January 20th, 2017. The public are being warned to stay away from a dead giant whale that washed ashore in the Outer Hebrides yesterday amid fears that it could explode.

The badly-decomposed animal is believed to be a humpback whale. Read More…

The humpback whale.

The humpback whale.

January 19th, 2017. Marine wildlife experts say they remain hopeful that a humpback whale seen in the Forth Estuary will make its own way out into the open sea and safety.

The mammal was seen off the coast of Kinghorn earlier this week, sparking concerns that it may be in trouble. More reports of sightings were received on Wednesday. Read More…

Dead whale found off Yokohama in November (Image : NOAA)

Dead whale found off Yokohama in November (Image : NOAA)

January 18th, 2017 (Mahealani Richardson). HONOLULU – Wildlife officials are investigating a record number of humpback whale deaths in Hawaii this season. Read More…

Whales (in picture), dolphins and porpoises are endangered species and are protected under Schedule I of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972. (HT File)

Whales (in picture), dolphins and porpoises are endangered species and are protected under Schedule I of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972. (HT File)

January 16th 2017 (Badri Chaterjee). Excessive fishing along the Mumbai shoreline and several parts of the Konkan coast could be one of the reasons for the death of over 30 marine mammals — including whales, dolphins and porpoises — over the past two years, said marine experts. Read More…

megalodonJanuary 13th, 2017 (Josh Hrala). What killed megalodon ?

Researchers  might have finally figured out why the world’s largest shark, megalodon (Carcharocles megalodon), went extinct 2.6 million years ago – and it’s all to do with its favourite meal. Read More…

Marine Mammal Stranding Center provided

Marine Mammal Stranding Center provided

January 13th, 2017 (Jack Tomczuk). A 35-ton male humpback whale washed up dead on a sandbar off Long Beach Island, the Marine Mammal Stranding Center said.

Bob Schoelkopf, the center’s director, said the cause of the 35-foot whale’s death has not been determined. Read More…

Posted by: The ocean update | January 13, 2017

Killer whale washes up dead on small island in Shetland (Scotland, UK)

Dead orca : Marine experts hope to study corpse. SNH Shetland/Smass

Dead orca : Marine experts hope to study corpse. SNH Shetland/Smass

January 13th, 2017. A killer whale has washed up dead on a small island off mainland Shetland.

The orca was discovered on the shoreline of the uninhabited island of Linga on Thursday. Read More…

A dead minke whale washed ashore at the end of LaGuardia Airport in Queens, N.Y., on January 13, 2016.

A dead minke whale washed ashore at the end of LaGuardia Airport in Queens, N.Y., on January 13, 2016.

Friday, January 13th, 2017. FLUSHING, Queens (WABC) — A dead whale washed ashore in Flushing Bay Thursday afternoon.

The 15-foot minke whale is at the end of the LaGuardia Airport runway near the ‘Welcome to New York’ sign. Read More…

Kenneth Balcomb, Center for Whale Research

Kenneth Balcomb, Center for Whale Research

January 12th, 2017. Killer whales are one of only three species that are known to go through menopause, surviving long after they’ve stopped reproducing. Those older females play an essential role in helping their younger family members to find food and survive even in lean times. But, researchers report in Current Biology on January 12, the reason older females stop reproducing has more to do with conflict between mothers and their daughters than it does with cooperation. Read More…

Posted by: The ocean update | January 12, 2017

20 years since the rescue of J.J. the gray whale (California, USA)

jj-the-gray-whale2January 12 th, 2017 (Steve Price). SAN DIEGO — It is considered one of the most successful rescue and rehabilitation stories in stranding history.

20 years ago Wednesday, J.J. the baby gray whale was brought to the park, dehydrated and near death.  Read More…

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