Category: Animal Facts and Photos

Sad News about a Killer Whale named Rhapsody

Category: Animal Facts and Photos

Published: Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Dear Friends, I am writing to share the sad news of the death of Rhapsody, the killer whale we sing about in our song, Orcas. Rhapsody died in December 2014 at 18 years of age. It is believed that Rhapsody and her unborn calf died of starvation due to the declining population of their primary food source, Chinook salmon. What makes her death particularly tragic is that Rhapsody was one of the few remaining Southern Resident orcas of child-bearing age. It was hoped that Rhapsody would help grow the population of her endangered community of Orcas aka Killer Whales. (Photo-left- Rhapsody courtesy of The Whale Museum) Rhapsody's premature death has helped me more deeply understand the connections between our everyday actions (e.g. the food we eat) and the survival of the animals with whom we share our planet. When I asked my friends at The Whale Museum (on San Juan Island) what we could do to help these endangered killer whales, they recommended we stop eating Chinook salmon aka King salmon. They also asked me to share the informational postcard below with the fans and friends of Birdsong and the Eco-Wonders. Please take a few minutes to read it. I will always remember Rhapsody and I ask you to join me in remembering her the next time you listen to Orcas (from our CD EVERYTHING IS CONNECTED and Other Animal Songs for Kids). Thank you. Click here to listen and sing her song. Rhapsody's remaining family members are her aunt, Oreo and her cousins, DoubleStuf and Cookie of the Southern Resident JPod. -Learn more about Killer Whales when you watch our animal song video for kids, Orcas on a previous blog post. -WANT TO LEARN ABOUT OTHER ANIMALS WE LOVE? -Check out our fun animal song music videos for kids: octopus, dolphins, worms, butterflies, gray whales, wolves, tide pools, sea turtles, and pinnipeds and even more on Birdsong TV. Enjoy! -Learn about the adaptive behaviors and survival skills of wolves, caterpillars, worms, gorillas, geese and more on our fun 2013 Parents' Choice Approved kids CD EVERYTHING IS CONNECTED and Other Animal Songs for Kids by Birdsong and the Eco-Wonders -Find all of our kids songs about animals, plants and habitats on our Birdsong TV website. ENJOY! Lyrics and music by Birdsong © Little One Music (ASCAP) All Rights Reserved

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The Big Blue Whale and its tiny food source, Krill

Category: Animal Facts and Photos

Published: Tuesday, February 10, 2015

The Blue Whale and Its Position In The Food Chain The blue whale is the largest animal currently living on the planet, and is thought to be the heaviest animal that has ever existed. Blue whales are truly magnificent creatures, and the list of records that they top is truly mind boggling. Their hearts weigh as much as a standard car, their tongues weigh as much as an elephant. Despite their whopping size, however, the blue whale feasts on some of the smallest marine life in the food chain: krill. Krill are tiny invertebrate that are just 6cm long and bear an uncanny resemblance to shrimp. Every day the blue whale will eat an awe inspiring 3,6000kg of krill which they hunt by diving to depths of up to 500 meters and using their mouths as a unique tool to catch them. The whale's mouth is an amazing feat of mechanical engineering: Immediately inside its mouth is has a row of plates fringed with bristles designed to help to filter the krill from the water it intakes. At the end of each of these fringed plates is what resembles a moustache of long bristles to help it to hold on to its miniscule prey. The Blue Whales mighty mouth can hold up to 5,000kg of water and krill in any one hunting drive. Fascinating Krill Although they are small and not particularly interesting to look at, Krill have a massively important place in the food chain and without them almost all of the animals in the Antarctic (including the blue whale) would starve, and then simply disappear from our waters. Krill can live for up to ten years: an incredible feat given how heavily hunted they are, and during certain times of year, krill congregate in swarms so dense and widespread across the Antarctic ocean that they can actually be seen from space. Scientists estimate that there are so many krill in the Antarctic that the total weight of all the Antarctic krill in our oceans right now is more than the total weight of all humans on Earth. Because of this, it is massively worrying that since the 1970s, the numbers of krill living in the Antarctic has dropped by a huge 80 per cent. It is thought that this drop in numbers is because of the effects that global warming is having on the region: the Antarctic is thought to be the continent most dramatically affected by climate change. Climate change is causing much of the Antarctics ice regions to melt, leading to a drop in the numbers of ice-algae in the region. Ice-algae is krill's primary food source and without it, there simply won't be the numbers of krill available to sustain all of the animals that rely on it as their own food source and the focus of their survival. Interlinked Survival of Both Species

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Learn about the largest of the sea turtles, THE LEATHERBACK SEA TURTLE: 1) READ THE KIDS' TIMES by NOAA . 2) LISTEN TO OUR SEA TURTLE SONG, HERE WE GO 3) READ THE LYRICS TO HERE WE GO and our other ocean animal songs for kids. Here we go, go, go! Wish us luck, luck, luck... As we make our way across the sand to the sea. We've just hatched, hatched, hatched...from our eggs, eggs, eggs. And the ocean water world is where we need to be. -from our kids' song Here We Go - on our CD IF I WERE A FISH and Other Ocean Songs for Kids 5) WATCH OUR SEA TURTLE SONG VIDEO HERE WE GO 6) HERE ARE SOME FUN LINKS TO HELP YOU LEARN MORE ABOUT LEATHERBACK SEA TURTLES: Sea Turtle Conservancy - Games and Downloads NEST - Network for Endangered Sea Turtles -Facts about the Leatherback Sea Turtle NEST - Turtle Kids Club - Artwork, games and activities about sea turtles National Geographic- Leatherback Sea Turtles Wildscreen Arckive - Watch a very cool video of a mother leatherback sea turtle laying her eggs! 6) CHECK OUT THESE LEATHERBACK SEA TURTLE PHOTOS FROM NOAA

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Learn about one of our favorite ocean animals, THE GREEN SEA TURTLE: 1) READ THE KIDS' TIMES by NOAA- Green Sea Turtle Facts 2) LISTEN TO OUR SEA TURTLE SONG, HERE WE GO 3) READ THE LYRICS TO HERE WE GO and our other ocean animal songs for kids. Here we go, go, go! Wish us luck, luck, luck... As we make our way across the sand to the sea. We've just hatched, hatched, hatched...from our eggs, eggs, eggs. And the ocean water world is where we need to be. -from our kids' song Here We Go - on our CD IF I WERE A FISH and Other Ocean Songs for Kids 4) WATCH OUR MUSIC VIDEO HERE WE GO 5) CHECK OUT THESE PHOTOS FROM NOAA and PMFS: 6) HERE ARE SOME LINKS TO HELP YOU LEARN MORE ABOUT GREEN SEA TURTLES: Animal Fact Guide - Green Sea Turtles Sea Turtle Conservancy - Games and Downloads NEST - Turtle Kids Club National Geographic- Green Sea Turtles

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-The hammerhead shark has the best sense of smelling. A shark can go without eating for a long time because it is able to store nutrients, much like a camel.-Unlike many other creatures, a shark do not have a layer of fat below its skin. -The Whale Shark is the world's largest fish. -The Whale Shark can live to be 70 years old. -Baby sharks are born with sharp teeth and the ability hunt right from the start. -Newborn sharks are called pups. -Most baby sharks that are born live come out of their mother's body tail first, although a few species emerge headfirst. Click here to listen to the first couple of verses of FASCINATING SHARKS from our CD IF I WERE A FISH by Birdsong and the Eco-Wonders. You can also watch our animal song videos about dolphins, gray whales, seals, sea lions and walruses.AND NOW, Here's some interesting

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