Posted by: The ocean update | March 26, 2015

Brier Island couple unearth beached whale (Nova Scotia, Canada)

March 26th, 2015 (Ian Fairclough). The partial carcass of a humpback whale that appeared on Sandy Cove beach on Digby Neck is keeping a local fisherman and innkeeper busy.

Jess Tudor, who runs Brier Island Lodge with his wife, Amy, when he is not fishing, has spent the past several days uncovering the partially buried whale. Read More…

Posted by: The ocean update | March 25, 2015

Could Military Sonar Have Caused Recent Whale Stranding ? (Guam)

beaked-whale-Guam-March-2015Wednesday, March 25th, 2015 (Clynt Ridgell). NOAA and DOAG Division of Aquatics & Wildlife Conducting Necropsy on Beaked Whale

Guam – Department of Agriculture’s Division of Aquatics and Wildlife Biologist Brent Tibbatts is conducting a necropsy of the beaked whale that beached itself and died in Merizo on Monday. Tibbats and NOAA officials are trying to determine what may have caused the whale to become stranded and they are also trying to determine if reports that two other whales were stranded are true or not. Read More…

Posted by: The ocean update | March 24, 2015

Four surviving dolphins leave harbour (WA, Australia)

STRANDED PILOT WHALES IN BUNBURYMarch 24th, 2015 (Kate Fielding). The last of four surviving dolphins from a mass stranding at Bunbury Harbour south of Perth, appear to have swum out to sea.

Twelve of the 22 long-finned pilot whales that were stranded along the harbour’s breakwater wall and adjacent beach on Monday died, despite the efforts of rescuers, who managed to herd six others out to sea.

One of the four more that were stuck in the shallows, became re-stranded and had to be taken out to deeper water again.

The other three were not swimming strongly and there were fears they would also re-strand.

But this morning, Department of Parks and Wildlife nature conservation leader Kim Williams said a spotter plane had flown a circuit 40km either side of Bunbury and not seen any more strandings on the beach or in the water.

Volunteers and wildlife officers had worked tirelessly to rescue stranded long-finned pilot whales yesterday.

A group of more than 35 volunteers spent hours with Department of Parks and Wildlife staff attempting to save the whales after they became stranded against a breakwater wall and thrashed against rocks yesterday morning.

Six whales were herded out to sea by small boats throughout the day, and as nightfall approached volunteers watched, exhausted but relieved, as another four surviving whales made their way back out to sea.

But one of the whales soon re-stranded and DPaW feared the other three would struggle overnight.

The carcasses were removed in the hope they would not distract the other whales from heading back out to sea.

Mr Kerr said it was hard to understand what brought the whales in.

“It’s the great unknown as to why this has happened, so we can try to stop it from happening again,” he said.

Nigel Schofield, from the Shark Response Unit, warned that the stranded whales might attract sharks.

“We urge people to stay out of the area and report any shark sightings to Water Police,” he said.




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Posted by: The ocean update | March 20, 2015

Military Exercise Browndown Area 21-25 March 2015 (UK)

March 20th, 2015. Queen’s Harbour Master Portsmouth (LNTM NO 32/15)

1. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN by the Queen’s Harbour Master Portsmouth that from 0800 on 21 March to 1600 on 25 March 2015 a military exercise will be taking place in the Browndown Amphibious Exercise Area.  Read More…

Posted by: The ocean update | March 20, 2015

Visit of Nuclear Powered Warship 22-27 March 2015 (UK)

March 20th, 2015. Queen’s Harbour Master Portsmouth (LNTM NO 31/15)

  1. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN by the Queen’s Harbour Master Portsmouth that a nuclear powered warship will visit the Solent from 22 to 27 March 2015.
  2. Timings for arrival and departure (including a closed channel) will be promulgated by the usual Shipping Movements programme on the QHM Website.
  3. Mariners are advised that the Nuclear Powered Warship while on passage between the Nab Tower and its berth at “C” Anchorage (50 46.1N 001 10.7W) is considered “a vessel constrained by her draught” as defined under the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea. The vessel will be escorted by tugs and MOD Police patrol vessels. Vessels are to avoid taking any action that will impede her safe passage. General Direction 02/13 (Dormant Exclusion Zone – 250 metres radius) will be enforced for this vessel during her transit through the Dockyard Port of Portsmouth.
  4. Police craft will be in attendance with the vessel to enforce the requirements of this Local Notice to Mariners. They will be clearly identifiable and will be acting on the authority of the Queen’s Harbour Master. All vessels are to comply with their instructions. In accordance with General Direction 02/15 (Keep Clear of Warship Alongside or at Anchor) exceptionally for this vessel, a 150 metres exclusion zone is designated while the vessel is at anchor in the Solent and will be enforced.

Cancel this Local Notice to Mariners on 28 March 2015.


Posted by: The ocean update | March 19, 2015

Whale carcass to be buried in landfill (California, USA)

A deceased whale floats off the coast of Torrey Pines State Park, March 19, 2015.

A deceased whale floats off the coast of Torrey Pines State Park, March 19, 2015.

March 19th, 2015 (Paul Sisson, Lyndsay Winkley). SAN DIEGO — The carcass of a 26.5-foot gray whale will be buried in a local landfill on the state’s dollar after it was spotted off the coast of Torrey Pines State Beach Thursday morning, a San Diego lifeguard said.

The carcass was drifting north near the border of Black’s Beach and Torrey Pines State Beach about 9:45 a.m. when the decision was made to tow the deceased diver to Fiesta Island, Lifeguard Lt. Nick Lerma said. Read More…

Posted by: The ocean update | March 19, 2015

Whale with no tail spotted swimming in California (USA)

Whale-with-no-tail-spotted-swimming-in-California-WatchMarch 19th, 2015. Whale With No Tail ? Rare sighting of a gray whale without a fluke off Southern California shows that the migrating cetaceans possess a remarkable ability to adapt.

A whale-watching ship encountered the lone gray whale, whose entire tail was cut off — likely by being snared in a fishing net — as he made his 10,000-mile yearly migration from Mexico’s Baja Peninsula to Alaska. According to Captain Dave’s Dolphin and Whale Watching Safari, the whale had devised a clever way to continue swimming without the propulsion of his flukes, a hopeful adaptation to what could have been a fatal injury. Read More…

Posted by: The ocean update | March 17, 2015

First global review on the status, future of Arctic marine mammals

Polar bear on the north slope of Alaska.Eric Regehr, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Polar bear on the north slope of Alaska.Eric Regehr, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

March 17th, 2015 (Hannah Hickey). For Arctic marine mammals, the future is especially uncertain. Loss of sea ice and warming temperatures are shifting already fragile Northern ecosystems.

The precarious state of those mammals is underscored in a multinational study led by a University of Washington scientist, published this week in Conservation Biology, assessing the status of all circumpolar species and subpopulations of Arctic marine mammals, including seals, whales and polar bears. The authors outline the current state of knowledge and their recommendations for the conservation of these animals over the 21st century. Read More…

Posted by: The ocean update | March 17, 2015

Military exercise puts north of Scotland in front line (Scotland, UK)

Orcinus-L112March 17th, 2015 (David Ross). Conducting a Nato exercise next month will put the north of Scotland in the front line, as relations between Russia and the West continue to deteriorate, it is claimed.

Caithness, Sutherland and Ross SNP MSP Rob Gibson said communities were worried about the prospect of the exercises being played out amid heightened international tensions.

It was confirmed last week that the next round in the Joint Warrior exercises due in April, would now officially become part of Nato’s war games programme.

Mr Gibson said: “This may be just a bigger version of Joint Warrior, but at a political level it is sabre-rattling which is concerning to us. It puts the north of Scotland once again in the front line.

“We could be having Russian ships, submarines and aircraft taking an interest in the exercise and we don’t want anything that could lead to unfortunate accidents happening.

“We know about Joint warrior. It happens twice a year. The GPS jamming affects people working on land and at sea. It means certain areas are closed to access and through the sonar it can affect whale and dolphin populations. If it is to be stepped up the impact on the natural environment will be even greater.”

Joint Warrior will last from April 13 to 24 involve up to 12,000 armed forces personnel from more than a dozen Nato countries and close partners.

It will feature more than 58 warships and submarines, over 50 fixed-wing aircraft and nearly 3000 land forces from the participating nations. They will be operating from the Irish Sea north to beyond Cape Wrath and band round east to the Moray Firth.

It is designed to prepare personnel for Nato’s next exercise – Trident Juncture – scheduled for the Iberian Peninsula between September and November and which will be the largest live exercise of its kind for over a decade.

The Prime Minister David Cameron said these exercises showcased the breadth of the UK’s military capability and demonstrated the strength of the Nato Alliance.

Meanwhile Danny Groves, the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society ‘s (WDC) communications manager also raised concerns. He said: “Whales and dolphins live in a world of water and sound. They feed, communicate and find their way around their world using sound. “Loud military exercises at sea, and the use of powerful sonar can put whales and dolphins in danger, cause them to strand on coastlines, and even kill them. Independent investigations following Britain’s largest mass dolphin stranding off the Cornish coast in 2008 concluded that the only realistic cause was military exercises taking place in the area at the time. As a result, WDC continue to lobby navies and governments, and to advocate for effective mitigation and monitoring.”

An MOD spokesman said: “The upcoming Joint Warrior exercise, similar in size to the spring 2013/14 exercises, will take place across the whole of the UK, including Salisbury Plain, Norfolk and South Wales as well as in Scotland.

“The MOD takes its environmental responsibilities very seriously, and always incorporates consideration of potential impacts on local populations and the environment in its military planning.”



The whale found entangled in what is believed to be crab fishing gear may have not eaten for months, according to Justin Viezbicke, stranding coordinator for the NOAA.

The whale found entangled in what is believed to be crab fishing gear may have not eaten for months, according to Justin Viezbicke, stranding coordinator for the NOAA.

March 17th, 2015 (Erika I. Ritchie). DANA POINT – A gray whale found tangled in rope and laboring to swim off Dana Point was partially freed in an effort by whale-watch boat captains, a whale researcher and a private craft.

The gray whale was first spotted in 60 feet of water off the Dana Point Headlands shortly after noon Monday by Todd Mansur, a captain aboard the Dana Pride. Mansur noticed the 35-foot mammal covered in a blanket of orange whale lice – a warning something was terribly wrong. The whale labored to swim. Read More…

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