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    The Story of Paka Panda Written by Sytun Baldwin Illustrations by Heather Hillard-Bonds Monday morning, Paka looked over the glacier. He licked his paws, yawned and played with ice. The ice surrounding him, where he often played with Patsy the penguin, was as white as sugar. Now, Patsy, mind you, was a character. She was always laughing, joking, and pulling pranks. That’s why Paka loved her so, because she was full of much fun. Skip, skip, hop-hop, waddle, waddle, all the way to…

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    Marine Mammals Need Distance? Does mankind have a positive effect on marine mammals as a whole? As usual, the direct answer is non. Specifically, mankind continues to have a negative effect on marine mammals such as sea otters, and whales. Mankind's negative effect on marine mammals traces back to the time mankind learns to efficiently kill whales in the 1800's since mankind learns to effectively hunt whales; additionally, in the 1900's mankind begins to hunt sea otters in California. Thankfully…

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    The book I read is called Sand Dollar Summer and is written by Kimberly K. Jones. The story is located in Fiddle Beach, Maine. My book has two-hundred and six pages. The antagonist in the story is Lise. The protagonist is the ocean. Free is Lise’s brother. Lise has to adjust to her life when her mom gets in a car accident. Her mom decides to take Lise and Free to the ocean for the summer. She wanted to recover by the ocean. Lise is terrified of the ocean and hates being there. She meets a man…

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    Orcas in the Wild When most people hear about orcas, their first thought is usually of the captive orcas that are trained to perform in shows, such as those at Sea World. But establishments such as those do not show orcas as they truly are, when they are thriving-- in the wild. With no tank glass withholding them, we can learn and understand so much more about them and their vibrant lives. Orcas are incredibly intelligent and social animals. Orcas, or orcinus orca by their scientific name,…

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    Orca Encounters

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    People have learned to love the black-and-white marine icon that has been rehabilitated from a fearsome killer to the cuddly water panda they’ve become. Groc’s article, “Orca Encounters”, sparked my interest and led me to question just how humane our social and cultural traditions have become. Once killed by fishermen and believed to be a dangerous creature, the orca has grown to become the most viewed performer at SeaWorld shows. Being the largest predator held in captivity, researchers have…

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    Blackfish The documentary “Blackfish” is mainly about an orca named Tilikum and his life as a performing whale at seaworld. Tilikum was separated from his family when he was at the age of two. While capturing him, the other orcas kept on making sounds to communicate with Tilikum. Shortly he was placed into Sealand, a much more smaller version of seaworld. Tilikum would perform most often, and train the other times. When training he would get raked, when a whale scratches another whale with…

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    What’s Happening in the Galapagos in April April is an extraordinary month to visit the Galapagos Islands as the conditions conspire to make the journey a trip to remember. The islands that we visit on our safari holidays are in bloom with activity. Turtle and iguana eggs are hatching, wild flowers are starting to blossom, and waved albatrosses are returning from sea in droves to mate. As the rains ease off, the sea is calm and clear; clearing the path for fun days surfing, snorkeling, and…

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    The film, Blackfish, was a phenomenal movie; it convinced and informed the public, that orca whales in captivity should be free, by the using the art of persuasion. A plethora of persuasive rhetoric was evident throughout the duration of the film. It is clear orcas should stay in the ocean since they are killing more people when captive. In addition, killer whales are better off in the wild since they are cruelly captured and handled by humans. The motion picture used an exceptional variety of…

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    There has been a sharp rise in whales stranding in recent years, and this problem has been of great concern to all. Sometimes whales swim into shallow water and end up stranding themselves on beaches in many parts of the world. For example, Scientific American reported that fifty-five false killer whales that washed up on a beach in South Africa in 2009. Why do whales beach themselves? Did they feel so sad? This essay will discuss how this problem has emerged. Scientists and marine biologist…

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    story is similar to what happened to a special needs student in Wichita, Kansas. The student named Michael Kelley has down syndrome and showed up to school wearing a letter jacket his mother bought him. “School principal Ken Thiessen confirmed that teachers and administrators decided that a varsity letter jacket ‘is not appropriate’ for Kelley”. This is very close to Whale Talk since neither Chris or Michael can wear their letter jackets. Chris Crutcher shows many ways characters overcome…

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