Tidal Wave of Chinese Marine Parks Fuels Murky Cetacean Trade

By Farah Master HONG KONG, Sept 20 (Reuters) - Eight beluga whales jump in unison out of a bright blue indoor pool, flipping their tailfins and spewing fountains of water, as a packed audience cheers and snaps photographs. Whale shows like the one at Chimelong Ocean Kingdom, located in Zhuhai on China's southern coast, are proliferating at new marine parks across the … [Read more...]

Study: Whales in Ice-Free Arctic Face Emerging Threat from Ships

As climate change brings a longer ice-free season and more commercial ships to the Arctic, a new study is recommending that precautionary measures be put in place to minimize the negative impacts of increased vessel traffic on marine mammals, namely from threats including noise and ship strikes. In the Arctic, mammals such as belugas and bowhead whales rely on a quiet … [Read more...]

NOAA’s Take on the Hudson Humpback

By Kristina Fiore The humpback whale that’s been cruising the Hudson River likely got lost after chasing baitfish, according to NOAA experts. There’s probably not enough food upriver, and chances are the whale is ‘lost,’ said Jennifer Goebel, a spokesperson for NOAA Fisheries Greater Atlantic Region. It doesn’t appear to be in danger, so NOAA doesn’t plan to intervene … [Read more...]

NSFW – Meet Natalia, The Crazy Russian Arctic ‘Oceanographer’ Who Polar Bear Plunges With Whales In The Nude

While not the first person to strip naked for whales, Natalia Avseenko may be the first to do it in near freezing Arctic waters. Natalia Avseenko, 36, a Russian scientist and professional diver stripped naked to swim with whales in the White Sea located at the northwest corner of Russia near the Arctic Circle. Why? According to Russian media, marine experts believe … [Read more...]