Sunday, 7 November 2010
Richard Tesore, Director of the marine fauna reserve "SOS Fauna Marina" holds a baby doplhin in a pool in Punta Colorada, department of Maldonado 100 km east of Montevideo on November 5, 2010. The little dolphin of about 10 days, was found by tourists, apparently showing marks of a fishing net
Photograph by: Miguel Rojo, Getty Images
Read more: http://www.vancouversun.com/technology/Photos+Adorable+baby+dolphin+nursed+back+health/3785424/story.html#ixzz14bEfXFz6
Sunday, 31 October 2010
SeaWorld killer whale length 6.5 m, weight 4 tons male "Bingo" (estimated 28 years) and 5.2 m in length, female weight 2 tons of "Stella" (the age of 24.)
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Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium in 2003, a female orca from the Taiji Whale Museum, Wakayama Prefecture, "Ku" is borrowed for a fee, and died 08 September 1993. Nami (estimated 27) from 5 billion to buy the museum, and since June has been raised.
Students who appeared before the killer whales from a boat off the coast of Kushiro survey (courtesy of students)
Kushiro - Communication Arts - Oosaka was investigating the marine life off the coast of Kushiro (OCA) and the Fukuoka Eco Communication College (FEC) has 05 students, and nearly 15 headorcaherd was confirmed. Students "want to tell people that the country has wonderful sea off the coast of Kushiro nurture a killer whale," he said with an expression of excitement.
Both schools have a course to train and major marine aquarium staff survey in 2003 off the coast of Kushiro. 05,06,07 In the pastorcas11to check the habitat. September 29 this year - a total of 10 students participated in the five-day schedule. Marine researcher who make "Kamata is set" (represented琴絵Sasamori) with assistance. Hazama Shika two days could not study bad weather was the last day of five days.
Students from around 6:30 am, leave the mouth of the Kushiro River. Around 8:30 am, including three dogs found a flock of about 30 kilometers southeast off Kushiro child was observed approximately 5 hours. The herd was moved to 18 kilometers from the port of Kushiro and also other puns about the ship.
Nakata Hiroe OCA's (18) is "an adultkiller whale11was moved to pay attention to her child, "reminisces. FEC's Miya Yoshi Koga (18) "I felt must continue to protect the marine environment inhabited by Kushiro biodiversity," he said. (Via Township Sawa Yanagi)
Tuesday, 19 October 2010
A Casualty of Ida
On Tuesday, November 10 2009, in the aftermath of hurricane Ida, a male, juvenile Atlantic bottlenose dolphin was found stranded on a remote beach in Gulf Shores, Alabama. Local officials contacted the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies (IMMS), the designated marine mammal stranding response organization for the area. Upon arrival, the IMMS team found the 190 lb. dolphin stranded 150 yards from the water line. It was estimated that the dolphin had been out of the water for at least 4 hours but his vital signs were stable. Without blood testing, there was no way to accurately assess the health of the dolphin. Because he was lethargic and very weak, IMMS’s attending veterinarian, Dr. Connie Chevis determined that the dolphin should be transported to the Center for Marine Education and Research for a thorough examination and monitoring.
After collecting numerous medical diagnostic samples, it was determined that the dolphin, named “Moke” (Hawaiian for “saved from the sea”) was suffering from stomach and respiratory problems, which most likely led to his stranding. Moke was placed in a temporary quarantine pool so that he could be treated medically, and monitored 24 hours a day for the first week of his rehabilitation. Moke’s health continued to improve, and so did his appetite! His diet of capelin and herring ranged anywhere from 12 pounds to 17 pounds of fish each day. Dr. Chevis was able to successfully treat all of Moke’s health problems, but there was still concern about his future due to his young age. Many juvenile dolphins are determined to be non-releasable by NOAA Fisheries, because of their young age and the uncertainty of their skill development for foraging, defense, and socialization in the wild.
When the final decision was made to deem Moke non-releasable, he was moved into a larger pool and the Animal Care staff at IMMS began training him several times a day. Moke was very smart and caught on to things quickly. Due to the oil spill and to provide Moke with a companion, he was sent to the Navy’s marine mammal facility in San Diego, CA where he is doing very well.
Saturday, 16 October 2010
Baby beluga whale goes on exhibit at SeaWorld
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2010 AT 3:29 P.M.
What a difference a few months make when it comes to a baby beluga whale. She now tips the scales at 215 pounds and is on exhibit at SeaWorld.
She made her debut Friday.
SeaWorld officials say she's playful and curious and enjoying her surroundings at the park's Wild Arctic exhibit.
Born June 23, she was abandoned by her mother. As luck would have it another female, Allua, took over mothering duties.
She has since thrived. She's been exploring the exhibit with Allua and Ferdinand, a male beluga whale
Wednesday, 13 October 2010
Sunday, 10 October 2010
Katina, a 34-year-old female, gave birth to her seventh calf tonight at 7:28 p.m., a SeaWorld spokesman said.
The great-grandmother went into labor at 6:47 p.m. and delivered a 7-foot-long, 350-pound calf. It swam to the surface moments later for its first breath, the park said.
Mother and calf are bonding, and veterinarians and caretakers are making sure the baby starts to nurse, park spokesman Nick Gollattscheck said. The sex of the calf won't be known for a while.
Tonight's news was welcome for the Orlando theme park, where the firstborn of Katina's calves, Kalina, 25, died suddenly on Monday. Results of a necropsy could take up to six weeks. In June, Taima, a 20-year-old female, died at the park giving birth to a stillborn calf.
The new calf's father is Tilikum, a 12,000-pound male who in February drowned a SeaWorld trainer in front of park patrons. The death made national news.
According to an online profile, Katina is the most successful whale mother in captivity and the oldest orca at SeaWorld Orlando.
The newest calf is the 16th born at SeaWorld Orlando and the 27th at all three SeaWorld parks in the U.S.
NOTE: Here are two videos of the births and the moments after. =)
Wednesday, 6 October 2010
Animal makes a rare appearance in the Danish waters
A dead dolphin was found on Grenen at Skagen, the northernmost point in Denmark. Dolphins are a rare guest in the Danish waters. The dolphin was 2.15 meters long and will now be picked up by the Zoological Museum for further investigation.
Until then, there are reportedly good possibilities to see the dolphin, which is currently placed on the sand some 500 meters from the tip of Grenen.
WHALE watchers in Sydney were treated to a special sight this morning - a humpback whale mother and calf playing inside the harbour.
Jonas Liebschner from whalewatchingsydney.net said the pair were swimming around in circles, tailslapping and breaching for 40 minutes or so.
After their harbour frolick they headed out of the Heads again.
Researchers are trying to figure out what happened to a pregnant blue whale that washed up on the beach at Bean Hollow State Park in San Mateo County. The massive, 85-foot whale was found washed up on the beach on Monday, with her male fetus just 50 feet away.
"And then to have the fetus over there, it's really unusual," says park ranger Frank Balthis.
The whole scene is extraordinary. The last time a dead blue whale came to shore in this area was more than 30 years ago. Normally, the only way to see a blue whale is during a whale watching trip in the open ocean. They're too big to hold in captivity and the only blue whale skeletons on display in the state, are in Santa Cruz and Santa Barbara.
"I have always wanted to see the biggest animal that's ever lived. It's quite a specimen," says naturalist Jeff Parry.
"It's a rare event, especially to see one, a female -- and a very big female -- and then one that is carrying a fetus, that makes it even more special and unusual," says Pacifica resident Paul Jones. Someone spotted the carcasses floating in the water on Saturday. U.C. Santa Cruz researchers got their first up close look on Monday, once the bodies came up on the beach.
Preliminarily, scientists don't think the female died naturally. Because she's so healthy, they think a ship's propeller may be to blame, but it'll be several days before they know for sure. "It's upside down, so if a ship hit it, we can't see the back to know to look for a wound of that. It's so large you can't move it and so it's real difficult to tell," says Balthis.
Blue whale calves are born after 12 months and this fetus was only six months old. The whale was likely swimming south to Baja California for the winter. According to state rangers, the scientists will take tissue samples of the whale and also do a necropsy to figure out how she died.
After that, no one is going to remove the bodies because the whale itself is just too big, so the plan is to let nature take its course. Animals in the water will eventually break down the carcasses, even though that will take several months. The ranger says that he doesn't expect that to be a problem because that part of the beach where the whale is isn't very popular.
Video at link.
Dr Michael Noad from the University of Queensland says researchers are using seismic airguns to fire compressed air into the ocean. "What we're really interested in is working out whether these noises really annoy the whales," he said. "If they do annoy the whales how can we change the way the oil industry use these things so that they annoy the whales less.
"It's about better management and outcomes for the whales."
Tuesday, 5 October 2010
Sunday, 3 October 2010
The new arrival weighs 12 kilos and measures 1.10 metres long, is extremely active and in excellent health. It took just four hours for her to be suckling well and she is now swimming constantly alongside her mother.
Gara and her baby have been accompanied at all times by mum’s friend, the dolphin Yemaya and her own male baby Aitami, who was born last summer in the same park. As soon as little Waka and Gara herself are transferred to the principal pool, visitors will be able to see them both.
Aqualand Costa Adeje, along with Jungle Park, are the two attractions of the the Aspro Group in Tenerife.
Video at link.
TWO “TEENAGE” killer whales recently sighted off the southwest coast may be new visitors to these waters, according to the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group.
The pair of orcas were filmed some 5km south of Skellig Michael late last week during an inshore survey sponsored by the National Parks and Wildlife Service.
Identification records show they are not members of a Scottish pod of killer whales that have frequented this coastline over recent years, according to the whale and dolphin group’s sightings co-ordinator Pádraig Whooley.
“It’s a very hopeful sign, as the Scottish group has not reproduced and is in danger of dying out, whereas this pair could be part of a breeding group,” he says.
A survey team comprising members of Mr Whooley’s group and researchers from Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology was working off the Kerry coast as part of a wildlife service-funded cetacean monitoring project off the Atlantic seaboard when it came across the pair.
Surveyor Conor Ryan spotted the “distinctive blow followed by that unmistakable dorsal fin”, Mr Whooley said, and a second animal was seen in the area several minutes later.
“On occasions, one of the killer whales crossed our bow within 2m of the vessel, while another swam just beneath the surface, keeping a parallel course with us, clearly showing their distinctive ‘tuxedo’ pattern,” Mr Whooley said.
“Having witnessed them in places as exotic as British Columbia, Argentina, Chile . . . and Cork harbour, seeing them at such close quarters in Irish waters really helps reinvigorate one’s commitment to marine conservation.”
Some 14 validated sightings of killer whales were recorded this year in Irish waters, the whale and dolphin group says. Many of these are part of the Scottish pod.
A sample of images recorded last week was sent to Scottish researcher Andy Foote at the University of Aberdeen, who confirmed the animals had not previously been catalogued in the northeast Atlantic. The pair are known as “sprouters”, or sub-adults, Mr Whooley explained. His account of the encounter is published on www.iwdg.ie
Well-known diver and film-maker Monty Halls, who has been working with the group in Connemara while filming a BBC television series, will give a free talk, Capturing Giants: Filming whales, sharks and dolphins around the world on October 7th at GMIT in Galway at 8pm.
Friday, 1 October 2010
They have been seen off the north Antrim coast and just recently two were sighted off Kerry.
Porrig Whooley is co-ordinator with the Irish Whale and Dolphin group.
He said the public have nothing to fear from these "apex predators" who have no natural "enemies" in the wild.
"You probably have nothing to worry about unless you're a herring," he said.
"There is no documentary evidence, despite all the works of pure fiction and some very dodgy movies. "There's no evidence at all that killer whales pose any threat whatsoever to people or to people in boats," he added.
'Big, big dolphins'
Mr Wholley said it was important to remember that killer whales are just "big, big dolphins". While most eat fish some are partial to a more substantial meal.
"There is evidence that some of these killers whales, especially those that have been coming across from Scottish waters, some of them have actually been seen attacking and killing Minke whales, so they are like a pack animal and some of them are meat eaters as opposed to fish eaters but that doesn't mean they pose any threat."
Irish waters are home to 24 species of whales and dolphins and killer whales are just one of them. "They have a global distribution, they're found in all oceans of the world, so its not surprising that in our rich, abundant and clean Atlantic waters, we have killer whales," said Mr Wholley.
He said their "apex predator" status meant there were relatively few sightings in Irish waters. "If you think of any top predator, there's never loads of them, they're always very patchy in distribution and that's the exact same with killer whales. "They turn up just when you least expect them."
Mr Wholley said there was a "fantastic history" with killer whales in Northern Irish waters.
"There was a famous animal that was nick named 'Dopey Dick' who swam right into Lough Foyle and spent three or four days swimming around the walled city of Derry and that was back in 1977."
Anyone lucky enough to spot a killer whale in Northern Irish waters can report the sighting to Northern Ireland Environment Agency, who are responsible for co-ordinating citation sightings in NI waters.
The Irish Whale and Dolphin group can be contacted for sightings in waters in the Republic of Ireland.
A dwarf sperm whale found beached in Taipei County's Wanli Township Sept. 29 has been safely transported by a fishing boat back into the open seas for release.
Coast Guard patrolmen and local firefighters rushed to the scene around noon upon receiving word of the beached whale. They used wet blankets and sheets to keep the whale wet, all the while splashing ocean water on it. Chen De-qin, a veterinarian from Yehliu Ocean World, took the whale's pulse, after which he drew blood and then delivered nutrients to the mammal through an intravenous drip.
Taipei County Animal Disease Control Center veterinarian Zhou Jin-quan also rushed to the scene to confirm that the mammal was indeed a dwarf sperm whale. Zhou said that the three-meter-long whale, weighing in at over 200 kilograms, likely suffered from what was similar to heat stroke due to the relatively high water temperatures near the shore. He said cooler water temperatures and ample amounts of fish in the high seas should enable the whale to recover.
JAPANESE - police have launched an investigation after nets of holding pens for dolphins were found to have been cut during an annual traditional hunt, news reports said yesterday.
Investigators enquiring into the damage to property were looking into a statement claiming responsibility on the website of European conservation organisation Black Fish. The group said on Monday its divers cut open the nets of six pens holding dolphins caught since the hunt started on September 2 in the village of Taiji in south-western Japan.
A number of the trapped animals were able to swim back out to sea, the Black Fish statement said. But major daily Yomiuri reported yesterday that no dolphins escaped. The tiny remote village in Japan drew increasing international attention after 2009 US documentary The Cove described the annual traditional dolphin hunt.
Richard O’Barry, an activist who campaigns to protect dolphins, submitted a petition with 1.7 million signatures against the practice to the US embassy in Tokyo in early September, when the annual hunt started.
The hunt continues until spring, based on a catch limit of around 2000 animals set by the government.
A sharp reduction in the Irrawaddy dolphin population in Songkhla Lake is worrying marine experts.
Santi Nilawat of the Marine and Coastal Research Centre said yesterday at least 81 dolphins had died over the past 20 years, with 10 dying between January and September this year.
The major cause of death is dolphins becoming entangled in fishing nets, he said. The latest survey found there were about 30 dolphins living in the lake. Mr Santi called on fishermen to be careful when fishing in the lake from this month to January as it was the gestation period for female dolphins.
Dolphins need larger feeding grounds during this period, so they stray from the 100 square kilometres declared an Irrawaddy dolphin protection zone to search for food.
This increases the risk of being entangled in fishing nets, he said.
The release had been scheduled Friday. But institute spokeswoman Meghan Barnett says the dolphin has been eating less than usual for a couple of days, and veterinarians want to be sure he's healthy before they let him go.
Because he was found during the BP PLC oil spill, his blood was checked for possible oil spill damage as well as other problems. There wasn't any oil, but he was very underweight, dehydrated,had pneumonia and his brain, lungs and digestive tract were infested with parasites.
He weighed 270 pounds when he arrived. Now, he weighs more than 300 pounds.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- Two distinct species of dolphins with separate calls and sounds seem to attempt to find a common language when they come together, a U.S. researcher says.
Bottlenose and Guyana dolphins, two distantly related species, often come together to socialize in waters off the coast of Costa Rica, and although each species normally makes distinct, different sounds, they change the way they communicate when together and begin using an intermediate language, the BBC reported Thursday.
Biologist Laura May-Collado of the University of Puerto Rico in San Juan made the discovery while studying dolphins swimming in Costa Rica's Gandoca-Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge off the country's southern Caribbean coast. When bottlenose dolphins swim together, they emit longer, lower frequency calls that are modulated, she said. In contrast, Guyana dolphins usually communicate using higher frequency whistles that have their own particular structure.
But the two species often swim together in one group and when they do they produce quite different calls, May-Collado has discovered. Calls emitted during these multi-species encounters are of an intermediate frequency and duration, a style that is somewhere between those of the two separate species.
"I was surprised by these findings, as I was expecting both species to emphasize, perhaps exaggerate, their species-specific signals," May-Collado told the BBC. "Instead the signals recorded during these encounters became more homogenous."
May-Collado said she could not be sure whether both species are changing the way they communicate, or if it is one species attempting to call more like the other.
Thursday, 30 September 2010
Blue whales have been spotted swimming a few miles off the coast of Los Angeles. Fishermen working in the area say it is the first time they have ever seen the world's largest mammal swimming so close to the shoreline.
Marine biologist Alisa Schulman Janiger estimates that around 200 blue whales are currently in the area. She says an abundance of krill near the shore means the blue whales are swimming closer to land. Sian Williams reports.
Video at link.
Mr Tatlow says he initially thought he saw an overturned hull. "A minute or two later it squirted water and I realised it was a whale," he said.
"I know enough about whales, it was a right whale and I got the binoculars on it and shortly after I saw a reddening in the water around it and then a baby whale appeared. This right whale had given birth."
Mr Tatlow says three members of another family also saw the birth.
A southern right whale was born off Taroona Beach last month, the first reported birth since commercial whaling ended in the mid 1800s.
Tuesday, 28 September 2010
The 35-foot adult, male humpback had rake marks and teeth marks on it, which appeared to match the telltale signs of killer whale attacks, according to Jim Rice with the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport.
Rice said researchers collected samples of the whale, took photos and measured it. Then, it was buried by Oregon State Parks. It had washed up near Lost Creek State Park, about seven miles south of Newport. Rice said gray whales are the most common species spotted along the Oregon Coast and it’s not unusual for a pod of killer whales to attack a young gray whale.
However, humpback whales are less common in that area and it was unusual for killer whales to attack such a large humpback.
"It's an incredibly difficult time" for members of the aquarium staff who care for the dolphins, said Brent Whitaker, deputy director of biological programs at the aquarium. "These animals become their families. … Anybody who has an animal or a pet knows what we're talking about."
He said Shiloh, who measured 9 feet long and about 400 pounds, was not responding to treatments and had stopped eating before doctors made the decision to have her euthanized. She died in the medical pool late Sunday morning surrounded by three doctors, two veterinary technicians and eight trainers. Whitaker said doctors who specialize in comparative medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine are conducting an autopsy.
He said tests conducted over the past few months showed that Shiloh — one of the first six dolphins to be displayed in the new Marine Mammal Pavilion when it opened in 1990 — was suffering from an infection and iron storage disease. He said "next to nothing" is known about iron storage disease in dolphins, but it appeared that Shiloh was accumulating excessive amounts of iron in her liver, and treatments had begun about a year ago.
She was one of the aquarium's nine dolphins, ranging in age from 2 to 38 years. Whitaker and Sue Hunter, director of animal programs, said life expectancy for a bottlenose dolphin is about 25 years.
Shiloh was captured in the Gulf of Mexico in 1981 and was estimated to be 2 or 3 years old at the time, said Whitaker. The dolphin was captured in the wild, a practice condemned by animal rights groups. Whitaker said the aquarium's policy has since changed, and "we don't condone capture of bottlenose dolphins for display."
Hunter described Shiloh as a "gentle" and "calm" dolphin who was attentive to the other dolphins and helped to raise the calves born at the aquarium, showing "very motherly behavior and instincts."
In March 1992, Shiloh gave birth to Chesapeake, the first dolphin to be born at the aquarium.
Monday, 27 September 2010
Thursday, 23 September 2010
She will play with special needs children, teach schoolchildren about dolphins and swim with Seaworld visitors. Marine mammal trainer Erin King said the calf had arrived earlier than expected, but was settling in fine. ''She is having a ball playing with the other two calves -- we have regular visitors coming in weekly just to see them,'' she said.
''At the moment they are just learning how to use their bodies, so we're seeing a lot of all-over-the-place acrobatic activity from the three baby girls. ''All three girls will be in the park's interactive program and will definitely make a difference in peoples' lives.'' The new calf's mum, 10-year-old Zippa, is a first-time mum but is already protective of her bub. Ms King said Zippa never let the baby out of her sight.
''Dolphins can be a lot like humans; it's interesting to watch those maternal instincts just kick in,'' she said.
''We encourage everyone to come in and check out our new addition.
''She was born at 10kg and could get up to 160kg, so she has a lot of growing to do.''
Gold Coasters can also have a go at choosing a name for the bub at the Today Show's competition website http://today.ninemsn.com.au
Six dolphins have arrived in Beijing by air from Japan, Chinese state-run television reported Sunday. CCTV said the dolphins—two Pacific White-sided Dolphins and four Bottlenose Dolphins—have passed quarantine examination and been moved to the city’s ocean park to begin a 30-day period of isolation and inspection.
It said each dolphin arrived in a special water tank 3 meters long and 1 meter wide.
Japanese in some remote coastal fishing communities kill or capture hundreds and even thousands of dolphins from September until April each year. Most dolphins are killed for their meat, but much higher prices can be fetched by the selling of live dolphins to aquariums around the world for use in captive dolphin shows as well as for ‘‘swim-with-dolphins’’ programs.
Thursday, 16 September 2010
It's taken six months but the baby dolphin born at Sea World on the Gold Coast in February finally has a name, and her carers say it's been worth waiting for.
The name Tallulah, meaning "leaping water" in a native American language, was suggested for the female calf by Stacey Taverna, from Moama in NSW, as part of a national competition sponsored by Eveready Dolphin torches.
Ms Taverna said she chose the name because she thought it would suit a beautiful baby dolphin. Sea World trainers Erin King and Alana Keane said Tallulah is a perfect match for the calf's playful personality.
NOTE: The calf was born to Hallie at Sea World Australia on February 9, 2010.
The Särkänniemi Dolphinarium was opened in 1985. Over the years, more than ten of the calves born in the dolphinarium have died, says Timo Rahunen, the director of the Dolphinarium and Planetarium.
According to Rahunen, the calf mortality rate is high even among dolphins in the wild, where most of the calves do not survive to their first birthday. The Särkänniemi Dolphinarium will stay closed to the public at least until the end of this week.
Animalia, a Federation for the Protection of Animals, hopes that Särkänniemi would give up its attempts to increase its dolphin population. Executive Manager Sakka Tuomivaara says that the bare concrete pools do not offer the intelligent mammals good enough conditions.
The import of dolphins into Finland has been forbidden since 1998.
Tuesday, 14 September 2010
Indie and her calf are presently housed with Brinnon and Sandy that gave birth a few days ago. All six dolphins are doing well and the moms seem to be working together to care for the little ones.
Sunday, 12 September 2010
The Mediterraneo park at Bahar Ic-Caghaq has announced the birth of the second dolphin to be delivered at its tanks in as many months. It has also announced a competition where it is inviting children to give names to the two newborns.
The second calf , a male, was born on August 8 to Estrella, which, like Onda, which gave birth to a male on July 20, was brought to Malta from the waters around Cuba several years ago. The proud father in both cases is Lucas.
Paulo Pedroli park manager, said the park had put off the announcement of the birth because the first month was crucial and ‘mother and baby' needed to be closely monitored by experts. They were separated from other dolphins during that period and only put in the same tank as the other mother and calf a few days ago.
Marineland Ltd, the company that runs the Mediterraneo Marine Park, has been following a species propagation programme. Veterinary surgeons, trainers, biologists, voluntary workers and the staff at the park had been closely followed the gestation of Onda and Estrella, for whom these were the first births. No other births are planned for the near future.
Mr Pedroli said the park would be reducing the frequency of its shows and instead placing added focus on educational programmes, informing visitors about dolphins.The park now has seven dolphins.
He said that children participating in the naming competition were being allowed free entrance to the park until the end of next month. Adults would pay the reduce fee of €10.50c. The competition winners will become symbolic godfathers or godmothers of the dolphins.
Asked about public reaction to keeping dolphins in captivity - with somebody having complained that this was like a slave giving birth on a plantation - Mr Pedroli said this was a subject which needed to be discussed by experts.
Saturday, 11 September 2010
This morning we encountered L72 and L105 carrying a dead killer whale calf off the west side of San Juan Island. We followed the whales for just over 6 hours, and most of the time the calf was not visible, but on occasion L72 would lift the calf out of the water when she was surfacing. When we were able to see the calf L72 appeared to either be pushing it in front of her balanced on her rostrum or would be carrying the calf on the top of her head, but the calf was negatively buoyant, so had probably not been dead for long. Although L105, L72's ~6 year old son, was within 50 or 100 m for most of the time, we did not see L105 interacting with the dead calf. Based on the size of the calf (approximately 6-7') we suspect it was near-term but no way to know whether it was stillborn or born alive and died shortly afterward. Upon surfacing L72 would frequently appear to 'drop' the calf and both whales would stop and dive deep to recover it. From the photos it appears the calf was a female, and the umbilical is still attached and clearly visible. When we left the whales early this evening L72 still had the calf with her.
We will be out early hoping to re-locate the group, but it would be very good for folks on the water tomorrow to be on the lookout for the dead calf, L72 and L105, or the placenta (which should float and would be of great value to collect).
Robin Baird, Cascadia Research, Olympia, WA
Thursday, 9 September 2010
So far the calf’s sex is still unclear as the dolphinarium wants to allow the mother and the calf to get accustomed to each other in peace and practice breastfeeding. Even the pictures of the newcomer have been taken from behind a glass wall. Previously two new-born bottlenose dolphin calves have survived in Särkänniemi.
Annually around 270,000 people visit the Tampere attraction.
Wednesday, 8 September 2010
Monday 6th September
Following a dramatic 48 hours of negotiations, the Born Free Foundation has secured the release of the two dolphins, Tom and Misha.
The plight of the dolphins has made international news since they were placed in a small concrete swimming pool in the Turkish town of Hisaronu, from where local campaign group, the Dolphin Angels, arranged a massive Facebook protest and an ongoing street presence, calling for their release.
The appalling conditions in the pool caused many to fear for the deteriorating health of the dolphins and to speculate as to whether they would survive their ordeal. Water samples taken by experts revealed harmful bacterial counts ten times higher than would be permissible under internationally accepted marine mammal standards. Meanwhile, SAD (Underwater Research Society), a Turkish NGO, has been pushing relevant governmental departments since July with supporting reports and proofs so that the dolphins must be confiscated by the government and handed over to NGOs which will carry out rehabilitation.