Whale Track: Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust call on public to report sightings — Life & Soul Magazine

The Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust is calling on the public to record their at-sea excursions and sightings of whales, dolphins, porpoises and endangered basking sharks off Scotland’s west coast in an effort to boost monitoring efforts and strengthen understanding of the coronavirus lockdown’s impact on marine life. With wildlife around the world taking advantage […]

Whale Track: Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust call on public to report sightings — Life & Soul Magazine

Critically Endangered Baby Right Whale Spotted Off Georgia Coast With Deep Wounds — TIME

(SAVANNAH, Ga.) — A newborn right whale spotted off the coast of Georgia was suffering from deep cuts on either side of its head, dismaying conservationists who closely monitor the southeast U.S. coast during winter for births among the critically endangered species. The S-shaped gashes, roughly 2 feet (0.6 meters) apart, were likely inflicted by…

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On the trail of whales — Wild Barley

The boat cruised out into the stretch of water between the mainland of Shetland and the island of Bressay. Behind us was the built up, bustling, urban landscape of Lerwick and in front the rocky shoreline, moors, grassland and occasional buildings of Bressay. The boat stopped, gently bobbing up and down with the swell and […]

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9th Dead Whale Found in SF Bay Area Since March — KTLA

Marine mammal experts are concerned about the death of a gray whale that washed ashore in San Francisco. The whale found Monday on Ocean Beach was the ninth discovered in the San Francisco Bay Area since March. The Marine Mammal Center plans a necropsy to determine what killed the animal. The center says four previous…

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Federal Agency Recommends Reducing Lobstering Gear to Save Whales in the Atlantic — KTLA

The amount of gear the East Coast lobster fishery puts in the water must be reduced in order to protect a dwindling species of large whale, a federal government team recommended Friday. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Team wrapped up several days of discussion Friday about ways to reduce…

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Extremely Rare Whale Experiencing Baby Boom off New England — KTLA

An endangered species of whale is experiencing a mini-baby boom in New England waters, researchers on Cape Cod have said. The North Atlantic right whale is one of the rarest species of whale on the planet, numbering only about 411. But the Center for Coastal Studies in Provincetown, Massachusetts, said Friday its aerial survey team…

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California Fisheries to Close Early in Effort to Protect Whales — KTLA

California crab fisheries will close for the season in April when whales are feeding off the state’s coast as part of an effort to keep Dungeness crab fishery gear from killing protected whales, officials announced Tuesday. The April 15 closure, three months before the crab fishing season normally ends, is part of a settlement reached…

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A baby orca’s death, a mother’s grief and a state’s call to action — NBC News Top Stories

An orca breaches in view of Mount Baker, some 60 miles distant, in the Salish Sea in the San Juan Islands, Washington on July 31, 2015.
An orca breaches in view of Mount Baker, some 60 miles distant, in the Salish Sea in the San Juan Islands, Washington, on July 31, 2015.Elaine Thompson / AP file

From 2007 to 2014, two-thirds of Pacific Northwest orca pregnancies failed. Not a single calf has survived more than three years.

via A baby orca’s death, a mother’s grief and a state’s call to action — NBC News Top Stories

B.C. group wants to kill the seals to save the whales – CBCNews

by Greg Rasmussen (via msn.com)

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Ken Pearce throttles back on his outboard motor, his boat slowing as it cuts through the waters of the lower Fraser River near Steveston, B.C.

He’s spotted a half-dozen seals swimming in a side channel.

“They’ve fed on the rising tide and now they’re coming in to soak up the sun and snooze,” he says.

Pearce views the animals as a major threat to migrating salmon and the endangered killer whales that feed on them.

He wants tens of thousands of them killed in a commercial hunt.

His group, Pacific Balance Pinniped Society, has support from some First Nations, commercial fishing groups and elements of the sport fishing industry. 

Read the full article here.

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