Bahrain’s marine life threatened?


This video from California in the USa is called “Teething” Baby Whale Uses Humans As Pacifiers, Whale Watching.

From the Daily Tribune in Bahrain:

Environment: Bahrain’s marine life threatened?

Oct 8 2014

If the sight of dumped oil bottles and other waste like plastic bags, fishing lines and diapers at local beaches wasn’t horrifying enough, a recent washed up carcass of a baby whale, at one of the Kingdom’s beaches, is truly a cause of concern for all.

While marine debris has been affecting the beautiful coastlines of the Kingdom for a long time now, it seems human wastage and carelessness are endangering the marine habitat too.

Bahrain Beachcombers (a volunteer group committed towards cleaning the shorelines of the island), Founder, Darren Schneider discovered the remains of the small mammal while going for a swim at the Nurana Island.

The species from which it belonged to, was not determined as it was already in a bloated state. Darren and his girlfriend dragged the carcass of baby whale back into the water so it could float away.

Shocked, he felt that the death of the animal could be related to marine pollution caused by the dumping of waste materials in the sea, which are not biodegradable.

Speaking to DT News, Mr. Schneider said, “As part of our cleaning initiatives, our group managed to collect more than hundreds of oil bottles from the shoreline that were not properly discarded. Some of them even have oil left in them and this can be an alarming health hazard for the marine life, in terms of oil spills and plastic dumped in the sea.”

California blue whales, have they recovered?


This video from California in the USA is called Drones Over Blue Whales, Gray Whales in Surf, Megapod of Dolphins off Dana Point Whale Watching.

From Wildlife Extra:

Has the California blue whale population made a complete recovery?

Analysis of numbers of California blue whale suggest that the population has achieved a complete rebound, with as many of the whales living off the Californian coast as there were before they were hunted to near extinction 110 years go.

In the 1930s, when whaling was at its peak, the population of blue whale dropped to between 500 to 1,000 individuals, according to researchers. After whaling became illegal in the 1970s, the population had a chance to recover and by the 1990s had grown to around 2,200 individuals. However, this figure levelled out, and remains the same today.

In order to assess whether this number represented a complete comeback for the whales, the research analysed published data looking at today’s number of California blue whales, the number that were killed by whalers during the 20th century, and the number killed each year by ship strikes. Using this data, scientists concluded that California blue whale numbers are currently 97 per cent as large as they were prior to 1905.

That the number is almost the same could explain why the population stopped growing in the 1990s. Cole Monnahan, a doctoral student in ecology and resource management at the University of Washginton, explains: “Before this study some people thought that number should be going up, but if there were about 2,200 whales to begin with, then that is what the environment can support.”

However, the findings were greeted with a certain amount of cynicism by some. Jay Barlow, National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration research scientists, says, “It all depends on whether you believe the whaling statistics or not, and my guess is there are more underestimates of whales killed, rather than overestimates.”

If the number of whale deaths during the 20th century were underestimated, it could suggest that California blue whale numbers are not in fact fully recovered. But if the data is indeed correct, it would make them the only species of blue whale to have made a full recovery.

Dutch harbour porpoises counted


This video is called Harbour Porpoise Species Identification.

Translated from the Dutch cetacean researchers of Stichting Rugvin:

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

On Sunday, September 28, 2014, volunteers of Stichting Rugvin counted 34 harbour porpoises in the National Park Oosterschelde.

Around half past ten in the morning thirty volunteers departed aboard eight ships in line to the eastern part of the Oosterschelde. Nowhere else in the world the number of porpoises is counted in this way. During the scan, there was not much wind, so the animals were easy to find. A total of 34 porpoises were observed, including at least three mother and calf pairs.

Harbour porpoises in Belgium: here.

Whale exhibition in Denver, USA


This video from the American Museum of Natural History in New York City says about itself:

11 February 2013

Whales: Giants of the Deep” brings visitors closer than ever to some of the mightiest, most massive, and mysterious mammals on Earth. Featuring life-size models, interactive exhibits, and films—as well as more than 20 stunning whale skulls and skeletons—the family-friendly exhibition also reveals the history of the close relationship between humans and whales, from the traditions of Maori whale riders to the whaling industry and later rise of laws protecting whales from commercial hunters.

Originally developed at Te Papa Tongarewa, the national museum of New Zealand, the exhibition will also feature rarely viewed specimens from the Museum’s own world-class collections.

From CBS in the USA:

Whales: Giants Of The Deep Opens At DMNS In October

September 26, 2014 8:28 PM

DENVER (CBS4) – The skeleton of a 58-foot sperm whale is one of 20 whale specimens that will be shown as part of a new exhibition at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science that opens next month.

The exhibit, called Whales: Giants of the Deep, is on tour from the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, which boasts one of the largest collections of marine mammals in the world.

The exhibit will also feature life-sized models, digital interactives and rare artifacts. DMNS said visitors can crawl through a life-sized replica of a blue whale’s heart, touch whale teeth and hear the sounds whales use to navigate, communicate and find food.

The exhibit opens Oct. 10 and is free with museum admission.

Humpback whales near Ireland


This video is called Humpback Whale Shows AMAZING Appreciation After Being Freed From Nets.

On 26 September 2014 at 9:00, there were at least five, maybe six, humpback whales near Clogher Head, Slea Head Peninsula, Kerry, Ireland.

Details are here.

Paddle-boarding between humpback whales in California


This video from the USA says about itself:

Ghost Tree Pebble Beach

Stand Up Paddling with [humpback] whales 9/17/2014 Monterey Bay California. Today is the closest I have ever been to whales in the Monterey Bay. All Video shot with GoPro Hero3+ and Original GoPro Camera. Having the mist from a whales spout come across the board was all time. This is NOT recommended for those unfamiliar with this area of Ocean. The majority of time I stood in the kelp beds and watched it unfold. Note: Always respect whales and other marine life. Keep Space.

See also here.