Posted by: The ocean update | March 18, 2017

Dead whale washes ashore in Cape Hatteras (North Carolina, USA)

March 18th, 2017 (Jesse Varner). CAPE HATTERAS, N.C. – A dead whale washed ashore Friday afternoon in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Read More…

Posted by: The ocean update | March 16, 2017

Whale washes ashore (New Zealand)

Thursday, March 16th, 2017 (Hayley Gastmeier). A dead sperm whale measuring over 14 metres was blessed in preparation for its burial at White Rock yesterday.

The whale had been discovered on the South Wairarapa beach on Monday by a local resident.

It is not yet clear what killed the mammal, which was thought to be about 40-years-old, just half its life expectancy.

Rangers from the Department of Conservation were at the scene yesterday, awaiting a digger to arrive so the whale could be moved to its beach burial site.

Also on site were Kaumatua Haami Te Whaiti and PJ Devonshire, general manager of Ngati Kahungunu ki Wairarapa.

The pair blessed the animal, which had been dead for “a couple of days at most”.

Mr Te Whaiti said it was to be moved away from the waves, in an effort to halt its deterioration rate.

A scientist was due to examine the animal, before being buried today.

“There’s some interest from the science community about what might have caused its death.

“Someone from Massey University is coming . . . to take some samples, most likely from its stomach.”

Mr Te Whaiti said whales washing up on the beach were not a common occurrence along Wairarapa’s coast.

He remembers the last time it happened, saying it was about two years ago, at Glenburn.

“It was a young one, it had died at sea and washed up.”

Mr Devonshire said a karakia had been performed over the whale, which had been given the name — Te Mauri o Te Mata o Peru.

“Te Mata o Peru is the ancestor that accompanied Kupe to Aotearoa, and this land or area is named after him.

“Te Mauri is a life force — a gift from Tangoroa, for the whenua and the people of the area.”

DOC ranger Joe Hansen estimated the whale to weigh about 30 tonnes.

He said it was likely to have been already dead when it was washed up.

When single whales washed ashore, it was usually because they had been hit by a ship, he said.

Although he was not sure if that was the case in this instance.

An image taken on Monday, when the whale was discovered PHOTO/ R SHAW-DOC


Posted by: The ocean update | March 15, 2017

Stranded sperm whale near death in S. China

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017. Chinese marine life experts said a sperm whale stranded around a wharf in south China’s Guangdong Province has a “very slim” chance of survival.

Fishery authorities of Shenzhen City received a report on Sunday morning of a 12-meter-long whale that was spotted trapped in fishing nets in the waters of Daya Bay.

After the whale was freed from the nets, authorities and zoologists tried to guide it back to the deep sea. However, it continued to swim in shallow waters off Shenzhen and Huizhou cities and was confirmed to have been stranded near the wharf on Tuesday afternoon.

Experts speculated that, rather than being lost, the whale intentionally entered shallow waters due to its bad health.

Over the past few days, the animal has been moving and breathing less. Workers with the Daya Bay conservation zone said euthanasia is possible if its situation does not improve.


The International Fund for Animal Welfare’s Marine Mammal Rescue and Research Team rescued seven dolphins stuck on the mudflats of the Herring River in Wellfleet, Mass., March 3, 2017.

March 6th, 2017 (Morgan Winsor). Dolphin strandings on Cape Cod in Massachusetts are unusually high this year, with a particularly significant increase in the number of females with calves getting beached, a marine-mammal rescue organization said. Read More…

Posted by: The ocean update | March 5, 2017

Juvenile humpback whale slaughtered (South Africa)

Image by David Harrison

March 5th, 2017 (Berenice Moss). Officials from the National Department of Environmental Affairs have decided to murder (Ed Sibylline : by detonating explosives on its head, source) a juvenile humpback whale beached at Sandy Bay in the Cape Peninsula. Read More…

Posted by: The ocean update | March 2, 2017

Crocodile shark discovered on UK coastline for first time

The animal was found dead on a beach at Hope Cove near Plymouth Ross Spearing

The animal was found dead on a beach at Hope Cove near Plymouth Ross Spearing

The species, named because of its crocodile-like teeth, is usually found off Brazil and Australia

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017 (Ian Johnston). A crocodile shark – a species that normally lives in tropical waters off Brazil and Australia – has been found on the UK coast for the first time in recorded history. Read More…

Photo courtesy of Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge

Photo courtesy of Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge

March 1st, 2017 (Matt Kubisiak). CHINCOTEAGUE ISLAND, Va. – A dead whale was found washed ashore Saturday on the Virginia end of Assateague Island, officials with the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge confirmed. Read More…

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…

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