This under water video is about common seals being fed at the shelter in Pieterburen, the Netherlands. The seals stay there until they are healthy enough to be freed again into the sea.
Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:
Seal in Oudegracht in Utrecht
The Oudegracht is a medieval, fresh water, canal in Utrecht city in the central Netherlands. Not close to the sea.
In the center of Utrecht a [common] seal has been found. The animal swam in the Oudegracht. It’s still a mystery how the seal ended up there.
It was removed from the water and is now in a dog cage in the police station, waiting until it will be brought to a shelter in Stellendam. There people will examine the seal’s health. …
A father and his daughter alerted the police who went to take a look. The seal had then passed to the bank to rest. There it was caught.
This video from the USA says about itself:
On May 5, 2012 our whale watching boat, Manute’a, encountered a rare Basking Shark off the coast of Dana Point. The animal was estimated to be about 20 feet long. These plankton eating sharks are the second largest fish in the world; only a whale shark is bigger. Whale watchers were awestruck when this huge shark turned and swam right up next to the boat!
This video says about itself:
Saving Albatrosses – How to Reduce Seabird Bycatch – BirdLife International
26 August 2015
The BirdLife Marine Programme’s work to reduce seabird bycatch in high seas fisheries will be familiar to followers of our efforts to save several albatross species from extinction. We have succeeded in encouraging all five tuna Regional Fisheries Management Organisations (RFMOs – the bodies that manage high seas fisheries) to put seabird conservation measures in place, requiring vessels to deploy bycatch mitigation on board. Our next task is to help ensure that these measures are actively implemented on vessels and track their efficacy in reducing seabird bycatch.
To that end, and thanks to funding from the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation, we have developed an instructional film for the skippers and crew of longline vessels, highlighting the issue of seabird bycatch and describing the simple and effective measures that can be taken to minimise fishing impacts on seabird populations. While this is mainly aimed at fishermen, it’s stuffed full off great albatross footage and neatly illustrates how to solve the problem of bycatch in longliners – so we thought we’d share it with you!
See also here.
This 2010 video is about springtails, taken from the BBC’s Life in the Undergrowth documentary series.
Translated from the Dutch entomologists of EIS Kenniscentrum Insecten:
Monday, August 24th, 2015
During an inventory of the Drents-Friese Wold no fewer than five species of springtails, new for our country, were found. Also 19 species that had not been previously reported for Friesland province and 15 species that had not been reported for the province of Drenthe. With this finding, the number of species of springtails occurring in the Netherlands is 249! Members of the Dutch Entomological Society, where insects lovers meet each other, identified last summer 1329 species of insects and other invertebrates in different areas of the Drents-Friese Wold. Recently an article was published about the insects of the Drents-Friese Wold near Appelscha in Entomologische Berichten.
The five species, new for the Netherlands, are: Ceratophysella scotica, Isotomurus unifasciatus, Pachyotoma crassicauda, Isotoma caerulea and Proisotoma subminuta.
This video says about itself:
Loggerhead Sea Turtle Hatchling Rescue
23 July 2014
Words cannot describe…
I came across some baby sea turtle tracks one morning at the refuge and noticed many of the tracks went up into the dune instead of directly to the water. A quick search revealed several hatchlings floundering in the dune vegetation.
As the acting refuge biologist, I am permitted to handle these protected turtles for purpose of rescue. This was an amazing opportunity for me to examine these amazing creatures up close and personal, a rare and priceless occurrence.
These animals are protected, please do not approach them in the wild.
Music by Dan-O at DanoSongs.com
Translated from the Dutch RAVON herpetologists:
Thursday, August 27th, 2015
Recently a loggerhead turtle washed ashore at the Hondsbossche seawall near Camperduin. This year already two loggerheads washed up on our beaches. Up to now, this is the tenth individual ever found in the Netherlands. …
On July 27 Ber van Perlo while watching birds found a dead turtle on the beach at the Hondsbossche seawall near Camperduin and De Putten. It was a not yet adult loggerhead (Caretta caretta) with an estimated carapace length of 55 to 60 centimeters. Adult specimens have a carapace length of 83 to 124 centimeters. …
That a loggerhead turtle washed ashore in the Netherlands is very special! The first documentation of a loggerhead in the Netherlands was in 1707. This is the 10th individual:
1707 Wijkmeer, Beverwijk (IJmuiden)
1894 Ouddorp, Goeree-Overflakkee
2008 Groote Keeten
2015 Hondsbossche Zeewering, Petten
This video shows an European nightjar in Sweden.
Translated from Dutch conservation organisation Natuurmonumenten:
Sunday, August 23, 2015
Good news from Heumensoord: shepherd Bart Willers found on the open moorland of this nature reserve near Nijmegen two young nightjar chicks.
It is the first time that these vulnerable birds have been detected breeding outside the area of Heumensoord which is closed to the public. Earlier, nightjars were seen at the airfield site as breeding birds. That the animal now nests succesfully outside this zone indicates that the management is going in the right direction.
This video is called Costa Rica Ecotourism – Rainforest, Wildlife, Volcanos.
Maximizing the value of birds for tourism – Guidebook released
The BirdLife-led Migratory Soaring Birds (MSB) project has developed a guidebook that provides practical information to maximize the value that birds bring to the tourism industry while ensuring the conservation of their populations and habitats.
The global tourism industry is reaching new heights with an all-time record of over 1.1 billion international tourists travelling the world in 2014. Combine this with the millions domestic tourists (travelling within their home countries) and you will have a good idea of the magnitude and scale of this industry which is estimated to contribute more than 9 percent to GDP globally.
Tourism and nature conservation are engaged in a symbiotic relationship. Tourism businesses depend upon the quality and long-term viability of the natural environment in the destinations in which they exist. This is becoming more rather than less important to the tourism industry, and tourism businesses are becoming increasingly aware of this fact. If well managed, tourism is one of the few industries that can play a transformative role, especially in developing countries. It can provide valuable economic development opportunities at all levels of society alongside a powerful incentive for community cohesion and environmental protection. If poorly managed, tourism can damage the environments on which it depends.
There is no longer doubt that birds and wildlife can significantly contribute and add value to the tourism industry. According to Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, Acting Executive Secretary of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), “Birding plays a significant and growing part in the tourism industry, and creates direct and indirect economic benefits for many countries and communities, also amongst developing countries. Wildlife watching appeals to a wide range of people, and opportunities to participate in wildlife watching are and should increasingly be a factor in tourists’ holiday choices today”. In 1999, the Costa Rican Tourism Institute estimated that 41% of its $1-billion dollar tourism revenues was from tourists who came primarily for the purpose of birdwatching.
Birds and wildlife can add authenticity to any tourism experience in any destination. In addition to providing enjoyment to the casual observer they can act as a powerful incentive to travel to the dedicated Eco tourist and differentiate one resort from another in the eye of the everyday tourist. The MSB handbook “Maximising the value of birds and wildlife for tourism” can show you just that. It is designed to provide guidance for tourism businesses in the Rift Valley Red Sea region (and beyond), mainly hotels and tour operators, on maximizing the benefits from migratory birds while taking action to protect this major flyway.
This interactive handbook is freely available for download here.