Monday, 20 August 2012

Shouka moves to Sea World San Diego

A large blue container on a flatbed truck carried the newest resident of SeaWorld San Diego from the airport to its new home Monday.

Shouka, a killer whale from Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, arrived to Lindbergh Field via a large cargo plane around 5:50 a.m..

The whale arrived in a foam-padded container held in a sling so she wouldn't move around during her flight. The container, filled with thousands of gallons of water, weight 38,000 pounds according to park officials.

Once she landed, the plan was to load the whale onto a flatbed truck and drive it to its new home at SeaWorld San Diego.

Just after 7 a.m., a crew of six people could be seen traveling with the large whale inside a container. Occasionally, a crew member would use a tool to pour water over the top of the whale.

The truck was escorted by highway patrol from the airport to the park near Mission Bay.

Shouka is a 19-year-old female orca who veterinarians hope will find a suitable companion among the other whales at the San Diego theme park.

Her former companion at Six Flags was a bottle-nosed dolphin who was recently put in a different pool.

Since then, Shouka has not met a good companion park officials said.

SeaWorld San Diego representatives say they plan to have Shouka performing at SeaWorld soon but did not give an estimated date.

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Saturday, 18 August 2012

Kohana gave birth


Loro Parque (Tenerife) has announced the birth of a new orca in facilities 'OrcaOcena', the second baby orca born in Spain and, therefore, an important milestone for the breeding program, since reproduction is the most important indicator that confirms the animal welfare on site, created especially for these marine mammals.

Kohana, a female age 10 born in the parks of Sea World (San Antonio, USA), has given birth to her second brood of about 152 kilos and after 2 hours of labor, time that was observed and assisted by the team of veterinarians, biologists and park coaches. Moments after birth, the little brood of 1.40 meters long instinctively swam to the surface to make its first breath.

"It is a very important day for all of us at Loro Parque and we are very happy with this event, as this birth credited welfare enjoyed our animals," said Miguel Diaz, head coach of orcas, adding that "the small farming is strong, nothing with much energy and we are happy to whom we are privileged to see it grow, "he said Diaz.

"The knowledge and experience gained by Loro Parque in the breeding of this species is very important and the proof is the proper growth and development of Adam, the first baby orca born in the park and now has almost two years" said Javier Almunia, Doctor of Marine Sciences and deputy director of Loro Parque Fundación.

Meanwhile, veterinarians and trainers wisely await progress of the animal, as "the first few weeks are crucial for the development of cetaceans are born with a basic immune system and therefore takes time to strengthen it", Almunia stressed.

This is the second delivery of orcas in OrcaOcean facility, opened in 2006 and living in seven copies of orca: raising Adam, born in 2010, a female from the Netherlands, and four copies originating from Sea World Park , born second and third generation human care, which have been born out of 30 orcas in over 40 years and whose breeding program (included in this birth) is the most successful in the world.

For Loro Parque, these insights provide valuable new information and greater scientific knowledge about breeding and care of the newborn, which will benefit future copies of this and other species of cetaceans.

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Tuesday, 14 August 2012


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Thursday, 9 August 2012

Aug-05 to Aug-09 2012

Guess what, internet issues again! So here is the English news from Aug-05 to today (Aug-09)

- other languages soon to follow

Humpback whale and calf are injured after colliding with ferry
Daily Mail - 6 Aug 2012
Collision: The pair of whales were struck by the Collaroy ferry as it made its way from Circular Quay to Manly.

Dolphins, basking sharks and minke whale in Manx waters
BBC News - 8 Aug 2012
Basking sharks, Risso's dolphins and a minke whale have been spotted off the Isle of Man coast, according to the Manx Whale and Dolphin Watch.

Grey whale baby boom noted in Alaska
Herald Sun - 7 Aug 2012
A GREY whale baby boom appears to be underway along Alaska's Arctic coast, according to scientists who have reported an unprecedented number

The Hidden Power of Whale Poop
Wired News - 9 Aug 2012
The largest animals ever to have lived on Earth, blue whales are colossal in every respect — including, it must be said, the scatological

Protesters spot whales close to gas hub site
ABC Online - 6 Aug 2012
Protesters on board a ship campaigning against a proposed gas hub in Western Australia say they have spotted several humpback whales and their calves

UMS to tackle beached whales
New Straits Times - 7 Aug 2012
Dr John Madin (second from left), who leads the Universiti Malaysia Sabah's Borneo Marine Research Institute (BMRI) research team for the whale stranded

Pre-teen whale mother may be the youngest yet
Victoria Times Colonist - 8 Aug 2012
A brand-new killer whale calf has been seen with the endangered southern resident pods. The calf, which was photographedAugu. 6, 2012

Fighting for the whales
The West Australian - 7 Aug 2012
"The whales are actually calving all the way along the coast … between the 80 mile beach and just to the north of Camden Sound.

Dead whale washes up on Stradbroke Island
Brisbane Times - 8 Aug 2012
Scientists measure a dead humpback whale which washed up at Main Beach, North Stradbroke Island, on Tuesday

Beluga whale Kavna dies at Vancouver Aquarium
Calgary Herald - 7 Aug 2012
Trainer Indy Canagaratnam feeds beluga whale Kavna at the Vancouver Aquarium ... In 2005, another beluga whale, Tuvaq, died suddenly at the age of three.

New Data Confirm Slaughter Of False Killer Whales In Hawai
eNews Park Forest - 9 Aug 2012
On August 7, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) issued new data confirming that the Hawaiʻi-based longline fisheries are killing false killer whales .

Antarctica next stop for humpback whales - 7 Aug 2012
MAJESTIC: Humpback whales have begun their annual migration south along WA's Coral ... WHALEwatching tours along WA's coastline are well underway.

Whales And Dolphins Put On Show In Costa Rica South Pacific
Inside Costa Rica - 5 Aug 2012
Whales And Dolphins Put On Show In Costa Rica South Pacific Humpback whales have ...Humpback Whale off the coast of Costa Ballena Whales

Rescuers battling to save whale calf
Scotsman - 8 Aug 2012
RESCUERS were last night trying to save a distraught whale calf that which had got stuck ... The 14ft minke whale, believed to be only a few months old,

Greens Sue Commerce to Save Sperm Whale
Courthouse News Service - 7 Aug 2012
WASHINGTON (CN) - Wildearth Guardians sued the Secretary of Commerce to force it to act on petitions to list the Gulf of Mexico sperm whale,

Institute to study why whales beach on Sabah shores
Malaysia Star - 5 Aug 2012
“Is it because they were ill or had strayed from other whales in the pod due to ... Commenting on the recent whale beaching,

Cardigan Bay's first newborn dolphin calves recorded in 2012
BBC News - 8 Aug 2012
They say dolphins use Cardigan Bay for safe calving and breeding before moving around Anglesey and the Isle of Man in the winter to feed in open waters.

'Dolphin spotter' pup captured in home video taking a swim 
Daily Mail - 5 Aug 2012
A black labrador dubbed the 'dolphin spotter' has been filmed frolicking with a pod of dolphins in the Indian Ocean, off the coast of southern Mozambique.

A Pattern of Dolphins
New York Times (blog) - 8 Aug 2012
Unlike the large, nomadic herds of dolphins found in the open oceans, these island ... Our goals are twofold: first, to improve our basic understanding of dolphin

Premature dolphin calf dies at Indianapolis Zoo (Includes interview) - 6 Aug 2012
Indianapolis - The Indianapolis Zoo and White River Gardens announced the arrival of two new dolphincalves on the evening of July 12,

Scientists to test blood of dolphins
Florida Today - 6 Aug 2012
A bottlenose dolphin enters the Canaveral Locks from the Banana River. Scientists are researching why hundreds of dolphins have died in the Indian Rive

Dolphin found in half-ton shark
Pensacola Business Journal - 5 Aug 2012
Dolphin found in belly of tiger shark: Biologist Jill Hendon discusses the contents found in the ...Hendon smiled as she carefully held up the skull of a dolphin.

Environment a concern for dolphins
Whyalla News - 6 Aug 2012
"There are many hazards for dolphins in the Upper Spencer Gulf (USG)," he said. ... boating encounters, noise and fishing equipment can be a dolphin hazard

Yoga students, dolphins flip over each other
Las Vegas Review - Journal - 5 Aug 2012
A dolphin glides past the glass as yoga instructor Willow Withy leads a class. The dolphins may do laps at full speed or playfully show their bellies to the students

Ailing dolphin under treatment in Phuket
Phuket Gazette - 6 Aug 2012
Researchers at the Phuket Marine Biological Center say the dolphin needs the ... Dr Kongkiat Kittiwattanawong told the Gazette this morning that the dolphin

Saturday, 4 August 2012

Aug-03 & Aug-04 2012

Due to internet issues, here is a mix of Aug 3rd / Aug 4th News

Looks like gray whale baby boom under way
Sacramento Bee - 1 hour ago
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- It appears that there is a gray whale baby boom under way. ... Sea report a never-before recorded number of gray whales calves in July.

Farmer challenges federal protection for killer whales - 5 hours ago
WASHINGTON -- The iconic orca, or killer whale, should swim free of federal protection, a farmer from California's San Joaquin Valley urged in a petition filed

Stranded baleen whale died due to dysfunctional senses
New Straits Times - 6 hours ago
KOTA KINABALU: The 10-tonne whale, which was stranded for more than 12 hours on Sungai Sitompok beach in Kuala Penyu near here, died yesterday

Newly Acquired Whale Skull a “Missing Link”

Smithsonian (blog) - 1 hour ago
A recently acquired whale skull will likely provide information about the more recent evolution of the North Atlantic right whale. Photo by the New England

Harbour porpoise dominate sightings made 
This is Cornwall - 12 hours ago
Bottlenose and common dolphins stayed away from the South West coast during national whaleand dolphin watch last weekend

Minke whale under the Digby wharf
Digby Courier - 14 hours ago
A right whale “flukes” (dives) as it swims out the Digby Gut last year. ... off the Digby wharf saw a minke whale swimming under the floats on Wednesday,

Govt welcomes Korea whaling abandonment
Courier Mail - 19 Jul 2012
South Korea announced earlier this month at an International Whaling Commission meeting it would use a loophole to proceed with a scientific research

Dolphin Watch Somewhere in the process of repeating the process
Tampa Bay Newspapers - 16 hours ago
During my first “job” studying dolphins, my professor taught me to count thedolphins in two ways. One, estimate the number of dolphins we encountered at sea

Dolphin bite is hit or miss, but reef and backcountry are active
KeysNet - 1 hour ago
Great dolphin bite continues as summertime angling heats up ... Offshore, dolphin fishing was good a few days ago, but got tough the last couple of days.


How Killer Whales Become Killers
Wall Street Journal - 19 hours ago
There is a reason why the killer whales who perform at Sea World are given the ... In fact, as marine biologist Naomi Rose explains to Mr. Kirby

Ikaika healing from injury at SeaWorld San Diego
Recent photos circulating on the Internet reveal that Ikaika (Ike), the 9-year old male killer whale transported back to SeaWorld in San Diego after a five-year stay at Marineland in Niagara Falls, Canada, has been injured. Reports from patrons also indicate that Ike has not been performing in shows as of late July, presumably due to his injury. These photos reveal that Ike has suffered a very long gash under his chin, and by the looks of the injury, may be the result of impact with the metal separation bars that are being utilized at the park, presumably to address trainer safety concerns.

Dolphin 56, where are you?
The Star-Ledger - - 4 hours ago
A Facebook page was set up in 2009 to track the dolphin. The last reported sighting was in July 2011, when the dolphin was photographed off the coast of Wales

FAU teams with Georgia Aquarium to study dolphins
Sun-Sentinel - 19 hours ago
Studies of the bottlenose dolphin's immune system will be conducted by Florida ... Now the aquarium wants to focus on the dolphins' immune systems,

Theo the rescued porpoise still in 'rough shape,' but gaining weight
Ottawa Citizen - 19 hours ago
Theo, the rescued porpoise, is slowly gaining weight but faces a long road to full ... The little adultporpoise is currently in a holding tank

Edna does well at Mote Marine Aquarium
New Edna Update. Mote hospital staff and volunteers continue to monitor Edna's condition around the clock. We were hoping to release the dolphin in the next couple of weeks, but after consulting with the National Marine Fisheries Service, which oversees the care and protection for wild marine mammals, we have decided to continue to watch Edna's condition closely to make sure she is ready for release.


Sanya beach a navigation whale death
搜狐 - 1 hour ago
South China Sea Network Sanya, August 4 (the South China Sea Network reporter Liu Liping) August 4, the South China Sea Network reporter learned that stranded in the Sanya Bay Beach "Dolphin" 17:10 yesterday afternoon, after the Hainan South China Sea aquatic wildlife rescue Center experts

Typhoon dolphin also died stranded survivors dolphin rescued released
NOWnews - 1 hour ago
Survivors of tropical spot dolphins rescued after Taiwan lifted the typhoon warning, the Animal Protection Department co-ordinates the fishing vessel carrying it back to the sea. ... this time in Taiwan, "Sura" off disaster, not only human suffering from the strong wind and rain attacks, the Jiao child notice any sea dolphins


In Peru and Brazil hunt pink dolphins for use as bait - 12 hours ago
According to an estimate of 2007, each dolphin you 'produced' $ 22 000 per year for tourism. The canoe ... This respect for the dolphin is shared also the Indians

Dolphin calves are a year old
Now almost a year old, the three in August and September 2011-born DIEGO Dolphin young animals, DÖRTE and DARWIN in the Duisburg Zoo.

Veerle is Released
Today Porpoise Veerle returned to sea! It was a beautiful day and everything went well. We Fern a few times to see the minutes after she was placed in the water. Photos will follow ..
Today, Porpoise Fern was Brought back to sea. It was a wonderful day and eveything went well. Several times we have seen re-surfacing after she was back in the water

Whale Beach still cancelled
Is "bathing beach and meet a whale," which had been canceled because of bad weather on July 31, the information which had been suspended until August 2, and after today, tropical waters have occurred in the Ogasawara Since the influence of the atmospheric pressure is a concern, has decided to extend the period until discontinuation (planned) on August 4.

Update on Gray's calf - PDF

(watch the calf on webcam)

Shirya at AQUAS turns 3

Thursday, 2 August 2012

Aug-02 2012

Stranded whale dies
Malaysia Star - 2 hours ago
Local residents gather round the whale trying to figure out a way to free it in Kuala Penyu town ... The whale was washed ashore early Wednesday morning

Sydney whale: Wildlife experts begin grisly task of removing dead
Daily Mail - 9 hours ago
The young humpback whale, which had been washed into a public swimming pool before the tide dumped it on a Sydney beach, had to be removed piece by piece

Cleaner waters attract blue whales to Southern California (blog) - 1 hour ago
Every summer, the majestic blue whale -- the largest mammal that has ever lived -- comes to Southern California,

Dead whale removed from Portsmouth Harbour
Portsmouth News - 7 hours ago
A 35FT whale that was found dead in Portsmouth Harbour has been lifted out of ...It took around an hour to attach the machinery to the whale

Entangled whale had suitors on her tail - 5 Jul 2012
RESCUERS took three exhausting hours to free a whale entangled in a shark net... The whale, believed to be female, was spotted off Main Beach on Thursday

Pakistan's biggest Dolphin pool nears completion
News Tribe - 5 hours ago
Karachi: Pakistan's biggest pool for Dolphins show will be completed within ... The world class Dolphin show is scheduled to be inaugurated on 1st October

Murdered Dolphin Washed Ashore in Bulgaria Yet Again - 6 hours ago
A killed dolphin has been washed ashore on the Coral Beach on the Southern Bulgarian Black Sea coast in a seeming repeat of a last year's case.

Lone dolphin warning reissued
Caymanian Compass - 12 hours ago
Marine police and the Department of Environment are repeating warnings for members of the public not to swim with a lone bottlenose dolphin

Faulty logic behind set net ban

The Dominion Post - 19 hours ago
The ministry speculated the dolphin was up to 90 per cent likely to have been a highly ... demanded a ban on set nets in the area to protect the Maui's dolphins

But before kemerovchanami whales and seals begin
Russian: TVNZ - 12 hours ago
How long do dolphin will stay with us will depend on how the town will go to view fur seals, white whales and dolphins .

New baby at Nagoya
Japanese: "Gray" of (beluga) has been safely birth a baby beluga. Such as body temperature decreases of gray on July 29

Porpoise dies at Dolfinarium Harderwijk
Dutch: Without further Guus stopped Tuesday afternoon with independent swimming. All nig
ht have the Dolphinarium carers of the young animal in the water supported. It has unfortunately to no avail.

Risso Dolphins move back the Taiji Whale Museum
Japanese: the Risso's dolphins "Kosumo" & Canna" were moved back to Taiji Whale Museum from the "Whale Beach" pens due to a typhoon. (translated, Japanese) "Meet the whale seaside resort has held from the 7/14,

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Aug-01 2012

Dead whale found in swimming pool
ITN - 1 hour ago
A humpback whale has been washed up in a Sydney seaside swimming pool. The 12-metre, 30 tonne whale was discovered by authorities,

Quiz over dead whale
Lancashire Evening Post - 1 hour ago
The body of the bull whale was discovered by Fylde Council staff working on the beach half a mile from the mini links golf course.

Critically-endangered bowheads are the songsmiths of the whale ... - 1 hour ago
Oceanographers from the University of Washington have found that the critically endangered bowhead whale has a wide catalogue of songs

Whale found in Hampshire harbour
Daily Echo - 20 minutes ago
A WHALE has been discovered dead in a Hampshire harbour having been ... is due to discuss the disposal of the whale with the Queen's Harbour Master.

Spectacular Photo: Humpback Whale Surprises Fishing Trip
Our Amazing Planet - 23 hours ago
Melissa Pelaez was visiting Panama to do research on yellowfin tuna for her master's degree in aquaculture, the cultivation or farming of fish.

'Bullingdon Club' dolphins form elite societies - 2 hours ago
Wild bottlenose dolphins bond over their use of tools, with distinct cliques and classes forming over decades as a result of their skills, scientists have found.

Identifying Dolphins With Technology
Science Daily (press release) - 16 hours ago
ScienceDaily (July 31, 2012) — Dolphins all look pretty similar. So it can be problematic when your job requires you to identify individual dolphin

Lyme Regis: Unprecedented variety of marine life spotted out at sea
Bridport and Lyme Regis News - 7 hours ago
They included more than 100 bow-riding White-beaked Dolphins, several Common Dolphinschools, numerous sightings of Harbour Porpoises

Dolphins sponge up culture, study finds
News24 - 22 hours ago
Paris - Bottlenose dolphins that have learnt to use sea sponges as hunting tools form cliques with others that do the same - the first evidence of animal grouping

Japan's whale beach short-term open to attract large numbers of tourists
Nanfang Wang - 9 hours ago
RecordJapan site on the 31st in Japan and Wakayama Taiji's Other Tajiri Bay, the one with the whales play in the playground with the whale coastal water baths, the beach recently re-opening to the outside world, attracting many tourists

Spanish: Anger over the death of a dolphin among people and tourism in Puerto

5 threats surrounding the dolphin pink
El Comercio (Ecuador) - 12 hours ago
When I was little, his grandfather told him about dolphins that emerged from the bowels of the river.