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Call of the WhalesWoods Hole Oceanographic Institution | 05 Dec 2013
Last fall a team of researchers put two torpedo-shaped underwater robots in the Gulf of Maine to find whales for us, said Mark Baumgartner, a biologist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI). The gliders were equipped with digital acoustic monitoring (DMON) instruments to listen for whale calls and specialized software to identify the calls.
'Funeral procession' for Maui's dolphin in WellingtonNew Zealand Herald | 04 Dec 2013
Campaigners convinced New Zealand's set-net fishing restrictions are a death sentence for the Maui's dolphins have laid cardboard coffins and fishing nets full of plastic junk outside Parliament.
SU biologist develops method for monitoring shipping noise in dolphin habitatEurekAlert | 02 Dec 2013
(Syracuse University) A biologist in Syracuse University's College of Arts and Sciences has developed a system of techniques for tracking ships and monitoring underwater noise levels in a protected marine mammal habitat. The techniques are the subject of a groundbreaking article in Marine Pollution Bulletin, focusing on the bottlenose dolphin population in Scotland's Moray Firth.
The Return of the SealsWoods Hole Oceanographic Institution | 27 Nov 2013
Growing herds raise questions of how humans and seals can prosper together.
Third minke whale found dead on UK shoresGuardian Unlimited | 26 Nov 2013
Three minke whales have washed up dead on UK shores in just a week due to unknown causes, prompting scientists to carry out a postmortem investigation on the third body.
World Trade Organisation upholds EU ban on imported seal productsGuardian Unlimited | 25 Nov 2013
The World Trade Organisation has upheld a European Union ban on imported seal products, finding it addressed "public moral concerns" about the controversial hunt. The WTO ruling was claimed as a victory by conservationists and animal welfare activists who have been campaigning for years against such hunts in Canada and Norway.
A Struggle To Capture Whale Footage (blog)The Ocean Foundation | 19 Nov 2013
We only had two days left and the weather was closing in and getting stormy. We hadnt gotten the footage we needed yet and our budget was becoming perilously exhausted. Our chances of capturing exciting footage of right whales off Peninsula Valdes in Argentina were diminishing by the hour.
Otter-ly absorbed by water creatureNew Zealand Herald | 15 Nov 2013
Lloyd Esler describes himself as a "cold hard sceptic", but even he is starting to believe otters may have made themselves at home in Southland. Over the past decade, the Invercargill natural history teacher and author has spoken to 11 people who have seen something small, speedy and otter-like in southern waterways.
Fears for dolphin in oil submissionNew Zealand Herald | 15 Nov 2013
The Auckland Council has approved oil exploration permits off the city's west coast in a submission to the Government. However, it wants the boundaries set 12 nautical miles offshore to protect the endangered Maui's dolphin and the risk from any oil spill.
SeaWorld responds to questions about captive orcas, 'Blackfish' filmCNN | 12 Nov 2013
This week, CNN will present the premiere of "Blackfish," a documentary that traces the history of killer whales in captivity leading up to the 2010 killing of SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau by Tilikum, an orca previously associated with the death of two other people.
"Blackfish" Documentary Hurting SeaWorld's Stock?universityherald.com | 12 Nov 2013
SeaWorld stock is down and it be related to the slow-building success of "Blackfish," the critically-acclaimed documentary that premiered at Sundance in January, The Wall Street Journal's Market Watch reported. Gradually gaining public attention -- aided by a series of articles published by CNN last week - "Blackfish" investigates the story of a SeaWorld trainer who drowned when an orca dragged her into a training pool and wouldn't let go.
SeaWorld challenges ban limiting interaction between whale and traineredition.cnn.com | 12 Nov 2013
SeaWorld Orlando is asking a panel of three judges on a federal appeals court to overturn safety citations and a ban instituted by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration restricting the ability of humans to interact with killer whales during performances.
Anti-whaling activist Paul Watson: 'We're not pirates'New Zealand Herald | 07 Nov 2013
A fugitive activist known for attacking Japanese whaling vessels off Antarctica insisted "we're not pirates" as he addressed a US appeals court considering whether he and the organisation he founded should be held in contempt. Paul Watson, founder of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, took the witness stand in a Seattle courtroom. Japanese whalers accuse them of violating a court order demanding that they leave the whalers alone.
Dolphin genetic study provides revelationsEurekAlert | 04 Nov 2013
(Nova Southeastern University) A 10-year study found genetic differences in dolphins that were along geographic lines (onshore, offshore and even within same general area, such as the Indian River Lagoon in Fla.).
Humpback whale sighted in North Seafishupdate.com | 04 Nov 2013
A HUMPBACK whale has been sighted in the North Sea off the Norfolk coast ?for what is thought to be the first time.