Since today is World Water Day, I thought that this article and the trailer for Whale Rider would be a perfect fit. If you haven't seen the movie which came out in 2002, you might want to look for it. I enthusiastically recommend it!
I'm planning on going to see the exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History. I haven't been to the Museum since being back on the East Coast and I think this would be a perfect exhibit to reintroduce myself.
NEW YORK — By moving into the water full-time, the ancestors of whales paved the way for their descendants to become behemoths, largely free from gravity's constraints. Today, the blue whale is the largest animal ever to live.
But even before the move, this lineage was setting size records. One ancient cousin to modern whales and hippos, calledAndrewsarchus mongoliensis, ranks as the largest mammal known to have stalked the land as a predator. A skull from this creature — the only fossil found so far from this beast — greets visitors on their way into a new exhibit on whales here at the American Museum of Natural History.
"It's odd to have a big predator in this hoofed plant-eating mammal group," said John Flynn, co-curator of the exhibit, referring to the group to which whales and the now-extinctAndrewsarchus belonged. "But if you think about it, some of the other relatives like pigs and peccaries are pretty ferocious and will eat just about anything.