OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAJuly 18th, 2014. ST. AUGUSTINE BEACH, Fla. – Opening the Eastern Seaboard to offshore oil exploration for the first time in decades, the Obama administration on Friday approved the use of sonic cannons to discover deposits under the ocean floor by shooting sound waves 100 times louder than a jet engine through waters shared by endangered whales and turtles. Read More…

On-lookers and animal rescuers from Florida Atlantic University’s Harbor Branch did all they could to help the 8 ft, 800lb pygmy sperm whale that washed ashore in Pepper Park in Fort Pierce Friday.

On-lookers and animal rescuers from Florida Atlantic University’s Harbor Branch did all they could to help the 8 ft, 800lb pygmy sperm whale that washed ashore in Pepper Park in Fort Pierce Friday.

July 18th, 2014. On-lookers and animal rescuers from Florida Atlantic University’s Harbor Branch did all they could to help the 8 foot, 800 lb whale that washed ashore in Pepper Park.

“It’s a male pygmy sperm whale that beached earlier this morning about sunrise,” said Dr. David Kilpatrick, Veterinarian with Harbor Oceanographic Institute. “It was seen by one of the beach walkers.” Read More…

A dead humpback whale found washed up on a beach in Dampier in WA's Pilbara region. Supplied : WA Department of Parks and Wildlife

A dead humpback whale found washed up on a beach in Dampier in WA’s Pilbara region. Supplied : WA Department of Parks and Wildlife

July 18th, 2014. The Department of Parks and Wildlife says a humpback whale, found washed up on a Pilbara beach in Western Australia, had become tangled in ropes at sea.

The 10-metre whale carcass was found on a beach in Dampier last weekend.

It was assessed by wildlife officers before being towed out to sea to prevent sharks being attracted close to shore. Read More…

Posted by: The ocean update | July 17, 2014

Shark chokes on sea lion off WA coast (Australia)

shark-chokes-sea-lionJuly 17th, 2014. A FOUR-METRE white shark found dead on a West Australian beach appears to have choked on a large sea lion, the state’s Department of Fisheries says.

THE male shark was found washed ashore at Coronation Beach, about 28km north of Geraldton, earlier this week.

A YouTube video of the distressed animal thrashing around in the shallows has been viewed thousands of times. Read More…

whale-to-be-freedJuly 17th, 2014. The Whale Rescue Group will make another attempt in the coming days to remove fishing gear from a whale off the southern shore. Wayne Ledwell says they made at attempt to free the whale yesterday, but were unsuccessful. The whale is towing some rope and a buoy and is very mobile.

He says the whale is feeding and is even able to dive and breach. Read More…

Posted by: The ocean update | July 17, 2014

Arctic climate researchers zoom in on plankton

Researchers collect water samples in the Chukchi Sea. (Photo courtesy of Amanda Kowalski/ArcticSpring.org)

Researchers collect water samples in the Chukchi Sea. (Photo courtesy of Amanda Kowalski/ArcticSpring.org)

July 17th, 2014 (Lauren Rosenthal). They’re not recognizable like polar bears or whales. But phytoplankton are a key part of life in the Arctic — and now, they’re at the center of a new research effort to predict how the region will respond to climate change.

Almost every animal in the Arctic eats — or eats something that consumes — phytoplankton. They’re tiny specks of algae that usually blossom into big clouds out in the ocean in the springtime. Read More…

Posted by: The ocean update | July 17, 2014

Whale to give birth off Sydney’s coast (Australia)

whale-tail-AustraliaThursday, July 17th, 2014. A whale is believed to be about to give birth off Sydney’s northern beaches.

The Southern Right was seen just behind the surf line at Warriewood Beach on Thursday morning where around 400 people have gathered.

Whale-watchers say the whale is displaying tell-tale signs of an impending birth. Read More…

Posted by: The ocean update | July 16, 2014

Hurt young whale in sore need of help (Australia)

A juvenile humpback in Newcastle Harbour on Wednesday. Pic : Darren Pateman

A juvenile humpback in Newcastle Harbour on Wednesday. Pic : Darren Pateman

July 16th, 2014 (Donna Page). Report sightings of the sick whale to ORRCA (02) 94153333

CARRYING extensive scars from a fight with a pod of killer whales and other injuries possibly from being tangled in rope, this juvenile humpback whale was forced to take refuge in Newcastle Harbour yesterday. Read More…

Posted by: The ocean update | July 16, 2014

Stranded whale at Perdido Key (Florida, USA)

melon-head-whale-EmeraldWednesday, July 16th, 2014. The whale that washed ashore on Gulf Islands National Seashore Tuesday morning was described as very rare to see in this area.

Susan Leveille of the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge said “the stranding was reported to us about 8 a.m., reported initially at Perdido Key, and our rescue team responded immediately.” Read More…

Posted by: The ocean update | July 16, 2014

Minister Proposes Fishing Fees on Whalers (Iceland)

Whaling boats in Reykjavík harbor. Photo : Páll Stefánsson

Whaling boats in Reykjavík harbor. Photo : Páll Stefánsson

July 16th, 2014 (EMILÍA S. ÓLAFSDÓTTIR KAABER). Icelandic Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson has made public his intentions to officially propose the imposition of fishing fees, in addition to quotas, on companies which hunt whales and mink whales.

These plans were revealed in Sigurður’s response to a recent inquiry into the management of whaling, by MP for the Left-Greens Katrín Jakobsdóttir. Read More…

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