This orca, nicknamed “Iceberg”, is part of a pod that is native to the North Pacific off the coast of Russia. Scientists don’t know if it’s a true albino, as the only other known white orca suffered from a deadly disease that made it lack pigment. This one seems healthy, and totally unique.
It was a one-time sighting, and they hope to find this social pod again on their next outing to find out more about this beautiful whale. Those other orcas better not make fun of him for being so pale.
Just goes to show you the amazing discoveries that still await us in our oceans.
This bird is awesome looking.
Thank you, evolution.
I mainly reblogged this because of the bowtie, but also because it’s Dawkins.
…but mainly because of the bowtie.
Also Presented Without Comment of the Day: All 51 Miss USA delegates respond to the question “should evolution be taught in schools.”
I knew that there was a reason that I liked Miss California.
But, for the most part, to almost every respondent…are you fucking kidding me?
Also, Miss Nebraska: Creation is not an “accredited theory”.
“Free school bids from groups advocating creationism and intelligent design as scientific theories will not be approved, according to the first government guidance on the issue”.The guidelines by which applications to establish free schools are assessed provide, “Creationism, intelligent design and similar ideas must not be taught as valid scientific theories,” and a spokesperson for the Department for Children, Education, and Schools told The Telegraph (May 20, 2011) that the Secretary of Education, Michael Gove, “will not accept any academy or free school proposal which plans to teach creationism in the science curriculum or as an alternative to accepted scientific theories.”
Like charter schools in the United States, “free schools” are established by local groups of parents, teachers, businesses, colleges and universities, and/or non-profit organizations, but funded directly by the government. Allowing free schools was a key point of the Conservative Party’s education platform in the 2010 British election. After the present coalition government took office, free schools “were given approval in the Academies Act 2010, which paved the way for existing state primary and secondary schools to become academies,” As of May 2011, the Department for Children, Education, and Schools had received 323 proposals from groups wanting to establish a free school; between ten and twenty are expected to open by September 2011.
The guidelines were issued just a week after a new campaign — Creationism In Schools Isn’t Science, or CrISIS — petitioned the government to enforce its stated position on the teaching of creationism. “Creationism is known, and officially acknowledged, to be contrary to scientific fact,”the petition argued. “We therefore demand that creationism should not be presented as a valid scientific position, nor creationist websites and resources be promoted, in publicly funded schools or in any youth activities run on publicly funded school premises.” Endorsed by the National Secular Society, the religious thinktank Ekklesia, and the British Centre for Science Education, CrISIS was started by a concerned parent, Laura Horner, after a young-earth creationist was invited to speak at her son’s school in Exeter.
Stewart Lee on why he now believes in God and creationism and intelligent design.