CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 11, 2000
I'm convinced that the U.S. government has lost its collective mind. Forget election 2000. According to "We Need Sound Sensibility on California's Coast" (Commentary, Dec. 6), the U.S. Navy intends to deploy a sonar system described as "one of the loudest man-made sound sources ever deployed" that is "billions of times more intense than the level known to disturb large whales." Oh yeah, and whales are beaching themselves in the Bahamas, caused by a nearby "active" sonar Navy battle group.
February 10, 2008
Re "Navy's sonar challenge is rejected," Feb. 5 A federal judge has not allowed President Bush to trump the Constitution by declaring there is an "emergency" that bypasses her decision to protect whales, and you bury this news with the obits? Any time people and whales prevail against this man's attempt to ignore the law is huge and deserves more attention. That you seem to consider it a small story concerns me. Wasn't the original story in the front section? Why is it no longer as important when Bush loses?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 31, 1988
The outpouring of concern for the stranded whales in the Arctic was heartwarming. It shows that many people genuinely value wildlife. How wonderful it would be if our nation could tap this reservoir of compassion, concern and generosity by providing good prenatal care for all mothers and babies in our nation. There is something out of kilter when the richest and most powerful nation in the world consistently ranks highest in infant mortality among the industrialized nations. HELEN W. HARTLEY Pasadena
October 31, 2011 |
The Peninsula Valdes nature reserve is a remote mix of mud flats, cliffs and stony beaches so rich in wildlife that UNESCO named it a World Heritage Site in 1999. In these waters off the east coast of Argentina, southern right whales thrive and orcas snack on sea lions and baby elephant seals. Travel outfitter Adventure Life organizes five-day sea kayaking and camping trips that take travelers to see penguins, sea lions, elephant seals and, of course, whales -- up close. The trip starts and ends in Trelew, Argentina, and spends two nights camping at El 39, a beach where southern right whales are studied.
October 28, 2011 |
Sure, the Santa Cruz County Conference & Visitors Council is in the business of promoting its wonders to visitors through words and pictures, but even the most brilliant spin doctor couldn't have arranged the photo above. On Tuesday, during a photo assignment for the council on Monterey Bay, photographer Paul Schraub captured this photo of a couple of humpback whales spy hopping (whale lingo for coming out of the water vertically and checking out the surroundings) next to a kayaker.
February 3, 2012 |
The success of last year's "Dolphin Tale" proved this theorem: Imperiled marine animals + true-ish story + workmanlike sincerity + happy ending = a hit. Will the equation hold for director Ken Kwapis' whale movie "Big Miracle"? Well. "Big Miracle" is surprisingly good, though the "surprisingly" part betrays certain low-bar expectations going in. So be it. Kwapis ("He's Just Not That Into You," "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants") exceeds those expectations handily while juggling an ambitious number of characters and agendas — and without demonizing any of them.
November 2, 2011 |
Sometimes, even bucket-list trips go on sale. Travel company Antarctic Dream is offering half-off an 11-day trip to Antarctica in November and December that features close encounters with humpback whales, leopard seals and orcas on daily Zodiac raft excursions amid blue ice and glaciers. The small-ship expedition begins and ends in Ushuaia, Argentina, then spends two days crossing Drake Passage each way. Stops include Cuverville Island, known as a rookery for Gentoo penguins; Aitcho Island; Neko Bay; Pleanu on Petermann Island; and Deception Island.