We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I saw a Right Whale with calf from a schooner in the Gulf of Maine about 20 years ago. I had no idea there were so few of them, or that the european Right Whale population had been long hunted to extinction.
Along our American coast, with a few conservation efforts, their numbers are slowly recovering. Still, 350-400 is about as close to extinction as a species can get. Whales are as easy to kill as cows.
Yours to do as you will of course but why did you delete that bit of 'poetry' down below? Especially considering what you left up. The 'nics' were chosen to be obvious and were just carrying on the 'Bar Jokes' on Jappy. Certainly not attacking or stalking anyone. Is there now a new policy for 'nics' as you alluded to a few days ago and that I asked you about. I'd like to know when I've been 'bad' or 'good'. Rules are fine if I know what the hell they are.
I was 'bill' in our ode to "Love on the Rock" and I was not deleted. Does your site do it automatically, or are you all having to watch it? (Doesn't matter. I'm glad for it.)
I'm glad you're doing it but a little sorry for last night's silliness as we went out of our way to make dumb nics that would fit our ode. :) We didn't capitalize the names and chose common names. Intent was harmless for sure, but I wish we'd known before hand. I hate to waste great poetry.
Large, slow-moving, slow-breeding animals tend to have small numbers. Right whales will likely expand their numbers if they are left alone to do so, but they breed at a rate approaching that of the Japanese and the European Union. There are other predators than humans who, I'm sure, take right whale calves if not adults. Same problem tends to follow the other baleen whales, since they all breed slowly and can't bite a predator chasing their young. I believe (I could easily be wrong) that sperm whales are generally better at attacking predators. I know that whalers feared sperm whales far more than the baleens.
Regarding European right whales...it would be great if the Western Atlantic population were to continue to expand so that one day a population find its way back to European waters, if food is there. It will take more in the way of open water for the long-gone gray whales of both North America's and Europes's atlantic shores, which were plentiful, until they were hunted out by the late 1700s. They would have to make it from the North Pacific's Bering Sea across the arctic shoreline, as habitat was available, to once again re-inhabit the North Atlantic. Ditto the sea otters/sea mink and in all likelyhood a number of other once endemic species and populations. Global warming and shifting climates do that for species sometimes. Change, y'know.