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Taking Exception

There are times when images are all about the post, and times they are not.  Why did I choose this image?  Two reasons.  First, it deals with evolution, which is really what taxonomy is all about.  Second, it’s not the image that caused a 24hour continuous debate on Facebook about ovoviviparous, oviparous and viviparous marine…

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Following Rungus

A decade ago I met my first binturong. His name was Rungus, and he lived at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach. It’s pretty safe to say he changed my life. Rungus moved to the Chaffee Zoo in Fresno shortly after I met him.  He’d gotten to that age, and was acting out.…

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When it rains

Today is just one of those days. I’m not sure if it’s the days and days of pouring rain,  the stabbing backache I’ve had since spending 4 hours straight lying on a cold, hard bed in radiology yesterday, or it’s the accumulated pressure of days and days of bad economic news. Today I’m tempted to…

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Random Thoughts

  Yesterday there were 22 Gray Whales sighted at Point Vicente in the morning.  The Indian saw quite a few, including a cow calf pair.  I was on the Matt Walsh.  We saw none.   It just goes to show how much pure chance plays into all this. There can be many MANY whales out…

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Whale Watch 1/6

Today I was out on my first boat as a whale watch naturalist.  It went pretty well.  Spent a lot more time talking to the kids than the adults, mostly because the kids were talking to me on the dock before we left, and even though everyone knew that Bobby was the senior naturalist on…