Posted by: The ocean update | December 19, 2014

Scientists identify two different types of blue whales

A blue whale swimming through the waters of coastal southern Chile. Credit :Rodrigo Hucke-Gaete/CBA/UACh

A blue whale swimming through the waters of coastal southern Chile. Credit :Rodrigo Hucke-Gaete/CBA/UACh

December 19th, 2014 (John Hopton). At almost 100 feet in length, blue whales are believed to be the largest animals that ever existed, bigger even than any known dinosaur. And yet, scientists now tell us, there is room in the southeastern Pacific Ocean for two different kinds of blue whales, with two distinct populations living in the waters of the region. Read More…

Posted by: The ocean update | December 18, 2014

Stranded pilot whale rescued in Cape Verde

The beached whale was reported by a local fisher. Credit : FMB

The beached whale was reported by a local fisher. Credit : FMB

December 18th, 2014 (Sophie Benbow). The archipelago nation of Cape Verde is widely recognised as a marine biodiversity hotspot, not least because of the abundance of marine mammals found in its waters.

Concerned about the increasing number of whales and dolphins found stranded on the island of Maio, Fauna & Flora International (FFI) joined local partner the Maio Biodiversity Foundation (FMB) and members of the fishing community to form and train a whale stranding response team. Read More…

Posted by: The ocean update | December 17, 2014

Dead porpoise washed ashore at Ainsdale Beach (UK)

A porpoise has been washed ashore on Ainsdale Beach. Photo by Sefton Coast Landscape Partnership Scheme

A porpoise has been washed ashore on Ainsdale Beach. Photo by Sefton Coast Landscape Partnership Scheme

December 17th, 2014 (Andrew Brown). A dead porpoise has been washed ashore on Ainsdale Beach.

The creature may have been attacked and killed by dolphins in north Wales.

The Sefton Coast Landscape Partnership Scheme reported: “Usually we only see the short dark fin and rounded back of our commonest cetacean, the Harbour Porpoise, as it breaks the surface in the shallows on calm, high tides, but unfortunately a dead one washed up on last night’s tide at Ainsdale. Read More…

Stranded at Swanwick

Stranded at Swanwick

December 16th, 2014. The stranding of eight Risso’s dolphins since 17 November have kept staff from the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment busy, as well as their interstate counterparts, with similar events also occurring on the mainland.

Risso’s dolphins are found worldwide,  typically in deeper water off the shelf edge and often in association with pilot whales or bottlenose dolphins. They feed primarily on squid, octopus and benthic invertebrates. Read More…

Posted by: The ocean update | December 16, 2014

Syracuse biologist reveals how whales may ‘sing’ for their supper

Syracuse University Assistant Professor Susan Parks. Credit : Syracuse University

Syracuse University Assistant Professor Susan Parks. Credit : Syracuse University

December 16th, 2014. Humpback whales have a trick or two, when it comes to finding a quick snack at the bottom of the ocean. But how they pinpoint that meal at night, with little or no available light, remains a mystery.

Susan Parks, assistant professor of Biology in Syracuse University’s College of Arts and Sciences, in collaboration with a consortium of other researchers, has been studying these unique feeding behaviors. Her research emphasizes the importance of specific auditory cues that these mammoth creatures emit, as they search the deep ocean for their prey. Read More…

The stranded Risso's dolphin on Cooee beach this morning.

The stranded Risso’s dolphin on Cooee beach this morning.

December 16th, 2014 (Mark Acheson). SAVIOUR of marine mammals, opposition leader Bryan Green saved a Risso’s dolphin on Cooee beach this morning.

It’s very rare to find the species in Tasmania, experts say.

Mr Green initially thought the stranded dolphin was a whale, but on further inspection found it to be otherwise.

He was walking along the Cooee beach about 7am today. Read More…

orca-captivity-poetryDecember 16th, 2015. PRIMARY school children have shunned a trip to SeaWorld in America in favour of a visit to the European Parliament to protest against keeping killer wales in captivity.

Young campaigners at Devonshire Road Primary School are making plans to travel to Brussels to lobby against keeping orcas in sea parks. Read More…

Los Angeles County Fire Department, Lifeguard Division

Photo : Los Angeles County Fire Department, Lifeguard Division

Risso’s dolphin stranded on rocky beach.

December 14th, 2014. SAN DIEGO – An 8-foot Risso’s dolphin that was rescued in San Pedro is recovering at SeaWorld San Diego’s Animal Rescue Center.

Veterinarian Hendrik Nollens says the male dolphin, which is estimated to be about one year old, is in critical but stable condition. Read More…

A French fisherman unloads scallops from a net during scallop fishing. (AFP Photo/Fred Tanneau)

A French fisherman unloads scallops from a net during scallop fishing. (AFP Photo/Fred Tanneau)

December 14th, 2014. Scallops caught off the western coast of France wind up going on a torturous tour: they are shipped to China for cleaning, and then sent back to France for cooking. Authorities insist the far-flung trip is worth it.

Scallops, or “coquilles saint-Jacques”, as they are called in France, are produced by the Celtigel company in northwestern Saint-Quay-Portrieux, Brittany, and are served in ready-made meals. Read More…

AFP Photo / Kimimasa Mayama

AFP Photo / Kimimasa Mayama

December 14th, 2014. Japan’s nuclear watchdog says the radioactive water that has accumulated at the battered Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant must be decontaminated (Ed Sibylline : Santa Claus is real !) and dumped into the ocean, local media reported. The news has sparked concern from local fisherman.

“We have to dispose of the water,” Shunichi Tanaka, chairman of the Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA), told a media conference after visiting the crippled nuclear power plant on Friday, Asahi Shimbun reported. Read More…

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