Dolphins do NOT belong in the Las Vegas desert !!

Please keep emailing the people in charge of the The Mirage Hotel and Casino. Your messages are being heard. You can use this template or feel free to write your own letter.

David Blasko - Director of Animal Care - DABlasko@Mirage.Com
Jim Murren - MGM Resorts CEO - MurrenJ@MGMResorts.Com
Yvette Monet - Head of MGM PR -



Argh… Trust Sho-kun to make it difficult to fit in all his pics and text within 10, so here’s the link to see the full rainbow.  And hence the mystery of our other rainbow twin. LOL.

Cr: English jweb (Ura Arashi Hawaii Blast ~ Sho-kun)

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For the first time captured on video, orcas take down a tiger shark

Dolphins Experience Magnetic Attraction

Add dolphins to the list of magnetosensitive animals. According to a new study, dolphins are sensitive to magnetic stimuli, as they behave differently when swimming near magnetized objects.

Supposedly some land and aquatic species use magnetoreception - the ability to perceive a magnetic field - to orientate and navigate themselves. Observations of the migration routes of free-ranging cetaceans, such as whales, dolphins and porpoises, along with their stranding sites, suggest that they may also be sensitive to geomagnetic fields.

Lead author Dorothee Kremers and her colleagues at Ethos unit of the Université de Rennes in France set out to study the behavior of six bottlenose dolphins in the delphinarium of Planète Sauvage in Port-Saint-Père. The research team placed in this outdoor facility, equipped with four pools, two identical barrels.

The only difference between the two was that one contained a strongly magnetized block and the other a demagnetized one. The barrels were therefore indistinguishable as far as echolocation was concerned, the method by which dolphins locate objects by bouncing sound waves off them.

During the study, the dolphins were free to swim in and out of the pool where the barrel was installed. As a control, the person who placed the barrels in the pool, as well as the person who watched back videos of the dolphins’ reactions to the barrels, did not know whether it was magnetized or not.

The analyses of Ethos team revealed that the dolphins approached the barrel much faster when it contained a strongly magnetized block than when it contained a demagnetized one. However, the animals did not interact with both types of barrels differently.

They may therefore have been more intrigued than physically drawn to the barrel with the magnetized block.

"Dolphins are able to discriminate between objects based on their magnetic properties, which is a prerequisite for magnetoreception-based navigation," Kremers said in a statement. “Our results provide new, experimentally obtained evidence that cetaceans have a magenetic sense, and should therefore be added to the list of magnetosensitive species.”

The findings were published in the journal Naturwissenschaften.


Special Sashimi by Mirim Seo

Philadelphia based artist/designer Mirim Seo sent her Special Sashimi project to me last week. For the first two or three pages, I thought “Oh, cute. A book about Sushi” … and then a few pages later, I gasped.

“Special Sashimi is about the slaughter of dolphins in Japan. The story depicted in this book is true. Each year Japan fishermen kill around 2,300 dolphins as a form of pest control, which has been accepted as tradition. And the killed dolphins end up in freezers and served sashimi in Japan. Illustrated with hand-sewing and watercolor on fabric. With this book, I hope to spread the true and help stop the senseless killing of the Taiji dolphins.”

If you’re interested to learn more, please visit this project on Mirim’s site. (Quote from the Jealous Curator)