Not content with building artificial islands in the South China Sea to expand its influence in the area, China has claimed that the Texas-size floating mass of plastic, sludge and refuse known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is actually Chinese territory. “We have examined the items in the patch and have determined that most are Chinese products exported overseas,” said a spokesman for Beijing. “Therefore we claim the patch as our territory, which we will use as a base for building airstrips, harbors, and other facilities. We warn nearby countries that this new Chinese territory includes fishing, mining and mineral rights for two hundred miles in each direction.” Nations in the South Pacific, including Japan, Korea, and the Philippines are rushing to file lawsuits in International courts to dispute China’s claims. “We are afraid China will work to solidify the Pacific Garbage Patch and build missile bases, submarine bases and other military installations to threaten the area,” said a spokesman for the Japanese government.
One of the most endangered animals in the world is about to go completely extinct. The Michigan Land Whale, the only whale to live outside the ocean, has been reduced to an estimated 35 creatures. Even though a Land Whale can reach 70 feet in length, one hasn’t been spotted in over 20 years. Land Whales don’t need deep water – they sleep in shallow rivers and lakes during the day, and at night emerge onto dry land to forage for vegetation. Weighing hundreds of tons, Land Whales leave unmistakeable trails of flattened trees, vehicles and buildings, but no one has actually seen a Land Whale since one was spotted outside Detroit in 1991. Their habitat has been eroded over the years, and with the financial crisis in Michigan draining funds from wildlife protection, the Land Whale is in danger of going the way of the dinosaur. You can help by donating to savethelandwhales.org.
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