Posted by: Kelley Welf on Oct 28, 2010
The answer to yesterday’s Trivia Question is: Whales.
In 1964, Charles Lindbergh first learned that the great blue whales and great finbacks were endangered. He sprung into action and got the editors of Reader’s Digest to become interested in this subject. He attended meetings of the International Whaling Commission, and wrote letters to the Prime Minister of Japan and the President of Peru, to warn them that continued whaling could cause the extinction of these animals. He also wrote to ambassadors and cabinet members in the U.S. government asking them to apply pressure on those countries, and encourage whaling bans until the whales could reproduce sufficiently. According to A. Scott Berg’s biography, Lindbergh, Charles even permitted a photographer from Life magazine to join him and his son on a two-week gray whale-watching trip to help the cause.
Today, the Lindbergh Foundation is also on the side of whales. Paul Slusser and Daniel Geery are using remotely operated hyperblimp airships to study the endangered right whales. This technology allows the animals to be observed without disturbing them. You can read more about this exciting research here.
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