Many Humpback Whales have stayed in North Pacific this year with reports from even around Prince Rupert of bubble net lunge feeding still. Others are still in the Georgia Strait. It is possible the food was so late that instead of carrying on to their usual breeding grounds they have chosen to stay where the food is. Whatever the reason, it's wonderful to have them around. The Transient Bigg's Orca known as T087 has once again been spotted roaming the central Georgia Strait on his own. He has a large dorsal so look forward to hearing of his ongoing travels. There have been a few other pods of Orca reported including the Northern Resident pod known as the A42s and some unidentified as yet. The family pod of Bigg's known as the T002Cs are also expected to be seen this time of year. Keep your eyes open. The birth of the ninth Southern Resident Killer Whale J55 is incredibly good news. In the meantime, K-Pod has made it all the way down the coast to central Oregon. Pacific White Sided Dolphins are usually in the upper Georgia Strait in relatively large numbers at this time of year, and finally we received a couple of sightings of them. It appears that they weren't in any mood to stay around and were last spotted heading up Discovery Passage. Susan MacKay, Wild Ocean Whale Society
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SIGHTINGS MAP 2016-003
TRANSIENT BIGG'S KILLER WHALES
Tue Jan 19 2016
NORTHERN RESIDENT KILLER WHALES
Wed Jan 13 2016
Fri Jan 08 2016
UNIDENTIFIED KILLER WHALES
Tue Jan 26 2016
Fri Jan 15 2016
Fri Jan 22 2016
Sun Jan 03 2016
Sat Jan 03 2015
Thu Jan 21 2016
PACIFIC WHITE SIDED DOLPHINS
Mon Jan 25 2016
Sun Jan 24 2016
SIGHTINGS HEAT MAP 2016-003
The tiny new orca, estimated to be just a few days old, was first seen on Monday in Puget Sound with members of J pod and is the ninth live birth in the population since December 2014. The apparently healthy calf was seen close to two female whales, J14 and J37, so its mother has yet to be identified.
The waters of Vancouver Island are full of marine life, and these days, the sea is swimming with whales.
Pacific gray whales are making another big showing off the Los Angeles coastline this year.
This is the 33rd year the research count has taken place off Point Vicente from dawn to dusk throughout the gray-whale season, from December through May. “We are well above average, but still below our record year last year,” Schulman-Janiger said. “Last week, we had three days in a row sighting 37 or 38 gray whales, and those were rainy or windy days with low visibility.”
The Pacific gray whale population, which lives most of the year in Alaska, migrates in the winter to Mexican lagoons to mate and give birth in warm water. Schulman-Janiger said their migrations have been occurring earlier in the season in recent years. That could be due to warmer seas causing Alaskan ice sheets to melt quicker, making it easier for the whales to reach the small crustaceans they eat on the sea floor.
Turtle Island’s latest report, California Driftnet Fishery: The True Costs of a 20th Century Fishery in the 21st Century Overview, by Doug Karpa, Peter Fugazzotto and Todd Steiner, makes a compelling case for phasing out this deadly swordfish fishery that kills large numbers of whales, dolphins, sharks and non-target fish. The report exposes the facts about this fishery.
It's not uncommon to see whales in Notre Dame Bay, but Byron Sheppard was surprised to see the animals when he looked out his window in January.
Whales put on a show in Portugal Cove-St. Philips
Winter whale watching in Bonne Bay? Scientist says send photos
Sheppard has been living near Lewisporte Harbour in Notre Dame Bay for 30 years, but he said he has never seen them in the winter.
"We've been seeing whales now here since Jan. 3," he said.
The Atlantic Monthly
Marine biologists have crowdsourced a facial-recognition algorithm to help them identify the animals on the spot.
New research reveals an unprecedented view into the social lives of these ocean mammals, who can use ‘vocal clans’ to distinguish themselves
The Malibu Times, CA
Spain’s Environment Ministry plans to create a whale highway to protect whales, dolphins, tunas, sharks, sea turtles and so many other species that require help along its Mediterranean coast.
Express & Star, UK
The second tranche of protected areas covering 4,155 square miles, and bringing the total so far to 50 marine conservation zones, was welcomed by conservationists as a step to creating a "blue belt" in the UK's seas, providing protection from harmful activities such as over-fishing.
A pollutant is present at "dangerously high levels" in Europe's killer whales and dolphins, scientists say.
PCBs were once used in electrical gear, paints and flame retardants, but were banned from the 1970s because of their toxic effect in humans and animals.
However the manmade chemicals have persisted in the environment, and are accumulating in top predators.
The study finds Europe's cetaceans have levels of PCBs that are among the highest found in on the oceans.
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