At least eight Humpback Whales are staying in the upper Georgia Strait also. I have some concerns for their food being taken by the krill draggers out there. Krill is the bottom of a productive food chain feeding many species from birds to progressively larger fish and whales. Dragging for them destroys ecosystems with huge bycatch consequences. The primary commercial value of krill is vitamins for human consumption.
All of us at WOWs would like to wish you the best of the Holidays!
Susan MacKay, Wild Ocean Whale Society
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There are only 76 Salish Sea orcas left – and this number is falling. If we don’t help them now, it will be too late. With the strength of one collective voice, on behalf of the Salish Sea orcas, we will be heard. #JoinThePod... read on
The Salish Sea’s resident killer whales are in trouble—and garnering all the headlines—but transient killer whales traveling the same waters seem to be doing fine.... read on
Months before Joe Howlett died rescuing a right whale from a Department of Fisheries and Oceans boat, a government official described disentanglement as expensive and "high-risk" work it doesn't have any intention of doing itself, according to documents obtained by CBC News.... read on
November to March mark the months where thousands travel from their summer feeding grounds in the Arctic to warmer waters. Although Maui, Hawaii is a hotspot winter destination for humpback whales, many travel to Mexico to mate, give birth and nurse their young. This is great news for California whale watchers, as we can often witness these behemoths as they pass our coastline.... read on
Following the deaths of at least 16 endangered North Atlantic right whales this year in Canadian and U.S. waters, a new study has confirmed what scientists already suspected — their habitat range has shifted.
After the whales started disappearing from the Scotian Shelf off southern Nova Scotia and other areas where they were common, scientists began pulling together data gathered from underwater microphones mounted to the ocean floor....... read on
In one more sign that North Atlantic right whales are struggling, a new study finds sky-high levels of stress in animals that have been caught in fishing nets.
Researchers determined the stress hormone levels of more than 100 North Atlantic right whales over a 15-year period by examining their feces. Sometimes guided by sniffing dogs, researchers followed the animals, collecting waste samples that they then analyzed in their lab at the New England Aquarium.... read on
PORTLAND, MAINE—Officials with the U.S government say it’s time to consider the possibility that endangered right whales could become extinct unless new steps are taken to protect them.
North Atlantic right whales are among the rarest marine mammals in the world, and they have endured a deadly year. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has said there are only about 450 of the whales left and 17 of them have died so far in 2017.... read on
A Kiwi YouTuber has captured the astonishing moment an orca whale successfully captured a stingray at his local beach.
The footage, taken from a drone hovering over shallow waters in Nelson's Ruby Bay, shows the orca chowing down on a stingray as the sea around it fills with blood.... read on
Researchers in Russia were pleasantly surprised when a juvenile orca cozied up to their tiny inflatable boat in a playful but emotional close encounter.
A volunteer with the Far East Russia Orca Project captured video of the encounter over the summer, but its first apparent media exposure outside of Russia came when the Mirror posted the video Wednesday:... read on
For a fish that humans don’t eat and that is not currently considered overfished, menhaden have recently attracted significant attention. That’s because much in the marine ecosystem rides on the little fish, which are one of the Atlantic’s important forage species – prey for whales and other predators. Thanks to fishing quotas set by the first coastwide menhaden management plan in 2012, many states have seen large schools return to areas they’d largely left long ago, according to conservationists.
Humpback whales are now being spotted in significant numbers in New York Harbor for the first time in a century ...... read on
Instead of wearing earplugs at a rock concert, imagine you could simply tune a dial inside your ears to lower the volume—and protect your hearing. Four species of whales and dolphins can do this naturally, new research reveals. This could potentially allow the animals to shield themselves from the cacophony of Navy sonar and oil drilling, which has been linked to at least 500 marine mammal deaths since 1963.... read on
Narwhals — the unicorns of the sea — show a weird fear response after being entangled in nets. Scientists say this unusual reaction to human-induced stress might restrict blood flow to the brain and leave the whales addled.
The narwhals swim hard and dive deep to escape after being released from a net, but at the same time their heart rates dramatically plummet, according to a newly published report in Science. It's almost like they are simultaneously trying to freeze and flee.... read on
... This is the post-Hurricane Harvey reality for the popular bay dolphins, known to swim alongside boats and ferries throughout Galveston Bay. Nearly three months after the storm's destruction, the more than 500 dolphins she's documented in Upper Galveston Bay still are struggling to recover.... read on
A team of scientists in the United Kingdom and the U.S. recently reported the discovery of pathological signs of Alzheimer’s disease in dolphins, animals whose brains are similar in many ways to those of humans.
The new finding in dolphins supports the research team’s hypothesis that two factors conspire to raise the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease in dolphins.
Those factors are: longevity with a long post-fertility life span – that is, a species living, on average, many years after the child-bearing years are over – and insulin signaling.... read on