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Whew! Today has been crazy busy (in a good way)! In addtion to churning out amigurumi from my queue of made-to-order items, I’m sending these two adorable Blob Narwhals on their way to Oregon. 🐳

P.S. - I have four more Narwhals (in Pink, Yellow, Green, and Purple) ready for immediate shipment (which is very rare for my shop)!

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photos by franco banfi and andrey nekasov of beluga whales swimming under the ice of the white sea, which is a designated whale sanctuary. some of these whales were formerly captive in zoos and marine parks, but have since been reintroduced into the wild after a period of rehabilitation. 

notes andrey, “diving with the belugas is really great because they are so friendly. when we are preparing to dive they pop their heads out and watch everyone getting ready. it’s like they are beckoning you in to come and play.” 

belugas are very social and they form groups of up to 10 animals, although during the summer, they gather in the hundreds or even thousands in estuaries and shallow coastal areas. 

says franco, “belugas are very intelligent, lively and alert. their curiosity toward everything that is unusual or intriguing is evident. encountering a beluga whale that looks you directly in the eye is very touching indeed.” 

I loved it. You’ve gotta go whale watching! Sometimes they leap out of the water, sometimes they pat the water with their tails… their fins or something and they also come up to breathe. Then they dive, when they dive you can see their tails come out of the water. Anyway that’s not the point of the story.
—  Taylor Swift gets distracted during her paparazzi story to talk passionately about whales (BBC Radio 1 Interview)

Whalers killed at least 2.8 million whales in the 20th century, worldwide, according to a new study. Scientists believe that 20th century whaling wiped out 90 percent of all blue whales, and decimated countless other whale populations. Some species, such as the minke whale, appear to have recovered; others, like humpback and blue whales, remain close to extinction.