They say this is where the desert and the sea embrace.

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Blue whales are just one of lots of kinds of whales that like to hang out in the Gulf of California.

Blue whales live to be 80 years old, which means that older whales probably remember some pretty bad times. They were hunted heavily by whalers until it was outlawed in 1966.

But the latest news is that, because they're protected, the numbers of California blue whales have rebounded to where they were before whaling.

Maybe they're singing about that.

Turn on the subwoofer for this — low frequency!!

For some people, every day is Independence Day. For Janis Shinwari, this will be his first 4th of July as an American citizen. And boy, he earned it.

"If I was in Afghanistan—if I didn't come here, I wouldn't be alive now. I would be dead." Shinwari told CNN Heroes in 2018. Shinwari risked his life for nine years serving as a translator for U.S. forces in his native country of Afghanistan. He risked his life everyday knowing that should he be caught by the Taliban, the consequences would be severe. "If the Taliban catch you, they will torture you in front of your kids and families and make a film of you." Shinwari said. "Then [they'll] send it to other translators as a warning message to stop working with the American forces."

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