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Singing Humpback Whales Delight Scientists

Just a few miles off the coast of New York City, pods of humpback whales are singing. A pod is a social group that travels together, hunts together, protects one another, and shares in the care of their young. Scientists have recorded more than 6,000 hours of whale song from these marine mammals.

Why is this so exciting? The Humpback is an endangered species. A few years ago, before a clean-up of the Hudson River, whale numbers were down to a handful. Now, more than 270 are hanging out in the waters of New York Harbor and the Hudson.

A study by marine biologist Julia Zeh gives hope. “By listening for humpback whales in waters off New York, we found exciting evidence of humpback whale presence in winter and spring,” Zeh explained.

The return of whale pods has been a long time coming. Paul Sieswerda wrote in Oceanographic magazine:

“The story of whales in New York is one of hope. The environmental work that began in the 1970s has brought us to the point where the Hudson River discharges nutrients rather than pollution. Legislation protects the wildlife and the environment. The abundance of fish species, in particular, menhaden, attracts the marine mammals. We need to keep the positive trend in place, and each new whale that comes to NYC proves that it can be done.”

Tiananmen Square Protests on Memorial Anniversary

The Tiananmen Square protests were student-led rallies calling for democracy, free speech, and a free press in China. On June 5, 1989, the Chinese government killed and arrested thousands of protesters.

Mainland China has not allowed any talk of Beijing’s attack on students since that day, but Hong Kong has been allowed to hold memorials for it. Now, that is changing.

For more than 30 years, people have gathered in Hong Kong to hold a candlelight vigil in honor of those students. This year, police put a stop to the gatherings and arrested some of the organizers.

Activists asked people to light candles and place them in windows in memorial. China claims it stopped the gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

That Cheeseburger Might Cost a Small Fortune

Not long after the cyber attack that shut down the Colonial Pipeline just a few weeks ago, another cyber attack has forced the largest beef processor to shut down nine of its locations. BPS USA is the American branch of the world’s largest meat producer, and was hit by an attack on June 1.

One Facebook post from a plant in Grand Island, Nebraska, announced the hacking problem: “ This weekend our company was the target of a cyberattack that has impacted our IT systems.”

The halt of production only lasted a few days, but some are saying America could see more cyber attacks in the future.

President Joe Biden and the White House have gotten involved as well and are blaming Russian hackers for this latest attack.

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