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November 16, 2005

Gimme an O!

Sometimes I just love the cosmic righteousness of the world. As in ...

Otters winning battle of wits

The first reaction I had to that headline was, "That probably wasn't much of a battle, depending on who the otters are going up against." And I was right because they were going up against MAN. Or rather, man's folly in believing that he can shape the world to his liking.

SANTA BARBARA, California (AP) -- Greg Sanders once stalked his chief nemesis -- an otter nicknamed Phoky -- for 24 days.

When Sanders, a biologist, finally captured the critter at Southern California's Anacapa Island, he shipped Phoky north to Monterey under an ambitious federal program to preserve otters while protecting shellfish divers from natural competition.

But within six months, Phoky was back in forbidden waters. He was one of dozens of otters that surprised government biologists at almost every turn. Now, it seems, officials are throwing in the towel.

In an admission that the slick-furred creatures refuse to respect boundaries imposed by man, authorities want to officially abandon their otter-relocation policy.

If the government's battle of wits is at an end, the otters have won.

Goooooooooooooooooo OTTERS! *shakes pom-pons*

Seriously, look at this face:

Would you try and remove that cute widdle creature from its natural habitat and force it to live in a cold scary place that it doesn't know? NO! And no one puts Baby in a corner!

Biologists had thought the otters would stay near San Nicholas, which has plenty of food and is surrounded by deep water that is hard to swim across. Even if the otters wanted to leave, it seemed improbable that they had the navigation skills to do it -- especially since they were taken to the island by plane.

"We flew 'em out there," Sanders said, "although we didn't blindfold them."

The otters didn't play along. Some swam up to 200 miles to return to native habitat along the Central Coast.

Just like how sea turtles return to the beaches where they hatched to lay their own eggs. Just like how the swallows return to San Juan Capistrano every year on March 19th (also known as my birthday).

There's a lesson to be learned here: don't f*ck with the otters, man.

Fishermen and seafood processors say federal officials never did enough -- and complain that lobster and urchin fishing could be devastated if otters continue roaming Southern California waters.

"It comes down to a philosophy of, what do you believe in? Do you believe in animals or do you believe in human beings?" said Robert S. Juntz Jr., president of the Sea Urchin Processors Association and owner of a processing plant in Mendocino County that employs about 45 people.

And that lesson goes double for you, Mr. Robert S. Juntz Jr.! Last I checked, human beings don't NEED to eat urchins, and in fact, urchins are not a staple of a human being's diet. Unlike, oh, OTTERS. So I guess I believe in animals.

I believe in the sweet spot, soft core pornography, opening your presents Christmas morning rather than Christmas Eve, and I believe in long, slow, deep, soft, wet kisses that last three days. Goodnight.

Posted by Highwaygirl on November 16, 2005 04:02 PM to the category Current Affairs

I believe in otters too! GO OTTERS!

Posted by: Kyara at November 16, 2005 07:34 PM

Julie, Julie, Julie (using my best Cary Grant)

Thank you for quoting from Bull Durham. If I ever had a reason to plug your excellent writing to anyone else, that's all I ever have to say.

"B-B-B-But she quotes 'Bull Durham'"!!!

("What does he know about fun? I have a Blaupunkt. I know about fun.")

Oh, and, you'd probaly get censored but, the real link is here:

p.s. been sick and tired, but still fighting gamely. Will, check in for your next spot regarding your trip ;)

Posted by: Mike at November 17, 2005 12:39 AM

My dearest Mike, I've been too depressed to continue my trip journal because I've been sadly waiting by my e-mailbox hoping - HOPING - that I might receive correspondence from you. The absence of such has flung me into the pits of despair.

Or something. Actually, you don't have to reply, because I have no idea what I even said. Heh.

And I was going to post the full quote, but ... delicate eyes read the site, and I didn't want to shock them unnecessarily. But believe me, I love the full quote (and agree wholeheartedly)(except I'm heterosexual so some parts aren't applicable).

Feel better soon!

Posted by: Highwaygirl at November 17, 2005 06:30 AM
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