Float away on your Sunday afternoon and check out the Beluga Whale Live Cam in Vancouver.
Frosty Belugas at play in the ice
photo: Dafna Ben Nun
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Zen Den: Beluga Baby
Posted 1 month ago
Move Over Monday
It’s amazing how far you can get without bones, heart or even brain. Jellies live in all the world’s oceans, propelling themselves with the currents. If you’re a jelly in your “swarm” or a “smack” (group), you can look back in time and find ancestors that “predate dinosaurs by some 400 million years.”
Jelly Zen - Immortality
The real-life Benjamin Buttons of this world are the jellyfish species, turritopsis nutricula, who are thought to be immortal. “The jelly reportedly can play its lifecycle in reverse, transforming from an adult medusa back to an immature polyp” (Smithsonian). When in crisis, it regenerates it cells, essentially becoming sperm and egg, and starting over again.
“Their regeneration only occurs after sexual maturation, therefore they can succumb to predators or disease in the polyp stage. But because the jellyfish are the only known animal with this “immortality,” scientists are studying them closely, with the hopes of applying what they learn to issues such as human aging and illness.” (MNN).
See a “smack” of mortal jellyfish in their hypnotic dance live at the Vancouver Aquarium cam.
Posted 3 months ago
Too Cute Tuesday
At the Vancouver Aquarium, a baby beluga whale is delivered. See what this fascinating, gentle creature shares in common with social human beings. Talk about a mood ring, “calves are born gray or even brown and only fade to white as they become sexually mature around five years of age” (National Geographic).
See more Explore.org films and photos from Vancouver Aquarium here.
BTW, are there any 80s kids out there who remember Raffi and his Baby Beluga?
Posted 9 months ago