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Daily GIFs: February 17, 2014

Getting through the day can be tough, but you know what makes it easier? Adorable GIFs. Check out these furry mini-flicks floating around the Internet. It's probably the cutest way to waste time and wait for the weekend. 1. Don't worry, doors can be hard for everyone. 2. You know, they say yawning is contagious. 3. Help get me out first and I'll come back for you. I promise. 4. Backflips should only be attempted by those at the expert level. 5. Downward dog will be her next yoga pose. Get Another Dose of Adorable Animals:...

Department of Conservation rangers and volunteers spent the weekend trying to save beached whales in the town of Puponga, New Zealand. Over 40 pilot whales were found on the beaches of Golden Bay outside of the town. Credit: Flickr The DOC put out a call for volunteers to aid in the effort, and hundreds answered the appeal. The request asked for volunteers with wetsuits to bring any other gear that might assist them with their attempts. Everyone worked tirelessly to move the whales safely out to sea all through the weekend, with one last attempt also made on Monday. John Mason, the Department of Conservation services manager, was hopeful that the re-floating of the whales would be...

Well, this is certainly one way to gain someone's attention. Berthold Hinrichs was kayaking to Gryllefjord Village, Norway, when a 44,000-pound humpback whale surfaced to say hello. #fivemin-widget-blogsmith-image-673368{display:none;} .cke_show_borders #fivemin-widget-blogsmith-image-673368, #postcontentcontainer #fivemin-widget-blogsmith-image-673368{width:520px;height:383px;display:block;} Hinrichs' kayak was lifted out of the water as the whale emerged directly beneath him. Managing to stay afloat, Hinrichs realized he was on the whale's back as his kayak rose above the water. He captured the entire encounter on video. The whale could have been attracted to the large number of...

MIAMI - After a three-day rescue effort, the fate of 40 whales hung in the balance Friday, with officials saying they had lost track of two dozen of them in southern Florida. Pilot Whale. Credit: Thinkstock The search has been halted due to darkness and weather constraints but it will resume at first light Saturday with a helicopter scanning the waters. "Anything could happen, whales could change direction, flight going up in the morning to locate whales again," an official National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration account tweeted. The agency is coordinating the search. With 11 whales already dead, a second NOAA tweet said biologists were concerned to hear of behavior including...

MIAMI - Florida rescuers are racing to save more than 40 whales stranded in shallow water after 10 others from the pod died, a US official said Wednesday. Credit: Thinkstock The pilot whales are located in a very remote region of Everglades National Park in the southern part of the state, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. NOAA spokeswoman Blair Mase told reporters that four of the whales had to be euthanized and six others had already died. "The area is so shallow that it's difficult to get the whales enough water to propel them back to sea," she said in describing a "very challenging scenario" for rescuers. It was still unclear why the whales --...

Whale Carcasses Wash Ashore in Ghana

ACCRA, Ghana - Decomposed whale carcasses have been washing up on beaches in Ghana's oil-producing west, raising the ire of environmental groups worried the country's growing petroleum industry may be killing marine life. A total of 20 dead whales have been discovered along Ghana's coastline in the last four years, including at least eight since September. What killed the marine mammals remains a mystery. But environmental groups say they are concerned, given the proximity of the discoveries to the country's new offshore petroleum industry. "The fears are rising as to what is killing the ... whales," said Kyei Kwadwo Yamoah, programme co-ordinator for Friends of the Nation, an...