Wadden Sea seals counted

This video says about itself:

Grey Seals (Part 1/3)

18 July 2013

Shortlisted for KFF 2007 – International Documentary Shorts.

A large part of Celtic legend, Grey Seals have been revered in Ireland until recent times. Despite being protected by law, they continue to be prosecuted and in 2004 this culminated in the brutal slaughter of 60 seal pups at the Blasket Islands. This highly charged story is an account of a seal colony living on the very edge of Europe and on the very edge of survival.

Directed by: Jacquie Cozens

These two videos are the sequels.

Translated from Ecomare museum on Texel island in the Netherlands:

Seals in Wadden sea counted – 30-12-2015

“A little bit less common seals and a bit more gray seals compared to last year.” That’s the result of the count of the number of seals in the international Wadden Sea this year; researchers saw 26,435 harbour seals and 4,521 gray seals. That somewhat less common seals were counted was already expected. In recent years the growth became less and last year these seals had to deal with a flu virus which mainly in Denmark and Schleswig-Holstein killed many seals.

Of the common seals, 7,666 were in the Dutch part of the Wadden sea. Of the gray seals, 3,544.

Floods in Ireland, wakeboarder benefits

This video from Ireland says about itself:

Floods Yorkshire to Tipperary, but wakeboarder not bothered

28 December 2015

From Yorkshire to Tipperary it’s been a long day of storms and floods but one wakeboarder just took to the water, wakeboarding down the N65 road to Galway.

This Irishwoman wakeboarding on the road from Tipperary to Galway was Lindsay Whelan.

American bittern in Ireland

This video from Washington state in the USA says about itself:

American Bittern Mating Call

Here’s an American Bittern performing his mating call. I really need to pick up a decent microphone to deal with the wind. Taken at Ridgefield NWR on Apr. 23, 2012 with my Canon 7D.

From Cork bird news in Ireland, on Twitter:

7/12, 16.10: American Bittern still present Castlefreke Lake this pm.

Unusual lumpsucker behaviour

This video from Ireland says about itself:

Galway Bay Lumpsucker – Cyclopterus lumpus na Gaillimhe

12 February 2012

A short film showing a male Lumpsucker in Galway Bay over a 7 day period. Breeding time for Lumpsuckers is from February to May where they lay their eggs in coastal waters and males take care of them during a 6 to 7 week period until they hatch.

The Dutch marine biologists of Stichting ANEMOON report today about groups of young lumpsuckers, seen by divers in the Oosterschelde estuary in Zeeland province this November.

That is unusual. Usually, these young fish, hatched in the Oosterschelde in spring, should have migrated to the North Sea earlier in the year.

Maybe the cause is a recent invasive species: the warty comb jelly. Recently, this originally American species reached the Oosterschelde. Young lumpsuckers feed on it; maybe making it less necessary to go to the North Sea.

Women’s rights violated in northern and southern Ireland

This video from the USA says about itself:

30 November 2015

There has been a historic ruling in Northern Ireland regarding the country’s ban on abortion. A judge decided that denying women access to abortion is a violation of their human rights. Ana Kasparian (The Point) and John Iadarola (Think Tank) hosts of The Young Turks discuss.

Read more here.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Dublin ‘must act’ on Northern Ireland abortion ruling

Tuesday 1st December 2015

Belfast High Court says ban violates human rights convention

by Our Foreign Desk

THE Dublin government was put on notice yesterday after a Belfast High Court ruled that the almost outright ban on abortion in Northern Ireland violates human rights.

Mr Justice Mark Horne’s landmark judgement could lead to a relaxation of the strict laws prohibiting women accessing terminations in cases of rape, incest or where there is a diagnosis of fatal foetal abnormality, and will have major implications for the 26 counties.

Amnesty International Ireland executive director Colm O’Gorman said the Belfast High Court ruling was not something solely for the Stormont executive to act on.

“The Irish government is now on notice that it too is violating the European Convention on Human Rights,” he said.

Britain’s 1967 Abortion Act does not extend to Northern Ireland, so terminating a pregnancy remains illegal there except in very limited circumstances where the life or mental health of the mother is in danger.

Anyone who performs an illegal abortion could be jailed for life.

Judge Horner said that the failure to provide exceptions to the law in certain limited circumstances breached a woman’s right to privacy.

In cases of fatal foetal abnormality (FFA), he concluded that the mother’s inability to access an abortion was a “gross interference with her personal autonomy.”

He said: “In the case of an FFA there is no life to protect. When the foetus leaves the womb, it cannot survive independently. It is doomed. There is no life to protect.

“Therefore, even on a light-touch review, it can be said to a considerable degree of confidence that it is not proportionate to refuse to provide an exception to the criminal sanctions imposed on the impugned provisions.”

The court also heard that the near-blanket ban, reinforced with criminal sanctions, placed a disproportionate burden on victims of sexual crime.

“She has to face all the dangers and problems, emotional or otherwise, of carrying a foetus for which she bears no moral responsibility and is merely a receptacle to carry the child of a rapist and/or a person who has committed incest, or both,” the judge declared.

This video from the USA says about itself:

14 November 2012

“The debate over legalizing abortion in Ireland flared Wednesday after the government confirmed a miscarrying woman suffering from blood poisoning was refused a quick termination of her pregnancy and died in an Irish hospital.

Prime Minister Enda Kenny said he was awaiting findings from three investigations into the death of Savita Halappanavar, an Indian living in Galway since 2008 who was 17 weeks along in her pregnancy. The 31-year-old’s case highlights the bizarre legal limbo in which pregnant women facing severe health problems in predominantly Catholic Ireland can find themselves.

Ireland’s constitution officially bans abortion, but a 1992 Supreme Court ruling found it should be legalized for situations when the woman’s life is at risk from continuing the pregnancy. Five governments since have refused to pass a law resolving the confusion, leaving Irish hospitals reluctant to terminate pregnancies except in the most obviously life-threatening circumstances.”

Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian discuss the story of Savita Halappanavar, who died after the Catholic hospital refused her repeated requests for an abortion. Are the strict abortion rules and imposed religious morality upheld by the hospital really viable in today’s age? Where did the idea of this form of “morality” and religion over human life and suffering even originate, and why do people follow it? Cenk Uygur has an answer.