Common dolphins swiming

Common dolphins swiming

Saturday, February 18th, 2017 (Lynne Kelleher). This year the worst on record as 56 mammals wash up on beaches.

Fifty-six dolphins and whales have washed up on beaches in Ireland so far this year making 2017 the worst on record for such strandings. Read More…

Posted by: The ocean update | February 18, 2017

Tourism boosts Iceland’s whaling industry

The whale meat tends to have high mercury levels that are not suitable for human consumption, claims critics (Photo : Colourbox)

The whale meat tends to have high mercury levels that are not suitable for human consumption, claims critics (Photo : Colourbox)

February 18th, 2017. Reykjavik – Ready to try grilled minke whale skewers, the “Moby Dick on a Stick”, as the dish is advertised by The Seabaron restaurant, a British tourist observes, “looks like a Turkish kebab.” Read More…

Posted by: The ocean update | February 17, 2017

Large whale found dead on the North-east coast (Scotland, UK)

St Cyrus beach

St Cyrus beach

February 17th, 2017 (Blair Dingwall). A whale has been found dead on the North-east coast.

The 23ft sea mammal was found on the sands of St Cyrus beach on February 14 and reported to the Scottish Marine Animal Stranding Scheme. Read More…

January 20th, 2017. The public are being warned to stay away from a dead giant whale that washed ashore in the Outer Hebrides yesterday amid fears that it could explode.

The badly-decomposed animal is believed to be a humpback whale. Read More…

The humpback whale.

The humpback whale.

January 19th, 2017. Marine wildlife experts say they remain hopeful that a humpback whale seen in the Forth Estuary will make its own way out into the open sea and safety.

The mammal was seen off the coast of Kinghorn earlier this week, sparking concerns that it may be in trouble. More reports of sightings were received on Wednesday. Read More…

Dead whale found off Yokohama in November (Image : NOAA)

Dead whale found off Yokohama in November (Image : NOAA)

January 18th, 2017 (Mahealani Richardson). HONOLULU – Wildlife officials are investigating a record number of humpback whale deaths in Hawaii this season. Read More…

Whales (in picture), dolphins and porpoises are endangered species and are protected under Schedule I of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972. (HT File)

Whales (in picture), dolphins and porpoises are endangered species and are protected under Schedule I of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972. (HT File)

January 16th 2017 (Badri Chaterjee). Excessive fishing along the Mumbai shoreline and several parts of the Konkan coast could be one of the reasons for the death of over 30 marine mammals — including whales, dolphins and porpoises — over the past two years, said marine experts. Read More…

megalodonJanuary 13th, 2017 (Josh Hrala). What killed megalodon ?

Researchers  might have finally figured out why the world’s largest shark, megalodon (Carcharocles megalodon), went extinct 2.6 million years ago – and it’s all to do with its favourite meal. Read More…

Marine Mammal Stranding Center provided

Marine Mammal Stranding Center provided

January 13th, 2017 (Jack Tomczuk). A 35-ton male humpback whale washed up dead on a sandbar off Long Beach Island, the Marine Mammal Stranding Center said.

Bob Schoelkopf, the center’s director, said the cause of the 35-foot whale’s death has not been determined. Read More…

Posted by: The ocean update | January 13, 2017

Killer whale washes up dead on small island in Shetland (Scotland, UK)

Dead orca : Marine experts hope to study corpse. SNH Shetland/Smass

Dead orca : Marine experts hope to study corpse. SNH Shetland/Smass

January 13th, 2017. A killer whale has washed up dead on a small island off mainland Shetland.

The orca was discovered on the shoreline of the uninhabited island of Linga on Thursday. Read More…

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