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3 Great Catches: Amazing narwhals; A benchmark of love; Fallen but not forgotten

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The Daily Catch - published on 11/12/16

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Narwhals can ‘see’ unlike any other animal on Earth – (Sciencealert.com)

Ever wonder why narwhals have that funny horn? Not only does it make them look cool, but apparently it also helps them see incredibly well!

A team led by Kristin Laidre, an ecologist at the University of Washington, decided to investigate the echolocation skills of narwhals by placing waterproof sound-recorders called hydrophones at 11 pack ice sites in Baffin Bay, West Greenland. Echolocation – or ‘bio sonar’ – is used by many species of marine mammals, including dolphins and whales, to help them navigate in the murky depths of the ocean without straining their eyes. This is especially important for narwhals (Monodon monoceros), because unlike most whale species, they spend their entire lives in the extreme Arctic waters, living under vast blocks of ice that barely let any sunlight in to illuminate the water.

Widower Visits Deceased Wife’s Bench To Find A Mysterious Stranger Made A Change Without Asking – (Littlethings.com)

Bud Caldwell goes to visit the bench he bought and dedicated to his wife every day, but one snowy day he could not make it over to see her. Two parks employees saw this and went above and beyond their duties!

Every day since Betty’s death, the heartbroken Bud began leaving one daisy and one penny on a park bench he bought and dedicated to her. The simple gifts paid tribute to their favorite love songs, “Daisy a Day” and “Pennies From Heaven.” The keepsakes were his way to show Betty he would never let her down. But in winter 2015, the snowy and icy conditions in Fond du Lac, WI, made it nearly impossible for Bud to make his daily trip to the park bench. The walkways were too snow-covered and dangerous for him to safely cross. That’s when two male park employees noticed the elderly man was unable to deliver his gifts to his late wife. Instead of ignoring the sad situation, they decided to do something incredible.
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Two vets died with no family to mourn them. 400 strangers made sure that didn’t happen – (CNN.com)

When two Vietnam vets died with no family or friends bury them people from all over came to honor them.

Funeral services were held Thursday in Corpus Christi, Texas, for two Vietnam War vets. When Army veteran Clifford Ray Dudley and Marine Lance Cpl. Dennis Ray Ashley both died recently, no next of kin or family could be found. So the Coastal Bend State Veterans Cemetery put out a call to the public, seeking people who would attend the funerals, with full military honors, for the two men. An estimated 400 people, all strangers to Dudley and Ashley, showed up to pay tribute.
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