Tropical Storm Isaac May Become a Hurricane

Tropical Storm Isaac May Become Hurricane

 

 

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7 years after Katrina ravaged New Orleans and the southeastern region, meterologists are predicting that tropical storm Isaac could wreak more havoc than Katrina.  CNN reports:

 

Thousands of people on the Gulf Coast have been told to leave ahead of Tropical Storm Isaac. Forecasters warn the storm will gain strength and is following the path Hurricane Katrina took seven years ago.

The tropical storm was expected to make landfall late Tuesday or Wednesday, coinciding with the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, though as a much weaker Category 1 hurricane, compared with 2005's monster storm.

 

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Rare White Whales ‘Albino Orca’ Spotted

Rare White Whales 'Albino Orca' Spotted

 

 

 

Russian scientists are preparing to make an expedition to search for a rare-white Orca that has not been seen for 18 months.  The Orca has been named ''Iceburg" and was seen off of the  Commander Islands off the coast of Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula in 2010.  The whale is believed to be albino. In a press release, Hoyt says:

 

In the North Pacific, east of the Kamchatka Peninsula near the 
Commander Islands, the first-ever adult all-white, probably albino, orca bull has been 
observed by scientists from the universities in Moscow and St. Petersburg. The scientists of 
this international science project, studying acoustic and social complexity in whale and 
dolphin populations in the region, called this unique orca ”Iceberg” after they saw his 
towering 2-meter white dorsal fin breaking the surface.  
Iceberg has been found to live in a family unit, also called a pod, with 12 relatives. His pod is 
one of 61 identified social orca units in the region based on 12 years of research by the Far 
East Russia Orca Project (FEROP). The area around the Commander Islands, where Iceberg was first seen, is protected as 
Russia’s largest marine reserve. There are plans to expand it, and the scientists are suggesting 
that it should form part of a network of reserves to give protection to the critical habitat of 
various whale, dolphin and porpoise species off eastern Russia. Such a call is in response to 
local overfishing in some areas, and increased oil and gas exploration, which poses a threat to 
marine mammals from increasing noise levels, ship traffic and potential oil spills. As noise 
levels increase, the ability of whales to communicate over long distances may be 
compromised. 
“In many ways, Iceberg is a symbol of all that is pure, wild and extraordinarily exciting about 
what is out there in the ocean waiting to be discovered,” says Erich Hoyt, FEROP co-director 
and Research Fellow from the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society. “The challenge is to 
keep the ocean healthy so that such surprises are always possible.” 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

Amazing Lightning: Strike Over & Over in Albuquerque

Amazing Lightning: Strike Over & Over in Albuquerque

 

Lightning can be scary, yet fascinating!  Lightning is said to not strike in the same place twice, but it can definitely strike in the same area.  In Albuquerque, New Mexico, a man had taken some of the most amazing lightning photos over an 11-minute lightning strike show.  Roch Hart, a retired officer & tour guide, was two miles away from where it took place taking the photos while on his roof.   

 

 

 

 

 

He explained that he had to be very careful while taking the photos.  The lightning carried over a billion volts of power.  It is advised that you should seek shelter immediately when lightning strikes,  Is is responsible for an estimated 40 deaths each year in the U.S.

 

 

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