High sky | (by Ruth Chudaska-Clemenz)
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Whales Welcome a Deformed Dolphin into Their Pod
Wilson suspects that the dolphin’s curved spine and slower swimming skills may have made it a target of bullying from its own species, so it sought comfort in a new community of slower-moving, less antagonizing whales:
“Sometimes some individuals can be picked on. It might be that this individual didn’t fit in, so to speak, with its original group.”
It is, of course, impossible to determine how the sperm whale pod feels about their smaller species tag-along, though it could derive simply from their shared instinct to be social superseding the superficialities of their differences. After all, both dolphins and whales are surely intelligent enough to know that the vast expanse of the world’s oceans doesn’t feel quite so foreboding when in the kind company of others.
Today is POW/MIA Recognition Day, which is observed on the third Friday in September in honor of prisoners of war and those still missing in action.
In this photo from 1973, these American servicemen, former prisoners of war, are cheering as their aircraft takes off from an airfield near Hanoi, Vietnam, as part of Operation Homecoming. This Operation made possible the return of 591 American prisoners of war held by North Vietnam, some of whom had been held for up to 8 years.
Today, more than 83,000 Americans are still missing from World War II, the Korean War, the Cold War, the Vietnam War, and the 1991 Gulf War. The Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office continues to try to locate the missing, sometimes doing research at the National Archives at St. Louis, where military service records are held.
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Photo by Kuba Dabrowski