Posted by: The ocean update | July 1, 2015

Season’s First Fin Whales Brought to Shore (Iceland)

Hval­ur 9 kom í gær­kvöldi með fyrstu langreyðina á þess­ari vertíð til vinnslu í Hval­stöðinni í Hval­f­irði. Golli / Kjart­an Þor­björns­son

Hval­ur 9 kom í gær­kvöldi með fyrstu langreyðina á þess­ari vertíð til vinnslu í Hval­stöðinni í Hval­f­irði. Golli / Kjart­an Þor­björns­son

July 1st, 2015 (Emilía SÓlafsdóttir Kaaber). Whaling ships Hvalur 8 and Hvalur 9 each brought a fin whale to harbor Monday evening, the first of the season.

Both animals were caught off the west coast of Iceland, and are now being processed at Hvalur Hf’s shore station in Hvalfjörður—which literally translates to Whale Fjord, so named for the area’s long history of whaling. Read More…

Posted by: The ocean update | June 30, 2015

Salmon, whales ingest microplastics : study

Microplastics, seen here under a microscope, are being mistaken for food in the ocean. — Image Credit : Jean-Pierre Desforges / Vancouver Aquarium

Microplastics, seen here under a microscope, are being mistaken for food in the ocean. — Image Credit : Jean-Pierre Desforges / Vancouver Aquarium

June 30th, 2015. Zooplankton in the ocean are eating microscopic plastic particles and passing those contaminants up the food chain to salmon, whales and other species at an “alarming” rate.

That’s the conclusion of a new study co-authored by Dr. Peter Ross, the top ocean pollution researcher at the Vancouver Aquarium’s Marine Science Centre.

Zooplankton are tiny creatures that make up a major food source for juvenile salmon, as well as baleen whales. Read More…

Posted by: The ocean update | June 30, 2015

2 Dead Whales Wash Up on Long Island (NY state, USA)

A dead whale washed up on Fire Island on Monday, June 29, 2015 (Photo courtesy of Twitter user @EmilyyyyAllison)

A dead whale washed up on Fire Island on Monday, June 29, 2015 (Photo courtesy of Twitter user @EmilyyyyAllison)

June 30th, 2015. A 28-foot dead whale carcass washed up on the oceanfront beach of eastern Fire Island on Monday night and a second dead whale was recovered in the Hamptons on Tuesday, officials said.

Suffolk County police Marine Bureau officers and Fire Island National Seashore rangers responded to the scene of a dead humpback whale on the beach in Ocean Ridge, the easternmost section of Davis Park, at 8:30 p.m., police and experts said. Read More…

A rescue team from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans frees a humpback whale spotted in distress off the B.C. coast. June 28, 2015.

A rescue team from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans frees a humpback whale spotted in distress off the B.C. coast. June 28, 2015.

June 30th, 2015. A distressed humpback anchored to the sea floor with fishing ropes was rescued by a Department of Fisheries team and set free, the third time in a week that rescuers had to untangle whales trapped in ropes or lines.

“The whale just took off like a shot. It was really amazing. We were exhausted and the whale was exhausted but it should make a full recovery,” said Paul Cottrell of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. Read More…

© ACTUV

© ACTUV

June 29th, 2015. The US Navy and DARPA are developing a new anti-submarine drone aimed at tracking elusive diesel-electric submarines made by Russia and China, a US military expert revealed. Read More…

Boucherie-FeroeJune 29th, 2015. A small school of 25 to 30 pilot whales was driven ashore and killed early this morning, 29 June, in the village of Hvannasund on the northern island of Viðoy.

According to the local district administrator, the drive went according to the regulations and the killing was over in a few minutes. The meat and blubber of the whales will be divided among the participants. Read More…

Posted by: The ocean update | June 27, 2015

Humpback whale entanglement an international problem (Canada)

Paul Cottrell, Marine Mammals Coordinator for Fisheries and Oceans Canada, rescues an entangled humpback whale in the Powell River area. He says four whales have been found entangled in the last week and a half. (Fisheries and Oceans Canada)

Paul Cottrell, Marine Mammals Coordinator for Fisheries and Oceans Canada, rescues an entangled humpback whale in the Powell River area. He says four whales have been found entangled in the last week and a half. (Fisheries and Oceans Canada)

June 27th, 2015. ‘Sometimes it’s the animals curiosity, especially juveniles, that can get them into trouble’

Four humpback whales have been found entangled in fishing gear in the last two weeks, with one near Powell River effectively “hog-tied” and anchored to the ocean floor, says Fisheries and Oceans Canada. Read More…

Posted by: The ocean update | June 27, 2015

Hikers Find Two Dead Whales on Lost Coast Trail (California, USA)

A dead whale washed ashore on the Lost Coast Trail. Photos provided by Mark Scatchard, Shoogoo and Juggles.

A dead whale washed ashore on the Lost Coast Trail. Photos provided by Mark Scatchard, Shoogoo and Juggles.

June 27th, 2015 (John Ross Ferrara). A group of hikers happened upon two dead whales this week during their 10th annual whiskey drinking trip down The Lost Coast Trail.

Hiker Mark Scatchard said the whales’ locations were spread about 10 miles apart. Read More…

Posted by: The ocean update | June 26, 2015

Antarctic orcas are South Pacific commuters

Killer whale in Antarctic waters Photo credit : Paul Ensor

Killer whale in Antarctic waters Photo credit : Paul Ensor

June 26th, 2015. University of Canterbury (UC) scientists and Antarctic researchers from Italy have struck “research gold” by uncovering the commuting secrets of Antarctic killer whales.

Gateway Antarctica scientist Dr Regina Eisert led a team at Scott Base during the 2014-2015 Antarctic summer that studied killer whales as part of a larger research programme on the Ross Sea ecosystem involving NIWA, Landcare Research and Lincoln University. Read More…

whale_Mumbai-IndiaJune 25th, 2015 (Vijay Singh). A 42-feet-long blue whale (Ed Sibylline : the pic. shows a humpback whale) was washed ashore at the Revdanda coast, which is 17km south of Alibaug. Forest officials have reportedly asked a marine biologist to identify the whale species. Read More…

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