Posted by: The ocean update | November 23, 2014

Stranded whales die on Rototai beach (New Zealand)

Word of mouth spread fast, inspiring hundreds of people to make the trip out on Rototai Beach to see and touch three sperm whales that stranded on the shallow tidal flats on Saturday night. Charlotte Squire

Word of mouth spread fast, inspiring hundreds of people to make the trip out on Rototai Beach to see and touch three sperm whales that stranded on the shallow tidal flats on Saturday night. Charlotte Squire

November 24th, 2014. In what became a Golden Bay community event, hundreds of people turned up at Rototai beach to see and touch three dead sperm whales that had become stranded.

The whales, which ranged in length from 14 to 17 metres long were located about one kilometre out on tidal flats from the beach carpark.

Local iwi gathered to bless the three whales, which were towed by tug boat to Farewell Spit last night, once the tide was high enough to move them. Read More…

Posted by: The ocean update | November 23, 2014

Another dolphin found dead; villagers point finger at hunters (Thailand)

Local residents look at the corpse of another pink dolphin that was washed ashore in Nakhon Si Thammarat

Local residents look at the corpse of another pink dolphin that was washed ashore in Nakhon Si Thammarat

November 23rd, 2014 (Krisana Thiwatsirikul). Another dead pink dolphin was found washed up on a beach in Nakhon Si Thammarat’s Pak Phanang district yesterday. While coastal villagers revealed that a hunting group from outside had used pair trawls to hunt dolphins in the area, as the fish could yield up to Bt100,000 if sold to an aquarium.

The two-metre-long female dolphin carcass, weighing 200kg, was found in Tambon Pak Phanang Tawan-ok and possibly had been dead for five days. It was the second case in three days after the death of a dolphin in Sichon district, which was presumed to have been caused by the fish swallowing globules of oil following the oil spill at Si Chon beach on November 19. Read More…

Posted by: The ocean update | November 22, 2014

Stranded long-finned pilot whale found dead in Essex river (UK)

The pilot whales became distressed after an ebb tide resulted in shallower waters off Brightlingsea

The pilot whales became distressed after an ebb tide resulted in shallower waters off Brightlingsea

November 22th, 2014 (Felix Balthasar). On Thursday, a long-finned pilot whale calf was found dead in an Essex river. As per the preliminary results from a postmortem by a specialist at the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), the whale probably starved to death.

Police and coastguard were called by members of the charity, British Divers Marine Life Rescue, to move the 40 pilot whales away from the Essex coastline. One of them was found dead. Read More…

November 21st, 2014. Endangered Species Nationwide Threatened by Dangerous Cooling Water Intake Structures

SAN FRANCISCO— A coalition of environmental groups filed a lawsuit Thursday in the Northern District of California challenging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s and the National Marine Fisheries Service’s opinion of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s recently adopted rule that allows power plants and other industrial facilities to continue the use of outdated “once-through” cooling water intake structures. These systems have been known to hurt or kill hundreds of endangered aquatic animals a year. Read More…

Posted by: The ocean update | November 21, 2014

Pregnant Bottlenose Dolphin Shot to Death (Florida, USA)

Horrific : Over the past several months, dolphins have washed ashore along the northern Gulf Coast with bullet wounds, missing jaws and hacked off fins. This is a bottlenose dolphin which was found dead in the water - a bullet wound can be seen bottom left

Horrific : Over the past several months, dolphins have washed ashore along the northern Gulf Coast with bullet wounds, missing jaws and hacked off fins. This is a bottlenose dolphin which was found dead in the water – a bullet wound can be seen bottom left

November 21st, 2014. Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC) is offering a $2500 reward for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the illegal and cruel acts that led to the death of a protected bottlenose dolphin.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Office of Law Enforcement is investigating this most recent dolphin crime involving a pregnant bottlenose dolphin found dead on Miramar Beach in the panhandle-area of Florida.  A necropsy revealed the dolphin died of a gunshot wound.  She was within weeks of giving birth. Read More…

Posted by: The ocean update | November 20, 2014

Rare juvenile pygmy whale beaches (Australia)

The rare pygmy right whale stranded on the beach. Picture: Pierre Gregor.

The rare pygmy right whale stranded on the beach. Picture: Pierre Gregor.

November 20th, 2014. Scientists said a rare pygmy right whale found stranded on a Kangaroo Island beach is likely to have been weaning.

The three-and-a-half-metre whale became stranded in the intertidal zone at Island Beach last week and was put down following an assessment by a vet.  (Ed Sibylline : was there a medical reason for this sacrifice or was there a deal with a Museum to get the bones, like in other parts of the world where this kind of stuff occurs when the animal is still alive and especially when a specie is considered as “rare” ?). Read More…

Posted by: The ocean update | November 20, 2014

Whale rescued after getting stranded on Anglesey beach (North Wales, UK)

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Dwarf sperm whale stranded on Newborough beach, Anglesey

November 20th, 2014. Volunteers from the Anglesey-based Sea Watch Foundation were called to the beach at Newborough

A stranded whale was refloated by rescuers after it landed on an Anglesey beach.

Volunteers from the Anglesey-based Sea Watch Foundation were called to the beach at Newborough after initial reports that a porpoise had become stranded. Read More…

Posted by: The ocean update | November 20, 2014

Care urged during right whale calving season (East coast, USA)

Thursday, November 20th, 2014. CHARLESTON, S.C. North Atlantic right whales are returning to the Southeast for calving season and federal and state officials in three states are urging mariners to use caution.

The season off South Carolina, Georgia and Florida runs from mid-November through mid-April. Read More…

The humpback whale carcass washed up on Scarborough beach.

The humpback whale carcass washed up on Scarborough beach.

November 19th, 2014. The row over the $188,000 bill for removing a whale carcass from a Perth beach has deepened as the WA Fisheries Department claims it is not responsible because whales are mammals, not fish.

The 17-metre carcass washed ashore on Scarborough on November 3 and the City of Stirling was forced to hire special earthmoving equipment to lift the whale and transport it by truck to a waste facility in Perth’s northern suburbs, where it was buried. Read More…

Posted by: The ocean update | November 19, 2014

Fears for pod of 30 pilot whales off Essex coast (UK)

The pod of whales were herded out to sea after being spotted near UK shores Photo : Mercury

The pod of whales were herded out to sea after being spotted near UK shores Photo : Mercury

Work to lead dozens of pilot whales to safety after they are seen in shallow waters between Jaywick and Brightlingsea

November 19th, 2014 (Keith Perry). Marine experts are racing against time to save a huge pod of whales which they fear could beach themselves off the Essex coast.

Fears are mounting that the 40-strong group could be stranded on a number of mud and sand flats near the Blackwater Estuary. Read More…

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