Naturally, transporting the whales — each about 13 feet long — was a huge logistical headache. Trainers have been preparing the belugas for the journey and for their new life in open water.
The question of whether boat-based watching tours are really harmless has become more urgent in Washington state, where Southern Resident killer whales have been declining since the 1990s.
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Geographer Jacob Shell describes the lives of these elephants of mountainous Myanmar and northeastern India that haul timber or transport people with details at once compelling and disturbing.
Parliament passed the Ending the Captivity of Whales and Dolphins Act in a move hailed by animal rights activists. Violations are punishable by fines of up to about $150,000 USD.
The weekend deaths of the two horses brings the number of animals that have died at the track since December to 29. But the California park says it will remain open until racing season ends June 23.
Meteorologists in Southern California were puzzled by the big blob on the radar — it looked like a rain storm on what was a clear day. Then they realized it was beetles.