Posted by: The ocean update | February 4, 2016

Sperm whale stranded on Hunstanton beach dies (UK)

Rescue workers battled to save the whale

Rescue workers battled to save the whale

February 4th, 2016. A whale found stranded on a Norfolk beach has died, rescue teams have said.

Efforts have been under way to save the sperm whale since the UK Coastguard received a call just after 07:30 GMT. It is thought it became stranded overnight. Read More…

Posted by: The ocean update | February 3, 2016

Maharashtra : 40-foot-long blue whale rescued off Dapoli coast (India)

“The whale was tied to two boats and taken around three km into the sea,” N Vasudevan, Chief Conservator of Forests (mangrove cell) said.

“The whale was tied to two boats and taken around three km into the sea,” N Vasudevan, Chief Conservator of Forests (mangrove cell) said.

February 3rd, 2016. “The whale was tied to two boats and taken around three km into the sea,” N Vasudevan, Chief Conservator of Forests (mangrove cell) said.

A 40-feet-long blue whale stranded in shallow waters along the Dapoli coast in the Konkan region has been rescued by marine experts and locals. Read More…

Posted by: The ocean update | February 3, 2016

Gray whale rescued in northwestern Mexico

Rescatan-ballena-varada-Laguna-MexicoFebruary 3rd, 2016. A young gray whale (Eschrictius robustus) that beached itself in the northwestern Mexican state of Baja California Sur was rescued by Profepa federal environmental protection agency personnel, officials said. Read More…

Posted by: The ocean update | February 3, 2016

Dead whale washed ashore at Ganjam coast (India)

 The body of the sperm whale 

The body of the sperm whale

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016 (Ronalisa Parida). The sight of dead body of a 35 feet long and 10 feet round sperm whale washed ashore shocked locals on Tuesday near Kantiagada village that comes under Ganjam block. The whale is suspected to have died five days back. Read More…

Posted by: The ocean update | February 2, 2016

Eight dead sperm whales found on German beach

This undated handout picture released by the state company of protection of the sea, shore and national park of Schleswig Holstein (LKN.SH) shows dead sperm whales ashore at the Kaiser Wilhelm Koog in Schleswig Holstein, northern Germany.

This undated handout picture released by the state company of protection of the sea, shore and national park of Schleswig Holstein (LKN.SH) shows dead sperm whales ashore at the Kaiser Wilhelm Koog in Schleswig Holstein, northern Germany.

February 2nd, 2016. The eight whales found near the northern town of Friedrichskoog were young bulls, around the same age as the animals discovered three weeks ago at various North Sea spots.

BERLIN – Eight dead sperm whales have washed up on a German beach, just weeks after 12 of the giant mammals were found dead at other sites on the North Sea, officials said on Monday (Feb 1).

The eight whales found near the northern town of Friedrichskoog were young bulls, around the same age as the animals discovered three weeks ago at various North Sea spots.

They were lying close to each other in the mudflats of a restricted area of the Wadden Sea national park, the Schleswig-Holstein regional environmental authority said in a statement.

Since the 1990s, a total of 82 sperm whales have been found stranded in the Wadden Sea in Denmark, the Netherlands and Germany.

The sperm whale is the largest of the toothed whales, and the largest toothed predator. It can measure up to 20 metres long and weigh over 50 tonnes.

“The males of this population spend their winters in the north Atlantic,” the authority said. “During their migrations, individual animals mistakenly wind up in the shallow and nutrient-poor North Sea.”

The shallow water makes it difficult for them to use their acoustic orientation to navigate and many become beached. Wildlife protection groups also blame the underwater noise from sea traffic and oil platforms for interfering with acoustic signals.

Ed Sibylline : and what about navy sonars ?

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/eight-dead-sperm-whales/2479046.html Eight dead sperm whales found on German beach February 2nd, 2016 The eight whales found near the northern town of Friedrichskoog were young bulls, around the same age as the animals discovered three weeks ago at various North Sea spots. BERLIN - Eight dead sperm whales have washed up on a German beach, just weeks after 12 of the giant mammals were found dead at other sites on the North Sea, officials said on Monday (Feb 1). The eight whales found near the northern town of Friedrichskoog were young bulls, around the same age as the animals discovered three weeks ago at various North Sea spots. They were lying close to each other in the mudflats of a restricted area of the Wadden Sea national park, the Schleswig-Holstein regional environmental authority said in a statement. Since the 1990s, a total of 82 sperm whales have been found stranded in the Wadden Sea in Denmark, the Netherlands and Germany. The sperm whale is the largest of the toothed whales, and the largest toothed predator. It can measure up to 20 metres long and weigh over 50 tonnes. "The males of this population spend their winters in the north Atlantic," the authority said. "During their migrations, individual animals mistakenly wind up in the shallow and nutrient-poor North Sea." The shallow water makes it difficult for them to use their acoustic orientation to navigate and many become beached. Wildlife protection groups also blame the underwater noise from sea traffic and oil platforms for interfering with acoustic signals. Ed Sibylline : and what about navy sonars ? Photos : This undated handout picture released by the state company of protection of the sea, shore and national park of Schleswig Holstein (LKN.SH) shows dead sperm whales ashore at the Kaiser Wilhelm Koog in Schleswig Holstein, northern Germany. At least 26 whales have been stranded across the coastline of northern Europe and may have come from a single whale pod

At least 26 whales have been stranded across the coastline of northern Europe and may have come from a single whale pod

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Posted by: The ocean update | February 2, 2016

UK public urged to watch out for seal and dolphin strandings

February 2nd, 2016. The Southwest is seeing a rise in dead and injured seals and dolphins and public action can help.

There are so many weather warming and storm forecasts these days that it becomes difficult keeping up with which weather system is causing which bit of damage. One minute we have Gertrude heading in with the threat of further flooding and then there is a Jonas or a Henry coming out us with more wind and rain. Read More…

Two endangered Southern Resident killer whales rise in unison from the Salish Sea as a tanker passes through their critical habitat along the Canada-US border. Credit : beamreach.org

Two endangered Southern Resident killer whales rise in unison from the Salish Sea as a tanker passes through their critical habitat along the Canada-US border. Credit : beamreach.org

February 2nd, 2016. When an endangered orca is in hot pursuit of an endangered salmon, sending out clicks and listening for their echoes in the murky ocean near Seattle, does the noise from the nearby shipping lane interfere with them catching dinner? To find out scientists measured underwater noise as ships passed their study site 3,000 times. This unprecedented characterization of ship noise will aid in the understanding of the potential effects on marine life, and help with possible mitigation strategies. Read More…

Two dead sperm whales are seen washed up on a beach near Skegness in northeast England on January 24, 2016

Two dead sperm whales are seen washed up on a beach near Skegness in northeast England on January 24, 2016

February 2nd, 2016. A sixth sperm whale from the same pod as five which died on the east coast could still be alive (Ed Sibylline : or dead in the absence of any witnesses) in the North Sea, scientists claim.

Rescuers from the Cetacean Strandings Investigation Programme have revealed that six whales were spotted in a pod at Hunstanton on Friday January 22 – 48 hours before the first of the five whales beached. Read More…

Posted by: The ocean update | February 2, 2016

Fisheries Managers Go Slow on Seismic (East coast, USA)

The inclusion of calving areas in the habitat protection plan for the north Atlantic right whale has caused federal fisheries managers to study the seismic survey permits more slowly. Map : NOAA

The inclusion of calving areas in the habitat protection plan for the north Atlantic right whale has caused federal fisheries managers to study the seismic survey permits more slowly. Map : NOAA

February 2nd, 2016 (Catherine Kozak). Air-gun blasts are used to find oil and gas deposits under the ocean floor, but some biologists say that the concussive noise can disturb feeding, breeding and navigational behavior of protected whales and dolphins. New research has indicated that negative effects may affect larger numbers of animals for longer periods than previously understood. Read More…

Posted by: The ocean update | February 1, 2016

Beaked whale washes up on Waitpinga Beach (Australia)

Advertiser journalist Josephine Lim looks at the beached beaked whale on Waitpinga Beach. Picture : Tait Schmaal

Advertiser journalist Josephine Lim looks at the beached beaked whale on Waitpinga Beach. Picture : Tait Schmaal

February 1st, 2016. ONE of South Australia’s rare marine mammals has washed up on a southern beach.

The beaked whale was found on Waitpinga Beach, about 16km from Victor Harbor, yesterday by locals. Read More…

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