August 27th, 2015 (Lyle Dillabough). Many people are surprised when told that the Ottawa Valley was once covered by water. Today, that ancient water covering is referred to as the Champlain Sea, for it existed thousands of years ago. Lac Champlain in the upper states of New York and Vermont is the only remnant of this once great body of water. There are also fossils and other clues which remain scattered across the region but most of these are recognizable to only those who are actually looking for them. Read More…

Posted by: The ocean update | August 27, 2015

Diver Discovers Whale Skull in Virginia Swamp (USA)

outdoorhub-diver-discovers-ancient-whale-skull-in-virginia-swamp-2015-08-27August 27th, 2015 (Daniel Xu). In the muddy riverbed of a Virginia swamp, one paleontologist discovered something that did not belong there : a massive whale skull. Jason Osborne found the six-foot skull back in 2013, but was unable to retrieve it until recently with the help a team of experienced excavators, and, strangely enough, a floating body bag. Once it was brought onto dry land, experts determined that the bones actually belonged to an extinct species of baleen whales, and it may have died about five million years ago. Read More…

The pygmy right whale's skeleton will be added to Museum Victoria's collection for research.

The pygmy right whale’s skeleton will be added to Museum Victoria’s collection for research.

August 27th, 2015. A rare baleen whale found washed up on Victoria’s south-west coast will be donated to Museum Victoria for research.

The 2.6-metre, young pygmy right whale, weighing about 500 kilograms, was discovered on the front beach at Apollo Bay on Wednesday. Read More…

Dead whale washes up in estuary across from Jack London Square in Oakland.

Dead whale washes up in estuary across from Jack London Square in Oakland.

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015 (Kurtis Alexander). Federal officials were trying to figure out how to remove a dead whale that was found floating in the Oakland Estuary off an Alameda dock on Wednesday and could disrupt Port of Oakland traffic. Read More…

Posted by: The ocean update | August 26, 2015

Bid to rescue whale stranded on Auckland beach (New Zealand)

beached-whale-AucklandWednesday, August 26th, 2015. Volunteers have flocked to a beach near Auckland’s CBD in a bid to rescue a stranded whale.

It’s understood the whale – believed to be a Bryde’s whale (Ed Sibylline : a Minke whale) – is the same one that was spotted a couple of kilometres up an Auckland river yesterday afternoon. Read More…

a-rare-south-pacific-nautilus-seen-for-the-first-time-in-3-decadesAugust 26th, 2015 (Jonathan Edwards). It might be the rarest animal in the world. Peter Ward is a biologist at the University of Washington who this July came across the Allonautilus scrobiculatus species of nautilus in the waters off Papua New Guinea after not having seen one for about three decades. Read More…

Posted by: The ocean update | August 26, 2015

Minke Whale Saved By New Zealand Volunteers (New Zealand)

Minke Whale Saved By New Zealand Volunteers

Minke Whale Saved By New Zealand Volunteers

August 26th, 2015. An Antarctic minke whale has been floated out to sea after stranding itself off the coast of New Zealand.

The 8m-long mammal, which could have weighed as much as seven tons, was spotted near a motorway at Point Chevalier, not far from Auckland just before 8am local time. Read More…

Posted by: The ocean update | August 25, 2015

Dead beached whale winched out (Poland)

The whale was winched out on Tuesday. Photo : PAP/Piotr Wittman

The whale was winched out on Tuesday. Photo : PAP/Piotr Wittman

August 25th, 2015. A 20 ton whale which was beached on the Baltic coast in northern Poland was lifted out of the water on Tuesday afternoon.

The first crane brought in on Tuesday morning turned out to be too weak to lift the dead aquatic mammal. Read More…

Posted by: The ocean update | August 25, 2015

Whale washed ashore in Clare will be allowed to decompose (Ireland)

The mature whale was roughly six metres long and was estimated to weigh in excess of six tonnes.

The mature whale was roughly six metres long and was estimated to weigh in excess of six tonnes.

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015 (Andrew Hamilton). A Minke whale, washed ashore in north Clare 13 days ago, will be allowed to decompose naturally rather than being removed by the authorities. Read More…

Posted by: The ocean update | August 25, 2015

Injured Killer Whale Likely Hit By Boat Propeller (BC, Canada)

August 25th, 2015 (Andree Lau). Marine researchers in B.C. are keeping a close eye on a juvenile killer whale with fresh gashes on its side and dorsal fin — believed to have been caused by a boat propeller.

The six-year-old orca has been identified as A95, also known as Fern, from the northern resident population. Read More…

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