Posted by: The ocean update | February 19, 2018

Canada to introduce mandatory reporting of whale interactions this year

Fishing groups briefed by DFO are being told they will have to report any North Atlantic right whale sighting. (Center for Coastal Studies/NOAA permit #932-1905)

DFO is also considering temporary closures for fishing grounds where significant numbers of whales are present

February 19th, 2018 (Paul Whiters). The phrase “Save the Whales” will take on new importance for Canadian fishermen in 2018 as the Department of Fisheries and Oceans introduces mandatory reporting for interactions Canada’s commercial fishing fleets have with marine mammals. Read More…

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Posted by: The ocean update | February 18, 2018

Rare find in Maui waters: presumed humpback whale placenta (Hawaii, USA)

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February 18th, 2018. Pacific Whale Foundation’s Ocean Journey, on its first whalewatch of the day on Saturday, came across the rarest of finds — placenta in waters off Maui, presumed to be from a humpback whale. Read More…

A dead whale has been found at the far eastern end of Papamoa Beach. Photos / John Howlett

February 16th, 2018 (Samantha Motion). Security was being put into place overnight for a dead whale found washed up on a far eastern stretch of Papamoa Beach today. Read More…

Posted by: The ocean update | February 15, 2018

Dramatic whale hunts depicted in ancient rock art (Chile)

More than 300 images were found. Many drawings depict fish, though weapons and rafts have also been documented. Photograph by Benjamin Ballester.

February 15th, 2018. The paintings match historical artifacts that suggest hunters set out on small boats with makeshift harpoons. Read More…

Posted by: The ocean update | February 15, 2018

World first offers whale’s-eye look beneath the ocean (Antarctic)

Minke whales live in in the seas around Antarctica.

February 15th, 2108 (Mark Burrows). Researchers in Antarctica have pulled off a world-first by attaching a camera to a minke whale in the hope of better understanding the mysterious species. Read More…

Posted by: The ocean update | February 15, 2018

Warmer seas make whales more difficult to find and track (New Zealand)

February 15th, 2018. A two-week expedition to tag blue whales in New Zealand waters for the first time, almost came up empty due to warmer sea temperatures causing the animals to change their behaviour. Read More…

Posted by: The ocean update | February 15, 2018

Massive whale skull washes up in Flagler Beach (Florida, USA)

A whale skull, missing its lower jaw bone, was discovered on the beach south of the Flagler Beach Pier on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018. Photo provided/Jan Vangets

February 15th, 2018 (Dinah Voyles Pulver). Biologists who examined the skull and upper jawbone think it may be from a humpback whale but they’re waiting to confer with large whale specialists. Read More…

Posted by: The ocean update | February 14, 2018

Monitoring bacteria on whale skin (Western Antarctic Peninsula)

Humpback microbiome linked to seasonal, environmental changes

February 14th, 2018. Just like with humans, the skin on marine mammals serves as an important line of defense against pathogens in their environment. A new study sheds light on the skin microbiome–a group of microorganisms that live on skin–in healthy humpback whales, which could aid in future efforts to monitor their health. Read More…

Posted by: The ocean update | February 14, 2018

Beached whale buried in Kleinkrantz (South Africa)

February 14th, 2018. The Bryde’s whale washed up last Friday was buried today at Kleinkranz, Wilderness, said SANParks spokesperson Nandi Mgwadlamba. Read More…

Posted by: The ocean update | February 14, 2018

Decline in krill threatens Antarctic wildlife, from whales to penguins

An iceberg in the western Antarctic Peninsula where krill populations – vital food source for seals, whales and penguins – are declining. Photograph: Eitan Abramovich/AFP/Getty Images

Climate change and industrial-scale fishing is impacting the krill population with a potentially disastrous impact on larger predators, say scientists

Wednesday, February 14th, 2018. The Antarctic, one of the world’s last great wildernesses and home to animals such as whales, penguins and leopard seals, is being threatened by the plight of an animal just a few centimetres long, according to scientists. Read More…

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