the abuse happened, it was called the White House.

So, the survivors of this school nightmare, call themselves the White House Boys and they are determined to not only expose the crimes, but to shine a bring light on what happened there.

This time, they want to see justice for the victims and punishment for the perpetrators, if any are still alive.

These few survivors of unspeakable abuse want, need, to be assured that this can and will never happen again, anywhere.

The White House Boys also want an apology, as well as, who can blame them, compensation from those who kept the secrets of the Monsters of Marianna.

 

Places to learn more:

Read the Full USF PDF  Report here:  Dozier School Report

Florida School for Boys – Wikipedia

THE WHITE HOUSE BOYS SURVIVOR’S ORGANIZATION CORP

Florida to exhume bodies buried at former boys school

Remains of 2 more boys identified at closed Florida boys school

Boy missing since 1940 identified at closed Florida boys school

Florida’s Dozier School For Boys: A True Horror Story

Abuses at infamous Florida boys reform school even more widespread, report says

 

Finally, We Have A Baby!

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We have decided to call her/him Ishi, after the last of the Yahi in California.
She/he also appears to be the only survivor.
All pictures credit: Walkingfox
Because  you asked, here is more about Ishi, last of the Yahi.

 

 

We would like to introduce our first Gopher Tortoise birth here.

She/he was found yesterday when I took Breanna out, just after lunch.

We are not sure of her/his sex, but this is what we have waited for since moving in here in 2004.

We found no others, only this one.

Gopher Tortoises normally have between 3-15 babies, so we sadly fear the demise of her siblings.

It is said that anything and everything,  eats them as soon as they hatch, most do not make it until their first birthday.

From what we have learned from other pictures and information, this one appears to be about two years old,  as they are said to grow about an inch per year.

If any others are found, they will be announced here.

But for now, we are so thrilled to have at least one child from Harriet, whom we have fiercely guarded, loved and protected since we came here nearly ten years ago.

Finally we have a baby!

 

Puget Pride

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Killer Whales or Orcas
Picture credit: Robert Pittman NOAA

 

This story is for Adam,  whose heart is as big as the Ocean, the Orcas and all the sea creatures that he loves so much.

Killer Whales or Orcas are the largest Dolphins.

This beautiful mammal is an intelligent, fun-loving, playful, family oriented and devoted Sea Creature or Cetacean.

And for the first time in years, this week a new baby has been born to a group whose terrifyingly low numbers, leave many to believe that they are not long for this Earth.

The new baby, who is a member of the L Pod, was born in the waters of San Juan off the Washington State Coast, known as Puget Sound.

This new calf is a member of Southern Resident Killer Whale  population whose numbers are currently at about 79, with two having been listed as missing.

The Killer Whales in this area are members of the  J,  K,   or L Pods.

The new baby or calf, is number L 120 and its birth is cause for sheer delight, extreme joy, laced with a more than just a bit of trepidation, as newborns in this area and of this particular species, do not have a good track record for longevity.

Many of them die in their first year of life.

There are multiple reasons for the tremendous decline in Killer Whales here:  the Exxon oil spill, and the lingering deadly aftermath of it, as well as the now near extinction of their favorite food, salmon, which has sent them as far away as California to eat.

This critically Endangered Whale is the victim of yet one more example of Human cause and effect:

oil spills, over fishing, military and tourist conflicts, greedy marine facilities who take them prisoners to perform.

We love to adore them in captivity, watch them on film, and take boat trips out to see them in the wild.

Yet we completely fail to comprehend that what we are doing, is killing the Killer Whales.

We are simply, ignorantly, loving and crowding them to death.

But on this day, far away, in Washington State, there is reason for Puget Pride.

 

Places to learn more:

Killer whale – Wikipedia

Updated photos: Eyewitness describes birth of orca in Puget Sound waters

Down to Earth: Patti Goldman on Protecting Orca Whales

Puget Sound’s endangered killer whales continue decline

Exxon Valdez oil spill

Puget Sound orcas feeding in California — again

Orca calf born to Puget Sound resident L pod

Puget Sound orcas retain protection under Endangered Species Act

Newborn Orca Seen Off Washington Coast In Puget Sound Pod

Census: Orcas declining in Puget Sound

Free Corky

 

Doing It Right

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Breanna and I have a meet and greet with a friendly staff member at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium.

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All pictures were taken at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium last October, 2013 by Walkingfox.

 

 

If you have been here for a bit, you may remember the story about  Winter, the rescued Dolphin  whose tail was severely damaged and was eventually rehabilitated and fitted with a new one.

Winter has been the star of the Clearwater Marine Aquarium where she has lived  since her rescue and story were put on film and all the world fell in love with her.

Now this amazing place of rescue and rehabilitation,  is putting its money where its heart is and there will no longer be any Dolphin Shows there.

As CEO David Yates so eloquently put it:

 ” We don’t rescue them so we can show them to guests. Our goal is to release them back into the wild.”

After Walkingfox was released from the Tampa VA Hospital last October, we decided to go and spend some time, the next day, looking around and admiring the nearby Clearwater Aquarium facility.

It truly was a wonderful place to see, even though most of it was closed for filming that day.

We already knew that a sequel was being filmed while we were there, so public viewing was understandably just a bit curtailed, but we were just happy to be able to be at the very place where it all happened.

Winter has a new friend named Hope, who was also rescued and the film is about their new life together, we were told.

The planned extravagant and quite expensive new facility, has been ditched and the focus will now and in the future, be entirely on rehabilitation and eventual release of rescued sea wildlife.

What more could anyone ask of this  awesome group of loving and devoted people who gave the world such a joyous film called “Dolphin Tale ” detailing  the amazing life and history of Winter’s journey.

Now next week, the long-awaited sequel Dolphin Tale 2 will  finally be released on September 12, reuniting once more the original cast.

If you are a sucker for inspiring and sweet stories, please rent the first and then go see the second.

Just be sure to bring a big box of Kleenex.

This place is now doing it right.

 

Places to learn more:

Popular “Dolphin Tale” Aquarium To Drop Animal Performances

‘Dolphin Tale’ aquarium to drop animal shows

Clearwater Marine Aquarium plans to drop animal shows

Aquarium to drop animal shows

Dolphin Tale 2

Dolphin Tale’s Aquarium Says NO To ‘Show Must Go On’

 

 

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