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Marine Mammals (Page 3)
Guest Article - Rüdiger StrempelConvention on Migratory Species | 24 Sep 2013
Consider the following: the Baltic Sea, the worlds largest body of brackish water and a unique ele- ment of Europes natural herit- age, is regularly inhabited by only one cetacean species, the harbour porpoise (Phocoena phocoena). Sadly, in the Baltic Sea this species is in dire straits. Once abundant throughout the Baltic, these small marine mammals are now classified as critically endangered by IUCN.
Shipping companies agree to slow down to save whalesNew Zealand Herald | 21 Sep 2013
Shipping companies have agreed to slow down and alter course in the Hauraki Gulf in an effort to save an endangered resident whale. A protocol between Ports of Auckland and the shipping industry aims to reduce fatalities from ship strikes, which take a significant toll on New Zealand's Bryde's whale population and other marine mammals.
Whale of an achievementNew Zealand Herald | 21 Sep 2013
After a six-year campaign, the shipping industry this week agreed to reduce speeds in the Hauraki Gulf, and take other measures to improve the chances of Bryde's whales surviving ship strikes.
Ear Wax From Whales Keeps Record Of Ocean Contaminantsnpr.org | 18 Sep 2013
How often do whales clean their ears? Well, never. And so, year after year, their ear wax builds up, layer upon layer. According to a study published Monday, these columns of ear wax contain a record of chemical pollution in the oceans.
In every whale's earwax is a record of its lifetime exposure to pollutantsGuardian Unlimited | 17 Sep 2013
In addition to the amazing revelation that whales have earwax, we learn that a team of researchers in the US has published a paper detailing a new method that they developed for measuring a whale's lifetime exposure to a wide variety of chemicals - by studying their earwax. In this study, the team examined the earwax plug removed from an individual male blue whale, Balaenoptera musculus, that died after being hit by a ship.
Dead dolphin likely to be critically endangered Maui'sNew Zealand Herald | 14 Sep 2013
A dead dolphin, likely to be a critically endangered Maui's, was found floating in a marine mammal reserve yesterday. A recreational fisher made the gruesome discovery, 15 kilometres south of Dargaville, within the North Island West Coast Marine Mammal Sanctuary.
Mission to understand huge glacierBBC | 09 Sep 2013
UK scientists are about to set out for Antarctica to investigate the huge Pine Island Glacier - the stream of ice that is now contributing more to sea level rise than any other on the planet.
Govt's dolphin protection proposal 'will cost some jobs'New Zealand Herald | 06 Sep 2013
The Government's new proposal to save Maui's dolphins will result in several job losses in the fishing industry.Conservation Minister Dr Nick Smith announced this afternoon a 350 square kilometre extension to the set net fishing...
Ghana denies oil link to dead whalesBBC | 05 Sep 2013
Ghana dismisses accusations that oil operations could have caused the death of several whales washed up on beaches over the past week.
Ghana whale deaths blamed on offshore oil explorationGuardian Unlimited | 05 Sep 2013
An "alarming" number of whales are dying off the coast of Ghana, conservationists say, prompting concerns for marine life in the west African nation. Campaigners believe that a record number of whales have been washed ashore in western Ghana in recent days, and claim they have been affected by oil exploration activities in deep waters off the Ghanaian coast.
Are sea otters the key to the bovine TB issue? (opinion)Guardian Unlimited | 31 Aug 2013
I bring a helpful tip for any of you who are having trouble with algae in your seagrass meadow. What you need is a sea otter. Now, to some extent, to say "you need a sea otter" is simply to state a fact about the human condition. We all need a sea otter, because sea otters are terrific.
Otters restore ocean healthNew Zealand Herald | 28 Aug 2013
The return of sea otters in California's Monterey Bay has caused a remarkable recovery of endangered sea grasses which provide food and shelter for a wide variety of marine wildlife, a study has found. University of California researchers at Santa Cruz were surprised to see how recovering numbers of sea otters, a top of the food chain predator, caused the growth of vegetation at the very bottom of the food chain.
Sea otter return boosts seagrassBBC | 26 Aug 2013
Sea otters re-colonising estuaries on the central Californian coast have improved the health of seagrass, new research has found.