Saturday, 31 December 2011

Bo Jingles is moved to TMMSN

The 7-foot dolphin found stranded on South Padre Island last week remains in guarded condition at Texas State Aquarium Sea Lab in Corpus Christi.

Officials say it is a “wait-and-see situation” with the juvenile dolphin that goes by the name Bo Jingles.

“We are still hopeful, but he is extremely critical,” said Lea Walker, regional coordinator for the Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network in Corpus Christi.

The dolphin is expected to be taken today to the Galveston facility of the Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network for further treatment and care.

Bo Jingles was transported to Corpus Christi late last week after being cared for at the University of Texas-Pan American Coastal Studies Lab in Isla Blanca Park on South Padre Island, officials said.

Fishermen found the young dolphin in weak condition near Beach Access No. 6 on Dec. 21.

It was first thought that Bo Jingles suffered superficial wounds from a shark bite, but the wounds turned out to be more severe, officials said.

“They are definitely more invasive than originally determined. We’ve got him on every possible treatment he can be on for them,” Walker said.

Bo Jingles is being tube-fed and “nursed” and at times is able to eat small fish. The “nursing” consists of a volunteer donning gloves with a hole in one of the fingers and letting the dolphin suck the finger and gain nutrient through the hole.

Bo Jingles does better at the nursing because the suckling reduces his stress level, Williams said.

The dolphin is believed to be between 1 and 2 years old.

Although Bo Jingles is eating, it is still painful for him to swim on his own because of bites he sustained on his tail. Volunteers are walking Bo Jingles inside the tank. He is receiving around-the-clock care.

“It is so painful for him to move parts of his body that he needs for swimming, that he really just can’t. ... It’s not that he is not strong enough, it’s just that he is in too much pain,” Walker said.

Only a limited amount of medication can be administered to Bo Jingles because of the way dolphins breathe.

“You can’t depress them because they are voluntary breathers and if you give them traditional type pain medication, you will depress their breathing and they won’t remember to breathe,” Walker said.

Bo Jingles is getting physical therapy on his tail.

“It is always a wait-and-see situation. ... You just have to wait for him to respond to the treatment,” Walker said. “These people are giving everything they’ve got to help this animal.”

http://www.brownsvilleherald.com/news/group-135254-week-corpus.html

Friday, 30 December 2011

A hotel to save a dolphin

Ribadesella port yesterday received the unexpected visit of a dolphin. Stranded in a dock ramp and barely the strength to face the current, adult specimen of almost two meters was located by a group of fishermen early in the morning. Hours later the dolphin died in the pool at the Gran Hotel del Sella, where he had been transferred in a last attempt to save his life.

"Although we have to make the autopsy, it appears that the dolphin could be caught at sea in a fishing gear," said yesterday the director of the Coordinating Committee for the Study and Protection of Marine Species (CEPESMA), Luis Laria , who noted that it is "a problem that occurs very often in cetaceans and that a high percentage of strandings on the Asturian coast."

In this latest issue of adult common dolphin made it in one of the ramps Ribadesella fishing port, where he was found alive near seven o'clock. Alerted by fishermen at that time were in the dock, Alvaro Fernandez, CEPESMA volunteer, moved immediately to the place.

And when the dolphin was to address the tip of the beach of Santa Marina, at the mouth of the estuary towards the sea, but "you could tell he had no strength to go and ended up stranding on the beach again," said Alvaro Fernandez.

Already in the sand and also supported by the veterinarian there were several attempts Ribadesella to the dolphin returned to the sea from the shore, as the heavy swell prevented from doing so from a boat.

But it was not possible by any means and dolphin stranding over and over again. Up to five. Which caused several injuries which led to bleeding and volunteers to find another solution that finally passed the pool remove the Gran Hotel del Sella, located a few meters from the beach of Santa Marina riosellana owned and volunteers CEPESMA public and personally thanked the gesture.

The idea was already in the pool trying to hydrate the animal and relax to get your strength, but "the dolphin seemed stunned," said those who closely followed the entire process until "suddenly, as if it were a attack, "the animal died.

Already on the lawn, the dolphin's body awaiting his transfer to CEPESMA facilities in Luarca, where his responsibilities will be performing the autopsy.

It was an adult, of perhaps 20 or 25 years, common dolphin, recognizable by its color, black and gray and cut into eight. Unlike the mule, the classic aquariums, whose presence is usual in the vicinity of the coast, the common herd lives in about 20 or 30 miles offshore, so its location near the coast is an indicator of that something is wrong. Or is disoriented, suffers from some disease or is injured.

The latter seems to be the cause of the stranding, the second to be produced in Asturias in just two days. "Just yesterday Luarca locate a basking shark," said Luis Laria, which ensures that at this time is when they give percentages of the presence of cetaceans in the Asturian coast due to the poor condition of the sea means that these animals are less outstanding external agents such as fishing gear.

Other apparent cause of the stranding strandings of dolphins in the port riosellano in addition to another case this year, last summer and also on the coast of Ribadesella, two on the beach in Vega and one on the beach of Santa Marina. In the latter case there was no option to recover the animal, which was finally had to euthanize it.

Also, during last summer's dolphins were found stranded two in the eastern seaboard, both now dead. One common, in the Arenal de Moris, in Caravia, late last August, whose death could be due to a severe infection, and second, a striped dolphin on the beach of San Antolin Llanes, who had several cuts apparently caused by rocks.

Months, in May, after another specimen was also located in an advanced state of decomposition in planning Torimbia already in the town of Llanes Niembro.

http://www.lavozdeasturias.es/asturias/comarcas/hotel-salvar-delfin_0_618538198.html

Young orca dies in Norway

He was down the shore in Grunnførfjorden Boxing Day to see how the area looked like after two powerful storms floer in winter, when he discovered the killer whales, writes Bladet Vesterålen.

- Then I saw something floating in the water. It looked totally confused. It tried to get up on land and swam only in the ring, says Lyngmo who believe the weather and strong currents have separated killer whale baby from the mother.

Died in pebbles
- We thought this was bad odds. And the next day was the killer whales found dead on the shore.

When taken Lyngmo tractor and drove it on land. Now the 2.25 meter long killer whales examined by scientists.

- What has happened is NOK likely that it has been born in an unfortunate place, where it has been separated from his mother. Usually there are several adults present, but just in that area, it has perhaps been taken off the power, says the orca researcher Tiu Similä.

If something had happened to her mother, would others in the herd taken over the responsibility.

Read also: Requires Norwegian killer whales back
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Will take DNA samples
- This is the first time I've heard about this. It is unique to find a young all alone. It was basically not a weak individual, for it fought well that we look at the video, says Similä who think the video was a sad sight.

Now, taking DNA samples to see which population it belongs. The researchers will also look for contaminants.

http://www.nrk.no/nyheter/distrikt/nordland/1.7934989

British oil company threaten Marseille Bay

British oil company prospecting off Marseille may be set up a platform.
There are many oil and gas off the coast of Marseille in 2000 meters. The Melrose Scottish company which conducted the research could exploit this resource in the future. The conservationists and the tourism industry are worried.
Environmentalists see a very dim view of this project to implement an oil platform a few miles of the future national park coves and Pelagos Marine Park, a sanctuary for the dolphins. Such an infrastructure and oil spill risk could also affect the number of tourists

At present research is arrested, the company Melrose expects renewal of his permit to operate

http://provence-alpes.france3.fr/info/-marseille--du-petrole-au-large-des-cotes--71842985.html

Whale's death blamed on infection

Klamath, Del Norte County — Klamath, Del Norte County -- The wayward gray whale that died last summer after swimming from the sea into the Klamath River and attracting hundreds of well-wishers along the way suffered from a fungal skin infection caused by the river's freshwater, scientists said.



Sarah Wilkin of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration told the Times-Standard of Eureka that the mother whale's skin was weakened by her lengthy stay in the freshwater river, which allowed the fungus to get into her body.


The whale, called MaMa by locals, garnered national media attention when she entered the river with her calf on June 24. The pair were migrating north with other gray whales when they made their unexpected foray upriver.



Source

Thursday, 29 December 2011

Kirara and Nagasaki sea finless porpoises in Omura Bay Ecological Survey

Dolphin friend that is specified in the Red Data Book of endangered species in the Fisheries Agency and the County, Sasebo aquarium Kujuku Island has been a joint investigation for finless porpoises (Kirara Sea) and Nagasaki on August 28 sufficient 鹿子前 queued for city Visitor Center released a study that Kushima. And the possibility that long-term decline in populations revealed varying ecological habitats and seasonally.

The study, Nature Conservation Society of Japan (Tokyo) for about one year from October to November this year received a grant from 2010, conducted throughout the Omura Bay. Research vessel ▽, experimental sound effects device that hate ▽ ▽ finless porpoises washed ashore dead sighting surveys of populations of land in 10 locations - through ecological examined.

For many years, published the results of the Faculty of Fisheries, Nagasaki University professor Masao Amano continues to research and finless porpoises. Population of finless porpoises in Omura Bay is inhabited by about 300 head, including gill net to take from the data of the head that killed an average 4.8 years, "death to maintain the current population has exceeded the number may have decreased over the long term, "he said.

Check the many individuals along the coast in the spring breeding season, as well as referral data showing the different habitats in each season. Experimental effects of sound equipment is installed in the nets, "one or two months, but have the effect of driving away, gradually accustomed. Such as gill net fishing in early spring, when using the short-term effects can be expected," etc. was.

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Killer Whales attack sharks

Swimmers might think twice about cooling off at this beach.
The normally placid waters were transformed into a spectacular feeding ground as a group of orca whales attacked a school of sharks.
The sharks had been swimming close to the shore on Boxing Day at the Blue Cliffs Beach in Tuatapere, New Zealand as the orcas - also known as killer whales - stalked them through the sea.
Moments later the hungry whales sent the feared fish scattering through the waves as they sprung their assault.

In a spectacular display of natural predators at work, the whales herded the sharks toward the shore to force them into shallow waters.
One shark desperate to escape from the enormous beasts even beaches itself on the sand. It is seen desperately flapping around in a bid to escape the whales, which were unable to move onto the sand.


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2079948/Killer-whales-launch-surprise-attack-school-sharks.html#ixzz1iWMvRCzr

Saturday, 24 December 2011

Annoucement about the Christmas Period

MERRY CHRISTMAS to everyone


Just a quick mention, as it is now the season holidays, Cetacean Cousins is taking a break until the new year.

I hope you all are well and love the new home page. We look forward seeing you in the new year and hope you look forward to the future updates/ changes.

All the best

Orkamad and Takulover

Friday, 23 December 2011

Rough sea, dead beached dolphin

BARI - He fought against the waves. He has repeatedly risked ending up on the beach. Coast Guard and firefighters braved the stormy sea to rescue him. But when they reached back off, he was already dead. It 'was a bitter discovery for divers to die under their own eyes see a beautiful female dolphin. The specimen, a female dolphin of about 2.5 meters in length, was recovered in the waters of the gorge, a few meters from the shore The Trampoline, St. Jerome in the district. The last time was seen over a month ago, on 8 November in the waters of the harbor. Its evolution aroused the curiosity of many people who stopped to admire it on the waterfront. The mammal was in good condition, rather hyperactive, put in difficulty so that staff and volunteers of the Port of sea turtle recovery center in Molfetta engaged in complex activities groped to remove him from the port.

The frames of relief

Thursday morning, a motorist noticed the dolphin and warned the exchange of the Coast Guard. A patrol boat arrived on site and a diving team of firefighters. They tried to pull him to safety but the poor condition of the sea did not help the company. So when it was recovered on the beach came a doctor of veterinary service of ASL. The dolphin was malnourished and lifeless. Now the body is located in the center of forensic medicine in Valenzano. In the past year were more than 50 dolphins beached on the coast of Puglia. Other specimens were found in an advanced state of decomposition on the coast of Trani, Bisceglie, Molfetta, Holy Spirit, Mola di Bari, Brindisi Porto Cesareo and Torre Colimena.

http://corrieredelmezzogiorno.corriere.it/napoli/notizie/cronaca/2011/23-dicembre-2011/mare-agitato-morto-delfino-spiaggiato-1902637735483.shtml

Hunt threatens whale-watch industry

Japanese plans to hunt humpback whales in Antarctica could ruin Australia's $300 million-a-year whale-watching industry, says a former whaling captain.

Paddy Hart, 72, was master of Australia's last whaling vessel, the Cheynes II, when the Albany whaling station was closed in Western Australia in 1978 due to falling global demand.

In recent years, Mr Hart has become an active anti-whaling campaigner, travelling to Japan with Greenpeace to protest against its annual Antarctic whale hunt under the guise of 'scientific research'.

In 2007, Japan announced it would defy a 50-year global ban on hunting humpbacks by killing 50 of the endangered mammals amongst a total whale quota of 1000.

It later dropped the plan to hunt humpbacks - focusing instead on killing more than 900 minke and 50 fin whales - but has not removed them from successive quotas.

'The Japanese have been talking about hunting humpback whales,' Mr Hart told AAP from his home in Albany this week.

'If that happens, you can say goodbye to our whale-watching industry, which is worth around $300 million a year.

'We actually make more money now watching whales than we ever did shooting them.'

After 18 years in the industry, the man who killed thousands of whales off Australia's southern coast understands more than anyone how hunting can change the behaviour of these highly intelligent mammals.

'The only reason humpbacks come so close to boats now is there has been a moratorium on killing them for the last 50 years,' Mr Hart said.

'They know that if they come up to boats, they will get a welcome reception.

'But as soon as you start shooting them, well, that's it - they're not going to come close again.

'It's their instinct in the wild - whenever they're in danger they flee.'

Mr Hart said Antarctic humpbacks were the same whales that migrated north along Australia's coast each year and formed the basis of the nation's lucrative whale-watching industry.

'They're the ones we see that come in close to calve and teach them how to swim in warmer Australian waters,' he said.

'Then they go back down to Antarctica to feed.'

Former environment minister Peter Garrett noted this year that whale-watching was worth $300 million to the Australian economy - the same amount as its live-cattle trade to Indonesia.

Internationally, it's worth more than $2 billion and growing at 10 per cent a year.

While commercial whaling was banned in 1986, a small number of nations - including Japan - continues to hunt them using a loophole that allows some species of whales to be slaughtered each year for scientific research.

Japan hunts about 1000 mostly minke whales a year amidst a growing international outcry.

Australia filed a case against its major trading partner in the International Court of Justice this year, seeking an end to whaling in Australian Antarctic waters.

'The Gillard government condemns Japan's decision to continue its so-called scientific' whaling in the Southern Ocean this summer,' federal Environment Minister Tony Burke told AAP this week.

'That's why Australia has taken the strongest action of any other country in the world and started legal proceedings against Japan in the International Court of Justice.

'We are bringing this case to maximise our chances of bringing Japan's so-called scientific' whaling to an end.'

The Japanese whaling fleet is currently believed to be off the coast of WA, en route to the Antarctic, after leaving its home port on December 6.

The Japanese government has said it will send a patrol boat with the fleet to protect it from harassment by activists from the Sea Shepherd conservation group, which has tried to stop the hunt in previous years.

About $30 million of Japan's earthquake relief funds have been diverted to the whale hunt.

Australia has ruled out sending its own vessel to monitor potential clashes between the whalers and activists.

'Australia has no plans to deploy a patrol vessel to the Southern Ocean,' Mr Burke said.

'Australia is opposed to whaling and does not intend to provide a higher level of protection to a vessel because it is involved in whaling.'

As the Sea Shepherd fleet prepared to leave Albany last week to intercept the Japanese hunters, Mr Hart met with the captain of its flagship Steve Irwin vessel, Canadian Paul Watson.

Once on opposing sides, the two old seafarers now have much in common.

'We talked about the hunt,' Mr Hart said.

'It's going to be a hard season down there - the hardest one yet.

'We certainly didn't talk tactics, because that would be a closely kept secret.

'They expect close attention from (the Japanese), but they assured us that they'd be ready to meet them.'

Mr Hart said he had nothing but admiration for the Sea Shepherd crew and their dangerous mission.

'They do it hard,' he said.

'At least when we're out on the ocean, we could get back to land and see our families.

'The conditions (in the Antarctic) are much more severe for the Sea Shepherd crew.'

Mr Hart said most of the crews on his old whaling vessels took no pleasure in killing what they regarded as intelligent, social and majestic beasts.

'I enjoyed the atmosphere on board the boat, but the actual killing of the whales, no,' he said.

'Because there's no way you can humanely kill a whale.

'If you don't hit them in the right spot you simply hurt the animal and have to hold fast to it, like a fish on a hook.

'It may take 10, 15 minutes or more just to get a couple of extra shots in to kill them.

'They don't die easily.

'If there's no need to kill them, why kill them?'

http://www.skynews.com.au/eco/article.aspx?id=699737&vId=

Thursday, 22 December 2011

SeaWorld whale Tilikum battles illness

The largest killer whale at SeaWorld Orlando fell ill last week and was quarantined in the park's medical pool, though a spokesman said Thursday that the animal is better now.

SeaWorld trainers had moved the whale, the six-ton male Tilikum, into the park's medical pool for treatment. The whale's illness was first reported by the television station WKMG Local 6.

Tilikum is the whale that killed a SeaWorld Orlando trainer in February 2010. He has also been linked to two other human deaths, including the 1991 death of a Canadian killer whale trainer and the 1999 death of a man who sneaked into SeaWorld's killer-whale enclosure after the park had closed.

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/business/os-tilikum-sick-20111222,0,7052520.story

Gray Whale Season Underway

Gray whales are beginning travels along the Southern California coast now as they make one of the longest mammalian migrations known to man.

The journey from the Bering and Chukchi seas to the lagoons in Baja California and back averages between 10,000 to 14,000 miles.

"We have been seeing more and more gray whales every day," reported Scott Louie from Harbor Breeze Cruises in Long Beach. "Add in literally thousands of dolphins and an occasional orca sighting and this is a terrific time to be on a whale watching trip."

The whales feed on small crustaceans on the bottom of the ocean by rolling on their sides and drawing up bottom sediments and lots of seawater.

The whale then closes its mouth expelling the water and sediment through its baleen plates and leaving a tasty meal inside. Adult males can reach 46 feet, and while adult females can reach 50 feet. They weigh between 30 to 40 tons.

The Marina del Rey sportfishing fleet as well as several private boaters have been seeing several gray whales pass the area by recently.

"This is a great time of the year," said Rick Oefinger from Marina del Rey Sportfishing. "Our anglers get a two-for-one deal with whale watching and fishing on the same trip."

The Voyager out of King Harbor in neighboring Redondo Beach will start its whale watch season Tuesday. The deep water canyons just off Redondo have attracted copious amounts of blue whales earlier this year. Now the blue whales are gone as more gray whales pass by.

One of the great things about gray whale watching is that they are frequently visible from shore. Taking the family to the Palos Verdes Peninsula, as well as the cliffs in San Pedro and Laguna Beach makes for a fun, educational and economical outing.

A shore-based study, the ACS-LA Gray Whale Census and Behavior Project, has been going on since 1979 near Point Vicente in Palos Verdes, and runs until May 15 using volunteers as spotters.

Spotters detail whales’ behavior including breaching, spyhopping, nursing and more. They also watch for what effect boats have on the whales and document any harassment issues. So far, the spotters have documented nearly 40 southbound gray whales this month.

Another way to track whales this year is on your computer. The Marine Mammal Institute within Oregon State University has tagged two gray whales that you can track online. Vavara and Agent are presently making their way across the Bering Sea but taking very different routes.

If you plan on whale watching from your own boat, make sure you are aware of NOAA’s Marine Mammal Viewing Guidelines and Regulations—federal law prohibits harassment of these whales so please remain at least 100 yards from the migrating whales. Do not attempt to touch or swim with these creatures as their behavior can be unpredictable.

Gray whales were given full protection in 1947 by the International Whaling Commission. Since that time, the eastern north Pacific gray whale population has rebounded to near its original population size somewhere between 19,000 and 23,000 whales.

While calving occurs mostly in the lagoons of Baja California, Mexico, some calves are born during the migration. A Dec. 18 post on YouTube by RIPproductions9 off Laguna Beach shows three divers interacting with a baby gray whale. The whale makes a u-turn towards the camera and gives these divers a Christmas present they will have for a lifetime.

http://marinadelrey.patch.com/articles/gray-whale-season-underway-for-southern-california-whale-watchers

Whale family escapes after being trapped in N.L. channel

A family of pilot whales that was likely to perish in a narrow channel in Bonavista Bay, N.L., has made it out.

The six whales were at the end of a long run near Deer Island, on the northeastern coast of the province.

"They won't swim out once they go up these narrow entrances - pilot whales are really social, really sensitive to sound, and they hang together in groups and won't go anywhere if they all don't go," said Wayne Ledwell of Whale Release and Strandings, a non-profit organization that responds to whales that are entrapped or stranded on the shoreline.

The organization had been called in by a group of bird hunters who had spotted the whales on Monday.

"I knew they weren't going to get out of there if we weren't successful in getting them out, because it's going to freeze over."

If the whales had been sick and looking to beach, there may not have been anything he could do, Ledwell explained. But they weren't. It was a group of seemingly healthy animals - juveniles and adults - that Ledwell reckons had found their way into the channel by chasing herring or after being scared by killer whales, which had been spotted in the area last week.

Ledwell, along with fisheries officer Darren Poole, used a boat to chase the whales out. It's not the best way to deal with whales, Ledwell explained, but it was the only option.

It took about four hours to get the whales to leave.

"When they'd come up to the tickle, they'd turn around and go back. They didn't want to go through the narrow areas," he explained. "We had to keep after them. It was like rounding up cattle, except we couldn't see them most of the time. They'd turn around on us and go underneath.

"We kept at it, kept cutting them off, going behind them and cutting them off again, and we finally got them out. Once they were in the middle of the last tickle, it was open sea, and they were gone; they bolted it for the open ocean as fast as they could go."

Ledwell doesn't expect the whales to come back to the spot.

"If this was an animal that was found on a beach and we had pulled it back out again, or a single animal in this species, I would think they would come back, and most of the time they do," he explained. "In this case, they were healthy-looking, they weren't on a beach and didn't want to go on a beach, they were swimming around in the cove."



Read more: http://www.ottawacitizen.com/technology/Whale+family+escapes+after+being+trapped+channel/5896278/story.html#ixzz1hIDwRs2D

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Rare whale strands

A rare species of whale was found dead in the late afternoon on Tuesday Cidreira, north coast of Rio Grande do Sul The animal, which belongs to the family of cetaceans known as whale-of-Cuvier beaked (Ziphius cavirostris ). She was almost in the sand when it was located by the Study Group for Aquatic Mammals of the Rio Grande do Sul (Gemars), researchers report.
According to Paulo Henrique Ott, a professor at State University of Rio Grande do Sul (UERGS) and researcher at Gemars, the animal measures about six feet and weighs about a ton and a half.
- I work in research for 20 years and had never seen this animal here in Rio Grande do Sul Now we know more about the habits of the species - he said.
The researchers make a series of tests with the animal before burying it on the beach. According to Ott, the beaked whales, family Ziphiidae have oceanic habits and live in deep waters far from the coast.
- This type of whale is so rare that we have little information about it. From this whale, let's try to understand the reasons that brought him here - Ott said.
According to the researcher, the animal was not attached to fishing nets...


http://g1.globo.com/rs/rio-grande-do-sul/noticia/2011/12/especie-rara-de-baleia-e-encontrada-morta-em-cidreira-rs.html

Minke Whale stranded

ecember 19 at noon, in Dalian Changhai Ocean island reed ditch waters, a nearly 5 meters long, weighing about 1.5 tons of whale into the surrounding farmers scallop seed breeding area, the area covered by sea floating raft whale was entangled in the raft root death. Island Lao Yumin said ocean around the island was once a whale games, whale species are still many, this is a minke whale. It is reported that this is the second time since 2009 that raft area surrounding the island into the whale died. Pictured around the whale fishermen recovered the body.   Wang Yuan / reporter / Di Wenjun photo

http://roll.sohu.com/20111222/n329831708.shtml

Whale digged up for display

A ten meters long whale buried in the ground for 8 years, only recently dug up the skeleton. December 21, reporters from Qingdao Underwater World aquarium staff was informed, this whale was buried in the ground around 2003, and recently cleared, now frozen in the whale skeleton specimen plant, the next step will be the bone specimen preparation. Reporters learned that Qingdao has produced a large number of marine scientific research organization specializing in biological specimens, and has developed a sophisticated production methods. Found in domestic large-scale coastal fishing marine animals, the majority of the specimens in Qingdao processing plant into a specimen. December 21, the reporter came to the country's largest marine life marine life Chinese Academy of Sciences Herbarium Herbarium, visit the large specimens of marine animals production process. A question why the whale buried in the ground for eight years?   Reporters came to Qingdao Underwater World hospital, near the side of the building there is a wide and 56 meters, 20 meters long, 6 meters deep pit, excavators and forklifts together into battle, several workers were cleaning up stones .   "A few days ago, workers dug up the whale bones from the inside, on the road, full of it, has been dug over the past two days." Staff side, said there was originally a flat in 2003, Qingdao Underwater World opening, have been buried underground a whale, wait for it to rot prepare specimens. "Why would we buried eight years?" Aquarium staff, "in the production of bone specimens before the whale must be skimmed. Buried in the ground, you can let it rot, easy to make." It is understood that large specimens of marine animals in the production , generally have adopted the way buried, "one to two years can rot, can be dug out skeletons made ​​of." IOCAS Museum Wangguan Zhang introduced biological specimens. "Does have some long-buried eight years, and buried for too long, very easy for bone black."   This underground "sleeping" eight years of whale more than ten meters long, has now been transported to the bone at the Shazikou specimen plant for frozen specimens will be made ​​later.   Museum specimens of marine life in the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the reporter saw the production of two different forms of shark specimens. Institute of Marine Biology Herbarium has 776,000 kinds of biological specimens, is the largest marine life museum specimens.   These large marine biological specimens are collected from where? Herbarium of Wang Guanchang introduction, "are generally as large national marine conservation of marine life, and now the majority of marine scientific research by the manufacture. These samples are generally sent through the post-harvest fisheries sector here."   The specimens made ​​there are many: the Herbarium, the reporter saw the specimens made ​​of shark skin, but also saw the bone specimens. According to Wang Guanchang introduction, there is a liquid sample, the shark immersed in a glass filled with alcohol products in. "Not only can watch biological molecules can also be analyzed." specimen B a whale can be leather, bone two specimens  of an approximately 6 m "minke whale" skeleton specimen placed in the Institute of Museum specimens of marine life, this whales are shipped over from Shazikou, was arrested in 2003, groan, buried on the beach one and a half, 2005 to dig post-processing. "It's a whale can be made ​​into two samples. Whale fat thickness, peel off the skin first, then meat skeleton buried in the ground, waiting for rotting skeleton specimens after manufacture."   Reporters found that this "minke whale" by nearly a block composed of large and small bones, the four pillars supporting the "Tour" in the air, the absence of the abdomen under the body of the bone adhesion, is a piece of wire hanging. The bones were iron and nails together, the skull was a huge pillars stand up. The entire skeleton of color white, the above is also coated with a layer of preservative. The entire skeleton on the ground to decay, leaving a thin hole.   "As the shape of marine organisms too large, want their soft tissue completely decomposed, buried only by natural means." Wangguan Chang, the "make a specimen, is very time consuming and very labor-thing to do from the catch into, not two or three years can not. skin specimens can be made ​​six months, while the skeletal needs of the job for three years. "   In addition to wait time, staff should prepare specimens studied anatomy, well aware of the structure of the whale. In order to collect complete with bones scattered in the ground, assembled them all in together.   In the "minke whale" of one side, there is a lifelike whale specimens, in addition to facial expressions and eyes solidification, the body fur is very complete. "This is a specimen of whale skin." Wangguan Zhang introduced. Some of the injured whales will always be a place, the staff will generally cut down into the wound, carefully so that the whole integrity of the skin down. When stripping the big action, usually starting from the abdomen.   Whole skin was separated from the whale, it will fill in the skin covered with arsenic in the cotton wool, or wood flour filled. Reporters from small specimens of whale skin side of the wound, exposing the wood flour can be clearly seen inside the mouth but also exposing a length of cotton wool. "In the past good specimens are filled with cotton wool, which is saturated with arsenic, is used to prevent insects, and ultimately prevent the erosion of specimens."   According to Wang Guanchang introduced, with the specimen advances in technology, materials used to fill the constantly updated. In addition to using wood flour and cotton wool padding, now filled in skin specimens of a "foam." "This foam is filling, with the mouth facing the specimen within the jet, the bubble will be inflated in 20 minutes after the rapid expansion of 20 times, making the specimen was filled full, fill up the whole skin becomes smooth and flat."   The skeleton specimens produced from the ground out of frame, you need to count eleven whale bones. Then the bones on the formalin soaked, the staff need to have a good grounding in anatomy, specimens of the species produced very familiar with the basic knowledge needed to master the mechanics, with a minimum of support, so long as sixty-seven m of complete whale skeleton present. Text / reporter Li Min Map / reporter Lee Jun Hui

http://roll.sohu.com/20111222/n329829799.shtml

New calf born in J Pod

Big news! It's been kept quiet to make sure all parties confirmed, but NOAA's NW Fisheries Science Center and the Center for Whale Research have confirmed that on December 17, 39-year old J16 (Slick) gave birth to a new baby calf in Puget Sound, probably only a few hours judging from the fresh fetal folds, before being seen and photographed by veteran field researcher Candice Emmons of NWSFC. This makes J16's fifth calf since her first, J26, was born in 1991. She was the sixteenth J pod orca photographed and identified by Mike Bigg in 1972, and is among the oldest whose age is known exactly. Her matriline is known as the J7's after J16's late mother. Photos of the family can be found by scrolling down the Center for Whale Research matriline guidehttp://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gif.

source: link

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Whale Probe

Sri Lanka to probe whale deaths, do acoustic monitoring
Dec 20, 2011 (LBO) - Sri Lanka is launching a probe on whale deaths which are suspected to be due to shipping, and also study the mammals by monitoring their calls underwater, the head of a research agency said.

"Too many whales are dying around Sri Lanka," Hiran Jayewardene chairman of Sri Lanka's National Aquatic Research Agency told reporters in Colombo.
"Too many whales are getting killed by the ships."

Frequently dead whales wash up on the shores of the island. A major East-West shipping route lies off Sri Lanka's south coast. During parts of the year or 'season' whales pass a few miles off the shore of the island.

"We are still analyzing statistics but in the early part of the year we had some marine mammal dying every week, sometimes two a week," Jayewardene said.

"We had picked up the carcasses of blue whales which have clearly been killed by ships. One was cut by a large propeller."

Jayewardene said the NARA, universities and the wildlife agency needed expertise from international specialists to carry out postmortems on dead whales, some of which were partially decomposed when found.

He says up to 20 whale carcasses sometimes found in a year. Earlier this year two dugong, which are now rare, were found dead due to illegal dynamiting off Mannar in the north eastern coast.

There was no knowledge about the population of whales around the island, Jayewardene said.


Some researchers suspect that the whales, which include blue and sperm whales are passing by the island during an annual migration around the Indian Ocean.
Whale watching has become a popular tourist activity, with whales now coming within several miles of the shore. Jayewardene said if the whales were disturbed too much they could go away.

He said a new NARA research vessel would be equipped with 'passive acoustic monitoring' facilities. Hydrophones towed behind the vessel would be able to pick up whale songs from up to 15 miles away.

"Electronically we can

Whale Probeanalyze from the sound what kind of whale it is, which direction they are going," Jayewardene said.

He said the research may help get a better idea of the number of whales around Sri Lanka.

http://www.lankabusinessonline.com/fullstory.php?nid=999883621

Mar del Plata Dolphin Birth

The birth occurred on November 21 last but the dolphin information was released today, after finding the favorable evolution of the whale. The specimen was born in Mar del Plata Aquarium Oceanarium, south of the seaside resort. "breeding nothing and feeds perfectly" said Alejandro Saubidet, scientific director of the Aquarium, who noted that constantly monitor the mother and her calf. This is the second dolphin was born in the oceanarium in the last two years after birth occurred on June 21, 2009. The Mar del Plata Aquarium Oceanarium opened on July 9, 1993.

http://www.telam.com.ar/nota/10793/

Yeosu apbadaseo meshed orcas 'structure success'

Jeonnam Yeosu dolsan caught in nets in offshore killer whales placed in a state of exhaustion, the fishermen and the Coast Guard's rescue operation, went to sea as safely. Yeosu maritime police (Chief gimduseok) 9:30 am on the last 26 minutes, Yeosu, approximately 2.8 miles east of dolsaneup bangjukpo sea by a killer whale in the jeongchimang induction that get caught in fishermen's nets sonmossi (55) is found, report said that 27 days : Yeosu gwonhyeonmang steamer ship Clipper seonjangin sonssineun another crew is working on board along with the adjacent offshore killer whales caught in nets in the water, found that ppumeumyeo and was reported to the Coast Guard. Yeosu Coast Guard received notification of the patrol boat was dispatched to the scene of a rescue team and 122 jeongchimang fishing nets over two hours with the owner and had been removed. About their number around 7m orcas from different trauma dwaetgo no nine trillion went back to sea. Yeosu Coast Guard official, "" conservation and management of whale resources on the notice in accordance with and catch a whale found should be reported immediately to the police and the Maritime jurisdiction, the living cetacean about rehabilitation to structures or to a possible action on a rescue mission in accordance with the provisions that looked, "he said.

http://news.khan.co.kr/kh_news/khan_art_view.html?artid=201111271116451&code=950312

Orca pod keeps divers company

Blenheim man Dave Darby and his two friends found themselves on the same route as a pod of orca as they went diving for paua and kina on Sunday.

Mr Darby said it was the second time he had seen orca – the first was in Pelorus Sound last year.

The men first saw the pod of six orca near Dieffenbach Point at the entrance to the Tory Channel, and then spotted them at almost every bay they stopped at until they reached Jackson's Bay. "They were doing their hunting and gathering around there. The young guys [with him] got a bit of a shock. I called them whale bait," Mr Darby said.

The mothers and calves appeared to be playing with each other as they made their way up the channel while the bulls hung back, often swimming deep in the water for 500 metres to 600m before resurfacing.

"Three of the orca, a mother and two babies, came right up next to the boat. You could almost touch them they were that close," he said.

The orca got about 20m away from two of the men diving for paua and kina. They first noticed them when they saw a fin going around the edge of the rocks they were on looking for shellfish.

"The orca didn't take any notice of them, but the guys were a bit worried as you would be when you've got killer whales around. But they just busied themselves trying to find paua," Mr Darby said. "They're just thankful the orca didn't get any closer."

http://www.stuff.co.nz/marlborough-express/news/picton/6171708/Orca-pod-keeps-divers-company

Amazing Whale Rescue

Environmental Issues – With all the stories in the news lately about beached whales dying, it’s nice to have a happy story about a whale for a change. Michael Fishback, co-founder of The Great Whale Conservancy (GWC), saved a young humpback whale from certain death.
Fishback (great name btw) and his crew found the whale floating in the water barely alive. After jumping in the water to investigate, he found that the magnificent creature was tangled in a nylon fishing net, preventing it from moving its fins and tail.
The crew worked diligently for more than an hour to cut and pull the whale free from the net, and once they made the final cut, the whale swam off, but not before treating the crew to an amazing show of gratitude.
Clean up after yourself people. Fishback may not always be there to rescue an animal from your stupidity.

http://www.thedailyactivist.com/environment-amazing-hunchback-rescue/

Russian weather stalls Beluga whale rescue operation

MOSCOW (AFP) - More than 100 Beluga whales remain trapped between ice floes in the Chukotka region of Russia's Far East as bad weather hampers the rescue operation, the emergencies ministry said on Tuesday.

'The weather still prevents a vessel sent to the scene from approaching the zone where the Belugas are trapped,' a spokesman of the ministry's Chukotka branch told AFP by telephone.

'We cannot say right now when the rescue operation could start,' he added.

Officials said last week that more than 100 Beluga whales became trapped by ice floes 15km south of the village of Yanrakynnot on the Bering Sea.

http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/World/Story/STIStory_747012.html

Monday, 19 December 2011

Po-Girl is expecting at Hualien Ocean Park

Christmas came the good news of happiness, well hung Ocean Park bottlenose dolphins - Bao-mei, good "pregnant" to, and is expected to meet the new life in the Christmas arrival of a baby dolphin, for the tenth anniversary of the Far Glory Park to bring good news , but also for the most beautiful Hualien, eastern Taiwan, adding "new residents."
In the 2010 year 10 month treasure the love of his sister to find the "boss", and in the same year, 11 months and passes him the good news, we should treasure pregnant sister when his mother, the good news so far male the Ocean Park, take a very excited mood, looking forward to the arrival of the baby dolphin.


Farglory Ocean Park team are also for that matter, in particular the United States and internationally renowned Georgia Aquarium, Shedd Aquarium in Chicago and Hong Kong Ocean Park, close to the exchange of experiences, and Shedd Aquarium are also sent with 30 years of experience in dolphin feeding animal experts, many came to the scene with FG Ocean Park team to share their experiences with technology transfer, and to develop "dolphin family planning" to do well prepared to welcome the arrival of new life.

http://www.farglory-oceanpark.com.tw/index.php?site=1&page_id=37&ids=353

Orcas in Picton Harbour, NZ

A pod of orcas spent the weekend near Picton Harbour teaching their young how to hunt.

The 12 orcas, including two males known as Nobby and Ben and a female called Astrid, were a welcome surprise to residents and tourists alike who watched them as they swam close to the shore near Picton and Waikawa.

Dolphin Watch Ecotours skipper Paul Keating said the orcas normally visited the Sounds at Christmas because of the large number of stingrays in the area.

He was out taking a group of 21 people, including Le Cafe staff, on a tour to Motuara Island when they came across part of the pod near Picton.

"We stopped the vessel to allow the animals right of way. They are curious creatures and swam right under us and then just went ahead," Mr Keating said.

Nobby followed the mothers and calves, close behind. The group also saw a mother teaching her three calves, including a newborn, how to gather food near Bob's Beach.

"The tourists thought it was fantastic. Some of those people had never seen a dolphin and here they got to see orca up close," Mr Keating said.

The Marlborough District harbourmaster was also on the water making sure boaties drove safely around the pod, he said.

Marion McNeilly was driving around by Shakespeare Bay when she saw one of the males close to Wedge Point.

"I just stopped and watched him from there. He was doing tail slaps on the water, it was incredible. They say eating stingrays is like eating chocolate for orca," she said.

Natasha Luxton, who has worked with Dolphin Watch since 2002, said she had never seen orcas so close to Picton before.

"Normally they go out Anakiwa way."

http://www.stuff.co.nz/marlborough-express/news/picton/6165439/Feeding-time-a-whale-of-a-treat

Second Fin Whale Stranding in Ireland

#MARINE WILDLIFE - Sligo County Council is considering its options for disposal after the county's second whale stranding of the winter, when a 60ft male fin whale was beached at Agharrow.

A spokesperson told the Sligo Champion that the whale was in an area known locally as Staid Abbey, lying on a smooth rock ledge that slopes down towards the sea, and is a difficult point to access - particularly in the present stormy conditions.

As previously reported on Afloat.ie, a whale carcass was washed up at the end of last month not far from Agharrow at Raughley. The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) has confirmed that this was the first validated stranding recorded of a fin whale in Co Sligo.

That whale had its flesh removed for fertiliser, while its bones were studied by PhD students from NUI Galway ahead of being buried in a nearby field to allow for the natural decomposition of remaining flesh before future preservation.

http://afloat.ie/port-news/marine-wildlife/item/17586-second-fin-whale-stranding-for-sligo

Rare blue whale sightings off coast of Washington

SEATTLE — He spotted the geyserlike spray from its blow hole first.

Biologist John Calambokidis was tracking humpback whales about 25 miles off the Washington coast last week when he saw what he presumed was an exhalation from a much bigger species, a fin whale.

But the creature that surfaced 100 yards away was even bigger than that.

“I was like, ‘Whoa, that’s no fin whale!’” Calambokidis said.

Instead, far out to sea in a tiny 20-foot research boat, Calambokidis and a colleague were seeing something so extraordinary it had been documented off Washington’s coast only twice before in the past 50 years — a blue whale, the largest animal on Earth.

Over the course of the afternoon Thursday, he would snap 100 photographs and watch as six of the glistening light-blue cetaceans glided beneath the surface in pairs and dived repeatedly above a deep underwater feature known as Guide Canyon.

Calambokidis, one of the world’s foremost experts on the blue whale, has seen these massive marine mammals in California and South America so often that his organization, Cascadia Research, can actually identify individual animals by their markings. And yet spying so many of them up close in a place so unexpected was, for him, a spectacular experience.

“It’s still an incredible thrill,” Calambokidis said. “Here’s the biggest animal that ever lived, and it’s this beautiful, shimmering color. I get excited every time I see one.”

http://www.bendbulletin.com/article/20111219/NEWS0107/112190307/

Dolphin Calf makes a splash

The famous Monkey Mia dolphins in the world heritage-listed Shark Bay area have welcomed a second calf for the season.

Static is the second calf of Shock, a member of the wild dolphin group that regularly visits the internationally renowned tourist resort about 800 kilometres north of Perth.

Static's arrival follows the birth of a calf named Piper, born to Piccolo in October.

The name Static was chosen because the calf is part of a dolphin research program involving echo locations and it carries on the theme of its mother's name.

Monkey Mia has been home to an international research project on Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins since 1984.

In the 2010-11 season, the WA Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) recorded more than 80,000 visits to the Monkey Mia resort.

Environment Minister Bill Marmion said DEC staff at Monkey Mia believed Static was born in mid-November, but the announcement was delayed to keep the calf safe.

"It is important that mother and calf be carefully protected in the first few weeks of the calf's life to ensure the greatest chance of survival, which is why we've held off on announcing Static's arrival until now," he said.

Mr Marmion said dolphin calves fed every 10 to 15 minutes, and the mother's milk was rich and fatty, allowing calves to grow up to seven times their birth weight in the first year.

"To enable Shock to feed her calf, DEC staff at Monkey Mia will shorten the morning interaction times when she is in attendance with her calf, allowing her to return to deeper water, so that the calf can be fed," he said.

http://news.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=8391971

Sunday, 18 December 2011

In the Rostov Zoo was born dolphin

In Rostov dolphins joyful event happened - the Black Sea bottlenose dolphin gave birth to a baby Cassandra. The birth went well. This is the first newborn in the Rostov dolphins, which opened two years ago in the park "Fairy Tale".

Paul baby is not yet known - the baby and mother is better not to disturb. That's why the name of a dolphin no. 

- Pregnancy and birth in captivity - an extremely rare event - says zoologist, dolphins coach Paul Dolonsky. - Cassandra we brought from Moscow already in the "position" in May of this year.

The female dolphin bears cubs 12 months. "Papa" was in the capital dolphins. Cassandra gave birth to about four hours. This is not the first birth, because everything went smoothly feeds a newborn and the mother's milk from mothers on a step. Coaches animals say the dolphin is sure to be involved in the presentations. In Rostov dolphins are in the custody of the eldest son of Cassandra and Stepan huge white dolphin named Peter.

http://www.province.ru/rostov/news/events/v_rostovskom_zooparke_rodilsya_delfin/

Beluga Whales Trapped

More than a hundred Beluga whales are trapped in frigid water surrounded by ice floes in the Chukotka region of Russia’s Far East, and risk death unless they are rescued soon, local authorities said.

The flock of gentle whales was trapped in the Sinyavinsky Strait off the Bering Sea near the village of Yanrakynnot, a statement from the Chukotka Autonomous Region said, with local governor Roman Kopin calling for the government to send an icebreaker to the region to try and free them from their soon-to-be icy graveyard.

Local fishermen reported that the whales were concentrated in two relatively small ice holes, where they can at least breathe freely for the time being. But the odds of them being able to swim back out to open water are slim due to the vast fields of ice over the strait.

The statement said the whales risk becoming starved if they cannot be rescued soon. And with the advancement of the ice floes, the space where they are concentrated is growing smaller and smaller.

“Given the lack of food and the speed at which the water is freezing, all the animals are threatened with exhaustion and death,” it added.

A Russian icebreaker was just two days sail away from the area, the Chukotka government noted. It could easily make the trip in time to save the whales, it added.

In Russia, Beluga whales are protected and are only one of a handful of wild animals whose cause has been supported heavily by Russian Prime Minister and nature lover Vladimir Putin. Putin also has a special page on his website dedicated to the Beluga whale.

Besides having little or no food, and the rapid advancement of ice, the Belugas are at risk of attack from hungry polar bears or killer whales in the region as well.

Trapped Belugas are a frequent problem in Arctic waters but are not often detected by people. The last relatively successful case of a Beluga rescue came in 1986, when an icebreaker was deployed to help free them.

Beluga whales can measure 20 feet long and weigh up to 2.5 tons. They can stay underwater for up to 25 minutes before surfacing to breathe. In Russia, they live in the freezing Arctic waters to the north of the Russian Far East as well as in the White Sea and Barents Sea in the northwest of Russia.

http://www.redorbit.com/news/science/1112442576/beluga-whales-trapped-by-ice-in-russia/

Saturday, 17 December 2011

Dolphins: The baby died of drowning weak - Kagoshima / Kagoshima Aquarium

Kagoshima Aquarium Kagoshima, the museum 13 days for death of baby dolphins died on postnatal day 4, was announced by the weakness seen from drowning and autopsy results.

 According to the museum, the results of an autopsy Kagoshima University Faculty of Agriculture veterinary, nursing badly weakened, will not be able to swim to breathe underwater, apparently drowned. The body has many flaws that were identified and we have seen, such as tank against the wall.

 Was also initially seen as a female, the result of observation and was found to be male. Characteristic of female dolphins have milk, "milk groove" was found in the original tank, and the results examined in detail, it was scratched.

 Chief marine animal exhibits Nobutaka Kubo, "potentially affected the feeding damage. Want to consider measures to support the future and how the dolphins that horse," he said. Kurosawa [Keitaro]

http://mainichi.jp/area/kagoshima/news/20111217ddlk46040623000c.html

Friday, 16 December 2011

North Altantic Right Whale Spotted in Cape Cod

PROVINCETOWN —
The first confirmed sighting of North Atlantic right whales in Cape Cod Bay was recorded yesterday by Dr. Charles “Stormy” Mayo, director of right whale habitat studies at the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies.
The two to three whales were spotted in Provincetown Harbor, opposite the East End of Provincetown.
Mayo remarked in a press statement that "the whales were putting on a show the likes of which I've never ever seen except from humpbacks — perhaps 100 breaches, some simultaneous side by side.”
When not breaching, the whales formed a Surface Active Group, or SAG, a type of social behavior between two or more whales that involves frequent body contact, often with whales rolling on their sides or backs. SAGs are thought to play a role in mating, but because they occur throughout the year, many scientists believe that they have other social functions as well, PCCS stated in a press release.
North Atlantic right whales are among the rarest of the baleen whale species, with a population of approximately 473. Cape Cod Bay is a rich feeding ground for the animals; in the first half of 2011, more than 320 individuals (almost three-quarters of the total population) were spotted by scientists in the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies right whale population and habitat research programs.


Read more: Right whales spotted in Provincetown Harbor - - Wicked Local - Cape Cod http://www.wickedlocal.com/capecod/environment/x2019333638/Right-whales-spotted-in-Provincetown-Harbor#ixzz1h18j6s44

Thursday, 15 December 2011

Bjorne is rescued by SOS Dolfijn

12.15.2011 Around one o'clock in the afternoon the beeper at SOS Dolphin.
There's a porpoise found living on the beach of Texel.
Salko de Wolf, assistant to Ecomare, was en route to a dead porpoise on the beach to get. Arrived at the beach suddenly he saw a porpoise living in the surf.
Ecomare The porpoise is placed in a special crate and transferred by boat to Den Helder. That is the sick animal was transferred to employees of SOS Dolphin Foundation.
Around six hours, the porpoise at Harderwijk.
Here is the animal examined. The porpoise is a male of 120 inches long and is very dehydrated and emaciated.
He has been named Bjorn and is supported in the tank because he is not able to swim independently. Bjorn does seem a bit self-bobbing and gently make swimming movements.
He received fluids and medications administered.

Stella, Bingo and Ran have arrived safely at Nagoya

Child Killer run on May 14, 12, 15 Bingo father, the family of his mother Stella, Kamogawa Sea World had outgrown the birth of Stella for Chiba has been transported from an emergency.
Jump ahead run in the track, Bingo_Sutera is transported by ship and arrived in Nagoya, I look at the inside to protect 固唾 many stakeholders involved in the transport entered the pool safely.
While the pool is followed by rearing treatment, and hope the familiar environment of Nagoya as soon as possible.

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Hemingway' settles in at Marineland

BY JULIE MURPHY, STAFF WRITER
December 14, 2011 12:05 AM Posted in: East Volusia Tagged: Marineland
Dazzle, right, and her newest calf born Sept. 5 at Marineland Dolphin Adventure. (Photo | Marineland)
MARINELAND -- Hemingway is at Marineland for the first time in several decades and this time he might stay.

He won't be writing any novels but he promises to be a star nonetheless as he's the newest calf of Dazzle, an Atlantic bottlenose dolphin also born at the Marineland attraction.

While this Hemingway was born Sept. 5, zoologists were unsure of his gender. Once they determined he was a boy, staff members set about the task of naming him, said Francesca Allegra Zeifman, spokeswoman of Georgia Aquarium, Marineland's parent company. His name was chosen from a list of submissions.

Ernest Hemingway was known to visit Marineland and the Dolphin Restaurant.

According to the book "Marineland, Images of America," Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, Pulitzer-prize winning author of "The Yearling," saw Hemingway across the restaurant one day in 1940 and sent over a note that read: "If you're Ernest Hemingway, won't you join us for a drink?"

He replied, "If you're Marjorie Rawlings, I'd be glad to."

Future Hemingway sightings at Marineland won't be nearly so rare.

"Ninety-five percent of the time, the public has been able to see Hemingway," said Kevin Roberts, curator of marine animals. "The rare times when he's not in one of the main viewing tanks, one of our educators will take you on a guided tour to see him."

Hemingway is still nursing, which Roberts said is something special to watch.

"They don't start to eat for four or six months," Roberts said. "They are very well-adapted to nurse without taking in a bunch of sea water."

Also unique is the opportunity to see the calf along his mother, grandmother, siblings and half siblings.

"Nellie tends to get all the headlines as the oldest dolphin, but we have four at Marineland that are in their 40s," Roberts said. "We're pretty proud of that, too.

http://www.news-journalonline.com/news/local/east-volusia/2011/12/14/hemingway-settles-in-at-marineland.html

Sunday, 11 December 2011

Orcas encountered in three Southland counties in three days

The killer whale watch is on off Southern California after 12 transient orcas made dramatic showings off Ventura on Friday, Rancho Palos Verdes on Saturday and Newport Beach on Sunday, before vanishing early Sunday afternoon. They were last seen headed offshore.

That's three counties in three days for the visiting cetaceans, which were seen preying on California sea lions during at least two of the three rare local encounters.

Researcher Alisa Schulman-Janiger, who was off Palos Verdes on Saturday, said the 12 orcas included four moms (one a grandmother) from three family groups, and two calves that are less than a year old. She provided the accompanying image, which shows one of two brothers—estimated ages 13 and 8—performing what looks like a headstand.

The video below was filmed Saturday by Phil Garner from aboard a different boat.



On Saturday and Sunday the older orcas, after sea lion kills, appeared to be teaching the younger orcas how to attack the pinnipeds. The 12 orcas have been photo-catalogued and are most commonly seen off Monterey. They also have been sighted off British Columbia.

Luke Dutton, an Island Packers employee, witnessed the killer whales off Ventura and posted video clips of 39 and 22 seconds to his Facebook page. In the 22-second clip, a killer whale calf can be heard vocalizing (pay particular attention to the 4-second mark).

Only a handful of whale-watching boats are operating at this time —most landings wait till the day after Christmas to begin their gray whale excursions — but they'll be on orca-watch Monday, weather permitting

http://www.petethomasoutdoors.com/2011/12/orcas-encountered-in-three-southland-counties-in-three-days.html

Dolphins: New Baby, "what we grew up safely" - / Kagoshima Aquarium Kagoshima

Kagoshima Aquarium Kagoshima teak dolphin was pregnant with (estimated 9 years) 9 night, gave birth. Pregnant dolphins in the museum but last four cases, and stillbirth or death shortly after birth both in the museum director Kotaro Ogino, "what we are becoming the safe," he said.

 Teak has been confirmed rupture of membranes around 5 pm Friday, at 8:00 pm birth. In females the estimated length 120cm, body weight was 20 kg. In footage shot by the museum, how to breathe and the water up themselves soon after birth the baby dolphin was seen as hit and how to protect the teak walls of the tank. Around 5:00 am on October 10 was first observed feeding.

 In the museum has four horses, including pregnant females head out of five teak in captivity, will continue to give birth until about next May. The dolphin is pregnant more than once rare in the country says. Dolphins live to cases born in one year, however about 20% of the domestic aquarium. Ogino Director "until it is well said, now must be overcome to some mountains. Hope you watch carefully," he said. Kurosawa [Keitaro]

http://mainichi.jp/area/kagoshima/news/20111211ddlk46040365000c.html

Saturday, 10 December 2011

Minsk Zoo opens Dolphinarium "Nemo.

Today in Minsk Zoo opened Dolphinarium "Nemo." Settled here four dolphins, two northern fur seals and one sea lion. Lump sum for a 45-minute session can observe 700 spectators.

In the future, "Nemo" promises to daily reporting (except Monday), three times a day: at 12.00, 15.00 and 18.00. Ticket price - 50 to 80 thousand rubles. For an extra (note big already) will pay the dolphins can communicate and even swim. Video: zoo.by Video: Channel Download video (5.21 MB) Today is the first visitors to the sea lion Nicholas twirling hula-hoop and juggling a ball, singing dolphins, lambada dancing, playing with balls, hula-hoops and frisbees, flying out of the water at the very dome, enveloping spray spectators seated in the front ranks, and threw her to the same coaches.

http://news.tut.by/summer/263190.html

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Don't go in the water!'

Marine experts today warned people not to enter the water after two killer whales were spotted 100 yards off the English coast.
The 'enormous super predators' were described as unpredictable and could attack surfers and bathers mistaking them for prey.
A mother and calf were spotted off the coast of Padstow, Cornwall - just 15 miles from the surfing mecca of Newquay - and experts warned the giant whale may inadvertently harm a human or attack while protecting its young.

A mother and calf were spotted off the coast of Padstow in Cornwall and experts warned the giant whale may inadvertently harm a human or attack while protecting its young (library image of an Orca in Scotland)
Peter Richardson, of the Marine Conservation Society, said: 'Obviously we wouldn't recommend getting into the water with a killer whale.
'They are enormous super predators and are therefore unpredictable.
'There is a pod of killer whales in Scotland and they could be travelling around the country.

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'Not a lot is known about the movements of killer whales but the probability is they are here for food.
'There are plenty of seals along the south coast especially around Padstow and Newquay.'
Several people have reportedly seen the whales, a rare sight in the area, over the last ten days.

Ocean scientist Dom Clarke, 25, saw what he believes was a mother and calf near Trevose Head, five miles from Padstow (pictured) while walking along the cliff
Ocean scientist Dom Clarke, 25, saw what he believes was the mother and calf near Trevose Head, five miles from Padstow while walking along the cliff.
He said he saw them heading south towards Newquay.
Mr Clarke told how he came across a man with binoculars who asked him what species of whale he thought they were.
'I thought "wow, that is pretty unusual to see", so I grabbed the binoculars,' he said.
'At the time they were heading south along the coast about 100 metres off the headland. It was pretty special.'
He added that a bird watcher had said he spotted the whales near Trevose the following day.
Fisherman Zyg Gregorek, who has travelled the world hunting fearsome sea predators, said: 'All sea predators present a danger.
ORCA THE KILLER WHALE
Killer whales (Orcinus orca), also known as orcas, can grow up to 32ft in length and weigh up to 9 tonnes.
The distinctive triangular dorsal fin can grow up to 6ft high.
They are mainly found around Iceland, Norway and northern Scotland, but occasionally some are seen as far south as the Atlantic coasts of Spain and Portugal and east into the Mediterranean.
'If a swimmer or a surfer got too close to a killer whale, it only takes one swish of the tail and you've had it.
'A killer whale might be curious around humans and therefore might attack, whether by accident or design. Also, because of over-fishing, their diets have been affected.
'If they are starving, they can be unpredictable and there is a possibility they may go for a human.
Tom Hardy, of the Cornwall Wildlife Trust, said: 'I remember there were reports of a killer whale attacking a basking shark in Cornwall years ago.
'But attacks on humans are extremely rare. You would be very unlucky to get attacked by one.'
According to the SeaWatch Foundation, killer whale sightings are rare in the waters off the coast of South West England, with most sightings between March and September.

The whales were seen just 15 miles from the surfing mecca of Newquay
In September last year, a holidaymaker at the Bedruthan Steps Hotel at Mawgan Porth, around eight miles south of Trevose, spotted a pod of four killer whales while eating breakfast in the cliff-top hotel.
Mr Clarke, who runs a rockpool exploration and education company, Explore the Shore, suggested that the whales could have been feeding locally.
'At the moment there must be a lot of fish inshore. And that day there was also a really huge shoal of porpoises about a kilometre off the headland,' he said.
Angie Gall, marine conservation officer with the Cornwall Wildlife Trust, said the whales may have merely passed through the area en route to more northerly waters around Scotland.
'There is only evidence of one "kill" made by killer whales in Cornish waters and that was a basking shark," she said.
Basking sharks are known to congregate in huge numbers off the Cornish coast in the summer and are a familiar sight for tourists in the area.


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2070703/Killer-whales-spotted-100-yards-Cornish-coast.html#ixzz1h0trYdSo

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Killer Whale washes up on Marin Beach, Californina

Wildlife officials are trying to determine the cause of death of a killer whale that washed ashore on a Point Reyes beach.
"It's pretty rare to see an orca washed up on shore around here," said Jim Oswald, spokesman for the Marine Mammal Center in the Marin Headlands, which is investigating the death along with the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco.
The orca was a male juvenile, about 18 feet long, that had washed up in an isolated area along Driftwood Beach, just north of McClure's Beach, late last week.
The team from the mammal center and academy went to the site Saturday and removed the orca's head and dorsal fin and took samples of its skin for study to determine a cause of death.
"The cause of death is still undetermined," said Andrew Ng, spokesman for the academy. "There were possible signs of trauma."
Whether that trauma was caused by another mammal or a ship strike was still to be determined, officials said. Tides were expected to carry the orca's carcass back out to sea.
The black-and-white mammals, which can grow up to 30 feet long and weigh as much as 12,000 pounds, are the largest species of the dolphin family and considered highly social and intelligent creatures.
They can live to age 50 and older, and travel in pods in which they are often related to one another. Killer whales prey on fish, but occasionally attack sharks, gray whales, seals, sea lions and blue whales.
"In the last five or six years we have seen orcas off the (Marin) Headlands," said John Dell'Osso, a spokesman for the Point Reyes National Seashore. "They may be following prey that are coming here."
Gray whales are now migrating from Alaska down to Mexico. It's possible the dead orca was making the same migration, he said.
"I do not ever remember an orca washing up on shore out here," said Dell'Osso, who has worked at the seashore for 27 years.

http://www.mercurynews.com/science/ci_19432252

Dutch transfer killer whale Morgan to Spain

A plane carrying a young killer whale has departed the Netherlands Tuesday afternoon heading for a Spanish amusement park after conservationists lost a legal battle to have her released into the open sea.

Around dawn Tuesday, the 1,400-kilogram (3,085-pound) female orca named Morgan was lifted from her tank by a crane, resting in a hammock that restrained her movement and protected her fins. Trainers kept her wet during the transfer into a blue-painted box on a truck, and her breath stood out in plumes as she exhaled through her blowhole from time to time while hanging several meters (yards) aloft in the cool morning air.

http://articles.boston.com/2011-11-29/news/30455523_1_spanish-amusement-park-loro-parque-female-orca

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Ikaika the orca removed from Marineland

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. -- Ikaika is back home.

The killer whale, the one at the heart of a custody battle between Marineland and SeaWorld, was removed from the Niagara Falls amusement park Saturday night by a fleet of transport trucks, a crane and more than a dozen Niagara Regional Police escorts cars.

"Ikaika was moved from Marineland to SeaWorld San Diego overnight," confirmed Fred Jacobs, a spokesman for SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, located in Orlando, Fla, via e-mail Sunday.

"We typically do transports of this type at night to avoid disruptions in local traffic and in our park operations. The transport went perfectly and (Ikaika) is in the water in San Diego now, swimming with the park's other whales."

Niagara police Staff Sgt. Pat McCauley confirmed Niagara police were hired on special duty to assist with the transfer of the whale.

SeaWord loaned Ikaika, an 1,815-kilogram orca, to Marineland in 2006 in exchange for four beluga whales. But last year, the Florida company started legal action to scrap the deal and have Ikaika returned.

In September, an Ontario Court of Appeal panel rejected Marineland's claim that the whale should stay in Niagara Falls.

The appeal court upheld a lower court decision that Ikaika belonged to SeaWorld. The Florida park had a termination clause built into its loan agreement with Marineland.

"This was not a guaranteed, long-term relationship," Justice Stephen Goudge wrote in a nine-page ruling. "The termination provision is clear and not commercially unreasonable."

A convoy of transport trucks and the fleet of Niagara police cars arrived at Marineland around 6 p.m., Saturday, said John (Ringo) Beam, a Niagara Falls businessman whose ice-making company sold about 520 pounds of ice to truck drivers from Empire Transportation, a Grimsby, Ont., specialty trucking company.

Beam said he sold 20 26-pound bags to the truckers around 5 p.m. Beam's curiosity was piqued when they wanted to meet at the McLeod Rd. Canadian Tire parking lot, showed up in a transport truck and said they needed the ice to cool something.

He figured it had something to do with either Marineland or Strabag, the company building a massive hydro tunnel under the city.

"That's the only thing out there," Beam said.

Beam suspected it had something to do with the Ikaika saga, so he followed them to Marineland's Stanley Ave. entrance.

The convoy went into Marineland from the Stanley Ave. service entrance. The trucking company and police spent about two hours inside the park. A crane and floodlights could be seen from Marineland Pkwy., on the park's north side.

Shortly after 8 p.m., the police escorts returned to the Stanley Ave., entrance and awaited the fleet of trucks, which included one truck with a blue tarp covering the cargo on its trailer. Another transport and a crane were part of the convoy.

"The move was conducted in the same way that all of these transports are," said Jacobs. "The whale is removed from the water in a sling by a crane, placed in a transport unit with water in it; the transport unit is trucked to the airport where its loaded on a cargo plane.

"The process is reversed on the other end. The animal is attended to by veterinarians and animal-care specialists throughout the process.

"Ike is in good health and has responded very well to the habitat at SeaWorld. It is a seven-million-gallon pool with six other whales."

Jacobs said the whale transfer was initiated by SeaWorld.

"As you are aware, Canadian courts have ruled in our favour several times, most recently this week. We are still in active litigation with Marineland in the U.S. and I'm unable to comment further on legal matters."

John Holer, founder and president of Marineland, couldn't be reached for comment Sunday.

Marineland and SeaWorld have been in court all year, fighting over custody of the whale, which was on loan from SeaWorld as part of Marineland's breeding program.

Marineland has one other killer whale, a female called Kiska.

SeaWorld has 19 whales in the United States, which is the world's largest collection of captive killer whales.

http://www.torontosun.com/2011/11/12/killer-whale-moved-from-marineland

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Dolphin dies after Swiss techno party

A dolphin has died at a Swiss amusement park just weeks after conservationists warned that loud noises could cause extreme distress to the cetaceans at a dolphinarium in the eastern town of Lipperswil.


Shadow, an eight-year-old dolphin, died on Tuesday, 20 days after a huge techno party was held only 50 metres away from Connyland, the amusement park where the aquarium is located.

Conservationists say the animal’s immune system may have been damaged by loud music at the 16-hour party.

Vets at Connyland were surprised by the death of the mammal on Tuesday, since Shadow had performed his daily training room with enthusiasm that morning, park director Erich Brandenberger told reporters.

Soon though, the dolphin became agitated. Despite efforts from his trainer to calm him down, Shadow stopped breathing and his pulse disappeared. Connyland has requested that the authorities carry out an autopsy to establish the cause of death. The results should be “ready in three or four weeks”, cantonal vet Paul Witzig told newspaper 20 Minuten.

Two animal protection groups had previously warned authorities of the dangers of holding such a loud event so close to the dolphinarium. “

"We fear the dolphins will suffer from stress,” said ProWal and Delfinschutz Forum in a joint statement before the party.

But the Veterinary Office from canton Thurgau saw no reason to ban the party, arguing that the facility where it would take place was built in such a way that the noise from outside would not prove a disturbance. In a pre-party statement, the office said there was no proof that exposure to loud noises for a few hours would affect the well-being of the dolphins.

“This is the seventh dolphin to die in this amusement park in only three years,” said animal welfare organisations Oceancare and Swiss Protection for Animals. According to them, the living conditions for dolphins at Connyland are “unacceptable.”

“It is unacceptable for the well-being of animals to be sacrificed in favour of profits with the blessing of the authorities,” said Sigrid Lüber, president of OceanCare.

In 2010, the organisation pressed charges against Connyland for an alleged serious violation of the Animal Protection Act. That case is still pending

http://www.thelocal.ch/national/20111110_1730.html

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Dolphins 'Louis' pregnancy

Bottlenose dolphins are participating in the show "Louis"授Kari new life, currently pregnant.
His father, a bottlenose dolphin born in captivity IV Hotel in 2004, "Athens" and the baby is born, and I awaited five captivity.
Due date is late August 2012. Currently, easy-to is the world's only dolphin has four heads and IV breeding captive, first in the world, when we celebrated the life connecting the next generation and more. Interest with us, warm eyes, "Louis," I hope you'll watch over. "Louis" is currently participating in the show now, with this pregnancy, let meいただきますpostponed from November to participate in the show. Therefore, the dolphin show " Feria U.S. dollars "Harmony" , "(held on Tuesdays & Holidays Sat), Oct 30 (Sun) have now to help us while suspending performance. Sun is yet resumed. During the relief efforts to the new practice of dolphins, also on a restart, so meet the expectations of everybody, we're trying to. Your understanding, thank you. In addition, the new Dolphin Sea Lion Show " / Kizuna Kizuna ", we held daily as before. Please continue to enjoy.

http://www.enosui.com/newsentry.php?eid=00353

Thursday, 27 October 2011

Male Bottlenose Dolphins Use Social Networks To Secure A Mate

AsianScientist (Oct. 27, 2011) – Marine biologist Joanna Wiszniewski of Australia’s Macquarie University has observed a fascinating approach to mating among the Port Stephens Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins.

According to a recent research paper published by the Journal of Animal Ecology, groups of male dolphins who put aside their sexual competitiveness and form alliances with each other to seek out and reproduce with females have better reproductive success than males who go it alone.

“These results are fascinating because it demonstrates that male bottlenose dolphins need to cooperate with each other to maximize their reproductive success,” said Wiszniewski.

The alliances are usually made up of two to four males and can vary in stability with some alliances lasting just a season while others can exist over many years. Alliance formation is a highly complex and long-term process that involves a high level of mutual tolerance, cooperation, and coordination.

While alliances among dolphins and some other mammals have been observed before, previously there has not been a lot of evidence to show why an alliance might be preferable. What this research has found is that the more alliance partners a male has, the more successful he is at reproducing.

“We found that most of the males who were fathering offspring in this population were members of large alliances. These results explain that the benefit for some male species to form alliances is to gain mating opportunities,” she said.

The finding that male dolphins share mating opportunities with their alliance partners and will risk increasing their partners’ reproductive success at a potential cost to themselves, indicates that dolphin relationships are based on a high level of mutual tolerance and cooperation.

“The level of cooperation and tolerance observed among dolphins is unseen in most animals. This research is important to understanding how these complex relationships operate,” she said.

The article can be found at: Wiszniewski J et al. (2011) Male reproductive success increases with alliance size in Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops aduncus).

http://www.asianscientist.com/in-the-lab/male-bottlenose-dolphins-social-networks-secure-mate-102011/

Month-old baby dolphin Kinosaki Sukusuku

城崎Marinwarudo (Toyooka Seto) and reached a one month old baby Pacific white-sided dolphin. Cylindrical pool next to the dolphin show in zoo stadium (7.5 meters in diameter and 4 meters deep), which swim perfectly fine to stick with his mother.

The mother took the net off Tango Peninsula emplacement, are in the same park in 1990, "Mary". The second birth was followed in 2008. Pacific white-sided dolphin gestation period of approximately one year. Mary appeared on the show until after mid-August this year, successfully gave birth September 20 into the early hours on maternity leave. Babies were breast-fed swimming Sukusuku Mary grew up awkward, length has grown to more than 1 meter.

Pacific white-sided dolphin zoo has bred in 1977. There was also the birth of the baby several times and hit the wall of the pool, or the mother did not breast-feeding well, died at age 17 in length. This is covered in the pool net to prevent a collision, the first week after birth, the 24-hour watch with colleagues such as breeding.

Baby dolphin appeared to show, trained from birth to about four months. Mr. Tomokazu Takatsu veterinarian responsible breeding of dolphins (43) "I'm glad you grew up here. Hope so carefully watched grow nicely," he said. (Asako Nagamine)

http://www.kobe-np.co.jp/news/tajima/0004576284.shtml

Shedd saddened by loss of beluga whale

The Shedd Aquarium family is mourning the loss of Puiji, one of the original animals in our beluga group. The 25-year-old whale died Wednesday evening. Puiji had been part of Shedd’s animal collection since 1989 and was here when the Oceanarium opened.

Ken Ramirez, executive vice president of animal care and training, said that his staff and the animal health team had been monitoring Puiji for several months because of a health issue that they were treating.

Wednesday, a change in the beluga’s behaviors signaled a rapid decline in her health, and despite nonstop emergency care, she experienced an arresting seizure. The veterinarians worked for 45 minutes to resuscitate Puiji, to no avail.

Preliminary findings of a necropsy performed at Shedd found changes in several of the whale’s organs that had not been evident in repeated health assessments. Additional tests will be conducted to see if the findings are related to advanced age or other factors. As is often the case, however, a specific cause of death may never fully be determined.

Biologists don’t know how long belugas live in the wild. In aquariums and zoos, they can live to be 25 to 30 years old although, as with people, longevity varies with individuals.

Puiji will be deeply missed by everyone who knew her.



http://interactive.sheddaquarium.org/2011/10/shedd-saddened-by-loss-of-beluga-whale.html

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Morgan killer case back to court on November 7

Last update: October 26, 2011 24:19
info. HARDERWIJK - A court in Amsterdam on November 7 leans back on the fate of Morgan orca. HARDERWIJK - The court in Amsterdam on November 7 lean back on the fate of Morgan orca.
Photo: Reuters
Photo: Reuters On that date the court treats the appeal both the Orca Coalition against Morgan moved to Tenerife, as requested by the Dolphinarium in Harderwijk to the animal as quickly as possible to be able to move there. That date on the court treats the appeal Both the Orca Coalition against Morgan moved to Tenerife, as requested by the Dolphinarium in Harderwijk to the animal as Quickly as Possible to be bootable to move there.

A spokesperson said Wednesday the Dolphinarium. A spokesperson said Wednesday the Dolphinarium. If the marine life park wins the lawsuit, Morgan will go a few days later transport. If the marine life park wins the lawsuit, Morgan will go a few days later transport.


Bleacher Bleacher

Henk Bleacher Secretary (Agriculture) two weeks ago gave Morgan permission to move to Loro Parque in Tenerife. Henk Bleacher Secretary (Agriculture) two weeks ago gift Morgan permission to move to Loro Parque in Tenerife. Morgan 15 months ago flooded seriously ill to the Wadden Sea and the scientists will never be able to independently and to live in freedom. Morgan 15 months ago flooded seriously ill to the Wadden Sea and the scientists will never be bootable to independently and to live in freedom.

The Orca Coalition thinks very differently and that Morgan would be reunited with family members as possible off the coast of Norway. The Orca Coalition thinks very Differently And That Morgan would be reunited with family members ashes off the coast of Norway Possible. The activists believe that the Dolphinarium did nothing to try it anyway if the killer could save independent and criticize the Dolphinarium cruelty. The activists believe thats the Dolphinarium did nothing to try it anyway if the killer Could Save the Dolphinarium Criticize independent and cruelty.


Health Health

The Dolphinarium is required under a court order rather wait until the end of November with the removal of Morgan. The Dolphinarium is required under a court order rather Wait Until the end of November with the removal of Morgan. But according to Niels Every vet is very bad for the health of the animal. But According To Niels Every fat is very bad for the health of the animal. The marine park is therefore exempted from that period. The marine park is therefore exempted from That period.

Pending the trial as possible are prepared to move the tons of animals weighing possible.

http://www.nu.nl/binnenland/2651297/zaak-orka-morgan-7-november-weer-rechter.html

http://interactive.sheddaquarium.org/2011/10/shedd-saddened-by-loss-of-beluga-whale.html

Every so often, the killer whales that live around Antarctica will drop everything they're doing and swim three thousand miles due north. It's an extreme journey, but the end result is the whale equivalent of a day at the spa.

Killer whales, otherwise known as orcas, need to periodically regenerate their skin in order to stay healthy. The problem for them and other polar mammals is that molting means losing a ton of body heat, which can be potentially dangerous in such frigid waters. For mammals like seals, this isn't a problem - they can just climb up onto the nearest scrap of land and molt away. But killer whales don't have that option, and so they're forced to go to some pretty extreme measures.

Researchers from the US's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration tracked the movements of five killer whales, all of which moved from the freezing Antarctic waters - average temperature 30 degrees Fahrenheit - to the relatively balmy subtropical waters off the coast of Brazil and Uruguay, where it's 75 degrees. One whale managed the entire 6,000 mile round trip in just 42 days.

It appears these journeys are pretty much exclusively for regenerating their skin - at those speeds, they wouldn't have enough time to go hunting or to take care of their young. It's a trip that takes the whales far outside their natural comfort zone, as evidenced by the fact that the whales went slower and slower the further north they got. But the end result is pretty much the killer whale equivalent of a deep cleanse, as they complete their epic swim just to find somewhere that they can relax and fix their skin. Rarely does a quick trip to the spa involve quite such an epic amount of work.

http://io9.com/5853590/killer-whales-swim-three-thousand-miles-just-to-lose-their-skin

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Injured dolphin rescued in Mission Bay dies

SAN DIEGO — An injured dolphin that had beached itself in Mission Bay died Tuesday morning after being picked up by rescuers from SeaWorld.


Lifeguards and SeaWorld marine mammal rescue unit recovered a seriously injured juvenile dolphin from Mission Bay early Tuesday. The animal had been swimming around erratically near the Mission Bay yacht club before finally beaching itself where it was picked up and rushed to SeaWorld. Among the obvious injuries the dolphin had large scrape marks on it and had suffered a broken jaw. — John Gibbins The young female mammal had suffered a massive broken jaw and was malnourished, said SeaWorld spokesman Dave Koontz.

It appeared the animal suffered the wound several days ago and had been unable to eat, Koontz said. The dolphin also had some minor cuts and abrasions on its body, he said.

The animal was first spotted swimming about 6:10 a.m. off Santa Barbara Cove near El Carmel Point, San Diego lifeguards said.

The lifeguards received another call about 7:30 a.m. from someone who said the dolphin was on the beach.

The SeaWorld crew arrived about 7:45 a.m. and picked up the dolphin, but it died in the truck, Koontz said. It was not known how the mammal was injured, he said.

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2011/oct/25/injured-dolphin-rescued-mission-bay/

Monday, 24 October 2011

Melon Headed Whale Rescued

When Mote’s Stranding Investigations Program staff members got a call Sunday (Oct. 23, 2011) morning about a stranded marine mammal on Manasota Key, they quickly mobilized a response team and headed south.

At the beach, they found three people helping a beached melon-headed whale. After assessing the animal’s condition and conferring with the federal agency that oversees the care and protection of wild marine mammals, the team brought the animal to Mote’s Dolphin and Whale Hospital.

Today (Monday, Oct. 24, 2011), the melon-headed whale, nicknamed Dante, remains in critical condition at Mote, where veterinary staff and a dedicated team of volunteers are monitoring its condition closely.
Dr. Deborah Fauquier (left) listens to the lungs of a melon-headed whale being treated at Mote Marine Laboratory's Dolphin and Whale Hospital. Jenna Rouse, Mote animal care technician, is pictured on the right. Photo copyright Mote Marine Laboratory.

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But Mote’s Dolphin and Whale Hospital is itself in need of support if it is to continue serving as a critical first responder and to be the trauma center called when sick marine mammals need help.

The Hospital is currently facing a funding deficit and is in critical need of donations to help support the care of this whale and to continue to be available to treat others when the calls come in. About the Rescue
Ralph Valanzuolo, a visitor from Connecticut, and Herb and Beth Silverstein of Sarasota, were the first on the scene when the melon-headed whale stranded on Manasota Key.

“We were walking along the beach and saw this guy — Ralph — in the water waving,” says Beth Silverstein. “Then we saw the whale he was with. We were the only people on the beach for miles. Luckily, my husband Herb had his cell phone and we could call for help. We’re so glad Mote was there to respond.”

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“We estimate that it costs about $4,500 to care for each critical care marine mammal brought to the hospital — that’s per day,” says Glenda Wright, vice president for development at Mote. “That cost is on top of the funds we need to raise annually just to keep the hospital open and to serve non-critical marine mammal and sea turtle patients. We really are in danger of not being able to treat any more critical care dolphins and whales.”

Mote has been treating sick marine mammals at its Sarasota-based hospital since 1992

. About the Whale
Species: Melon-headed whale, Peponocephala electra
Sex: Male
Length: 6.5 feet
Nickname: Dante
Where found: Melon-headed whales are typically found in deep, warm tropical waters. The U.S. has three recognizable stocks: Hawaii, the northern Gulf of Mexico and the western North Atlantic.
Population: Estimated to be about 3,450 in the Gulf. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, there is not enough information about this species to determine whether that is trending up or down or staying the same.

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Mote provides critical care for these animals — which are protected under federal law —with the goal of returning them to the wild. Our goal is to provide the most humane treatment possible for live-stranded dolphins and whales, while also creating a better scientific understanding of these animals and their needs to support conservation of these species in the wild.

“So many Southwest Florida residents tell me that one of the most important things they see Mote do is taking care of sick and injured dolphins and whales,” Wright says. “But if people want us to continue to be able to take care of these animals, we really need the community’s financial support to do it.”


http://www.mote.org/index.php?src=directory&view=DWH&category=Current%20Patient&query=category.eq.Current%20Patient&refno=1240&srctype=DWH_detail

Saturday, 22 October 2011

In Ukraine, banned the catching of dolphins

MEP has banned the removal of the natural environment of cetaceans. This means that the dolphins are no longer able to acquire new pets from the Black Sea. However, the release of those already in captivity, no one needs. Decision was made ​​to protect the population of the Black Sea dolphins from extinction. But will the document to stop delfinotiraniyu, Christina found out Suvorin. From 30th to 60th years of last century in the Black Sea were caught accelerated pace. These animals are not used for the treatment of: canned meat went on, and made ​​soap out of fat. Even suggested that from them more harm. Formerly considered a legal catch. If the dolphin is injured and he needs help. But then the animal must have been released into the sea. The process is difficult to control. And it was a loophole in the law. Domashlinets Vladimir, head of wildlife protection, the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources: - Pіd reabіlіtatsіyu viluchalis zdorovі delfіni i potіm vikoristovuvalis in the show. Tse mean scho Mіnprirodi not bude vidavati zhodnogo Permit to viluchennya delfіnіv s navkolishnogo seredovischa. However, this does not mean that dolphins in captivity, we must now go. Even more so - the scientists say - the animals have already forgotten how to produce their own food and are not prepared for life in a big pack. Kozunova Rita, a researcher at Sevastopol dolphinarium artbuhte: - Release into the sea - it's like to kill ... Dolphins from dolphinarium eat frozen fish. They are accustomed to a very narrow space. A total of dolphinariums country - 120 Red cetaceans. 's a stack of documents - data last check ekoinspektsii. None of the deaths of marine mammals are not officially registered. But to prove that one dolphin died, and another in his place - almost impossible. When comes to revision - can not tell - Dolphins went on tour, but be sure to come back. Komarchuk Sergey, Head of Environmental Control of biological resources of the State Inspectorate - Yakscho perevіrku mi conduction in Odesі - delfіni could pereїhati in Kyiv - pіd hour perevіrki E maєmo tіlki documented pіdtverdzhennya - yakіs nakladnі - scho delfіnіv here p'yatero - dvoє poїhali in Kyiv. But the law allows the import of dolphins from abroad. For one would have to pay 100 thousand dollars plus shipping. Deputy Chairman of the National ecocenter says there is a risk that the black market in the Black Sea is now even more will go to the bottom. Vasilyuk Alex, deputy chairman of the National Ecological Centre of Ukraine: - Delfіnіv lovlyat brakonєri, abo if stench vipadkovo potraplyayut in sіtki ribalok - delfіn zaplutavsya, yogo dіstali ... Naskіlki vіdomo us on Chorny rink delfіn Mauger koshtuvati 25 tisyach dolarіv. For ribalki, yaky vipadkovo vityag s Sea 25 tisyach dolarіv, TER Tse podarunok. Ecocenter National held an independent inquiry. In all 15 dolphinariums have sent a request to a request to clarify - from dolphins. Not one responded.

http://podrobnosti.ua/podrobnosti/2011/10/22/799267.html
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