Posted by: The ocean update | April 25, 2015

11 things you didn’t know about sharks

Photo : BBC

Photo : BBC

As the BBC tries to change our perception of the ocean’s greatest predators, here are 11 surprising facts about sharks

April 25th, 2015 (Siân Ranscombe). The BBC’s natural history team spent 2,646 hours filming sharks from all around the world, for their new series, Shark. Surprisingly, in that time, there was not one single shark attack. There is far more to the species than enormous teeth and scary films… Read More…

Posted by: The ocean update | April 23, 2015

Dolphins use extra energy to communicate in noisy waters

Scientists trained dolphins to whistle at different sound levels under a transparent hood that measures oxygen consumption as an indicator of their metabolic rate.

Scientists trained dolphins to whistle at different sound levels under a transparent hood that measures oxygen consumption as an indicator of their metabolic rate.

April 23rd, 2015. Dolphins that raise their voices to be heard in noisy environments expend extra energy in doing so, according to new research that for the first time measures the biological costs to marine mammals of trying to communicate over the sounds of ship traffic or other sources. Read More…

Posted by: The ocean update | April 23, 2015

Military Exercise Browndown Area 26-27 April 2015 (UK)

April 23rd, 2015

  1. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN by the Queen’s Harbour Master Portsmouth that from 1000 on Sunday 26 April to 1800 on Monday 27 April 2015 a military exercise will be taking place in the Browndown Amphibious Exercise Area.
    2. During the exercise, two underwater obstacles will be laid, and then recovered using a variety of methods. The obstacles will be laid within an area defined by the following points:
    50 47.25N 001 11.20W
    50 47.20N 001 11.60W
    50 47.08N 001 11.12W
    50 47.00N 001 11.12W.
    3. During the exercise, diving operations will be conducted, and a safety boat, displaying a rigid flag “Alpha” will be on station during diving operations. The safety vessel will be listening to VHF Channel 11 and Channel 12.
    4. Mariners are warned that the minimum depth of water may be reduced in the area during the exercise and are advised to keep clear during the period indicated above. Mariners are further requested to pass at slow speed and give a wide berth when diving operations are underway. QHM Harbour Control is to be informed of any immediate concerns on VHF Ch 11 or by telephoning 02392 723694.
    5. Cancel this Local Notice to Mariners 28 April 2015.

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Naval Amphibious Exercise off Browndown-Stokes Bay Areas 27-30 April 2015

  1. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN by the Queen’s Harbour Master Portsmouth that commencing Monday 27 April through Thursday 30 April a Naval Amphibious Exercise involving a Royal Fleet Auxiliary (Lyme Bay) will be taking place in the Browndown / Stokes Bay areas of the Central Solent.
  2. The majority of the Amphibious Exercise will be conducted from a Royal Fleet Auxiliary lying at anchor at C Anchorage in the vicinity of Stokes Bay and the beach at Browndown. The exercise will be conducted by both day and night and will include a number of Rotary Wing Aircraft, Landing Craft, Hovercraft and other small boats operating between the Auxiliary at anchor and to or from the foreshore at Browndown. The firing of blank ammunition will take place for some of the exercises.
  3. Mariners are reminded of the requirement to remain at least 50 metres clear of any MOD vessel at anchor as stipulated in the Dockyard Port of Portsmouth Order 2005 and repeated in General Direction 2/15 (Keep Clear of Warships Alongside or at Anchor). For the duration of the exercise, this Exclusion Zone is extended to include all Landing Craft and associated Military Vessels transiting between the vessel at anchor and to or from the shoreline.
  4. Extreme care is to be taken when approaching the Area of operations and QHM Harbour Control is to be informed of any immediate concerns.
  5. For the duration of the amphibious exercise QHM Harbour Control will be kept informed of the area of operations and may be contacted on VHF Ch 11 or by telephoning 02392723689 for the latest information.
  6. Cancel this LNTM on 2 May 2015.

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Posted by: The ocean update | April 22, 2015

Oil May Have Killed Gulf Dolphins (USA)

DOLPHIN DEATHS : Gulf Coast bottlenose dolphins have been washing up dead in unusually high numbers in recent years.

DOLPHIN DEATHS : Gulf Coast bottlenose dolphins have been washing up dead in unusually high numbers in recent years.

April 22nd, 2015 In spring 2011 stillborn and newborn bottlenose dolphins washed up dead on Gulf coast beaches from Louisiana to Alabama in unusually high numbers. These tiny dolphins, less than 115 centimeters long, died either before birth or soon after, perhaps from their mother’s exposure to cold temperatures or to the oil released from the Macondo well for 87 days in the spring of 2010 when these babies were conceived. Yet there was no uptick in baby bottlenose dolphin deaths in Florida or Texas, areas that saw relatively little oil from BP’s spill. Read More…

Posted by: The ocean update | April 22, 2015

Baby whale bites dust (Mexico)

Photo courtesy of Mexican federal environmental protection agency

Photo courtesy of Mexican federal environmental protection agency

April 22nd, 2015 (Bob McPhail). Mexican environmental authorities recently buried a juvenile gray whale that died after becoming trapped on the shoreline near the border of Playas de Tijuana and Rosarito Beach. Read More…

April 21st, 2015. Tokyo Electric Power Co. on Tuesday reported that a power outage has shut down all eight water transfer pumps at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power station and that radioactive water is again leaking into the Pacific Ocean. Read More…

Posted by: The ocean update | April 22, 2015

Beached whale found in Myrtle Beach (South Carolina, USA)

April 22nd, 2015. A Pygmy sperm whale beached itself Tuesday night near 29th Avenue South in Myrtle Beach and later died around midnight, according to NOAA officials.

Myrtle Beach police were notified of the beached mammal and they helped to notify the South Carolina stranding network, according to Lt. Joey Crosby, with Myrtle Beach police. Read More…

Posted by: The ocean update | April 22, 2015

Eastern Cape man helps save entangled whales (South Africa)

File : NSRI

File : NSRI

April 22nd, 2015 (Amanda Khoza). Port Elizabeth – An Eastern Cape lodge owner helped save a humpback whale and her calf after noticing that they had become entangled in fishing ropes off the coast of Oyster Bay, near Cape St Francis, on Tuesday. Read More…

Posted by: The ocean update | April 21, 2015

Thailand faces EU threat of seafood ban over fishing rules

Karmenu Vella, EU commissioner for environment, maritime affairs and fisheries, gives a press briefing in Brussels on Tuesday as the EU Commission has put Thailand on formal notice for not taking sufficient measures in the international fight against illegal fishing. (EPA photo)

Karmenu Vella, EU commissioner for environment, maritime affairs and fisheries, gives a press briefing in Brussels on Tuesday as the EU Commission has put Thailand on formal notice for not taking sufficient measures in the international fight against illegal fishing. (EPA photo)

April 21st, 2015. BRUSSELS — The European Union threatened to ban imports of seafood from Thailand because of concerns about unlawful fishing, a step that would hit trade of more than 600 million euros (20.79 billion baht or $641 million) a year. Read More…

humpback-whales-endangered-list-2April 21st, 2015 (Molly Solana). The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced on Monday that under the agency’s new plan, most of the humpback whales across the world would soon be removed from the list of endangered species. Read More…

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