A juvenile humpback whale washed ashore on Anderson Island. (Cascadia Research)

March 31st, 2017 (Jessica Lee). With a starved frame, the approximately 30-foot marine mammal was reported dead earlier this week off an Anderson Island shoreline, biologists said. Read More…

Posted by: The ocean update | March 25, 2017

Whale carcass washed ashore near Corbière (Island of Jersey, UK)

The remains of a whale, which washed up on the south side of the causeway, have now been removed. Picture : ROB CURRIE

March 25th, 2017. The remains of a 50-foot-long whale have washed up near Corbière Lighthouse.

Experts believe that the highly decomposed carcass could be that of a sperm whale, which are found around the world including in the mid-Atlantic. Read More…

Posted by: The ocean update | March 22, 2017

Huge whale found near Shanghai died 10 days ago (China)

An expert examines the dead whale at a port in Shanghai on March 21, 2017. [Photo/for China Daily]

March 22nd, 2017 (Guo Kai). A whale that was spotted near Shanghai had been dead for more than 10 days, and its left pectoral fin was possibly cut by people, said an expert after examining it. Read More…

Posted by: The ocean update | March 22, 2017

The Start Bay whale is rescued (UK)

Rescuers at sea are attempting to save a whale who had become entangled in whelk pots

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017 (Sam Accourt). The much-loved “Start Bay whale” has been rescued after becoming trapped in ropes from crab or lobster pots.

Dart Lifeboat self launched yesterday at 13.30 hours to assist divers from the British Divers Marine Life Rescue. Read More…

Posted by: The ocean update | March 21, 2017

Carcass of bottlenose dolphin washed ashore in Dhanushkodi (India)

Forest officials examining the carcass of the dolphin which was washed ashore at Dhanushkodi near Rameswaram on Tuesday. | Photo Credit : handout_e_mail

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017 (J Arockiaraj|). MADURAI : The carcass of a female bottlenose dolphin (Ed Sibylline : it’s an Indo-Pacific humpback dolphin (Sousa Plumbea type)) was washed ashore at Dhanushkodi in Tamil Nadu on Tuesday. Read More…

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.


March 8th, 2017 (Sarah Kaplan). WASHINGTON — Natacha Aguilar de Soto has studied beaked whales for 15 years. She has spent dozens of months at sea, floating above the deepest parts of the ocean, straining her eyes and ears to detect whatever might be moving in the fathoms below. Read More…

Posted by: The ocean update | March 7, 2017

Whale washes up near Iredale (Oregon, USA)

Birds atop a whale carcass that washed ashore in Warrenton Monday. Photo Tiffany Boothe

March 7th, 2017. WARRENTON — A 36-foot sperm whale carcass washed ashore Monday morning near the Peter Iredale shipwreck in Fort Stevens State Park. Read More…

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