Posted by: The ocean update | May 24, 2015

Emergency in Santa Barbara (California, USA)

May 24th, 2015. It appears there is a big problem in Santa Barbara. People on the beach say they called wildlife rescue 2 hours ago. No sign of rescue teams…

So, if you find an oiled animal, please call the OWCN (Oiled Wildlife Care Network) hotline at 1-877-UCD-OWCN. Please do NOT approach or pick up the wildlife yourself.

Thank you

phytoplanctonMay 22nd, 2015 (Steven Goodstein) The most complete ocean plankton study has been released by scientists recently. The half of the Earth’s oxygen production is done by the microorganisms. They observed that microorganisms do much more than function as whale food. Read More…

May 21st, 2015. GOLETA — Video shows dolphins seemingly swimming in circles to avoid the oil slick surrounding them after a pipeline in the Santa Barbara area spilled thousands of gallons of oil into the Pacific Ocean.

The dolphins were spotted swimming near the slick Thursday. Read More…

Posted by: The ocean update | May 21, 2015

State Of Emergency After California Oil Spill (USA)

An estimated 21,000 gallons of crude oil dumped into the ocean from a broken pipeline Tuesday in California

An estimated 21,000 gallons of crude oil dumped into the ocean from a broken pipeline Tuesday in California

May 21st, 2015. Beaches along the California coast line are shut over the Memorial Weekend as teams try to rescue wildlife caught in the spill.

California Governor Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency as it emerges a coastal oil spill is five times worse than originally estimated.

The decision, made on Wednesday night, will free up emergency state funding and resources to help the clean-up around Santa Barbara County. Read More…

Posted by: The ocean update | May 20, 2015

New study may help free whales from fishing rope entanglement

This four-year-old male right whale entangled in heavy fishing rope was spotted in February 2014, 40 miles east of Jacksonville, FL. Florida Fish and Wildlife biologists removed the fishing rope. (Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission image, taken under NOAA research permit #15488)

This four-year-old male right whale entangled in heavy fishing rope was spotted in February 2014, 40 miles east of Jacksonville, FL. Florida Fish and Wildlife biologists removed the fishing rope. (Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission image, taken under NOAA research permit #15488)

May 20th, 2015 (John Barrat). New data just published in the journal Marine Mammal Science may help save the whales, or at least a good many of them.

Using vertebrae and muscle measurements taken from dozens of whale skeletons in museums and research facilities around the country, a team of marine biologists has created a new chart estimating the maximum pulling force that different whale species can create with their tail flukes. Knowing these values may someday aid in designing fishing rope that whales can break or nets with built-in weak links that come apart when a whale becomes entangled. Read More…

Posted by: The ocean update | May 19, 2015

Dead whale found in Half Moon Bay (California, USA)

Gray-whale-Half-Moon-bayMay 19th, 2015 (Mario Sevilla). HALF MOON BAY – A dead whale was discovered on the shore on Poplar Beach in Half Moon Bay, just south of Francis State Beach Tuesday afternoon. This is the third whale to wash ashore on the San Mateo County coast since April 14. Read More…

Posted by: The ocean update | May 19, 2015

Rare whales wash ashore off B.C. coast (Canada)

A rare beaked whale has washed up on the beach in Ahouset, B.C., on the west coast of Vancouver Island. (Marcie Callewaert)

A rare beaked whale has washed up on the beach in Ahouset, B.C., on the west coast of Vancouver Island. (Marcie Callewaert)

May 19th, 2015 (Nick Wells). Two beaked whales have washed up on British Columbia shores in the past two weeks, sparking questions about what led to the deaths of the seldomly-seen marine mammals.

A Cuvier’s beaked whale washed ashore near the community of Tofino sometime in the last two weeks. The body is too badly decomposed to conduct a necropsy, with department of fisheries officers asking the photographer who discovered it to send tissue samples. Read More…

CCS responders used a fixed knife on the end of a pole to cut away the gear. CCS image taken under NOAA permit 932-1905.

CCS responders used a fixed knife on the end of a pole to cut away the gear. CCS image taken under NOAA permit 932-1905.

May 19th, 2015. PROVINCETOWN – The Marine Animal Entanglement Response team from the Center for Coastal Studies in Provincetown released a humpback whale from a life-threatening entanglement last week.

The adult female, named Spinnaker, was spotted about 90 miles from Provincetown.

Marine Animal Entanglement Response team member Doug Sandilands explained how Spinnaker was entangled. Read More…

Enterramiento-ballenasMay 19th, 2015. Two dead whales that washed up weeks apart on a beach south of San Francisco are expected to be buried after neighbors complained of their rotting smell.

On May 6, a 42-foot female humpback with four fractured vertebrae and a broken rib washed up on the same Pacifica beach where a 50-foot sperm whale was found about three weeks earlier. Read More…

Posted by: The ocean update | May 18, 2015

Fishing nets destroyed in Irrawaddy dolphin habitat (Cambodia)

Authorities confiscate nets from local fishermen in Kratie province’s Sambor district over the weekend after they were being used to fish in a protected area. 

Authorities confiscate nets from local fishermen in Kratie province’s Sambor district over the weekend after they were being used to fish in a protected area.

May 18th, 2015. Over 10,000 square metres of fishing nets discovered in a protected fishing area of Kratie’s Sambor district were seized and burned over the weekend in an effort to crack down on illegal fishing and protect the endangered Irrawaddy dolphin. Read More…

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