So, I was interested as mainstream media outlets for several days reported the valiant attempts of rescuers as they worked diligently to move one of these majestic mammals from London's Thames River to the sea. The 17-foot-long Northern Bottlenose died on Saturday as the world watched in sadness.
Meanwhile, in Iraq during the same time period, the killing continued. Two Marines died on Friday in a vehicular suicide attack northwest of Baghdad and at least 12 Iraqis perished in bombings and shootings. This carnage received less coverage than the whale story.
According to Marine specialists, fluctuating ocean temperature, predators, and lack of food can send whales into waters where they have little chance of surviving.
The Iraqi landscape is as lethal to Americans as river water is to a whale.
Tom Woodley, spokesman for the British Divers Marine Life Rescue Group, said that whales are prone to the effects of stress.
Marine specialists hope that the worldwide attention to the weekend whale drama will promote conservation of this endangered species.
We who oppose the policies of George Bush would like more attention paid to our own endangered species--men and women in our military and the people of Iraq.