Blue Whales

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The oceans seem endless and can be very deep and they have a habit of making humans look very insignificant. There are many creatures in the seas which are all beautiful in their own way however there are some that are dangerous to humans while some are very gentle creatures. The Blue Whales are one of these animals that you can find in the deep blue oceans and these particular whales are said to be the biggest animals that have ever existed. The can grow up to 35 meters in length or more and have been in our waters for hundreds of thousands of years. The blue whales are one of the animals that are in danger in the water not from predators but from humans. The Japanese and Norwegian whale hunters go out every year killing any whale they come across which has greatly decreased the number of many whale species.

The Blue Whale is a marine mammal which means that it gives birth to live young and does not lay eggs like other fish species do. All whales give birth to live young otherwise their eggs would be in very big danger because they were so big. These animals are so big that they can weight over 150 tones and a little baby whale that is new born can be four or five times the size of your average car. There are three species of the Blue Whale known from their habitats which are in different oceans for each species. The Indian and South Pacific Oceans hold a species each while the Pacific holds its own whale species. Even though the blue whales are the largest animals on earth they are known to feed of one of the smallest crustations in the sea called krill.

Like all the other fish in the sea the blue whale has a very simple body which consists of a head, body, tail and fins. The bone structure of the whale is relatively like other fish with the main bone being the skull and then a vertebra as well as ribs. Their fins are used to maneuver however the great blue whale takes some time to turn itself around. The breath air out of their blow hole like most other whales which means that they must stay close to the surface. The blue whales can hold their breath for many hours however if they cannot reach the surface because of ice then they will drown like any other air breathing animal. The blue whales only give birth once a year and the offspring has only a fair chance of survival. This is why the population needs to be protected until the numbers of the blue whale increase.

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The Beauty of Nature: Sea Animals

Filed under: Blue Whales - 10 Jun 2013  | Spread the word !

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Whales are some of the most impressive aquatic animals in the world. However, they aren’t the only beautiful sea animals you can watch. Dolphins are adorable, while sharks are surely feared by anyone. In fact, the deep sea is home to a variety of beautiful animals. In this article you will find some of the most impressive ones.

Beluga whales are also known as white whales. These beautiful sea animals live in the Arctic, as well as the seas and coats around North America, Russia and Greenland. They are slower swimmers, this being one of the reasons why they are considered to be opportunistic hunters. In this amazing video you can watch some Beluga whales swimming between ice floes:

In the world, there are more than 40 species of dolphin. They can be found all around the world. Dolphins are really cute and intelligent animals, being friendly, as well. Swimming with dolphins can surely be a one a kind experience. You can watch these beautiful, intelligent animals in the video below:

Humpback whales are among the largest species of whales. These whales can easily be recognized, due to their distinctive body shape. They actually are regarded to as acrobatic whales who can easily put on a show. Humpback whales can be seen in the waters of Australia, South America, Canada and the United States.

Sharks are an important part of aquatic wildlife. Grey reef sharks are extremely agile predators. They are able to swim really fast, having an aggressive behavior. In the video below you can watch some grey reef sharks swimming:

Naturally, there are numerous other fascinating aquatic animals, worth to be seen for wonderful experiences. However, the videos you could watch here are without a doubt some of the most impressive.

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Blue Whales Exhibits

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Blue whales are without a doubt impressive animals. However, spotting such an animal in the ocean can be really hard, if not actually impossible, having under consideration the habitat of blue whales. This is why, if you want to see a blue whale you need to visit a museum exhibit. Do not worry, as there are numerous great museums you can visit to check out amazing blue whales.

The Natural History Museum in London

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This is the museum in which you will find the most famous blue whale exhibit in the world. This charming museum homes an impressive mounted skeleton and life-size model of a blue whale. A replica of this exhibit can be found at the University of California, in Santa Cruz.

The American Museum of Natural History

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This museum is located in New York City. In this spectacular tourist attraction you will find a full-size model of a blue whale. The exhibit can be visited in the Milstein Family Hall of Ocean Life.

The New Bedford Whaling Museum

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This museum is located in New Bedford, in Massachusetts. This is the largest whaling museum in the world. A baby blue whale skeleton can be visited here.

The Aquarium of the Pacific

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This lovely spot is located in Long Beach, in California. This is the venue in which you will find a model of a mother blue whale, along with her calf. The life-size model is exhibited suspended from the ceiling, in the main hall of the museum. There is no way you could miss it.

The Canadian Museum of Nature

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This beautiful museum homes a blue whale skeleton since May 2010. The museum located in Ottawa, in Canada, is a popular visitor’s destination. Numerous great exhibits can be visited here.

Naturally, these are just few of the most important museums in the world in which you can visit a blue whale exhibit. There are many other cultural venues you can include into your route if you are interested in visiting a great blue whale exhibit. The Museum of Natural History in Gothenburg or the Melbourne Museum are just two of them.

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Blue Whale ‘Delta’ Reveals Its Unique Fluke

Filed under: Blue Whale Watching,Blue Whales - 09 May 2013  | Spread the word !

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A blue whale nicknamed Delta gave quite a show a few weeks back after being photographed off Dana Point. Onlookers aboard a boat operated by Dana Wharf Whale Watching enjoyed the splash when the blue whale exposed its fluke – or tail – for everyone to see.


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The blue whale was affectionately named Delta because of her large tail span. The peculiar shape of its fluke with both ends turned upward, like winglets on an airplane wing, earned the blue whale this great nickname.

Check out this video below and watch the show for yourself! After being posted online, the video became an instant hit. Facebook users started posting comments, sharing where they had seen – or thought they had seen – this particular whale.

According to Cascadia Research Collective in Olympia, Washington, two blue whales with similar fluke formations have been photo-cataloged in the eastern Pacific. The image captured recently off Dana Point, by Frank Brennan of Dana Wharf Whale Watching, was matched to a whale cataloged as #135, as seen in the video above.

Delta is a new whale to me, but others say they’ve seen a lot of her over the years”, said Mike Makofske, a spokesperson for the Orange County chapter of the American Cetacean Society.

I posted Dana Wharf’s photo on the ACS National Facebook page, and Dorris Welch of Sanctuary Cruises in Moss Landing said they’d seen her several times in early summer 2012, up in Monterey Bay. Another poster, Diane Dahl Cullins, commented that she had a picture of the same whale taken two years ago off San Diego”, he added.

Facebook user Eric Zimmerman posted: “On the [Santa Barbara-based] Condor Express we nicknamed it ’747′ after its large size and the way its fluke tips resemble the winglets found on the end of large airplane wings”.


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Annie Douglas of Cascadia stated via email that the first known sighting of Delta was on October 7, 1997, in the Gulf of the Farallones beyond San Francisco. Before this recent sighting, Delta had been encountered 15 different years – including two years off Baja California – and 29 times, based on photo matches.

From 1987 to 2005, most encounters were off northern Central California but, interestingly, according to Cascadia’s records, all known sightings since 2007 were off Southern California.

About 2,000 endangered blue whales sail California waters every season, with the 2013 season apparently just getting underway. As it seems, Delta is among the early arrivals.

It’s not clear whether the shape of this blue whale’s fluke is because of a birth defect, but the right tip appears to be more upturned than in previous years. Also, according to Douglas, the sex of this blue whale is not known.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Blue Whales

Filed under: Blue Whales - 29 Apr 2013  | Spread the word !

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Blue whales are some of the most impressive animals in the world. The blue whale, also known as Balaenoptera musculus, is a mammal that lives in oceans, throughout the world. The are numerous interesting facts worth to be known about blue whales. Below you can read some of the most frequently asked questions about these charming whales. By learning their answers you will find out everything worth to be known about blue whales.


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What are blue whales?

Blue whales are the largest animals in the world. They are the largest mammals known to have ever lived on Earth. Blue whales can easily be described as magnificent marine creatures. And there is no doubt in the fact that they are impressive, having under consideration that their tongue alone is known to weight more than an elephant, while their heart has about the size of an automobile.

What is the diet of a blue whale?

A blue whale commonly weights 200 tons. It is able to reach such an impressive dimension based on a diet that includes almost exclusively krill. Around 4 tons of krill can be consumed by a blue whale a year. Blue whales feed by gulping a huge quantity of water. Then, with the use of its massive tongue, this whale is able to eliminate all water. The krill left behind is then swallowed by the blue whale. Even though blue whales feed almost exclusively on krill, they may also eat copepods.

Where do blue whales live?

Since the blue whale is the biggest animal that has ever lived, there is no wonder that it lives only in oceans. Blue whales can be found in oceans from all over the world, but it is important to know that nowadays this is an endangered species. These animals prefer to live in cold or temperate waters, in the deep of the ocean. They are can be seen in the waters near Iceland and Ireland, the southern Caribbean and the Sea of Cortez, as well as in the Gulf of Alaska.

Why are blue whales endangered?

Blue whales became endangered before the 1960s when commercial whaling was still legal. It ceased in 1964, but the blue whale population has never grown back to its initial numbers. Before the whaling industry went global, blue whale population included more than 270,000 individuals. Currently it is believed that about 10,000 blue whales are left in the world. Hunting, pollution and environmental degradation are considered to be the most important causes why blue whales are endangered.

Who are the predators of blue whales?

Blue whales commonly live 35 to 40 years. They are the largest and the loudest marine mammals on Earth. Blue whales are known to follow seasonal migrations during the winter and summer, both for food and for mating. They have an enormous size, but blue whales can also impress with their speed. So, who are the predators of blue whales? Having under consideration their characteristics we can surely say that blue whales have few natural predators. Man has actually been the most important predator of blue whales. Ship accidents and fishing gear, but also killer whales, can still cause victims in the blue whale population.

Even though whaling is illegal, blue whales are still under threat. Changes in the ocean, oil splits, ship strikes and noise pollution much affect blue whales, contributing to the decrease of their population.

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Facts On Blue Whales: Adaptation And Survival

Filed under: Facts and Figures on Blue Whales - 19 Mar 2013  | Spread the word !

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Blue whales probably are some of the most fascinating creatures in the world. Even though in time this species changed a lot, blue whales still remain famous for their enormous size. Blue whales can easily adapt to the natural environment, but their numbers have been deeply affected due to human action, mostly in the 20th century.

Still, nowadays, various programs aim to help blue whale population grow. Such efforts have led to positive results, as the numbers of blue whales left in the world seems to have grown. Below you can find some interesting facts on blue whales and their habitat. Learning them will help you find out everything worth to be known about this unique species.


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Extinction

Blue whales are known as the largest living animals on Earth. They can reach impressive dimensions, some individuals having a length of no less than 100 feet. There is no wonder after all that blue whales live only into the ocean. Having under consideration these dimensions and the environment in which blue whales live, we can surely say that there are just few predators who can attack them. Blue whales tend to spend much of their time in polar waters. Well, this means that the reason why blue whales have been close to extinction is actually linked to the fact that they have been hunted by humans.


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Size. Movement. Feeding

Blue whales can store a lot of energy as fat, such as most large animals. So, blue whales can eat a large amount of food and store it for a long period of time, in which they can survive without eating at all. These animals are highly vocal, emitting numerous sounds while traveling. They can travel up to hundreds of miles. The sounds that blue whales make are actually a form of communication. Most commonly, blue whales swim alone or with one other whale. There are very few the cases in which they are seen in large groups.


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As you can see, blue whales are absolutely fascinating animals. This species impresses with its size, but also with its characteristics. Blue whales have been close to extinction, even though the species was threatened by humans, mostly. Nowadays, the population of blue whales is in continuous growth, so we can surely say that they are close to no risks of extinction, at least for now.

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Researchers Will Sail In The Southern Ocean To Look For Blue Whales

Filed under: Blue Whales - 05 Feb 2013  | Spread the word !

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Blue whales are one of the most interesting creatures in the world as not too much is known about them. Nonetheless, each time people encounter blue whales, they are amazed by the huge size of these creatures.


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Scientists want to find out more about blue whales, these 30 meter long mammals, weighing 180 tonnes, with tongues weighing as much as an elephant and hearts bigger than a car. Researchers from 5 countries will sail from Hobart to track down blue whales in the Southern Ocean.


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Mike Double from the Marine Mammals Centre explains that these creatures have amazed researchers for many years: “To give you some context, in 30 years of studying these whales there were 220 sightings. They were very close to extinction in the 1970s, and we think they’re recovering, but we know little about their recovery at the moment and that’s why we’re starting this international project, to deliver a new abundance estimate for this species.”


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It seems that now there are many blue whales in the Souther Ocean, but scientists still don’t know to much about them, especially about breeding patterns or life span.


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There will be used acoustic techniques, which should make the technology should make the search easier: “Underwater listening devices transmit the sounds that they hear back to the ship over a radio link and then we sit on the boat with our headphones on listening for whale sounds to come in.” Nonetheless, it doesn’t mean that there will be no errors, but even so, the experience will be great.

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Re-Routing Ships to Avoid Collisions with Blue Whales

Filed under: Blue Whales - 07 Jan 2013  | Spread the word !

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The Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles are becoming more and more “crowded”, as they are not only swimming channels for blue whales, but they are also crossing points for more and more ships. For blue whales migrating off the coast of Long Beach, traffic from this port gets in their way and can pose a great threat. This is because the growing number of ships means potential collisions and injuries to the endangered whales.


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This also led authorities to re-route ships across the west coast around feeding areas and migration routes, staring this June. Hopefully, this preventative measure will help prevent these massive creatures from getting injured.

As more and more ships pass through this bustling port complex, fin whales and humpbacks are being killed or severely hurt by collisions with barges and boats. These run-ins happen especially during the whale migration season in Southern California, meaning from late December to mid May.

There are about 200 blue whales (which represent 10% of the entire Pacific Ocean population) passing through Catalina Island and the mainland every year on their way to the Santa Barbara Channel, where they feed on krill before migrating to summer feeding grounds farther north.

Even though whale deaths are not an annual occurrence, such cases have been reported in previous years, as current shipping lanes go directly over their feeding grounds. In 2007, for instance, it was reported that an unprecedented 5 blue whales were struck and killed in the Santa Barbara Channel.

Fortunately, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has joined forces with the Coast Guard starting this year and came up with the plan that is expected to take effect that will significantly reduce (if not eliminate) these numbers. Ships such as ocean-going cargo vessels, automobile carriers and tugboats near the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles will be slightly re-routed in order to avoid collisions with blue whales.


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Ships will also be re-routed in the San Francisco Bay and the Channel Islands, which will create a one-mile buffer between the ships and the migration routes of the massive sea creatures. Even though these changes will not reduce all risks concerning blue whales, they will surely drop them in a drastic way.

The US Coast Guard acknowledged the need to move shipping lanes in order to protect whales ever since 2011, but the US Navy objected to the shift. However, the changes were adopted by the International Maritime Organization back in November.

According to Dick McKenna of the Marine Exchange of Southern California, “though approved this past year, there is a comment period that is now required”. He added that “this will be conducted by the Coast Guard shortly, and unofficially there appears to be no opposition to the move. However, things don’t go into effect until the process is officially completed”.

The changes are expected to be implemented and the end of this June. These include reducing the space between the north and southbound pathways from 2 miles to 1 mile and moving the northbound lane 1 mile closer to the mainland. The new shipping lanes are expected to reduce the risk of collisions between ships and the migrating blue whales, which do not need any more threats, as they are already endangered species.

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Interesting Facts About Blue Whales

Filed under: Blue Whales - 13 Nov 2012  | Spread the word !

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Blue whales are the largest animals that exist on Earth today. Blue whales are very big, but their impressive size and the fact that they are extremely rare makes this species a little known one. Below you can find a series of interesting facts about blue whales. By knowing all these facts you will better understand the species.


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  • Blue whales have the ability to grow up to 100 feet. This makes them larger than a NBA basketball court.
  • Blue whales can weight up to 200 tons.
  • The tongue of a blue whale weights as much as an elephant. This means that about 100 people can fit only in a blue whale’s mouth.
  • The heart of a blue whale weights around 2000 pounds.
  • Blue whales can produce sounds that are louder than a jet engine. This means that they can communicate from distances of more than 1,000 miles away.
  • A blue whale is capable of eating more than 4 tones of krill per day.
  • An adult blue whale can keep 45,999 liters of water in its mouth.
  • A baby blue whale can drink more than 590 liters of milk each day. It can add around 90 kg of its weight each day.
  • A female can only give birth to a baby blue whale at every two to three years.
  • Blue whales do not swallow water. They actually use their baleen plates to filter it. This way they extract krill and copepods, which are part of their daily menu.
  • Despite their large and quite impressive size, blue whales are capable or reaching speeds of no less than 35 km per hour.
  • Blue whales are extremely rare nowadays. Unfortunately, they have become victims of excessive hunting, which led to extension.
  • Blue whales are not very easy to kill. They are extremely large, so capturing such an animal can be really hard.
  • Blue whales can be found in all oceans. However, the largest population of whales is believed to live in Southern Hemisphere, in the North Pacific and the North Atlantic Ocean.


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Blue whales are extremely interesting animals. They are considered to be the largest animals that have ever lived on Earth. The blue whale also is the loudest animal on earth. They have few predators, but they can become victims of attacks by sharks and naturally other whale killers.

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Why Are Blue Whales Endangered?

Filed under: Facts and Figures on Blue Whales - 10 Oct 2012  | Spread the word !

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Blue whales are the largest animals that live on Earth. They are spectacular both when it comes to their looks and when referring to their size. The largest blue whale is able to reach 100 to 120 feet. Only its tail is of 15 to 20 feet. Despise their unique features, blue whales are endangered animals. In fact, due to their large sizes, blue whales have managed to draw the attention of humans.

The blue whale was included on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources Red List in the year 1960. It continues to be endangered.


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Why are blue whales endangered?

1. Whaling

Blue whales have probably become endangered due to their large size, which manages to draw the attention of humans towards them. Whale hunting is believed to be the main reason why there are only few individuals from the species left. Whaling much diminished the number of whales left in the world’s bodies of water. The size of these whales made them extremely attractive to hunters.

For long time mariners have actually believed that blue whales, being very big animals, could represent a deadly threat in the sea. However, this period known as early whaling did not cause the species to be endangered, as the limited known techniques to capture these animals made the damage produced to blue whale population controllable.


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Starting with the 1930s, things changed. Powerful weapons started to be used, an impressive number of whales being hunted each year. Only in 1931 29,649 whales were killed. As numbers increased over the years, the species easily became endangered.

2. Natural causes

However, hunting may be the most important factor leading to this situation, but it is not the only one. Blue whales have a very slow rate of reproduction. A female blue whale can only give birth once at every two years, and to a single calf.

Blue whales usually live in cold environments, so they can easily be injured by ice. Even though blue whales shock with their impressive dimensions, they can simply become victims of other inhabitants of the ocean. Blue whales can be hunted by killer whales.


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3. Fishing equipment

Fishing equipment may also cause many whale deaths. Blue whales can easily entangle in fishing gear. As they can get seriously injured, fishing equipment is believed to be one of the main causes which has lead to the death of many blue whales.


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A protected species

Having all these facts under consideration, in 1966 the International Whaling Commission declared blue whales a protected species. Since that moment hunting blue whales was banned.


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Despite the measures taken to increase the number of blue whales existent in sea waters, this population is still endangered. Heavy sea traffic, sea accidents and other man’s sea activities cause injuries and deaths within the blue whale population every year. Statistics actually show that only 12,000 to 15,000 blue whales still exist in world’s waters nowadays.

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Discover A Magical Creature Through Videos

Filed under: Facts and Figures on Blue Whales - 25 Sep 2012  | Spread the word !

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Blue wales are amazing creatures, that are rather unfamiliar to people, do to the fact that their research is quite difficult. Even so, they are fascinating, beautiful and absolutely enormous and you can learn a lot about them by simply looking at the following videos.


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In this first video, you can see a slow capture of a blue whale swimming and you also receive a few details on its lifestyle and habits that are familiar to people.

The second video is a news footage in which a lucky group of tourists had the opportunity of their lifetime when they were surrounded by several blue wales during a tour.

Last year, a great colony of blue wales was seen near Sri Lanka and researches started on these. In the following video, you can see the footage taken for the scientific study done on the beautiful blue whales.

With all the new information discovered with the help of these videos, you can see the fact that people are trying to get to know the amazing blue wales as much as possible, but the difficulties that arise in the studies still stand in the way of getting to know more and more about these beautiful creatures.

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