Whales Get Right of Way at Martha’s Vineyard Wind Farm Construction Site

By Christopher Martin (Bloomberg) -- Migrating whales will have the right of way off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard starting this month under a new agreement between a wind developer and environmental groups. Vineyard Wind, which is building the first commercial-scale offshore wind farm in the U.S., has agreed to halt some construction activity between January and April, … [Read more...]

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...]