On this hump day, a few cetaceous stories for your perusal:
As you've probably heard, the team behind Sunday‚Äôs Oscar-winning documentary ‚ÄúThe Cove‚ÄĚ exposed Santa Monica sushi restaurant The Hump for serving illegal whale meat. The possession or sale of marine mammals -- in this case, the endangered sei whale -- is a violation of the Marine Mammal Protection Act, and can lead to a year in prison and a fine of $20,000.
And on the brighter side, the BBC has a remarkable slideshow of images showing a sperm whale surface feeding off the coast of New Zealand. Surface feeding is uncommon for sperm whales, who usually hunt many meters below the sea‚Äôs surface -- this individual must have been pretty hungry.