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Whale supporter, 12, makes plea to politiciansNew Zealand Herald | 12 Dec 2013
A 12-year-old boy has made an impassioned plea to politicians to do more to stop whaling by the Japanese in the Southern Ocean. Upper Hutt school boy Isaac Scott has collected more than 5000 signatures on a petition urging the Government to take a tougher stance against the practice.
Blackfish, SeaWorld and the backlash against killer whale theme park showsGuardian Unlimited | 11 Dec 2013
Willie Nelson is just one of the artists rushing to cancel gigs at SeaWorld after seeing Blackfish, the documentary about killer whales who have attacked their trainers. Heart are an unlikely bunch of revolutionaries. But the American soft rockers' decision to cancel a concert at SeaWorld in Florida may mark a turning point in the relationship between humans and one of the most magnificent mammals of the ocean.
More whales die in Florida EvergladesGuardian Unlimited | 09 Dec 2013
Eleven whales believed to be part of a pod that was stranded in the Florida Everglades are dead, say national wildlife officials. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration official Blair Mase said wildlife workers spotted the dead whales on Sunday afternoon at Snipe Point, about six miles north of Sugarloaf Key.That brings the overall death toll to 22.
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.