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Caribbean sperm whale named Digit Photo: Brian Skerry
One of the biggest threats to whales across the globe is getting fatally ensnared in derelict fishing gear. National Geographic last week told the story of a leading sperm whale researcher working in Dominica in 2015 who spied a familiar juvenile whale named “Digit” with fishing rope tangled on her tail and midsection, which kept her from being able to dive and effectively hunt for food. This particular whale was part of a close-knit pod that was dwindling in numbers. After the researcher saw the rope, locals made several attempts to free her from it but to no avail. Over the next few years, the researcher wondered what happened to Digit. Then last year Digit reappeared in Dominican waters without the rope — looking fat and healthy. These beautiful Brian Skerry photos capture her in all her glory with her close-knit family group. Her unusual story, as Nat Geo points out, highlights the plastic pollution crisis in our oceans.
H/t to Brian and Brian of Nat Geo for the gorgeous photos and the story tip!
by Amy Lupica, ODP Contributing Writer Monday, Botswanan officials announced their findings following an investigation into the sudden and mysterious deaths of 356 elephants. The investigation found that neurotoxins caused by an algal bloom in a large rain puddle poisoned the animals. However, many conservationists remain skeptical, largely because the government has yet to release […]
A trio of humpback whales was trapped for a few weeks well inland in an Australian river crawling with crocodiles — something never witnessed before, according to CNN. The whales caused quite a stir — they were stranded in the murky East Alligator River in Kakadu National Park in Australia and could not find their […]
The World Wildlife Fund’s recently released 2020 Living Planet report made one thing clear: the past 50 years have been an unsustainable path for biodiversity. Humans need nature, and the costs of ignoring the staggering loss of global wildlife populations (68% since 1970) are immense for our wellbeing and for that of our planet. To […]
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