Mysterious Manatee Deaths Baffle Scientists

by Suman Naishadham (Reuters) - In the swampy wetlands of southern Mexico, officials and researchers are struggling to explain the deaths of dozens of manatees, the chubby marine mammals once confused with mermaids by ancient mariners. Fishermen who navigate the muddy waters inland from the coast of Tabasco state have discovered since May at least 28 dead West Indian … [Read more...]

Federal Court Rules Against The US Navy, In Favor Of Whales

The US Navy has wrongly used sonar at levels that could harm whales, seals, dolphins and walruses and disrupt their feeding and mating, ruled a federal appeals court in San Francisco. In a 3-0 decision the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a 2012 lower court decision that allowed the Navy to use low-frequency sonar for "training, testing and routine operations" … [Read more...]

Right Whale Season – Be On The Lookout

With only 300-400 in existence, North Atlantic right whales are among the most endangered whales in the world. Their slow movements, time spent at the surface, and time spent near the coast make them highly vulnerable human activities, especially being struck by ships. Right whales occupy and forage in four distinct areas in the Northeast in January through July: Cape Cod Bay, … [Read more...]

Solar Spacecraft To Help Ships Avoid Whales

The Telegraph tells us of A spy plane designed by Nasa will help track whales in the Mediterranean to try to prevent collisions between the giant mammals and ships. Around 10 whales every year hit ships in the channels around the Cetaceans Sanctuary of the Mediterranean, a 40,000 square mile reserve that stretches from the coast of Tuscany in Italy to Toulon in the south of … [Read more...]

Australia Sends Armed Merchant Ship To Track Whalers

Reuters has an update on Australia's recent attempts to track Japan's whaling fleet: CANBERRA, Australia (Reuters) — An Australian fisheries ship has begun pursuing Japan's whaling fleet near Antarctica to gather evidence for an international court challenge to halt the yearly slaughter, officials said Wednesday.The icebreaker Oceanic Viking, used for customs and … [Read more...]