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Sea Ghost

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Sea Ghost

Friends of Gourds -
I have only seen these sea mammals on television, although I would like to see them in real life some day. That might not be easy to do, as it seems that they like the frigid waters of the Arctic, which is not Margie's main habitat. Furthermore, many Beluga pods are endangered thanks to human predation and polluted runoff, including pesticides, that is found in the estuaries where they breed. Other dangers that confront them include disease, shipping vessel traffic, seismic testing noise, decline of their food (such as salmon) and other predators such as the killer whale. The Beluga whale looks to me to have all the mystery and elusiveness of a ghost - and if we are not careful with our environment they may in fact be with us only as ghosts some day.

Beluga means "white one" in Russian, and as far as I know I am the only one that has called them 'sea ghosts'. Other folks refer to them as sea canaries because they find their way around through song (clicks, squeaks, whistles, clangs...). They apparently use their song as a means of finding their way around (echolocation) because their tiny eyes are almost worthless. That is why manmade noises, such as underwater seismic testing, can jeopardize their safety. The young belugas are apparently not white, however, and in what I have read these young ghosts are grey to reddish-brown. So this gourd has one young Beluga (which probably only weighs about 140 lbs) and several adults.

Sea Ghosts is a nice sturdy gourd, decorated with pyrography, leather dye, acrylic paint, embossing powder -- and sea shells (why not?). I will sell it for a donation to UNICEF, MORE, or a nonprofit organization of your choice (as long as it serves human rights, public health, or the protection of the environment).

Enjoy spring.