Sleeping in Boats

Earlier today, I was sailing and I was wondering why my shorts felt so heavy. I also falied to notice that I was soaking wet, and that my shorts, which were made of towel material, were incredibly absorbant and took in almost all the water there was. Any of you that saw me out there, luffing right into the wind, pulling and staring at the mytery of the watery shorts… that was me.

Speaking of sailing, I was at a regatta the other day. I got eighth out of fifty, which you would probably say was great, but there was only one race because of the dramatic circumstances. There were over one hundred farhenheit of heat, and no wind at all. Most people were just sleeping in their boats. It isn’t such an achievement in those kinds of cases, unfortunately.

Now, speaking of sleeping in boats, and since I’m full of these useless stories, I have to simply ‘excite’ you with another one. We were team racing the day before yesterday, and I got paired up with Em, who never even tries to sail. I probably spent more time in the no-go zone, waiting for her to catch up, than I ever did actually sailing.

Anyways, I had her in my cover zone after about five minutes of waiting for her, and  I was just leaning out of my boat looking at all the moon jellies, when I heard this soft, sweet snoring coming from behind me. Believe me- in days like this one, it is quite a rare sight to see somebody, regardless if it’s Em or not, sleeping peacefully away in their boat. No wonder she was moving so slowly. She had completely lost control over her boat when she fell asleep.

It was actually almost a scare to see her doing that, but now it’s basically everybody’s favorite campfire story for laughs.

Yours truly,]

Sophie

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Save The Whales!

I really sound like a tree hugger, I’m afraid. I don’t exactly love trees enough to hug them, but I do like animals a lot (except, obviously, for icky ones and bugs). I don’t really have any pictures from the event, but I’ll just use some from the Google search engine.
Wait- before I say anything else, you should know about the Museum of Natural History program on whales… actually, it was hosted by the World Science Fair, and they just used the museum for their showcase. I don’t think I’ve ever felt so sorry for blue whales and other whales in my life (I’m purposely ignoring the fact that I barely knew they existed before, in a manner of speaking). The show was about whales, and how the quickly thinning/melting Arctic ice has affected them (negatively). It really is sad, especially since we’re really the ones causing global warming, not the poor dolphins and sperm whales and other whales.

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This is a Narwhal, a type of whale that has a long tooth that looks like a horn.

This is a Narwhal, a type of whale that has a long tooth that looks like a horn.

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I tried to find the “cute” pictures of these whales, but it’s kinda hard considering that whales are usually covered in barnacles (and who knows what else), and you have to admit that whales are usually not very attractive on the whole (though dolphins are adorable).

It is hard to believe that many animals won’t exist after the arctic ice completely disappears. The ice has already been dramatically thinning, which is:
-Adding too much water to our oceans: it is predicted that if the patterns keep up, in around 30 years, Manhattan will be submerged.
-Taking away the habitats of animals like polar bears.
-Allowing predators like killer whales to come into the once safe homes of other creatures, and decreasing the prey’s numbers.

When I heard this, I was shocked. The panel scientists, however, really only care about finding out more about their whales. I could tell. And here’s my secret: those three bullet points came from research, not the event.

The Arctic ice has been thinning and dramatically decreasing for a long time now. This is caused by global warming.

The Arctic ice has been thinning and dramatically decreasing for a long time now. This is caused by global warming.

Ice is cracking and breaking everywhere across the Arctic circle.

Ice is cracking and breaking everywhere across the Arctic circle.

xx,
Sophie

P.S. I know this is my second post today, but the whale issue made me so frantic and sad that I just had to post this little “article”.