Teachers or others interested in making their own branch of the Museums of Endangered Ocean Life, get in touch. We can help you find ways of helping kids create their own works of art and science that get posted in the museum, worldwide!

More importantly, we can help kids find ways to truly make a difference, no matter where they live. There is always something to do to make the world a better place, a healthier place, and more fun too. Fred can help put smiles on faces - faces of happier kids with new purpose in a new year!

Become a FRIEND OF FRED and help spread the word about those who help endangered species. Invite Fred to your school. He will bring lots of good information and connect you with others.

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Facing Future Explained

EXTINCT means gone, pau, from all places. Example, the O'o is extinct from its former forests in Hawaii. They no longer exist.

EXTIRPATEDmeans gone from a given area. Example, Grizzly Bears were extirpated from California about 1925. They still exist.

ENDANGERED means that a species is nearing extinction unless actions are taken immediately to save them. It is usually a legal term associated with the Endangered Species Act, but because this is a political tool, it does not always reflect accurate science. Example: the Hawaiian Monk Seal is endangered and will likely become extinct.

THREATENED means that a species is likely to near extinction and become endangered unless actions are taken to protect it and its habitat. Example: Bald Eagles were threatened but have been removed from this list due to habitat protection and reductions in use of chemicals such as DDT.

SPECIES OF CONCERN: Many states have lists that include species not covered under federal protection as endangered or threatened. These may be species extirpated from the state, but present in greater numbers in neighboring areas.

Unfortunately, no reasonable approach has been worked out to list endangered habitats, the primary living space for all life forms. To many scientists, the entire Arctic is now endangered. Imagine, as Richard Ellis says, "If Australia were suddenly to disappear, don't you think we would wake up and do something?" Well, we are losing an area about the size and importance of Australia as the Arctic disappears, transforming due to climate change and taking with it the Polar Bears, Bowhead Whales, and Peoples dependent on that vast ecosystem.

Thursday, January 7, 2010


Good news was reported this week by NOAA and others. Candi Emmons of NOAA Fisheries photographed a new born baby orca with its mother on January 3.

The baby, J47, was seen with its mother, J35 in Puget Sound. This raises the total population of the endangered southern resident Jpod to 88, up from the serious declines in past years.

J35 is a young mother, having been born in 1998. Scientists will monitor the well being of the newborn and its mother and anxious whale watchers will too. The Orca Network has been posting photos by Ms Emmons and others. Please visit the network to learn more about the new baby and to learn ways of watching whales while not disturbing their ways. It is illegal to approach at close range and yet the increase in shipping traffic in Puget Sound often drowns out the voices of the whales as they move around inland waterways.

Stay tuned for more information about the newboard orca and how you can help protect ocean waters and the food needs of whales, no matter how far you live from the sea. 

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