Good English whale news


This video from Australia says about itself:

Each year on the Great Barrier Reef an extraordinary encounter takes place between man and nature. For 6 weeks each June/July Dwarf minke whales actively search out and engage snorkelers and divers in Far North Queensland waters. Scientists don’t know why they come here or where they go afterwards but it has been suggested that they use their time in the tropics to court and mate.

This video was aired on the Channel 7 Sunday Night Program and features a 6 day minke whale research expedition with Eye to Eye Marine Encounters.

From Wildlife Extra:

Minke whales being spotted more often off north east England

North Sea erupts with marine life

August 2013. Yet, last month seven Minke whales, an impressive 10 metre long migratory species were seen off England’s north-east coast. The length of an average London bus, this whale has also been sighted in good numbers from shore and during small vessel surveys off the in recent weeks, including off the Farne Islands. A record number of Harbour Porpoises, up to 108 individuals, were also spotted.

Ferry sightings

The whales were spotted in July by MARINElife conservation researchers aboard DFDS Seaways freight ferry service from Immingham on the east coast of England to Esbjerg in Denmark. Land-based observers have also been reporting their sightings to the North East Cetacean Project (NECP). It was only a short way into the journey when researchers were treated to a pod of four Harbour Porpoises. These docile marine mammals are surprisingly numerous in this expanse of water, having been spotted on every outing by MARINElife surveyors in this area since the winter of 2012. However, as the numbers rose to a staggering 108, it was clear this was the largest number of these creatures spotted since the charity began surveying the area over a year ago.

Why has it been so good for whales and porpoises?

Dr Martin Kitching, North East Cetacean Project Coordinator at MARINElife, says “a rapid increase in sea surface temperatures and the appearance of huge shoals of Sand Eel and Mackerel (whale and porpoise food), combined with near perfect conditions for observation, have shown just how extraordinary the marine environment is. All of the sightings in recent weeks provide an excellent addition to our North Sea database, which has been critical in the ongoing debate about Marine Conservation Zones.”

Anyone can help support marine conservation by submitting their own whale, dolphin and porpoise sightings by visiting northeastcetaceans.org.uk; you can also send any images of whales and dolphins to add to the project’s photo-identification catalogue of individual animals.

Ferries make an ideal platform for those wanting to see marine wildlife and there are several passenger services across the North Sea. A number of species can also be seen from the North Sea coast and we encourage those who see a marine mammal to report it at marine-life.org.uk.

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