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Killer Whale Follows Your Mouse Cursor

Have you ever wanted to control a virtual killer whale on your computer using your mouse cursor? Well, here is a cool website that we found of a digital killer whale that follows your computer mouse as you move it around the screen. Check out the virtual dolphin on this website. Alternatively, you can view the project below to see it in action!

Just don’t get too distracted playing around with the killer whale 🙂 In the meantime, here’s some other cool stuff you may not know about killer whales (aka Orcas).

Why Killer Whales Are So Cool

Although Orcas are commonly referred to as killer whales, these marine mammals are part of the dolphin family. These animals were given the name “killer whale” because they are the largest of the dolphin family and as large as some whale species.

In fact, some Orca can grow as long as 32 ft and weigh up to 10 tons when they are fully grown; however, most Orca measure in at around 16 – 26 ft. and weigh 3,000 – 12,000 lbs. depending on their sex (male or female) and diet.

The other part of the name (killer) has to do with the fact that Orca is one of the only cetacea species (other than the false killer whale) known to hunt other marine mammals for food. In addition to hunting fish, sharks, octopus, and squid, some Orca is also known to hunt other marine mammals and animals such as sea otters, seals, sea lions, seabirds, whales, and even other dolphin species.

The orca that marine mammals largely surround may choose to hunt them as their primary food source, while Orca surrounded by fish and squid may choose to hunt these marine animals instead.

As a species, killer whales are very social and family-oriented and hunt for food, travel, play, and sleep together with up to four generations of family members living in a single pod. Because Orca is marine mammals, they are warm-blood, give birth to their young, produce milk and breathe air. This is very different from fish and other marine animals that are cold-blooded, produce eggs and breathe through several sets of gills.

Other differences between killer whales and fish include the fact that killer whales can drown underwater. In contrast, fish can suffocate above water. While killer whales have spines designed to move up and down to propel themselves through the water, fish move their bodies horizontally like a snake to propel themselves forward and run water over their gills so that they can breathe.

Lifestyle and Habitat

In terms of location, the Orca is a widely distributed dolphin species that can be found traveling throughout all of the world’s major oceans, from the tropical climates around the equator to the freezing waters near the polar hemispheres.

These marine mammals inhabit various environments’ coastal and offshore waters and often base their diet on their habitat’s most abundant food sources.

Orca isn’t known to follow any particular routes when it comes to migration patterns. Instead, they are often found migrating with their food supply to make sure that they have an abundant food source at all times. Aside from the Orca, around 40+ other known dolphin species inhabit the world’s oceans today.

killer whales and entertainment

Although controlling a killer whale with your mouse cursor can be very entertaining throughout, you might also like to learn about other ways you can interact with and observe killer whales. From the earliest of times, killer whales have always fascinated people.

They have been considered gods and deities, family members’ reincarnations, fearsome beasts that dominate the ocean, and intelligent and friendly marine animals. In more recent years, killer whales have been featured in films such as free willy, Orca, blackfish, and Namu.

They have also been featured in tons of online flash games that can be found by doing a quick search for killer whale games, and 100’s of toys have been created in the image of killer whales.

If you’d like to see killer whales in real life, you can sign up for a local whale watching tour where they can be observed living in the wild. Besides whale-watching tours, several marine parks and aquariums feature events showcasing killer whales. Once again, if you would like to watch a killer whale follow your computer mouse, check out this link.

10 Things you may not know about killer whales

  1. Killer whales have one of the longest pregnancy periods, as it can take up to 17 months for a female killer whale to give birth.
  2. Despite being called “killer whales,” this marine mammal belongs to the dolphin family.
  3. In addition to being known as killer whales, these marine mammals are sometimes referred to as Orca or Blackfish.
  4. In the wild, killer whales have an average lifespan of 30 – 70 years, with females living approximately 20 years longer than their male counterparts. However, their average lifespan is reduced significantly in captivity, and these marine mammals rarely live past their early 20’s.
  5. Killer whales can search for prey and navigate the ocean using echolocation.
  6. The killer whale is the largest animal in the dolphin family, with the largest killer whales growing to lengths of over 30 ft. long.
  7. In rare instances, a killer whale may mate with a bottlenose dolphin and give birth to a hybrid dolphin known as a wholphin.
  8. Killer whales are among the most effective hunters globally and will work as a highly coordinated group to capture their prey.
  9. The killer whale is an apex predator meaning they have no predators and do not have to worry about being hunted.
  10. Depending on the killer whales’ diet and age, these marine mammals can consume anywhere from 2% – 10% of their body weight in food daily.
  11. These marine mammals are among the most widely distributed animals globally and can be found in all of the world’s major oceans.

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Where to Go Whale Watching in San Diego

Every year, more than 20,000 gray whales make the 10,000 mile round-trip journey from Alaska to the warm waters of Baja for breeding season. That is the longest recorded distance that any mammal migrates on an annual basis.

Winter is peak gray whale migration season, and with 70 miles of California coastline directly along the route, San Diego is the perfect place to witness a part of their journey.

With whales measuring around 30-40 feet long and cruising at an average speed of six miles per hour, this parade of gentle giants truly a sight to behold.

Whether you prefer to witness the gray whale migration from dry land, or want to get right in the heart of all the action, we break down the top spots around San Diego to spot them.

 

On Land

To view whales from shore, head to Cabrillo National Monument or Torrey Pines State Reserve. These spots both feature expansive views high above the Pacific that are ideal for sightings.

For whale watching in North County, head to the Oceanside Pier, where the 1,942 foot-long wooden pier just out over the water and is ideal for spotting gray whales along with a variety of other marine animals like dolphins or seals.

Simply pack a picnic, bring binoculars, and enjoy the show!

 

By Boat

If you’d like to get a closer look at these creatures, San Diego offers several whale watching boat excursions. Tour operators will share their extensive knowledge of gray whales, and you may also spot other marine life such as orcas, seals, and dolphins.

Check out H&M Landing in Point Loma, a family-owned business that has been chartering ocean exploration tours since 1935. Or head to San Diego Whale Watch in Mission Bay, which offers 2.5 hour tours narrated by a Marine Biology Naturalist and indoor/outdoor seating.

In North County, Oceanside Adventures offers a two-hour narrated whale watching tour that’s perfect for the whole family. For a one-of-a-kind adventure on the open seas, head out on a 44-foot sailing yacht skippered by U.S. Coast Guard-licensed Captain Les.

No matter where you go to catch a glimpse of these gentle giants of the Pacific, you’re sure to have a whale of a time!

*This blog was published on 2/4/21. As state and local health guidelines are subject to change, please confirm hours of operation with local businesses prior to booking.

Where to Whale Watch in Orange County

Every year, more than 20,000 gray whales make the 10,000 mile round-trip journey from Alaska to the warm waters of Baja for breeding season. That is the longest recorded distance that any mammal migrates on an annual basis.

Winter is peak gray whale migration season, and with 70 miles of California coastline directly along the route, whales pass right through Orange County. Also, Dana Point was just named the first Whale Heritage Site in the United States, making Orange County a world-class whale watching destination!

With whales measuring around 30-40 feet long and cruising at an average speed of six miles per hour, this parade of gentle giants truly a sight to behold. Whether you prefer to witness the gray whale migration from dry land, or want to get right in the heart of all the action, we break down the top spots around Orange County to spot them.

 

On Land

To view whales from shore, head to the end of the iconic San Clemente Pier, just steps from the resort. The quarter-mile long pier juts well into the ocean so you’re virtually guaranteed to spot marine life, and if you’re lucky, it’ll be a whale!

With no shortage of beaches around San Clemente, you have your pick of post-up spots. You can also head south a short distance to San Onofre State Beach, which is more secluded. You can also access hiking trails from the beach that provide expansive views of the ocean that are prime for whale migration sightings.

Simply pack a picnic, bring binoculars, and enjoy the show!

 

By Boat

If you’d like to get a closer look at these creatures, Orange County offers several whale watching boat excursions. Tour operators will share their extensive knowledge of gray whales, and you may also spot other marine life such as orcas, seals, and dolphins.

Experience one-of-a-kind whale watching onboard Captain Dave’s catamaran out of Dana Point Harbor, which offers underwater viewing capability so you can see and hear whales below the surface. With a small number of people allowed onboard, the 2.5-hour tours give everyone a cushioned place to sit and plenty of room to spread out.

If you’d like to make a day trip out of whale watching, simply head south a little ways to Oceanside located in North San Diego County. Oceanside Adventures offers a two-hour narrated whale watching tour that’s perfect for the whole family.

 

No matter where you go to catch a glimpse of these gentle giants of the Pacific, you’re sure to have a whale of a time!

*This blog was published on 2/5/21. As state and local health guidelines are subject to change, please confirm hours of operation with local businesses prior to booking.

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Oris’s mission to bring Change for the Better turns to the Earth’s delicate ecosystem and to a watch that highlights the threat to the largest fish in the ocean, the magnificent whale shark. Most of life as we experience it is on land. Because of this, it has taken us far longer to explore and understand the world’s oceans, but with every passing year, the picture becomes clearer. We now know, for example, that oceans cover three quarters of the Earth’s surface, contain 97 per cent of the Earth’s water, and represent 99 per cent of the living space on the planet by volume. Evidence also shows us that oceans absorb around 30 per cent of the carbon dioxide we produce, offsetting the impacts of global warming. According to the United Nations, more than three billion people depend on the oceans for their livelihoods. And incredibly, $3 trillion dollars, or 5 per cent of the world’s GDP, is generated by marine and coastal industries. The oceans are the source of life. Despite this, we continue to abuse our oceans. Pollution levels are now critical (particularly plastics the UN estimates one million plastic bottles are sold every minute), and ocean temperatures are at record highs, leading to events such as coral bleaching, as highlighted by previous Oris releases. As worrying is that according to the Smithsonian Ocean Portal, there are as many as 2,270 species currently listed as endangered or threatened under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. One of those is the whale shark, the ocean’s largest fish, which is the focus of the Oris Whale Shark Limited Edition. The new watch, has been created as part of our mission to bring Change for the Better and to clean, restore and protect the world’s water. Specifically, it’s made in support of the work of Oris ambassador Gerardo del Villar, an experienced explorer and photographer, who began photographing whale sharks more than 15 years ago. We’re not going to stop drawing attention to the issues facing the world’s water, says Rolf Studer, Oris co-CEO. We’re proud to work with Gerardo and support his work, but this is a drop in the ocean. To bring Change for the Better, everyone needs to play their part.The Oris Whale Shark Limited Edition is based on the Oris Aquis GMT diver’s watch and is limited to 2,016 pieces to mark the year of the IUCN’s landmark whale shark announcement

90,000 12 Interesting Web Experiments

CodePen is a code editor that runs in your browser and lets you see the result right away. It’s also a great place to share your creations and see other people’s work. The site is focused on web development.

This article presents the best web user interface (UI) elements and animations that have been hosted on the CodePen site. All projects were created using CSS and JavaScript.

Animated solar system

Julian Garnier’s animated model depicts eight planets orbiting the Sun in 3D (Boffins recently decided that Pluto is no longer officially a planet).This demo was inspired by projects by Alex Giron and Nicolas Gallager.


Whale

Based on this Flash animation of a whale that follows the mouse across the screen, the CodePen version of Diego Leme is created using SVG and JavaScript. This is a great example of how some simple shapes can work together to create something totally amazing.


Jelly menu

It looks like any other menu until you scroll to see that it is made of jelly! Menu items bend as they move and return to a stationary state with a twang.


Draggable overflow

Draggable overflow lets you style your web page neatly without having to compromise on content. The text disappears when it falls outside the stripes and can be scrolled using drag and drop.


Fluid grid using text align: justify

The project uses text “alignment” properties to create a movable table on a web page, eliminating the need to define horizontal margins, position elements, or override them. You can read more about the method on Patrick Kunka’s blog.


Squishy buttons

This incredible project creates a pseudo-tactile touch effect, even if the buttons are operated with the mouse.


Pure CSS peeling sticky

This CSS Velcro provides a nice pseudo-tactile feel and is presented as a tag that is easy to remove, revealing what is hidden underneath.


Color Smoke

Animation of colored particles following the mouse cursor.


Balls of fear

These balls are afraid of the mouse pointer. If you move the cursor aggressively, they panic and spread out, but if you approach slowly, they will drift away at the same speed, always keeping a certain distance. If you leave, then they gather together and move to you with interest and imperceptibly.


Tearable cloth

This is a curtain that you can shake. No, not even more.You can shake the fabric really hard. You can even make holes and tear off pieces that will fly around the screen. You can completely destroy the curtain and feel like a real vandal.


JavaScript train

This ghost train winds its way through a series of dark tunnels. An incredible project built with a little bit of code.


Gravity points

In this simulator, particles move aimlessly across the screen until you add gravitational points in arbitrary places.An interesting aspect to watch out for is that the gravitational points themselves attract each other, so they will slowly move until they connect to form a larger, more powerful point.

Translation of the article: “12 web experiments that show you don’t need Flash”

90,000 §8. Text information – Answers workbook Bosov Grade 5

102. Write the words-answers in the boxes.

a) Any verbal utterance, printed, written, or existing orally.

Text.

b) Information presented in the form of a written text.

Text information.

c) Any text created with a text editor, together with non-text materials included in it.

Document.

g) Number, letter, punctuation mark, etc.

Symbol.


103. Transform one word into another, each time replacing one letter at a time so that the new word is a noun in the nominative case.Example: sloH – syllable. Use hints.

carp – kara – bark – goat
ox – number – cat – whale
spider – park – steam – headlight – wagon – mura – fly
puddle – bed – leather – bark – mountain – mountain – sea


104 Transform one word into another, each time replacing one letter at a time so that the new word is a noun in the nominative case.

night – zero – salt – mud – canopy – day
company – note – burrow – time – floor – regiment
bow – kant – kart – court – bark – scythe
running – god – side – tank – bass – ball – bar – ball – step
sea – grief – mountain – time – bark – kara – porridge – Sasha – land
moment – world – feast – steam – bar – bass – devil – weight – century


105.Connect the arrows of the labels with the corresponding main elements of the text editor window.


106. Choose the correct answer.

a) To display a capital letter at the beginning of a sentence, press

key combination Shift + letter

b) If all letters in the text set are displayed in uppercase, this means that the key is pressed

Caps Lock

c) What character does the Enter key insert into the text?

End of paragraph


107.Set the type of the following errors (connect with arrows).

Processor – Wrong character
Processor – Extra character
Processor – Missing character


108. Name the sequences of actions (algorithms).

1) Delete – Place the cursor in front of the extra character – Press the Del key

2) Delete – Place the cursor behind the extra character – Press the Backspace key

3) Replace – Place the cursor in front of the wrong character – Press the key Del – Press the key with the correct character

4) Insert – Position the cursor at the insertion point of the character – Press the Del key – Press the key with the desired character


109.Specify algorithms for resolving the following errors.

Extra character • Place the cursor in front of the extra character • Press the Del key

Missing character • Move the cursor to the insertion point of the character • Press the key with the desired character

Invalid character • Position the cursor behind the erroneous character • Press the key Backspace • Press the key with the correct character


110. Indicate the result of text editing.


111.Solve the Crossword Word Editor Tools.


112. Fill in the table.


113. Please note what may be considered a piece of text.


114. Fill in the skipped steps in the diagram.


115. Specify how to highlight the following pieces of text.


116. Label the text editor formatting bar buttons.


117. Fill in the Font Style table.


118. Solve the word processing crossword puzzle.

Horizontal : 1. The stage of preparing a document on the computer, in which you view it, correct any errors found and make the necessary changes. – Editing 3. A number of adjacent symbols that can be considered as a whole.- Font 4. A complete set of letters of the alphabet with a general style of writing. – Formatting 5. All kinds of operations to give the document the appearance that it will have on paper. – Processor (text) 6. More powerful than a text editor, word processing program. – Document 7. Any text created using a word processor, together with included non-text materials. – Alignment 8. Change the appearance of the left and right edges of the document. – Centering 9. Alignment of text, in which on both sides of each line the width of the free space is the same.- Copying 10. Operation on a fragment with the aim of its subsequent repetition. 11. One of the possible forms of the cursor. – Straight line

Vertical : 2. The most important concept of informatics. – Information


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90,000 The majority effect: why we get stupid in the crowd

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The concept of “wisdom of the crowd” does not always work – sometimes group thinking making irrational decisions, stresses observer

BBC Future.

Most psychologists would never dream of experimenting with the decision-making processes in a busy London pub, but from the point of view of

Daniel Richardson, you can’t think of a better place.

A researcher from University College London studies the influence of others on our thinking – for example, he is interested in how the behavior we observe in other people affects our own choices in a given situation.

To do this, Richardson needs the subjects of his research to be in a real communication situation, and not in a laboratory, where subjects are usually isolated from each other.

Tonight I joined a group of about 50 people at the Phoenix Arts Club pub located in London’s SoHo.

We are taking part in one of Richardson’s experiments. The institution has a cheerful and friendly atmosphere; the experimenter standing before us with his shirt sleeves informally rolled up looks like an entertainer.

However, we are dealing with serious scientific research. Each participant was given a password to access a website specially created for the experiment, which allows the cursor to move around the screen of a personal smartphone.

In this case, the movements of the cursors of all participants are displayed on a large wall-mounted TV screen. Thus, our collective decisions can be observed by everyone present – and Richardson is recording the process for scientific purposes.

When all participants move their individual points at the same time, it looks like a swarm of angry bees is moving across the screen.

After learning how to manipulate cursors, Richardson asks his first question, “Have you ever cheated on an exam?”

According to the conditions of the experiment, the movement of the cursor to the right side of the center of the screen means “yes”, to the left – “no”.

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First, we answer each question one at a time: the movement of our cursors is not displayed on the big screen. Then we do the same in the group.

Richardson wants to know if our answers are the same in both cases. In other words, do we give more honest answers when we answer without seeing the answers of others?

Then the main part of the experiment begins. Now we are asked to agree or disagree with a number of statements.

“The UK should secede from the European Union,” says Richardson. Nearly all wallboard cursors tilt to the left: our answer is no.

“Strikes by London Underground workers should be prohibited by law.” The swarm of cursors freezes in indecision – we are afraid to be the first to make a choice and hope to hide behind the backs of others.

“A person who treats friends in a restaurant has the right to take the largest portion for himself.” There is a general rumble of indignation, and the cursors rush to the left – a categorical “no”.

But how many of us experienced a moment’s hesitation answering the same question individually?

Unfortunately, on the same evening the results of the experiment were not announced to us – after the analysis they will be included in Richardson’s doctoral dissertation.

However, the scientist suggests that ultimately his experiments will demonstrate the harmful effects of conformism.

Group decisions are generally more biased and less reasonable than individual decisions.

“Human interactions usually lead not to consensus, but to the worst possible decisions,” Richardson explains. solutions “.

Richardson’s research on conformism inherits a tradition of experimental psychology that has existed for over 60 years.

1950s Harvard psychologist

Solomon Asch demonstrated that people often accept the point of view of the majority, even if it is knowingly wrong, and even if they have to deny their own feelings.

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Around the same time

Reed Thaddenham of the University of California has found that his students give ridiculous answers to the simplest questions – for example, claim that newborn boys have a life expectancy of 25 years – if they think their classmates before them answered the same.

Group conformism is strikingly different from the “wisdom of the crowd” effect described in the book of the same name by the American financial analyst James Shurovieski.

This effect is that the generalized opinion of a large group of people allows for more accurate answers or predictions than the opinion of any single member of the group.

This only happens when members of the crowd make judgments independently of each other, and the greatest effect is observed in groups with a heterogeneous composition.

At the same time, in tight-knit groups whose members share common values, the desire for collective unity prevails.

So when Richardson shows us a picture of a killer whale and asks how much we think the whale weighs, a swarm of cursors on the screen will give him a less accurate result than if he took the average of our individual responses.

At least that’s what the theory says.

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