Thank you, Naomi & Maria!
everyting signed. very sad all the way around. thank you, erin.
Very sadly noted. Unfortunately our enviroment and it's animals is hurting and nothing is being done to at least try to help it. Thanks for sharing.
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"The Pacific Ocean is growing more acidic at a much faster rate than anticipated, scientists say, putting everything from corals to mussels in jeopardy."
BlueVoice traveled to Peru in March, 2012 to document the rumor of large numbers of dolphins dead on beaches. We counted 615 in one day. Dr. Carlos Yaipen Llanos of ORCA Peru, funded by BlueVoice, has conducted necropsies on 30 of these dolphins.
He has found no evidence of disease, starvation, entanglement in nets or red tide. There were no marks or lesions on the exterior of the stranded dolphins. What he has found is evidence of acoustical trauma leading to rapid ascent and decompression syndrome. In other words loud noises, produced repeatedly over a long period of time, startled the dolphins who raced for the surface and incurred what humans call the bends.
Scientists are hoping to see more Southern Right Whales migrating down Tasmania's east coast this year.
There are usually between 50 and 100 Southern Right Whale sightings a year, but last year only nine were spotted off Tasmania.
MIAMI | The electrifying in-water duet between trainer and killer whales at SeaWorld will never be quite the same after a judge ruled recently that animal trainers must be better protected from the fearsome mammals during performances.
The animal trainers — who not so long ago kissed, rode on, hugged and were thrust into the air by the killer whales — must either remain at a greater distance from them, stand behind a physical barrier or use other devices to keep them safer during performances.
Tides come and go in the Salish Sea. Sometimes entire species vanish almost unnoticed on the ebb of history.
And sometimes - to widespread astonishment - those same species ride the currents of conservation back home again.
Humans have exacted a terrible toll on our region's marine life over the past 150 years, through commercial whaling, reckless overfishing, and bounties, culls, and commercial harvests of harbour seals and sea lions.
Without question, the ecological effect of those actions continues to be felt today.
When a retired fisherman called to report that about 1,500 dolphins had washed up on Peru's northern coast, veterinarian Carlos Yaipén's first reaction was, "That's impossible."
But when Yaipén traveled up the coast last week, he counted 615 dead or dying dolphins along an 84-mile stretch of coastline.
Now, the death toll could be as high as 2,800, based on volunteers' counts. Peru's enormous dolphin die-off is among the largest ever reported worldwide. The strandings, which began in January, are a marine mystery that may never be unraveled. Experts say the causes could be acoustic impact from testing for oil, or perhaps an unknown virus or other pathogen. Little marine research takes place in Peru, and even in the United States, of 55 marine mammal strandings since 1991, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration has classified 29 as "undetermined."
3,000 Dolphins Found Dead on the Coast of Peru
Along just one stretch of coastline in Peru, more than 3,000 dead dolphins have washed ashore in just the last 3 months, and the disturbing trend may only be escalating. With the latest discovery of 481 lifeless dolphins there in recent days, residents have begun to demand an explanation for the mysterious mass deaths -- and as far as enlisted experts can tell, offshore oil exploration in the region is the most likely culprit.
NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana, March 30, 2012 (EN - Bottlenose dolphins in Barataria Bay, Louisiana now are showing signs of severe ill health after coming in contact with oily waters from the BP oil spill nearly two years ago, warn NOAA marine mammal biologists and their local, state and federal research partners in a study released this week.
Located in the northern Gulf of Mexico, Barataria Bay, received heavy and prolonged exposure to oil during the BP/Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the spring and summer of 2010.
NOAA and its local, state and federal research partners started the Barataria Bay dolphin study in 2011 as part of the Natural Resource Damage Assessment, the process for studying the effects of the BP/Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
NOAA is sharing the preliminary results from the study so that stranding responders and veterinarians
In Barataria Bay, La. (located in the northern Gulf of Mexico), bottlenose dolphins are suffering from severe illnesses - the aftermath of the BP oil spill, according to a report by Click Green.
The bay received prolonged exposure to oil during the Deepwater Horizon disaster, and the ensuing long-term damage is only beginning to be understood by scientists and researchers.
High Number of Sick Dolphins May Be Linked to Gulf Oil Spill
Sickly, underweight bottlenose dolphins living and dying in the northern Gulf of Mexico may be the result of exposure to oil that gushed into the water after the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion.
The oil disaster occurred April 20, 2010, when the Macando oil well blew out. During the three months it took to contain the leak emanating from the broken riser pipe at the well, about 4.9 million barrels of oil
Body boarders were unmoved by the hulking carcass of a whale at a beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The watersports carried on at Sao Conrado as rescue workers in an inflatable boat attended to the dead animal.
It was identified as a Bryde's whale by the Aqualung Institute on Tuesday (Wednesday New Zealand time).
It is the same species as a whale that was found off Waiheke Island in New Zealand earlier this year.
At the time, the Department of Conservation's Phil Brown said Bryde's whales spend a lot of time near the surface, making them vulnerable to being hit by ships.
"These whales are being killed at an unsustainable level," he said.
Wikipedia says Bryde's whales are baleen whales, the "great whales" or rorquals. They are considered medium-sized.
Environmentally minded celebrities including Ed Begley Jr., Sophia Bush and Michelle Rodriguezgathered at a private home in the Hollywood Hills to honor activist Ric O'Barry and his Earth Island Institute's Dolphin Project at a benefit aiming to raise awareness and funds to fight the dolphin hunts in Japan (as portrayed in the Oscar-winning documentary "The Cove") and anywhere dolphins and whales are threatened.
Once again, the Government is calling for submissions on plans to save the Maui’s dolphin.
In 2007, the Ministry of Fisheries and Department of Conservation published a Threat Management Plan, setting out a series of options for preserving the Maui’s dolphin, including a ban on set nets in certain areas where Maui’s dolphins have been found, and extending marine mammal sanctuaries under the Marine Mammals Protection Act.
how do you think about whale watch...
can be lead to whale hunting
Agnes, all marine life in the Gulf of Mexico will be affected from the BP oil spill as their is hundreds of oil wells in the gulf that leak and have never been checked. So sad of the Dolhins and other marine life to have to suffer such.
Australia rejects commercial whaling
Australia will reject commercial whaling in any form, its Environment Minister, Malcom Turnbull, told a media conference during the International Whaling Commission meeting in Anchorage, Alaska, last month.
Japan had presented a compromise proposal not to kill humpback whales in return for Australia’s support for commercial whaling off Japanese coastal villages.
Turnbull, The Australian reported, condemned Japan’s proposal to kill 50 humpback whales next year, describing it as a &ldquorovocative” action.
OIL giant BP has acknowledged 10 whales have been spotted since November where it has been carrying out seismic tests.
BP has been carrying out potentially dangerous seismic testing for oil and gas reserves in the Great Australian Bight Marine Park.
The company confirmed leaked details of a meeting with environmentalists, which whale advocates said showed better protection for the animals was needed.
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Rare whales could die if resources giant BP doesn't stop seismic testing at night in the Great Australian Bight, an environmental group says.
BP has been undertaking seismic studies there since November after receiving regulatory approval to explore for oil and gas in the Ceduna Sub-basin off South Australia.
The company is exploring the underlying strata of the earth, using sound generated from a survey ship, with the resulting vibrations providing geological information.
Pew Environment group's Michelle Grady says the sound can kill or injure whales if they get too close.
The group wants BP to stop seismic testing at night - when the observers may not be able to see the mammals should they come close to the ship.