Thursday, July 05, 2007

Whales and Caplin

Update: It seems someone has sent my pics to CBC's weather broadcast. I had sent them in larger format to a few family and friends, and through email got circulated. They looked good on tv.

What a show a couple of whales put on at Middle Cove Wednesday evening. Caplin, a favorite fast food of whales, have been seen out there, ready to spawn as they do each year. But between the gulls, people and whales it's a challenge for them.
Whales follow them, and even in near shore whales will swim through a school of caplin to gulp hundreds at a time.

Timing was crucial yesterday as hundreds of people gathered on the beach and hilltop of Middle Cove to see nature's food chain in action with a front row view. It was dramatic as at least two whales could be seen coming in from further out to sea, their backs periodically rising above the waves, as they approached their prey.
As the whales swam closer to the caplin, and to shore, there were ripples on the surface of the water, that was caplin breaching, seconds before they were literally flipped over by whale flippers. People could see a silvery flash as many caplin flew through the air at that instant. It was interesting to witness for a couple of reasons. The rare opportunity to see whales feeding was exciting, awe-inspiring, sort of suspenseful at times, especially since it was as close as 100 or so feet from shore. People could see the surface water move, then a flourish as whales pounced and fed. Still the sight was graceful before and after the feeding, as these giant living creatures casually made an appearance then smoothly slid beneath the surface.

It was also interesting because it was like a live show, where people could be heard from a hilltop cheering. Finally, in about a half hour the number of people and cars grew to at least double the size. It was probably a telling sign that this is 2007 and many people are passing the word on by cell phone. The traffic jam was bound to happen. But it was worth the show.

To see more beautiful places in Newfoundland and Labrador visit here and here.

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Stuffed PCs

Liberal: Whoa PC, what happened to you?

PC: Oh you know, too much on my plate, can't seem to finish it all.

Liberal: You need to make your file management system more efficient.

PC: Well as soon as federal funding comes through for the Trans Labrador Highway, and we get the provincial energy plan in place, and talks back on track over Hebron, and a few other things like the Lower Churchill development, then I will defragment my system, free up some hard drive space, and increase my speed.

Liberal: PC I think your memory is failing, there has already been around $1 billion in federal money for the TLH since the 1970s.

PC: No Liberal, that's just an urban legend, just like you will be in the fall election. Actually, when you think about it, I am bloated by popular support, haha. Stick to your graphics and games Mack.

Liberal: Actually, you're more graphics than people think.
PC: ...
Liberal: ...

If a Dirty Bomb Went Off in Toronto, How Would They Tell?

With news of the economic, medical and panic fallout of a dirty bomb exploding near the CN Tower, I couldn't resist a similiar headline, to the quote of writer Dorothy Parker on President Calvin Coolidge's death. Upon learning that he died, she said, "How can they tell?"

But I don't want to be too hard on The Big Smoke, it still has much to offer, culture, entertainment, wide variety of products/services, people, and leading medical research and world class hospitals. The $23-billion economic fallout of a dirty bomb is something to be very concerned about, and is justified to have a national preparedness plan in place to deal with massive contamination, medical, social and economic fallout. A federal study says that Canada and other nations lack the technology to decontaminate a large, densely populated area. Canada may very well be a more quiet target of fanatic extremists. Given Canada's involvement in Afghanistan, anywhere in the country could be seen as an example to show that anyone or anywhere is a possible ground-zero.