This baby gray whale was witnessed being attacked by a group of Orca Whales (about 15 of them). As they worked to separate the calf from the mother they played with it for about an hour and then consumed the head, eyes and tongue. I had a friend who was on a boat and witnessed the kill. Not a Happy Mother’s Day for everyone – but it is nature and an Orca has to feed it’s young too.
Grand Master Tanaka – Seiichi Tanaka is the first Japan-trained teacher of taiko in the United States and largely regarded as the father of the art form in North America. He is the founder of San Francisco Taiko Dojo and a recipient of a 2001 National Heritage Fellowship awarded by the National Endowment for the Arts. Grand Master Tanaka was presented by His Majesty the Emperor of Japan, Emperor Akihito, the Order of the Rising Sun -5th Order: Gold and Silver Rays (established in 1875). The Order is for “achievements in: international relations, promotion of Japanese culture, field advancements, and development of welfare or preservation of the environment.”