Posted by: The ocean update | September 24, 2016

Right whale disentangled off Stellwagen bank (Massachussetts, USA)

The right whale was towing hundreds of feet of line and buoys from its upper jaw. CCS image, NOAA permit #18786.

The right whale was towing hundreds of feet of line and buoys from its upper jaw. CCS image, NOAA permit #18786.

September 24th, 2016. PROVINCETOWN – The Marine Animal Entanglement Response (MAER) team at the Center for Coastal Studies worked to disentangle a North Atlantic right whale on Thursday on Stellwagen Bank. Read More…

Posted by: The ocean update | September 24, 2016

Wexford men save beached whale (Ireland)

The beached pilot whale

The beached pilot whale

September 24th, 2016 (David Tucker). A group of Wexford men saved a whale which had beached Ballyteige Burrow near the Cull Bank in the south of the county.

Neil Bates, from Newtown, Kilmore, found the stranded whale which was in perfect condition and as he examined it, to his surprise, he saw the blowhole move indicating that the animal was breathing and was still alive. Read More…

Posted by: The ocean update | September 21, 2016

Dead whale washes up on second Oregon beach (USA)

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Photo courtesy Seaside Aquarium

September 21st, 2016. The dead humpback whale spent three days at Falcon Cove beach before being swept out to sea, then making a reappearance on a beach nearby.

SEASIDE, Ore. — A dead humpback whale that washed up on an Oregon beach has been found on another beach just two miles away. Read More…

baby-melon-headed-whale-euthanazied-hawaii-usaSeptember 21st, 2016. A baby melon-headed whale remains in waters off Windward Oahu.

It was initially spotted Sunday off Kalama Beach, Kailua, and appeared to be searching for its mother. Read More…

Posted by: The ocean update | September 15, 2016

Fin whale dies after stranding on Shetland (UK)

minke-whale-shetland-ukSeptember 15th, 2016. Attempts to save a massive fin whale stranded on a remote stretch of coastline in Shetland have failed.

Wildlife volunteers were called to the scene on the island of Noss on Wednesday afternoon to what initially appeared to be a large minke whale in distress. Read More…

Posted by: The ocean update | September 14, 2016

Stingrays found to chew their food before swallowing

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A stingray’s mouth. Photo Daniela Duncan

September 14th, 2016 (Bob Yirka). A team of researchers from the University of Toronto and the University of Washington has discovered that at least one species of stingray chews its food before swallowing it. In their paper published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, the team describes their study of the creatures using high-speed video technology and what they learned about the platter-shaped predators. Read More…

A mother sperm whale and her calf off the coast of Mauritius. The calf has remoras attached to its body. Credit : Gabriel Barathieu/Wikipedia/CC BY-SA 2.0

A mother sperm whale and her calf off the coast of Mauritius. The calf has remoras attached to its body. Credit : Gabriel Barathieu/Wikipedia/CC BY-SA 2.0

September 14th, 2016 (Bob Yirka). A pair of researchers with the Marine Mammal Laboratory, Alaska Fisheries Science Center has published a scathing report on Japanese whaling actives during the period 1960 to 1975. Phillip Clapham and Yulia Ivashchenko claim in their paper published in Royal Society Open Science that they have found evidence of widespread falsifying of whale length by Japanese whalers causing unknown damage to whale populations and putting in doubt current whale census data. Read More…

Listening buoy deployed off California coast. Credit : NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center

Listening buoy deployed off California coast. Credit : NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center

September 14th, 2016. How do you find whales that dive so deep and spend so little time at the surface that some species have never been observed alive ? Sometimes you just have to listen closely. Read More…

Posted by: The ocean update | September 13, 2016

Pangnirtung celebrates landing its bowhead whale (Canada)

The community of Pangnirtung harvested this bowhead whale Friday Sept. 9. It was the community's third bowhead whale hunt in recent memory. (Peter Kilabuk)

The community of Pangnirtung harvested this bowhead whale Friday Sept. 9. It was the community’s third bowhead whale hunt in recent memory. (Peter Kilabuk)

September 13th, 2016. Feast tonight in community after whale hunted Friday

People in Pangnirtung are still celebrating after hunters caught a female bowhead whale on Friday, in the community’s third bowhead whale hunt in recent memory.

Adamie Veevee, the hunt captain, says the hunt was delayed for almost two weeks because of high winds. Read More…

A dolphin mother and calf in Koombana Bay. Supplied Troy Mayne

A dolphin mother and calf in Koombana Bay. Supplied Troy Mayne

September 13th, 2016 (Bob Yirka). A team of researchers with Russia’s Karadag Scientific Station–Nature Reserve of RAS has used specially developed underwater microphones to capture for the first time what they claim to be a human-like conversation between two Black Sea bottlenose dolphins. Read More…

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