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…

The carcass of one of the seven sperm whales which became stranded on a beach at Ardrossan.

The carcass of one of the seven sperm whales which became stranded on a beach at Ardrossan.

December 12th, 2014. Six of the seven rotting sperm whale carcasses washed up on a beach in South Australia are removed by the local council.

The seven whales became stranded and died at a beach close to the Yorke Peninsula town Ardrossan on Monday morning. Read More…

Posted by: The ocean update | December 12, 2014

Dolphin Rescued at St. Andrews Does Not Survive (Florida, USA)

dolphins-St-Andrew-CaliforniaDecember 12th, 2014. Two dolphins died while in transport to Gulf World after they were rescued earlier at St. Andrew’s State Park.

According to Gulf World, a mother dolphin and her baby were spotted in what’s known as the kiddy pool when Gulf World’s stranding team sprung into action. Read More…

Posted by: The ocean update | December 12, 2014

Bangladeshis use sponges to clean oil spill threatening dolphins

marea-negra-Bangladesh2December 12th, 2014 (Kamrul Khan, AFP). Dhaka – Bangladeshi villagers using sponges, shovels and even spoons worked Friday to clean up a huge oil spill in a protected area that is home to rare dolphins, after environmentalists warned of an ecological “catastrophe”.

Thousands of litres of oil have spilt into the protected Sundarbans mangrove area, home to rare Irrawaddy and Ganges dolphins, after a tanker collided with another vessel on Tuesday. Read More…

Posted by: The ocean update | December 12, 2014

Why Birds Don’t Have Teeth

Credit : Michael Monzer

Credit : Michael Monzer

December 12th, 2014 (Laura Geggel). Birds — like anteaters, baleen whales and turtles — don’t have teeth. But this wasn’t always the case. The common ancestor of all living birds sported a set of pearly whites 116 million years ago, a new study finds.

In the study, researchers looked at the mutated remains of tooth genes in modern birds to figure out when birds developed “edentulism” — an absence of teeth. Ancient birds have left only a fragmented fossil record, but studying the genes of modern birds can help clarify how the bird lineage has changed over time. Read More…

Posted by: The ocean update | December 12, 2014

Rescue of an orphaned newborn monk seal pup in Skopelos island (Greece)

Adriana-care-MOmDecember 11th, 2014. On Saturday the 15th of November, MOm’s Rescue Team was informed by Mrs Niki Lemoni, member of the Veterinary Network of ARION, Cetacean Rescue & Rehabilitation Research Center, that a newborn female Mediterranean monk seal was stranded orphaned in Velanio beach at Skopelos, North Sporades.

Mr Andreas Aggelopoulos, resident of Skopelos, found the young pup and immediately informed the island’s veterinary, Mrs Lemoni who performed the initial health examinations on the animal. Read More…

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