whale-disentanglementJuly 27th, 2015 (Tracy Holmes). A humpback whale rescued off the west coast of Vancouver Island Friday was in worse condition than any entangled whale Paul Cottrell has seen in his years with Fisheries and Oceans Canada. Read More…

June 27th, 2015 (Rachel d’Oro). Researchers may never solve the recent deaths of 18 endangered whales whose carcasses were found floating near Alaska’s Kodiak Island, a scientist working on the case said Monday.

Samples taken from one of the 10 fin whales were at least a week old, which could throw off test results, said Kate Wynne, a marine mammal specialist for the University of Alaska Sea Grant Program. The carcasses of eight humpback whales also were found. Read More…

Posted by: The ocean update | July 27, 2015

16-foot dead beaked whale washes ashore in Agat (Guam)

beaked-whale-Guam-July-2015July 27th, 2015 (Roselle Romanes). Another beaked whale washed up on the Southern part of the island…this time, a 16-footer.

Guam Department of Agriculture Fisheries Biologist Brent Tibbatts says the whale was found beached at the Agat Marina yesterday morning. Tibbatts says, “It was first reported Sunday morning, just washed up north of the channel of Agat Marina. Overnight, the waves have moved it to the south side of the channel.” Read More…

Posted by: The ocean update | July 26, 2015

Whale trapped in Sunny Cove rescued (South Africa)

A Whale Disentanglement Network volunteers, using the specialized whale disentanglement equipment, and supported by the two NSRI sea rescue boats, successfully disentangled a young adult humpback whale. (Andrew Ingram, NSRI)

A Whale Disentanglement Network volunteers, using the specialized whale disentanglement equipment, and supported by the two NSRI sea rescue boats, successfully disentangled a young adult humpback whale. (Andrew Ingram, NSRI)

July 26th, 2015. Cape Town – In a race against time, rescuers worked throughout the night to save a whale entangled in ropes just off Sunny Cove in Fish Hoek.

Rescuers from various authorities assisted in the operation on Saturday night, the SA Whale Disentanglement Network said on Sunday. Read More…

Photo credit : Spotted dolphins form associations with bottlenose dolphins in the Bahamas. A Cotton Photo/Shutterstock.

Photo credit : Spotted dolphins form associations with bottlenose dolphins in the Bahamas. A Cotton Photo/Shutterstock.

July 26th, 2015 (Josh L Davis). Over 30 species of cetaceans – or whales and dolphins – have been observed swimming in mixed groups, but because most of such observations are brief and occur only rarely, the majority of these reports are anecdotal and not robustly studied. One such grouping, however, bucks this trend. Off the Bahamas, there are two species of dolphin, the bottlenose and the spotted, that regularly hang out together. Read More…

Some shark species are endangered because of the value of their fins

Some shark species are endangered because of the value of their fins

July 22nd, 2015 (Stuart Winter). AN EU loophole is allowing travellers to “smuggle” precious shark fins into Britain to be sold on the black market for small fortunes.

By claiming the fins are covered under personal allowance rules, travellers arriving in the UK can sell precious amounts to restaurants for as much £3,500.  Read More…

Posted by: The ocean update | July 25, 2015

Bid to save dolphins in polluted Ganges (India)

170726 Ganges India Map Chng R1July 25th, 2015. India conducts first count of freshwater species as part of effort to restore river’s biodiversity.

As the Indian government accelerates cleanup efforts of the River Ganges, the conservation of dolphins in India’s holiest, but most polluted waterway, is under the spotlight as the country conducts its first official count of the freshwater species. Read More…

massacre-FeroeJuly 25th, 2015. Every year in the Faroe Islands, a territory of Denmark, long finned pilot whales as well as other species of dolphins including bottle-nosed dolphins and whales are driven into the bays and killed for their meat. Read More…

A rare species of whale washed ashore a Plymouth beach. (Image Credit : New England Aquarium)

A rare species of whale washed ashore a Plymouth beach. (Image Credit : New England Aquarium)

July 25th, 2015. PLYMOUTH – The carcass of a rare breed of whale washed ashore a Massachusetts beach this week, New England Aquarium officials said.

A 17-foot toothed whale, which is rarely seen in the area, washed ashore Jones Beach in Plymouth on Friday. Read More…

A whale is being rescued in the central province of Quang Nam. Photo credit : NLD

A whale is being rescued in the central province of Quang Nam. Photo credit : NLD

Saturday, July 25th, 2015. Quang Nam – People in a fishing village in the central province of Quang Nam have been working around the clock over the past three days to save a stranded whale weighing more than 300 kilograms. Read More…

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