A dolphin demonstrates a performance with a trainer at a dolphin pool in Taiji, southwestern Japan, where visitors can play with the animals Monday, March 8, 2010. The Japanese fishing village featured in "The Cove," which won an Oscar for best documentary, defended Monday its practice of hunting dolphins as a part of its tradition. Residents of this remote village nestled on the rocky coast expressed disgust at the covertly filmed movie, which they said distorted the truth, though few acknowledged seeing it in its entirety. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

The Miami Seaquarium Debacle Continues with more Sanctions, The Taiji Hunting & Capturing Season is What Sells Them to the Hotels, SeaWorld’s, Zoo’s & Seaquarium.

The infamous Miami Seaquarium is unfortunately embroiled in yet another scandal as they face accusations of mistreatment towards their animal residents. According to a recent federal inspection report, the amusement park has been cited for a number of offenses including a patron’s hand being bitten by a dolphin. Additionally, it has been reported that the park endangered one of their dolphins by allowing it to ingest plastic and a chunk of concrete in an outdated tank. The park also came under fire for their treatment of other animals, such as a manatee being held alone in an enclosure with no shade and a dolphin that sustained injuries due to being trapped with incompatible tankmates. Many are now calling on Miami-Dade County, who is the owner and lessor of the land the park is on, to take responsibility for the surviving animals’ welfare by shutting down the problematic facility.

When Miami-Dade County officials provided assurance to the public about bringing a significant change at the Miami Seaquarium, they had reasons to believe that they could deliver on their promise. The facility was riddled with violations of animal welfare regulations. Some of them, such as staff-induced starvation of dolphins, caused emaciation of the animals to the point of performing for food. Others were much more severe, like holding dolphins that are incompatible with each other, leading to significant trauma that resulted in death. The officials pledged to enforce regulations and keep a keen eye on the facility, ensuring that everything goes according to plan. Even the lease transfer to the current owner, The Dolphin Company, was seen as hope for salvaging the park. However, the reality on the ground is much different – animals are undergoing suffering that seems to have no end in sight.

Dolphins are incredibly intelligent and social creatures. In their natural habitat, they exhibit a vast range of dynamic behavior, such as swimming long distances of up to 60 miles in a single day, diving deep into the ocean as far as 3,000 feet, and maintaining complex relationships with their pod members. It is disheartening to see such majestic animals being held captive in tiny tanks and being forced to perform for human entertainment. This is a clear example of speciesism, a belief that promotes human superiority over other forms of life.

Though the recent plan to move the orca Lolita to a seaside sanctuary has come too late, there is still hope for the other dolphins that continue to suffer captivity at the park. It is high time we recognize and understand the importance of treating each living being, regardless of species, with compassion and respect. It is our responsibility to end this practice of keeping marine animals captive and realize that their true home is in the vast open waters where they belong.

There is a growing movement calling upon Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava to use her voice and her powerful position to advocate for the closure of the Miami Seaquarium. This important step would not only have far-reaching positive effects on the wellbeing of dolphins currently in captivity there, but also send a strong message to society about the proper treatment of animals in our care. As many concerned individuals and organizations have pointed out, captive dolphins at the Seaquarium are not only subjected to a life of confinement, but also traumatic living conditions that cause them great distress. A shut-down would demonstrate a clear commitment to animal welfare and be a true reflection of the values that underlie our society. Our hope is that Mayor Levine Cava will listen to this important call for reform and take concrete steps forward towards a better future for these intelligent creatures who share our planet.

The feds cited the Miami Seaquarium for creating a stressful environment for humans and other animals.

The notorious facility was cited for apparently doing the following:

  • Having vacancies in vital staff positions, including veterinarian and vet tech roles, which left a single veterinarian responsible for the care of almost 50 marine mammals and hundreds of birds, fish, and other animals
  • Failing to prevent a dolphin from biting a patron’s hand during an interactive session
  • Allowing a dolphin to ingest plastic, sand, glass filtration materials, and a chunk of cement from a deteriorating tank
  • Failing to provide a manatee kept in isolation with adequate shade from the sun
  • Housing a dolphin with incompatible tankmates, leading to the animal sustaining multiple bilateral rib fractures

PETA is urging Miami-Dade County officials to shut down this abusement park and compel it to send the animals to seaside sanctuaries, where they would finally be able to start recovering from their lifetime of trauma.

Conscientious people should stay far away from the Miami Seaquarium and every other marine park that exploits animals for entertainment.

Not really “aquarium” related but I saw this and something really put it  into perspective for me how terrible sad this situation is. (Lolita, Miami  Seaquarium) : r/AquariumsIf we set aside all other aspects and focus solely on one matter, we will find that the size of the pool wherein these majestic creatures, whales and dolphins, reside, is simply astonishing. It is indeed quite concerning how small the space is when compared to pools that many individuals may have in their personal homes.

One cannot even begin to fathom how these intelligent and social animals manage to survive and thrive in such an enclosed environment.

It is a matter that requires immediate attention and action.

As inhabitants of this planet, it is our responsibility to ensure the well-being of all creatures that coexist with us. We must show empathy and take every necessary measure to ensure that these beings are provided with the appropriate space that nature intended them to have. It is only then that they can truly flourish, and we can work towards a brighter and more sustainable future for all.

And, on the week of and days that are the ‘Day of the Dead,’ Let’s Help Honor Animals Who Died in Marine Park Tanks
Celebrated on November 1 and 2, “The Day of the Dead”—or Día de los Muertos—is an opportunity to remember and honor loved ones who have passed away.

High school student digs up 34-million-year-old whale skull


Lindsey Stallworth hoped to find some cool shark teeth when she took her high school science teacher to hunt for fossils on her family’s farm in June.

What 16-year-old Stallworth and Dr. Drew Gentry found instead was something some paleontologists can only dream of: A 4-foot-long whale skull believed to be about 34 million years old.

In an interview with FOX TV Stations, Stallworth said she’s been collecting fossils on her family’s property since she was a small child.


Dr. Drew Gentry and Lindsey Stallworth at the excavation site where they unearthed a 34-million-year-old whale skull (Alabama School of Mathematics and Science)

“We’ve always known they were there,” Stallworth said. “It’s been like our family thing to go walk the property and find the shark teeth, the vertebrae and the shells. And it’s just something we always did all as a group. We celebrated it when you found your first shark’s tooth.”

READ MORE: Fossil of 94-million-year-old sea creature found in Utah

When she took beginners biology with Gentry at the Alabama School of Math and Science (ASMS) in Mobile, she learned Gentry is a paleontologist who’s taken part in several large excavations in Alabama. He most recently made headlines for his research into a previously unknown species of prehistoric giant freshwater turtle.


Lindsey Stallworth digs at the excavation site where they unearthed a prehistoric whale skull (Alabama School of Mathematics and Science)

“So I brought a little plastic bag full [of shark teeth] and I handed it to him,” Stallworth said. “And he recognized one of them as an uncommon sharktooth, and he wanted to know where it came from.”

That interaction led to a summer excavation on Stallworth’s family land about 80 miles from where she goes to school in Mobile. Gentry said they’d only been digging for about 30 minutes when they found tiny bone fragments that led them up a hillside to something bigger.

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“We didn’t actually know what we’d found at first,” Gentry explained. “There was only a small portion of the skull actually exposed on the surface, and we spent about three or four days digging away with very small dental picks and tiny hand chisels until we uncovered more of the lower jaw of the animal.”


Dr. Drew Gentry and Lindsey Stallworth at the excavation site where they unearthed a 34-million-year-old whale skull (Alabama School of Mathematics and Science)

Gentry sent photos of the jaw to several of his colleagues around the country. Two of them were able to identify it as a carnivorous whale, he said. It could take years to learn the exact species, but they know it’s closely related to the Basilosaurus cetoides, the Alabama state fossil.

From there, it would be another month of digging in excruciating Alabama heat to bring the skull to the surface.

“It was definitely not the not the easiest excavation,” Gentry said. “And just when we thought we had an idea of how the excavation was going to go, this whale had a way of sort of throwing us a curve.”

“[It’s] had several nicknames,” Stallworth joked.


Lindsey Stallworth digs at the excavation site where they unearthed a prehistoric whale skull (Alabama School of Mathematics and Science)

Gentry used information from the U.S. Geological Survey and the Geological Survey of Alabama to estimate the skull’s age – about 34 million years old. Now, the skull’s home is at the Alabama School of Mathematics and Science, where Stallworth and her fellow students will work alongside Gentry to clean, repair and study the fossil whale.

“[Alabama is] a great place to be a paleontologist, and unfortunately we just don’t have very many people here studying the fossils,” Gentry said. “I’m very excited that now students like Lindsey and high school students here at ASMS now get to share in that, they get to take part in all of these great experiences.”

Gentry, Stallworth and a small group of students will go back to the site next summer to try and unearth the rest of the skeleton, which Gentry said could be 15-20 feet long.

“Going back into that hill, we don’t know how much of it is there,” he said.


Lindsey works to repair the whale skull she discovered on an excavation at her family’s Alabama farm (Alabama School of Mathematics and Science)

Before the big dig, Stallworth said she planned to study marine biology. Now, she’s more interested in a newer science: marine paleontology.

“So I can study all the animals that I love now, but what they used to look like 30 million years ago or even older or younger, and I can still interact with all of it, and I’m very seriously considering it,” she said.

The Alabama School of Mathematics and Science is the state’s only public, residential high school for sophomores, juniors and seniors pursuing advanced studies in math, science, computer science and the humanities. Tuition, room and board are free.


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Crypto Whale Losses $24 Million in Massive Phishing Attack


A new alert from blockchain security firm, PeckShield revealed, that a cryptocurrency investor lost approximately $24.23 million worth of digital tokens in “one of the largest phishing attacks” in recent history.

On September 7, PeckShield took to X, revealing the gargantuan phishing attack that drained a staggering 9,579 stETH and 4,851 rETH from the crypto whale. stETH is the Lido staked Ethereum (ETH) token, while the Rocket Pool staked Ethereum token is rETH.

According to Web3 security firm, Scam Sniffer, the whale wallet victim with the address 0x13e3 gave the token approvals to the scammer by signing “increaseAllowance” transactions. These stolen funds initially landed in two addresses, namely 0x693b72 and 0x4c10a4.

However, the scammer swiftly transferred the ill-gotten funds to his wallet, converting the stolen stETH and rETH into ETH worth roughly $22.5 million, and 1.64 million DAI and transferred them to three different wallet addresses. Scam Sniffer labeled the attack as probably “the largest amount ever stolen from a single victim.”

As per initial investigations, it seems the victim accessed a cryptocurrency website containing a phishing link or maybe a scam of some sort. During the transaction signing process, they may have unknowingly fallen victim to the fraudster, resulting in the substantial loss of stETH and rETH.

The investigation not only linked the fraudulent wallet to this incident but also found associations with multiple cryptocurrency scam websites in the past. The evaluation tool rated the attacker’s wallet with a “severe” score of 100, indicating a high likelihood of malicious activity.

Although the victim’s identity remains undisclosed, their transaction history indicates a seasoned liquidity provider with substantial on-chain experience. This wallet has operated since 2017 and currently facilitates over $1.6 million in WBTC/USDT liquidity on the Uniswap V3 platform.

Phishing Attack Surges Nearly 40%

Phishing Attack Surges Nearly 40%

Over the recent past, phishing-related attacks have become more common and increasingly sophisticated in the cryptocurrency space. According to cybersecurity firm Kaspersky, the financial threat landscape has seen significant changes with cryptocurrency phishing attacks surging by 40% in just one year.

Recently, Terra Blockchain temporarily suspended its website after it was compromised due to a phishing scam that was targeting unsuspecting users on the platform. In March, a leading blockchain-based gaming platform, The Sandbox issued a warning regarding a security breach specifying that a phishing email was sent to some users.

The Web3 gaming platform said the email contained hyperlinks that could be used to install malware on the user’s computer granting it control over the machine and giving access to the user’s personal information.


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Rotary Park to receive interactive whale sculpture | Local


Travelers passing the Third Avenue lagoon may soon notice a new addition to Rotary Park on the lagoon’s southwest end. Last week, the Seward Rotary Club announced it had fully funded the creation and installation of a new interactive whale sculpture to be operated by visitors to the Rotary pavilion. Designed by Moose Pass artist Ryan Gaule, also responsible for the metal salmon sculpture in the library’s rock garden, the sculpture will depict a whale appearing to swim over lagoon waters, with the whale’s movement controlled by a ship’s wheel affixed to the pavilion. Part of an ongoing effort to attract visitors to Rotary Park, the sculpture is funded by grants from Rotary District 5010, the Seward Community Foundation, and the Rasmuson Foundation, whose grant provided the final push needed to achieve funding goals.

“The whale itself is going to take about a year to create and install,” said Rotary Park Project Manager Mary Ann Benoit. “Ryan came up with the idea of this movable whale. Something like that is big and expensive and intricate, takes a long time.”

The sculpture will be one component of a park improvement initiative intended to attract visitors for the purpose of imparting environmental education. Other new additions include a series of signs showcasing the ecology of the park and offering simple environmental protection tips for implementing in everyday life.

“Those signs are basically done,” Benoit said. “I’m just in the final review process right now, and the signs will be sent for production. I think it’ll take two to three months before the signs arrive.”

Hopefully, she added, the art will attract visitors, who will then take the signs’ messages to heart.

“The whole point of the art is to attract people to come to Rotary Park so that they can see our environmental messages,” she said. “It’s all about the tips of how to protect the environment because Rotary worldwide has a new focus area, which is protecting the environment.”

A former wildlife biologist, Benoit was able to leverage her 33-year career to craft an effective presentation for the project.

“Since my background is being a wildlife biologist and pretty much my whole career was spent working on doing things to protect the environment, I thought, ‘Hey, this is something I know and I can help with,’” she said. “Rotary Park looked like it needed maintenance, and it looked like there was no good reason for people to go there. It just seemed like this was the perfect opportunity to fix the place up.”

To aid in the fixing up, new picnic tables made from recycled plastics were commissioned. Gateway Hotel owner Tom Tougas lent paid time from members of his maintenance staff to the project.

“They power-washed the place,” said Benoit. “They did some sanding to get some of the graffiti off, and it looks so much better.”

To those who claim a whale has no place in an inland wildlife viewing area which is ordinarily home to ducks, geese, and fish, Benoit issued a reminder that the lagoon and everything to the east of it was once part of Resurrection Bay.

“After Seward was founded, that was not a lagoon,” she said. “It was part of Resurrection Bay. So if you were standing out there in the pavilion, you would’ve been on the shores of Resurrection Bay. You would’ve, from there, been able to potentially see whales.”

Beyond park cleanup, the installation of the whale and the addition of the signs, planned future phases of the Rotary Park Project include a walking trail to provide access to the newly-beautified park.

“We can’t do all these things at once, so let’s do a little bit at a time,” Benoit said. “The whale will take a year. Next September is when Ryan says he thinks this will be done, and we’ll be able to install the whale. In the meantime, we’ll start thinking about what’s possible for the future.”


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A teen found a 34-million-year-old whale skull in her


A high school student made an incredible discovery in her own backyard: A 34-million-year-old whale skull.

Sixteen-year-old Lindsey Stallworth and her biology teacher, Andrew Gentry, found small bone fragments while searching for shark teeth on her family’s timber property in Monroe County, Alabama.

As they dug deeper, they discovered bigger bones and eventually uncovered a piece of a lower jaw. When they found one of the creature’s huge teeth, they realized it was the skull of a prehistoric whale, about four to five feet long.

Stallworth, a junior at the Alabama School of Math and Science, said she has been gathering fossils on her family’s land for a very long time.

“We would go out and pick up shark teeth and fossil shells, but we never knew anyone that could tell us anything about them,” Stallworth stated in a press release from the school, obtained by Scripps News. “We just thought they were cool.” 

But thanks to the help of her teacher, who relied on data from the U.S. Geological Survey and the Geological Survey of Alabama, they identified their discovery as the remains of a 34-million-year-old whale.

“The truth is, we didn’t know what we had found because only part of the skeleton was exposed on the surface,” Gentry told the Washington Post. “We used dental picks to scrape away the dirt from around the bones, and we realized what it was.”

Gentry also told the Washington Post that the whale’s remains suggest it might be a smaller relative of Basilosaurus cetoides, potentially a Zygorhiza that could measure between 15 and 20 feet in length.

The Basilosaurus lived in the shallow seas along the Alabama coast 34 to 40 million years ago, while Zygorhiza lived around 36 million years ago in Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi.

Because of the whale’s size, Gentry, Lindsey, and a few helpers have only managed to recover the skull thus far, and excavating the whole skeleton is expected to be a lengthy process.

“If the complete skeleton is there, it could take several years before we have the entire animal back in the lab,” Gentry said.

SEE MORE: Dinosaur discoveries link prehistoric findings to local communities

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Blue Whale seeking record numbers in Asia



Blue Whale, the world leader in apple production, has defined clear goals for the 2023-2024 season in Asia. The French company has been exporting its apple varieties to the Asian continent for more than 30 years. Nowadays, these markets account for 15% of its total exports.

The growth seen in recent years is being driven by one of its star varieties: Candine®. Sales increased significantly last season, reaching 1,000 Tn exported to Asian markets. For the new season beginning now, the company is aiming to double this figure. “Candine® has been highly successful among Asian consumers ever since it was launched three years ago, and the expectations for the future are extremely positive. And not only with Candine®,” says Marc Peyres, Director of Sales at Blue Whale. “On the one hand, we’ve detected an increase in production in the main varieties sold in Asian and, on the other hand, we’re expecting a very strong demand in all markets.”

Blue Whale is reaching all the Asian markets where France has a protocol in effect with a dozen different varieties from its catalogue. China, Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand are all on its list of importing partners. This list also includes Vietnam, which plays an outstanding role in terms of the penetration and development of new varieties. All the heavy development in the region led Blue Whale to make the decision last year to open its own office in Singapore: “Our commitment is to be closer to our customers. So, we now have team on the ground which has proven to give us a great advantage. It allows us to offer quality support at points of sale where we arrange sampling sessions to get a better feel for our consumer profile,” explains Peyres.

Next stop: Asia Fruit Logistics (Hong Kong, 7th-9th September)

The most immediate action to be taken by Blue Whale in Asia is attending Asia Fruit Logistica. With an exhibit space located at 5H16, the multinational gala apple company is participating for the 8th time in the most important event for the fresh produce sector in Asia.

The Blue Whale team in Asia, Julien Baunmman and Benoit Barache; as well as the Director of Global Sales, Marc Peyres, will be greeting customers and creating new contacts. Visitors may sample their wide range of apples over the three days of this exhibition. The company is using its participation as a “key meeting place” where it can update its Asian partners on all the season’s new developments and specifically detail their plans for this season.

The event coincides with the Royal Gala harvest and the start of the French apple season. The first Blue Whale shipment to Asia for the 2023-2024 season will arrive in October with its Royal Gala variety.

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