Posted by: The ocean update | October 23, 2014

‘Megajaws’ kept blue whale small

Natural historian Enya Kim stands inside a fossilised megalodon jaw. Source : AFP

Natural historian Enya Kim stands inside a fossilised megalodon jaw. Source : AFP

October 23th, 2014 (John Ross). SCIENTISTS have pinpointed the event that allowed the world’s biggest living creature to emerge — the demise of the world’s biggest ever shark.

The bus-sized “Carcharocles megalodon”, an 18-metre behemoth that feasted on marine mammals, is one of the most celebrated monsters of the deep. About four times as big as a great white, it evolved around 15 million years ago. Read More…

Posted by: The ocean update | October 22, 2014

Pilot whales stranded off Sunbury Cove (Canada)

DFO fisheries officers attempt to help pilot whales return to the ocean after they became stranded Tuesday at Sunbury Cove. Weather conditions forced the cancellation of rescue attempts on Wednesday. Fisheries officer will be back on the scene Thursday morning. © DFO photo

DFO fisheries officers attempt to help pilot whales return to the ocean after they became stranded Tuesday at Sunbury Cove. © DFO photo

October 22nd, 2014. SUNBURY COVE – Nine pilot whales area stranded at Sunbury Cove near Summerside. They were first spotted off Sunbury Cove Tuesday evening.

Department of Fisheries and Oceans fishery officers worked with representatives from the province and UPEI from early Wednesday morning to try to redirect the whales to open waters. Read More…

Bottlenose_DolphinOctober 22nd, 2014. Chatham Rock Phosphate’s proposal to mine the Chatham Rise on New Zealand’s continental shelf could affect marine mammals such as whales and dolphins, University of Otago assistant professor Liz Slooten told the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA).

The EPA’s on-going hearing to assess the impact of the mining project has entered into its fifth week, where Slooten has been providing evidence from environmentalists Greenpeace, Kiwis Against Seabed Mining (KASM) and the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition (DSCC). Read More…

Posted by: The ocean update | October 21, 2014

Celebrated baby orca, first born in area since 2012, dies (Canada)

Baby orca L120, shown with an adult whale recently, has died. The calf, born seven weeks ago, was the first newborn killer whale to appear off the south coast of B.C. since 2012.   Photograph By Carrie Sapp

Baby orca L120, shown with an adult whale recently, has died. The calf, born seven weeks ago, was the first newborn killer whale to appear off the south coast of B.C. since 2012.   Photograph By Carrie Sapp

October 21st, 2014 (Katherine Dedyna). A killer whale calf born about seven weeks ago in the Salish Sea off the south coast of B.C. has died, says Orca Conservancy, a Washington-based volunteer group working to protect orcas and their habitat.

Called L120, the calf was celebrated as the first born in the area since 2012, and its death leaves 78 southern resident killer whales in a declining population considered endangered under Canada’s Species at Risk Act. Read More…

Posted by: The ocean update | October 19, 2014

Juvenile whale shark killed while another freed (Malaysia)

Joint effort : Villagers helping the whale shark to swim to open waters after freeing it from the fishing net.

Joint effort : Villagers helping the whale shark to swim to open waters after freeing it from the fishing net.

Sunday, October 19th, 2014 (Stephanie Lee). KOTA KINABALU : Wildlife advocates are outraged over reports that a juvenile whale shark had been captured and killed at Marudu Bay, about 130km from here. They want stern action against the killers.

However, in Tawau, another whale shark that was caught by a fisherman, was released unharmed.

The culprits should be prosecuted for killing an endangered species, said World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Malaysia executive director and chief executive officer Datuk Dr Dionysius Sharma. Read More…

Posted by: The ocean update | October 18, 2014

Dolphin washes up on beach near Ventura County line (California, USA)

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SUZY DEMETER A woman found a carcass Saturday morning as she was running along a beach near the Los Angeles/Ventura county line. Officials aren’t sure whether it was a whale or dolphin.

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SUZY DEMETER A woman found a carcass Saturday morning as she was running along a beach near the Los Angeles/Ventura county line. Officials aren’t sure whether it was a whale or dolphin.

October 18th, 2014 (Megan Diskin). Officials confirmed Sunday the carcass that washed up on a ­local ­beach was a Risso dolphin.

The dolphin was an adult Risso dolphin that was extremely decomposed, said Jim Milbury, a spokesman with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Read More…

Posted by: The ocean update | October 18, 2014

Dead beaked whale found off Sta. Cruz Island (Philippines)

A beaked whale was found dead off Zamboanga City.

A beaked whale was found dead off Zamboanga City.

October 18th, 2014 (RJ Rosalado). MANILA – A 15-foot long whale was found dead near the Santa Cruz Island in Zamboanga City on Saturday morning.

The Maritime Police was conducting a regular anti-kidnapping patrol on the coastal areas of Zamboanga City when they saw the dead whale off shore. Read More…

Posted by: The ocean update | October 17, 2014

Beached whale dies in St. Johns County (Florida, USA)

SJC-whale-dies-picOctober 17th, 2014 (Stacey Readout). JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. – A whale beached itself and passed away on South Crescent Beach Friday morning, according to wildlife officials.

The whale was estimated to be 600-700 lbs. and 11.5 feet long. Read More…

Posted by: The ocean update | October 16, 2014

Small and isolated dolphin populations are under threat (Australia)

Only recently discovered, the Burrunan dolphin is now in need of urgent conservation action. AMMCF , Author provided

Only recently discovered, the Burrunan dolphin is now in need of urgent conservation action. AMMCF , Author provided

October 16th, 2014 (Kate Charlton-Robb). The Burrunan dolphin, Tursiops australis, has only recently been discovered but is already under threat due to its small and isolated populations.

Our team of researchers from the Australian Marine Mammal Conservation Foundation (AMMCF), Museum Victoria and Monash University, have investigated the population genetic structure of the Burrunan dolphin from the two only known resident populations : one from Victoria’s Port Phillip Bay and the Gippsland Lakes, and from other locations across coastal Victoria and Tasmania. Read More…

Posted by: The ocean update | October 16, 2014

Trapped baby whale freed from net (Australia)

Whale trapped off Sunshine Coast

Whale trapped off Sunshine Coast

October 16th, 2014. A juvenile whale badly tangled in nets off Rainbow Beach has been freed.

The whale was believed to be trapped since last night but was only spotted this morning.

A large crowd flocked to the beach to see an adult whale remaining by the young whale’s side as workers tried to free the babe from the net.

“The Marine Animal Release Team was activated after the entanglement was reported by the government shark contractor this morning,” Queensland Shark Control Program Manager Jeff Krause said.

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