SeaWorld has had a really, really bad few months. This summer saw the release of the documentary Blackfish, which explored the death of whale trainer Dawn Brancheau at their San Diego park. Brancheau was crushed by a 12,000 pound bull orca named Tilikum, who's also been implicated in the deaths of t ... More >>
"You're never too old to not have a real job." I'm on a J train to Jamaica, Queens, with Pete Feigenbaum and Liam Andrew of Brooklyn synth-psych group Dinowalrus, and guitarist/frontman Pete is giving me life advice. It's not like he's being defensive, either; of the three of us, I am the only one ... More >>
Editor's note: In Tweets is Watching, Phillip Mlynar asks local artists questions based solely on the contents of their Twitter timeline. Hit man Harry Fraud dropped his new Adrift project yesterday, which the hip-hop producer has teased on Twitter to be a mix of "stuff you may have heard and stuff ... More >>
A new type of NYC marathon
We vowed earlier this year to never waste your time with cute kitten videos -- and we will uphold that vow. Awesome walrus videos, however, are a different story -- and there is nothing more awesome than a walrus dancing to Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal."(See some video of rehearsal below).
The gang's all at the bellhouse
New filmmakers and national character
A dead baby dolphin washed up on the Queens shoreline, and scientists think the infant might be part of a lager group that had recently been stranded off the Cape Cod coast. Officials from the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation told the New York Daily News that the 3-foot d ... More >>
And now for some good news about the human condition: We can't be held fully accountable for the creation of the two horrible timesucks that make social interaction meaningless Facebook and Twitter. Scientists say that it's the animals' fault -- specifically, smart animals such as dolphins, whales ... More >>
Dolphin Tale is a big hit, and every time a dolphin appears on cable, the ratings go higher than Jersey Shore. And if it's a dolphin on the Jersey Shore, forgetaboutit! Everyone simply adores dolphins, lining up for a chance to see them jump and splash and indulge in belly-to-belly copulation and ... More >>
Strife in the Middle East got you down? Union-busting bills taking the shine off your afternoon? Are you Lindsay Lohan? Time to cheer up, because a group of dolphins in Florida helped save a dog stranded in a canal. South Florida's NBC 2 reports that Turbo, an 11-year-old Doberman, was strand ... More >>
After repeated face-offs between Japanese whaling ship the Nisshin Maru and the Bob Barker and the Gojira -- boats helmed by anti-whaling activists from the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society -- Japan has called off its yearly Antarctic whale hunt citing "safety concerns." Via BBC News, "Putti ... More >>
Lettie Teague considers the outrageous wine bottle upsell at some restaurants and asks just how much is too much. [Wall Street Journal] Scientists have discovered the world's oldest known winery in a cavern in Armenia, outside a village still known for its winemaking skills. [Wall Street Jou ... More >>
It's hard to say who we feel for more in this video of animal mishaps -- the adorable small penguin who "accidentally" stumbles over the wallowing sea lion, or the sea lion who is awoken from his nap by the sudden appearance of a penguin upon his back. Antics ensue! Faces are red! There is thrashing ... More >>
Protest the killing of dolphins in Japan
Hater and Nurses in New England are among the two last shows to be staged on Wooster Street
via the PostGo ahead, click to enlarge. Even make it your background, we won't tell.I mean, really, given our adorable animal obsession, how could we not blog about this? Bernie, the New York Aquarium's only harbor seal, has a new girlfriend, Coral, who moved to his exhibit this month from At ... More >>
Via Metro UK/Bob Couey.When he's not besting Chuck Norris by smoking weed, rapper/actor/father/husband/philanthropist/botanist Snoop Dogg is now besting everyone by pimping out not a "ride," not a goblet, not even a small child, but a sea lion. Yes: A Sea Lion. While other rappers are busy doing ... More >>
New babies! We love new babies. Especially when they are super-cute baby sea lions born at the New York Aquarium: An as-yet-unnamed female sea lion has been born to mama sea lion Clarice, and is the first sea lion to be born at the Aquarium.
A big story told in a small way
A young whale may find itself in trouble if it ventures to East Hampton alone.Warning: This is a sad one. Not only do we hate when an adorable animal is in trouble, this particular adorable animal, a humpback whale calf, is stuck in possibly the worst place for whales -- Main Beach at East Ha ... More >>
The gay ghetto known as Fire Island is starting to recover from a bad 2009, which is good news for the gays who work out all day so they can do drugs all night.
Sei whale is no longer on the menu at the Hump.What a difference a federal misdemeanor charge makes: three days after the U.S. Attorney's Office charged the owners of the Santa Monica, Ca., sushi restaurant the Hump and its sister restaurant, Typhoon, with violating the Marine Mammal Protecti ... More >>
But what about the uglies?
People are always sending us twitter faves like The_Real_Shaq and the fake Pam and Jim, but we find few of these accounts as delightful as that of the Museum of Natural History's Blue Whale. Suspended from the ceiling of the Whale Room, the large mammal shows wit and verve of a sort we are unaccusto ... More >>
If you're gonna go the Weird Al white-people-satirizing-black-rappers route, better Crime Mob than Coolio, right? (And "I'm riding on a dolphin, doing flips and shit/The dolphin's splashing, gettin' everybody all wet" could have absolutely come from "Party Like a Rockstar" and no one would've blinke ... More >>
Could Sludgie the Whale, who briefly graced the Gowanus last year, have been an urban pioneer? Bioacoustical researchers from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation say that, for the first time ever, their recording devices in New York Harbor a ... More >>
You and me, baby, aint nothing but mammals
Taylor Mac prepares to rule the world
I was so stunned by the news that Clay Aiken is set to be a daddy that I spit out my Ambien cocktail and forgot to even comment about it. But now that I've had some time to pick myself off the floor and regroup on the subject, I must say this development makes perfect sense. After all, gay men are h ... More >>
A whale of a cultural clash in an early New York legal battle
Thar s/he blew, in Gowanus Bay, on Tuesday. The minke whale that wandered into our foul urban stew this week has died. Weighing as much as 5,000 pounds and leaving one heck of a carcass to haul out, the young critter braved the outer reaches of the Gowanus Canal before breaking hearts all over brow ... More >>
Hip-hop disrespects them. Subway patrons love them. Beatboxers make some serious noise.
His psychotic Rikers cellmateor the prison system itself?
Crossing continents to explore the real Africa
Kirsten Childs's dolphins play dangerous human games. But referee Tina Landau's asleep.