Archive for February, 2012


North Atlantic right whale

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This photo is of a right whale.

The North Atlantic right whale is a critically endangered animal. This is mainly because of the numerous threats to the right whale in specific. Some of these threats are shipping and trading routes,  fishing gear, whale watching occurrences, and contaminants in the water.  Although they harbor a very small population, their numbers are slowly growing. The whales unique diet consists of various zooplankton, coepods and krill. The right whales have these distinctive patches of rough skin, unlike many other whales.They can grow up to 59 feet long, and weigh around 100 tons.

Fun fact: Right whales can get whale lice!

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Chartreux

This cat is similar to the British Shorthair, but it comes from France. Their coat is blue, and water resistant, and they have orange or copper eyes.

These cats are also known for a great smile!

Chartreux cats are not very noisy, with not too much meows and cries. They are playful as adults and kittens, and they are pretty intelligent. Some cats learned how to open screen door latches, and others can turn radios on and off. This cat also tends to bond with one person in the house, but stays friends with everyone else.

Guadeloupe Raccoon

The Guadelope Raccoon is a sub-species of the common raccoon. It is found on Basse-Terre and Grande-Terre, two Guadelope islands. It is closely related to the Bahaman Raccoon. It is a bit smaller then other raccoons. Their coat color is dark grey.

Guadeloupe Raccoons sniffing. Taken by Wikipedia User Lin`e 1

This is an endangered species, with less than 2,500 adults, and still declining. Its habitat of mangrove and rain forests is being cut down, people kill them for food, and the introduction of the crab-eating-raccoon.

California Spangled

This cat was bred from the American Shorthair, Abyssinian, and British Shorthair, to look like a house-leopard. One motivation for that was that people wouldn’t want to wear fur, if the fur looked like their cat.

A California Spangled cat.

This leopard-like cat has spots that are round, and a bit blockish. Their coat colors include gold, red, black, blue, brown, charcoal, silver, and white. They have a short coat, and it should be brushed once a week. They are pretty rare. Males weigh 12-15 pounds, and females weigh 8-10.