Kudos to Charles Siebert for writing a wonderful article about whales for the New York Times rag. Siebert has previously covered other highly social and self-aware animals, such as elephants and chimpanzees, and he was interviewed yesterday on Fresh Air. There's a wonderful moment when Siebert starts talking about how, through research, we are beginning to appreciate the aliens right here on Earth, whose cultures are no less intricate than our own.
Boo-hiss to John Roberts and the United States Supreme Court for supporting Navy war games which terrify and kill endangered whales. Apparently Roberts thinks it's uber-important that we give our subs a lot of target practice... unfortunately, all they're blasting out of the water is a bunch of friendly whales.