The Alpine ibex (Capra ibex), also known as the steinbock or bouquetin, is a species of wild goat that lives in the mountains of the European Alps. It is a sexually dimorphic species with larger males who carry larger, curved horns. The coat colour is typically brownish grey. Alpine ibex tend to live in steep, rough terrain above the snow line. They are also social, although adult males and females segregate for most of the year, coming together only to mate.
Pacific White-sided dolphins are known to us as “winter” dolphins, since we typically see them in the months of October-May. They are the only Southern California dolphin species known to be semi-migratory, traveling north to colder waters in the summer months.
Biologists often refers to them as “lags” which is short for their scientific name, lagenorhynchus obliquidens.
(Note: “lags” can also refer to other cetaceans in under the genus of Lagenorhynchus, which contains 6 other species closely related to the Pacific White Sided Dolphin).
The Pacific white-sided dolphin has three, monochromatic colors. The chin, throat and belly are white.The beak and parts of the back and dorsal fin are a dark gray. Light gray patches are seen on the sides and a further light gray stripe runs from above the eye to below the dorsal fin (sometimes called “suspenders”), where it thickens along the tail stock:
They are considered to be an “average-sized” oceanic dolphin, with usual adult lengths being 7-8′. Females weigh over 300 lbs and males over 400 lbs with; lags are also considered to be dimorphic with adult males being larger in size to females and having a more dramatically curved and robust dorsal fin:
Pacific White-sided Dolphin are very friendly and playful. They readily approach boats to bow ride, take high leaps out of the water and sometimes are seen with other dolphins and whales; we’ve even witnessed them “playing” with Gray Whales by sliding across the whale’s belly while it’s upside down! We typically see them in pods between 10-100 individuals.
Their range spans over the North Pacific; in cool, temperate waters off the Pacific coasts of North America and Asia. They feed on squid as well as a variety of fish, including hake, herring, cod, anchovies and salmon.
We are excited to see lags in the coming colder months!
Photos/Footage by Steve Plantz, Mark Tyson and Dale Frink
Are there any published books with People of Color who are also bi/pansexual (especially females) aimed at the adult demographic which are not meant as erotic fiction?
I kinda prefer serial monogamists or at least polyamory… rather than cheaters who can’t decide if they want to leave or not (because, seriously, I don’t want to read something that confirms stereotypes of both PoCs and bi/pansexual people).
Of the ones I’ve read/looked at reviews for, 99% of the protagonists are white. Most of them are male… (can’t we get females?) and most of them address cheating or borderline cheating storylines, which makes me an unhappy camper. (I also asked writers who identify as bisexual, who did a blog about bisexual protagonists in reviews).
Am I pushing it asking for a pansexual, sex repulsed ace, female PoC? Seems like it… since the Ace fiction is mostly about white people, and the PoC aces are like a *squint* kinda.
I asked this in several places and got white savior complex all over them with a side of non-serious sex tourism in places like India and orgies written by white authors. UHHHGGHHH NOOOO. And nothing else. Nothing in SFF either. NOTHING? Seriously? But it’s not like either of them were invented yesterday.
Asking for a novella I’m writing–because I need to read Bi/pan PoC authors writing about their own subject and truth within fiction and also to purge some of the internal biases… (Though I’m certainly going to be asking people from that experience too, to screen the book.)
And if they don’t exist, then *I NEED THESE BOOKS*! Publishers, get off your lazy butts and publish more intersectional fiction….
BTW, be super awesome if the book had a black woman protagonist who was bi/pansexual, in an SFF setting (Where the main plot isn’t about her sexuality or race) and a serial monogamist (’cause I know that exists in real life–well, not the SFF). I’d be all over it in a heartbeat. I think I’d scream for joy if the author who wrote it also came from those experiences. Though I’m fine with other PoCs too.
Paul Gitter, senior VP of licensing for Marvel at Disney Consumer Products, told Variety that the overall campaign will build on the success of licensed products for “Age of Ultron.”
“We’ll see an extension mixing in new characters with new skills,” he added. “There will also be a big focus on adult female apparel.”
[…] The campaign will feature a celebration of Captain America’s 75th anniversary that will be limited to higher-end retailers. There will also be focus on newer characters War Machine, Falcon, Vision, Black Widow and Black Panther; and an expansion into healthy living and travel.
While none of the above means we will actually see an increase in Black Widow merchandise (who is apparently a “newer” character… c’mon Variety, get your shit together) we can still hope that this is the start of an (extremely overdue) attempt to avoid previous merchandising asshattery where both the character and the female demographic are concerned.