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Whale, whale, whale, what do we have here?

Three humpbacks off the coast of Massachusetts. Photo by the author.

These humpback whales are the coolest (and among the biggest) creatures on Earth.

Normally, these majestic beasts spend their time hanging out in the ocean, scraping barnacles off their chins, occasionally coming up for air, and eating fish using their magical water cyclone-making powers.


Lately though, there's something a little more celebratory on the incredibly advanced minds of these humpback whales.

As of September 2016, most populations of humpback whales are no longer officially listed as "endangered."

"SWEET!" Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images.

That's great news out of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Not just for we humans who enjoy cheering for the big lugs on whale-watching tours, but also for the whales themselves.

Humpback whales all over the world are — to put it lightly — f**king STOKED about not being endangered anymore.

1. Like this one, who is jumping for joy at the news that NOAA conservation efforts helped ensure it will live a long life.

WOOOOOOOOOO! Photo by Luis Robayo/AFP/Getty Images.

2. Or these whales, who are blowing a huge sigh of relief knowing they can safely continue eating up to 4,000 pounds of food a day.

"Pfffffffff. Glad that's over. Anyway, have you finished 'Stranger Things'?" Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images.

3. And this whale who is ... honestly, just showing off, which is a thing whales have been known to do.

"Yeah we get it, Dave. You can backflip." Photo by Eitan Abramovich/AFP/Getty Images.

4. Or this whale, who is requesting the highest of fives for all the hard work from conservationists.

Up top, boys!  Photo by Patrick Hamilton/AFP/Getty Images.

5. And this whale who is a little shy but still totally thrilled to hear that scientists will still keep an eye on whale populations to make sure their numbers don't slip.

"Get these paparazzi OUT OF HERE!" Photo by Cris Bouroncle/AFP/Getty Images.

6. And this whale who is, OK this whale is fake, but it's excited too — even though it knows there's still more work to be done, as four humpback populations still remain endangered, including two that can be found in U.S. waters.

"Oh yeah, I love opera! Totally! I mean, who doesn't, right?" Photo by Greg Wood/AFP/Getty Images.

7. And finally, this humpback, who is smiling because she knows how much safer the world is for her calf and her.

"I can show you the world... Since we're no longer endaaaaangered." Photo by NOAA/Flickr.

While this is fantastic news, it doesn't mean the work ends.

Whales are a vitally important part of marine ecosystems all over the world and play a key role in the health of our planet.

They've captured people's imaginations for generations, and in order for them to keep doing that, we need to keep caring about them and keep protecting them.

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1991 blooper clip of Robin Williams and Elmo is a wholesome nugget of comedic genius

Robin Williams is still bringing smiles to faces after all these years.

Robin Williams and Elmo (Kevin Clash) bloopers.

The late Robin Williams could make picking out socks funny, so pairing him with the fuzzy red monster Elmo was bound to be pure wholesome gold. Honestly, how the puppeteer, Kevin Clash, didn’t completely break character and bust out laughing is a miracle. In this short outtake clip, you get to see Williams crack a few jokes in his signature style while Elmo tries desperately to keep it together.

Williams has been a household name since what seems like the beginning of time, and before his death in 2014, he would make frequent appearances on "Sesame Street." The late actor played so many roles that if you were ask 10 different people what their favorite was, you’d likely get 10 different answers. But for the kids who spent their childhoods watching PBS, they got to see him being silly with his favorite monsters and a giant yellow canary. At least I think Big Bird is a canary.

When he stopped by "Sesame Street" for the special “Big Bird's Birthday or Let Me Eat Cake” in 1991, he was there to show Elmo all of the wonderful things you could do with a stick. Williams turns the stick into a hockey stick and a baton before losing his composure and walking off camera. The entire time, Elmo looks enthralled … if puppets can look enthralled. He’s definitely paying attention before slumping over at the realization that Williams goofed a line. But the actor comes back to continue the scene before Elmo slinks down inside his box after getting Williams’ name wrong, which causes his human co-star to take his stick and leave.

The little blooper reel is so cute and pure that it makes you feel good for a few minutes. For an additional boost of serotonin, check out this other (perfectly executed) clip about conflict that Williams did with the two-headed monster. He certainly had a way of engaging his audience, so it makes sense that even after all of these years, he's still greatly missed.

This article originally appeared on 08.21.18


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