By Farley Mowat
While an 80-ton fin whale turned trapped in a lagoon close to his Newfoundland domestic, Farley Mowat had a good time on the distinct probability to monitor one of many world's most opulent creatures up shut. yet a few of his acquaintances observed a unique chance altogether: in a protracted healthy of violence, they blasted the whale with rifle fireplace, and scarred its again with motorboat propellers. Mowat appealed desperately to the police, to marine biologists, eventually to the click. however it used to be too past due. Mowat's poignant and compelling tale is an eloquent argument for the top of the whale hunt, and the rediscovery of the empathy that makes us human.
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It shrinks as the embryo matures. The chorion encloses the growing chick and all the structures supporting it. Albumen (egg white) is a jelly-like fluid that cushions the embryo and provides a store of water. The waste sac collects the embryo’s urine. The embryo floats in a sac of fluid called the amnion. ELEPHANT BIRD EGG The air bubble grows as the chick matures. The embryo also needs warmth to grow. Ground-nesting birds like kiwis lay larger eggs than birds that nest in trees. As a result, their chicks develop to a more advanced state and can run about soon after hatching.
4 in) long. Loudest song Male kakapo. 4 miles) away. B I R D D ATA GLOSSARY Alula A tuft of feathers on the leading edge of a bird’s wing that it raises to prevent it from stalling as it slows down. Barbs Tiny side branches off a feather shaft that make up a bird’s feather vane. Breed To mate, lay eggs. Camouflage The colour and patterning of a bird’s feathers that match its particular surroundings, making it hard to see. Colony A large group of birds that lives together in one place to breed or roost, or the place in which they live.
RECORD BREAKERS Africa’s ostriches don’t need to fly because they can run from danger. They are the fastest birds on land and can top 72 kph (45 mph), which is twice as fast as the best Olympic sprinters. They are also the world’s largest birds, with the heaviest eggs, the longest necks, the biggest eyes, and one of the longest life spans (up to 68 years). Contrary to popular belief, they never bury their heads in the sand. 54 A flightless cormorant holds its stunted wings out to dry after diving for fish.
A Whale for the Killing by Farley Mowat