New nature reserve in the Russian Arctic

This video is from “The Blue Planet” by the BBC.

It is about the blue whale.

From WWF:

New nature reserve for the Russian Arctic

05 Jul 2007

Murmansk, Russia – A new nature reserve has been approved for Vaigach Island in the western Russian Arctic by the Nenets Autonomous District administration.

The new 243,000-hectare nature reserve will help protect threatened arctic species such as polar bears, Atlantic walrus, white-beak loon, and one of the region’s largest mass nestings of waterfowls.

The island is surrounded by the Barents and Kara seas and its coastal waters are frequented by a number of marine mammals including Atlantic walrus, grey seal, harbour porpoise, bottlenose dolphin, humpback whale, northern blue whale, northern fin whale and sei whale.

See also here.

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  1. IPSWICH, England Jul 28, 2007 (AP)

    A northern bottlenose whale that swam into a river near the eastern English town of Ipswich was killed by veterinarians on Saturday after it became stranded, an official said.

    Crowds gathered along River Orwell to watch divers try to coax the 15-foot juvenile whale into open water and back to the North Sea Friday.

    When that failed, the whale was humanely destroyed on Saturday, said Trevor Weeks, national coordinator of the British Divers Marine Life Rescue group.

    In January, a similar event captured national and international attention when a much bigger, adult northern bottlenose entered London’s River Thames and swam past Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. It was the first whale to be recorded in the Thames since records began in 1913, and the mammal died during a three-day rescue operation that tried to transport her back to the sea on a salvage barge.

    On Saturday, the carcass of the juvenile northern bottlenose put down near Ipswich was seen lying in mud not far from a bridge over the tidal river.

    Experts said the whale probably got lost after leaving Norwegian waters on a journey that normally would have taken it north of Scotland, past Iceland and the Faroe Islands.

    Copyright 2007 The Associated Press


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