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Hundreds Go Nude for Global Warming, Surfers Lap Up the Melting with Glacier Surfing.

In Art, europe, Glacier Surfing, Global Warming, News, Spencer Tunick, Surfing, Uncategorized, USA, video, World on August 20, 2007 at 5:29 pm

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Back in June it was all going off in Amsterdam, and this weekend it was a naked rendezvous with a glacier in Switzerland for famous photographer Spencer Tunick.

Otherwise known as ‘The Naked Photographer’. (He’s not really known as that, but I’m coining the term regardless, such is the power of The Crazy News)

About 600 volunteer nudes braved the Aletsch glacier in the Valais region in southern Switzerland in a photo shoot aimed at drawing attention to the effects of global warming on the world’s glaciers.

Tunick said his photographs were both works of art and political statements.

“I will try to treat the body on two levels. On an abstract level, as if they were flowers or stones.

“I want my images to go more than skin-deep. I want the viewers to feel the vulnerability of their existence and how it relates closely to the sensitivity of the world’s glaciers,” New York native Tunick told media.


Glacier Surfing!

But not everyone is unhappy with the melting of the world’s glaciers.

Totally gnarly thrill seekers are taking advantage of the massive waves created by chunks of glacier falling into the ocean.

Surfers Garrett McNamara and Kealii Mamala posted this epic video on youtube after waiting for several hours at the Child’s Glacier, in south-central Alaska, for a slice of the glacier to give way, with totally awesome consequences.

They even have their own web site, and they say the phenomenon was first discovered by a photographer in 1995 when filming for IMAX movie

Surfs Up!

Global Warming is totally awesome, man!

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One old whale, 1880’s weapon fragment found in huge mammal caught off Alaska.

In 19th century, 21st century, alaska, amazing story, American News, ancient, animals, civilisation, Crazy news, Global Warming, Humans, Japan, natural world, Odd News, Places, Russia, science, Society, USA, Whales, wild animals, World News on June 14, 2007 at 1:50 am


Fragments of a weapon used by whale hunters off Alaska in the 1800’s has been found lodged in a Bowhead whale, caught by the indigenous Inupiat people recently.

The fragment shows that the whale could be nearly 130 years old, said Craig George, a wildlife biologist with the borough’s Department of Wildlife Management.

“It was probably at least a yearling when it was struck, because the whalemen never took calves”


The Beautiful Bowhead whale in icy Alaskan waters.

The fragment of bomb lace was given to scientists by the Inupiat whalers, who are allowed to catch up to 50 of the speices a year in Alaskan waters.  The hunt is managed by the Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission. There is a population of around 8,000 Bowheads in Alaskan waters.

The Inupiat have long said that bowhead whales live for the equivalent of two human lifetimes, and the find suggest that knowledge is indeed right.

Commercial whaling is banned worldwide, althought the Japanese would like that to change. Native tribes from Alaska, Greenland and parts of Russia are allowed to hunt whales under a non-commercial agreement.

 In Alaska, meat from hunted whales is distributed to all residents of the hunters’ villages.

Inupiat in Alaska divide up whale meat.

National Geographic video: Bowhead Whales.

Nude cycling the new in-thing.

In Amsterdam, entertainment, europe, Global Warming, naked, nudists, Odd News, paris, Society, sport, stunt, Swim wear, tits, UK, Uncategorized, World News on June 11, 2007 at 3:40 am

Last week in Amsterdam it was cycling nude for art, this week in cities across Europe and North America they were doing it in the name of the environment, or something.

Under the slogan “As Bare As You Dare,” protesters felt the wind in their hair — and everywhere else — as they pedalled along demonstrating the risks they face on the roads and the impact that cars have on the environment.

Authorities generally turned a blind eye to one of the world’s more outlandish environmental protests, apart from in Paris where five of the unabashed riders were arrested for so-called “sexual exhibition.”

Most of the 400 people, including 160 on bikes, gathered for the Paris event decided that discretion was the better part of valour and fearing arrest redonned clothes and dispersed.

Many had turned their bodies into human placards, writing slogans or humorous messages across their stomachs or on their backs. “Warning: fragile!”, one said, “Warning: flesh!” another.

In London, 700 cyclists in various states of undress were reported to have gambolled through central London in another leg of the World Naked Bike Ride, while similar events happened in Manchester, Southampton and York.

The nude cyclists — and others with strategically-placed body paint, sticky tape or bum bags — began their ride at Hyde Park and finished in Wellington Arch, a route of about six miles (10 kilometres).

“We are seeing an increasing number of stories of melting ice caps and Antarctica crumbling away and no government is doing anything serious about this,” said Martin Ireland, one of the riders.

“They are paying lip service to the problem so people have been taking to their bikes, unclothed, to express their feelings about it.”

Video: Nudist bikers run riot.

Naked cyclists in London The naked cyclists ride through Brighton

Penguins hitch rides north of the border.

In alaska, amazing story, American News, bird, birds, crazy, Crazy news, Global Warming, happy feet, humboldt penguins, illegal immigrants, natural world, Odd News, penguins, pets, south america, United States, USA, wild animals, World News on June 8, 2007 at 7:48 pm


How did the penguin cross the border? The question has vexed biologists ever since a Humboldt penguin, native to South America, was found off the coast of Alaska in 2002.

Now they have a likely answer: The flightless bird hitched a ride on a fishing boat.

“Penguins are kind of cute. People like them, and they’re pretty easy to pick up,” said Dee Boersma, a conservation biologist at the University of Washington in Seattle.

Boersma and graduate student Amy Van Buren looked at a series of possibilities for the out-of-place seabird and concluded the boat ride is the best explanation.

They speculate that other penguins spotted in North American waters, although very rare, may also have traveled by fishing boat.

A study on the Humboldt penguin’s trek is published this month in the Wilson Journal of Ornithology

        Happy Humboldt penguins

Check out this video of a cute new baby humboldt penguin at the Oregon Zoo.