One of the whales stranded at Ardrossan in 2014. Picture : Calum Robertson. Why there is something hidden by black on the whale ?

One of the whales stranded at Ardrossan in 2014. Picture : Calum Robertson. Why there is something hidden by black on the whale ?

May 25th, 2016 (Clare Peddie). VALUABLE teeth extracted from seven sperm whales that perished on a beach near Ardrossan in 2014 will be used to determine how old the animals were, what they were eating and where. Read More…

Posted by: The ocean update | May 25, 2016

Stranded whale helped to return to sea (Vietnam)

People and equipment are mobilised to dig sand and create hole that is big enough for the whale to be moved into the sea. – Photo nghean24h.vn

People and equipment are mobilised to dig sand and create hole that is big enough for the whale to be moved into the sea. – Photo nghean24h.vn

May 25th, 2016. NGHỆ AN — A whale that was stranded along Diễn Thịnh Commune’s coast in Diễn Châu District, central Nghệ An Province, since late last night was returned to the sea at noon today.

The whale, which was 16m long and weighed 15 tonnes, is said to be the largest that local residents have seen here. Read More…

Photo by Jessica Pohl

Photo by Jessica Pohl

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016 (Ryan Belmore). Visitors to Ocean Loop at Sachuest on Tuesday morning discovered a small dead whale had washed ashore.

This is the second whale to wash ashore on the coast of Aquidneck Island in the last two months, in April a dead humpback whale washed ashore Hazard’s Beach in Newport. Read More…

Posted by: The ocean update | May 24, 2016

Red tuna crabs back on shores of Monterey Bay (California, USA)

Patrick Webster of the Monterey Bay Aqaurium photographs some of the millions of pelagic red crabs that washed up on Del Monte Beach in Monterey on Monday, May 23, 2016. (Vern Fisher - Monterey Herald)

Patrick Webster of the Monterey Bay Aqaurium photographs some of the millions of pelagic red crabs that washed up on Del Monte Beach in Monterey on Monday, May 23, 2016. (Vern Fisher – Monterey Herald)

May 24th, 2016 (Carly Mayberry). Monterey – The bright red tuna crabs are back in the Monterey Bay, having washed up on Del Monte Beach in droves.

Early Monday, residents and visitors started noticing the crabs, also known as the pelagic red crab or Pleuroncodes planipes. Read More…

Posted by: The ocean update | May 24, 2016

Whale washes ashore near Shelter Cove (California, USA)

A 17 to 18 foot long juvenile gray whale washed up on Black Sands Beach north of Shelter Cove on Sunday. Photos courtesy of Philip Young.

A 17 to 18 foot long juvenile gray whale washed up on Black Sands Beach north of Shelter Cove on Sunday. Photos courtesy of Philip Young.

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016. Humboldt State University Marine Mammal Stranding Program Director Dawn Goley said a stranding crew should be on site with the whale now.

“We’re just kind of in the reconnaissance phase now,” she said.

The whale looked to be in the tide line so it may have gotten sucked back out to sea but if it’s still there the team will be able to identify the whale’s sex and why it got stranded, Goley said. Read More…

Posted by: The ocean update | May 24, 2016

Dolphin ‘harassment’ in the Marlborough Sounds (New Zealand)

A dolphin struck by a boat. DOC

A dolphin struck by a boat. DOC

May 24th, 2016 (Heather Simpson). Boaties have been warned off harassing and hooning around dolphins.

The Department of Conservation urged boaties to slow down in the Marlborough Sounds to avoid injuring the marine mammals and disrupting feeding grounds. Read More…

Posted by: The ocean update | May 24, 2016

Mucus may play vital role in dolphin echolocation

May 24th, 2016. A dolphin chasing a tasty fish will produce a stream of rapid-fire echolocation clicks that help it track the speed, direction and distance to its prey. Now researchers have developed a model that could yield new insights into how the charismatic marine mammals make these clicks – and it turns out snot may play an important role.

The researchers will present their model at the 171st meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, held May 23-27 in Salt Lake City. Read More…

cuttlefishMay 23rd, 2016 (Douglas Main). The global population of cephalopods—a group of animals that includes octopus, squid and cuttlefish—has been slowly but steadily growing for more than 50 years, new research shows.

The growth of these populations may be due in part to increasing temperatures, says Bronwyn Gillanders, a researcher at the University of Adelaide in Australia. Warmer waters allow some cephalopods to grow more quickly, get bigger and live longer, she says. Read More…

Posted by: The ocean update | May 23, 2016

Magnetics survey in Portsmouth harbour 24-28 May 2016 (UK)

May 23rd, 2016.

  1. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN by the Queen’s Harbour Master Portsmouth, that a magnetics survey will be undertaken by Volker Stevin, from 24 – 28 May 2016 at six locations within Portsmouth Harbour and the Approaches.

    2. The six locations where surveying will be conducted are :

    2.1 South of War Memorial (Southsea Common) : Lat 50° 46’.66N, Lon 001° 05’.65W.

    2.2 Nr Pile No.10 (Submerged Barrier) : Lat 50° 45’.26N, Lon 001° 04’.08W.

    2.3 Bombketch Lake : Lat 50° 49’.46N, Lon 001° 07’.66W.

    2.4 Northwest of Pile No.57 : Lat 50° 48’.94N, Lon 001° 07’.39W.

    2.5 North of Spit Bank Fort : Lat 50° 46’.57N, Lon 001° 06’.19W.

    2.6 South of Spit Bank Fort : Lat 50° 46’.04N, Lon 001° 05’.96W.

    3. The works will be carried out by ESG utilising their 7.2m, yellow multicat “MV PULSAR”. Operations may be continuous throughout a 24 hour period. Appropriate COLREGS shapes/lights will be displayed while the vessel is conducting survey operations.

    4. All mariners are requested to keep a good lookout and pass at slow speed while survey operations are being conducted. QHM Harbour Control will be kept informed and de-conflict with other marine traffic if the situation demands and can be contacted on 02392 723689 and Channel 11 if required.

    5. Cancel this LNTM on 31 May 2016.

Source

Posted by: The ocean update | May 22, 2016

N.J. fisherman untangles whale netted off Ocean County (USA)

May 22nd, 2016 (Steve Strunsky). Brick – A fisherman out on the Atlantic off northern Ocean County on Saturday untangled a humpback whale that had been wrapped in a fishing net and rope, according to a published report.   Read More…

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