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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
His psychotic Rikers cellmateor the prison system itself?