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(CTV News)   News: Ice kills 9 blue whales near Newfoundland. Fark: 9 whales is 4% of their Atlantic population   ( ctvnews.ca) divider line
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2014-04-10 12:01:29 AM  
19 votes:
Cetaceans needed.
2014-04-09 11:38:52 PM  
5 votes:
If a blue whale can't breathe, what color does it turn?
2014-04-09 11:25:33 PM  
2 votes:
Can someone explain to me why the word of the Fark is the thing which is appropriate in the headline of this?

News: Man goes fishing.
Fark: Does not catch the thing.

I remember when the word of this had the meaning

News: Man kills the wife of he.
Fark: With the scales of the dead fish and the husband was also the mayor of two cities.

Sucks for the whales though.
2014-04-09 10:53:27 PM  
2 votes:
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2014-04-10 02:42:54 PM  
1 vote:

kling_klang_bed: So this begs the question: what is the best way to prepare blue whale for a meal, and how many people could 9 of them feed? And, would we have to chop it up to deep fry it, or can we just get one REALLY big deep fryer and a whole lotta flour and cocktail sauce, and fry the thing whole?

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We've already made up 200 pounds of batter for blue whale tempura.
2014-04-10 11:21:45 AM  
1 vote:
Due to the Polar Vortex, it has been a really old-fashioned winter in Eastern Canada. And by old-fashioned, I mean the kind of long, icy, snow bound Hell they got when my grandparents were children. Even whales, which may live up to 200 years old according to anecdotal evidence, might not know how to cope. It's been clear that a lot of people have forgotten how to survive--few people have camping equipment because fewer people camp (the WiFi reception is terrible). People don't even know you can put your frozen food out on the frozen ground or on the frozen concrete in your garage to keep it cold when the power goes out.

Perhaps the whales were no longer cautious about getting trapped because they haven't seen this kind of ice for forty years or more.

It's tragic to lose any blue whales because populations are only a tiny fraction of what could be considered "normal" healthy levels. Consider that in the 1800s there were an estimated 19,000,000 elephants in Africa, down to 3-5 million in the 1930s and 1940s, Populations are making a comeback in South Africa (the region, not the country) and they number over 300,000. That's probably big enough to prevent extinction, but consider that elephants once roamed the whole continent as far as the Mediterranean coast. Plato said that Atlantis was outside the Pillars of Hercules and that it had elephants. Seeing as one of the best candidates for his inspiration is a city in Spain, that means their range once included Europe (including Mammoths and Mastodons, this is certain).

But for a whole ocean to be down to a couple of hundred of the largest whales is really tragic because whales have an enormous impact on the environment. Like Nibblonians, they are celebrated poopers and the small crustaceans and other living things that bloom in their wake used to make an enormous contribution to the productivity of the oceans and seas they roamed.

Imagine they took away the snow makers at the ski resorts or forced farmers to farm without fertilizer. Imagine the Serengeti devoid of large mammals. Nothing but desert and dust as far as the eye can see.

In a marine ecosystem, a single blue whale pod would be like a large herd of cariboo or bison, maintaing the food web and cycling resources. They also may sequester a fair sized chunk of carbon as their waste drops into the deeps to feed critters three miles below.
2014-04-10 10:36:10 AM  
1 vote:
Read the comments at the bottom of the TFA?  The one from this Mensa candidate is hilarious:
"They can't just throw some sticks of dynamite out of a helicopter or even some scud missiles to blast the ice apart. We need to make sure this does not happen again. Blasting the ice is very simple and cost effective."
2014-04-10 09:08:02 AM  
1 vote:

Joe Blowme: dittybopper: Dinobot: [www.startrek.com image 320x240] 

Got a bad feeling about this...

Those were *HUMPBACK* whales.  Totally different species.

well.... double dumb ass on you! it was still a good movie :)

I.....             hate you.
And I.....      berate you.
and I.....      eschew you.
And I....      say "screw you".

/You just read that in William Shatner's spoken-word voice.
2014-04-10 08:40:25 AM  
1 vote:
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Got a bad feeling about this...
2014-04-10 08:10:01 AM  
1 vote:
That does it....


Save the whales.
2014-04-10 07:07:57 AM  
1 vote:
I thought we needed more ice for the polar bears. But then, we kill the blue whales. Either way, one species is at risk.
2014-04-10 06:47:53 AM  
1 vote:
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2014-04-10 06:39:59 AM  
1 vote:

Mark Ratner: Lets use an average human weight of 140 lbs.

You're not from the Midwest, are you?
2014-04-10 03:09:34 AM  
1 vote:
Thanks a lot, Obama
2014-04-10 01:41:56 AM  
1 vote:
Could be worse. It might have been "Ice 9 kills blue whales."

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2014-04-10 01:40:32 AM  
1 vote:

Ambivalence: Mark Ratner: some_beer_drinker: Mark Ratner: If 9 blue whales is 4% of the total population, that means there are 225 blue whales.

9 divided by .04 = 225

because this. thanks for the math, ratner

To put this in perspective in relation to the human world population, it would be like 286.2 million people died (based on a March 26, 2014 estimate of 7.155 billion people.)

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Thank you, rain man.  How many people would equal the weight of a blue whale?

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A Blue Whale can weigh 200 or more short tons (2,000 lbs.) which makes the average Blue Whale weight in pounds about 400,000 lbs.
Lets use an average human weight of 140 lbs.
400,000 / 140 = 2857.1428
So you get about 2857 people together on a scale and you have yourself an average weighing Blue Whale!
2014-04-10 12:30:15 AM  
1 vote:

brap: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Warchild: Cetaceans needed.

Oh, well played

Agreed.  How do I enable voting up in this blowhole?

yeah yeah, it's clever and all, but I did math
2014-04-10 12:16:16 AM  
1 vote:

Warchild: Cetaceans needed.

Oh, well played
2014-04-10 12:11:49 AM  
1 vote:
There is probably a blue whale somewhere going GRUAAAAAAAAAGRUAAAAAAA at a subsonic level that can be heard undersea across the planet.

Of course GRUAAAAAAAAAGRUAAAAAAA means "Darwin totes LOL - BIE  EIP."
2014-04-10 12:00:17 AM  
1 vote:

Mark Ratner: If 9 blue whales is 4% of the total population, that means there are 225 blue whales.

9 divided by .04 = 225

because this. thanks for the math, ratner
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