Humpback whales are one of most common whales heard on the MARS hydrophone. The inset shows a spectrogram of humpback whale songs from Monterey Bay. Credit : NOAA

April 25th, 2018 (Kim Fulton-Bennett). For centuries poets and writers have imagined the depths of the ocean as eerily quiet. Read More…

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Pacific white-sided dolphins Credit : Lance Wills, © Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

April 25th, 2018. Deep-diving whales and other marine mammals can get the bends—the same painful and potentially life-threatening decompression sickness that strikes scuba divers who surface too quickly. Read More…

Posted by: The ocean update | April 19, 2018

Researchers create super sponge that mops up oil spills (Australia)

Dr Chalker adds the polysulfide to the crude oil sample. Flinders University

Thursday, April 19th, 2018 (Adam Morton). Australian scientists say new polymer can remove crude oil and diesel from seawater. Read More…

Burial in the ancient sea of Zealandia: a Toipahautea whale skeleton is slowly covered by sand 27-28 million years ago, on its path to become a fossil. Credit : Reconstruction by Chris Gaskin, ©Geology Museum, University of Otago

April 18th, 2018. University of Otago palaeontologists are rewriting the history of New Zealand’s ancient whales by describing a previously unknown genus of baleen whale, alive more than 27.5 million years ago and found in the Hakataramea Valley. Read More…

Posted by: The ocean update | April 18, 2018

Iceland sets target of 191 kills as country resumes whaling

Whaling company Hvalur has a quota of 191 kills as Iceland announced it would resume hunting the endangered fin whale this summer. Photograph : Adam Butler/AP

Wednesday, April 18th, 2018. Authorities grant whalers a quota to hunt the endangered fin whale this summer after a two-year pause. Read More…

About three out of four humpback whales in the waters around Hawaii have unexplained bumps on their flanks.

April 17th, 2018 (Laura Goldman). It’s not at all unusual for humpback whales to have large bumps all over their skin. Read More…

Researchers determined that the young gray whale died after it became entangled in a crab trap. (NOAA Fisheries)

April 17th, 2018. LONG BEACH PENINSULA, Wash. – A young gray whale was found dead Friday on Washington’s Long Beach Peninsula. Read More…

The enzymes could enable plastic bottles to be fully recycled for the first time. Photograph: Fred Dufour/AFP/Getty Images

April 16th, 2018. The breakthrough, spurred by the discovery of plastic-eating bugs at a Japanese dump, could help solve the global plastic pollution crisis. Read More…

Rope can be seen wrapped around Kleenex in this aerial photo taken by researchers on Tuesday. Photo by Peter Duley. NOAA permit 17355

April 13th, 2018 (Mary Ann Bragg). PROVINCETOWN — A prolific North Atlantic right whale mother named Kleenex may eventually be freed from fishing line wrapped around her jaw for the past several years after a rescue effort Thursday on Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. Read More…

Posted by: The ocean update | April 13, 2018

Pygmy sperm whale strands on Daytona Beach (Florida, USA)

The whale was taken to the Marine Discovery Center in New Smyrna Beach for a necropsy. [News-Journal/David Tucker]

April 13th, 2018 (Dinah Voyles Pulver). DAYTONA BEACH — A pygmy sperm whale, possibly suffering from heart disease, stranded itself on the beach just as the sun came up Friday morning. Read More…

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