The changes involved in adapting a generic mammalian template into a whale are certainly not all simple, independent, single-letter changes.
Venema cites the vitellogenin pseudogene as supposedly demonstrating common ancestry between humans and birds, such as chickens.
Venema seems much more interested in pursuing longstanding debates with intelligent design and with certain ID proponents.
“[D]iscoveries in the ancient protist T. brucei, as well as in some metazoan, indicate that pseudogene regulation is widespread in eukaryotes. Accordingly, the moniker ‘pseudogene’ has been challenged.”
Recently published literature has overwhelmingly confirmed Jonathan Wells’ thesis in The Myth of Junk DNA, refuting the ID critics who still cling to the neo-Darwinian story.