Marine Mammals (Page 3)
Twenty-Six Countries Meet to Progress Sea Cow and Seagrass ConservationConvention on Migratory Species | 26 Feb 2013
Manila, Philippines, 20 February 2013 - The Second Signatory State Meeting for the Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation and Management of Dugongs and their Habitats throughout their Range (Dugong MOU) was hosted by the Government of the Philippines on 19 and 20 February in Manila, Philippines.
High-tech help for whalesNew Zealand Herald | 24 Feb 2013
Scientists are delving deep into the travels of whales - thanks to high-tech tracking devices - to try to help protect them.
BP and government lawyers prepare for battle over environmental cost of spillGuardian Unlimited | 22 Feb 2013
Dolphin calving season has just begun in the Gulf of Mexico and marine biologists are reporting an alarming trend. Between 2000 and 2009, an average of 25 to 30 dolphins were found dead on the beaches of the Gulf each year. This year, 13 dead dolphins were found between 13 January and 14 February alone; 11 were aborted or newborns.
Whalers suspend huntNew Zealand Herald | 21 Feb 2013
Japanese whalers have temporarily suspended their annual hunt in the Southern Ocean because protesters are making refuelling too dangerous. Japan's Institute of Cetacean Research (ICR) says its Antarctic whale research mother ship Nisshin Maru was damaged yesterday (Wed) when it and a supply tanker were sabotaged by the Sea Shepherd ships Steve Irwin, Bob Barker and Sam Simon.
Sea Shepherd protest ships rammed by whalersNew Zealand Herald | 20 Feb 2013
Crews aboard an anti-whaling protest ship in the Southern Ocean have escaped injury but are struggling to mend "significant damage" to their vessel after it was rammed by Japanese whalers.
Sea Shepherd activists clash with Japanese whaler in Southern OceanGuardian Unlimited | 20 Feb 2013
Anti-whaling activists say a Japanese whaling ship has rammed two of their vessels, marking the first clash of this winter's "whale wars" in the freezing Antarctic seas. The marine conservation group Sea Shepherd called on Australia to send a naval vessel to the area after claims that the whaling fleet's factory ship, the Nisshin Maru, had collided with two of its vessels including its flagship, the Steve Irwin.
Whales benefit from action on noiseBBC | 19 Feb 2013
Scientists are working to reduce the noise levels and hazardous collisions that blight whale populations swimming off the northeast coast of the US.
Christine Rose: Our reputation at stake with dolphins (opinion)New Zealand Herald | 15 Feb 2013
Our "clean, green" image will be made or destroyed, depending on how we respond to one key indicator - the extinction, or salvation, of Maui's dolphins. Upon this sub-species, our international reputation may well depend.
Songs Amid the SoundsWoods Hole Oceanographic Institution | 11 Feb 2013
Seismologist Dan Lizarralde and whale biologist Laela Sayigh think new software could be developed to extract whale calls from recordings made by seismic instruments. If successful, their work could make seismic records a huge source of data on whale calls.
Whale oil to fuel whaling ships is a gruesome and surreal proposition (opinion)Guardian Unlimited | 11 Feb 2013
It is a fantastically surreal propostion. An Icelandic whaler, Kristján Loftsson, is powering his whaling ships using "biofuel" composed of 80% diesel - and 20% whale oil. Loftsson claims the oil is additionally friendly to the environment as it is rendered out of whale blubber using heat from Iceland's volcanic vents.
Japan govt accused of propping up whaling industryNew Zealand Herald | 07 Feb 2013
The Japanese government has been accused of using tsunami relief funding to support its struggling whaling industry.The International Fund for Animal Welfare's (IFAW) report - The Economics of Japanese Whaling - was published today, following a year of research into the industry.
Dolphins 'saved' by distress callBBC | 03 Feb 2013
The distress call of a young dolphin is used to lure to safety a large pod of the animals in danger of being stranded off Western Australia.
Australia protests over whaling shipBBC | 01 Feb 2013
Australia protests to Japan after a vessel from its whaling fleet entered Australia's exclusive economic zone in the Southern Ocean.
Australia orders Japanese whalers to stay awayGuardian Unlimited | 01 Feb 2013
Australia has demanded Japan's whalers leave the southern ocean, after a support vessel for the fleet was found to have entered its waters in pursuit of environmental activists.The Australian environment minister, Tony Burke, told the whalers they were not welcome in the region following confirmation that the Shonan Maru No 2 had entered the country's exclusive economic zone near Macquarie Island.
£100,000 for whale vomit? That's sickThe Independent UK | 31 Jan 2013
There is some confusion about whether the waxy substance Ken Wilman and his dog, Madge, picked up from a Lancashire beach came from a whale's mouth, as widely reported, or its bottom. We do know, however, that ambergris, mined by nature from the intestines of sperm whales, is highly-prized (Wilmans piece could be worth £100,000).