Welcome Sight: 5 Great Things This Week

Including a baby whale and a desert covered in flowers
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 1, 2015 5:17 AM CST
Welcome Sight: 5 Great Things This Week
Newborn orca calf J53 is seen with i's mother J17 off San Juan Island, Wash.   (Heather MacIntyre/The Pacific Whale Watch Association via AP)

A baby boom of sorts for Puget Sound's whales, and a police officer's unique moves make the list:

  • This Photo Just Made Scientists' Entire Week: Scientists are celebrating after an orca calf was spotted off the coast of Washington state. The baby whale is the sixth born since December and is part of a baby boom that's raising hopes the endangered population is rebounding after a three-year drought. Trouble with a food source may spell trouble next year, though.
  • Cop Meets Defiant Teen, and Brilliance Ensues: A DC police officer was caught on camera defusing a situation with some local teens through unconventional means: a dance-off. The Nae Nae never looked so good, and the cop is winning praise for her non-violent strategy.

  • 97-Year-Old Gets Her High School Diploma: Margaret Bekema would have loved to graduate with the rest of the Class of 1936 but life got in the way—almost eight decades of it. The Michigan woman, who had to drop out of high school when she was 17, finally received her high school diploma at the age of 97. But she had little choice about leaving school back then.
  • 43 Years Later, 'Napalm Girl's' Pain Could End: Some 43 years after a Pulitzer Prize-winning photo made her the world's most famous napalm victim, Kim Phuc is finally getting treatment that could end the pain. And the photographer who made her famous was there for the first one.
  • One of the Driest Places on Earth Is Covered in Flowers: One of the driest, harshest landscapes in the world has been transformed into a psychedelic canvas of reds, purples, and greens after record-setting rain. Better not wait too long to get a peek of this Chilean desert, though.
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