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  • Thousands of Sharks, Other Sea Life Mysteriously Die in San Francisco Bay

    10/05/2017 10:18:13 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 53 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Bigad Shaban, Rachel Witte and Michael Horn
    The California Department of Fish and Wildlife isn't dedicating any funding toward determining the cause, says resources are needed elsewhereAs many as 2,000 leopard sharks have mysteriously died in the San Francisco Bay over the past few months. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife says determining the cause is not a priority for the state since the sharks are not threatened or endangered, however, scientists say additional research and resources are crucial since the threat is now believed to be preying on other marine life. “This year is unusual in that there has been a large number of other...
  • Sea Shepherd says it will abandon pursuit of Japanese whalers

    08/29/2017 6:01:58 AM PDT · by rktman · 32 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | 8/28/2017 | Ben Doherty
    The anti-whaling organisation Sea Shepherd will not contest the Southern Ocean against Japanese whalers this season, Captain Paul Watson has announced, accusing “hostile governments” in the US, Australia and New Zealand of acting “in league with Japan” against the protest vessel. Sea Shepherd has been obstructing Japanese whaling vessels in the Southern Ocean each year since 2005, but Watson said the cost of sending vessels south, Japan’s increased use of military technology to track them, and new anti-terrorism laws passed specifically to thwart Sea Shepherd’s activities made physically tracking the ships impossible.
  • Parasitic Worm in Walrus Meat Infects 10 People in Alaska

    07/06/2017 8:00:02 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 46 replies
    Live Science ^ | Jul 6, 2017 | Rachael Rettner
    Ten people in Alaska were recently infected with what is now a relatively rare parasitic worm that they got from eating walrus meat, according to a new report.
  • Orcas Engage In Unprecedented Monterey Bay Killing Spree

    04/29/2017 8:03:38 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 37 replies
    CBS San Francisco ^ | April 29, 2017
    A marine biologist says killer whales are on an unprecedented killing spree in California’s Monterey Bay. Nancy Black says orcas have killed four gray whale calves in eight days. Black, who co-owns Monterey Bay Whale Watch, says a family of nine killer whales has taken part in all the attacks but the first killing involved 33 orcas.
  • Drone Footage Captures Killer Whales Feasting in Monterey

    04/23/2017 6:52:43 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 26 replies
    A rare sighting in the animal kingdom continues to mesmerize marine biologists and whale watchers in the Monterey Bay. For the fourth day in a row, whale watchers on Sunday spotted an abnormally large pod of killer whales feasting on the carcasses of two gray whales, according to Nancy Black from Monterey Bay Whale Watch. Killer whales are famous for their violent attacks and relentless feeding practices, but to see this type of behavior and this amount of mammal-eating creatures just off the coast of Monterey is "pretty rare," Black said. "This won't happen everyday," she said. The first gray...
  • Rescuers search for whale with crab trap stuck on its head off California coast

    04/02/2017 4:53:06 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 31 replies
    mercury news ^ | 2 Apr 2017 | ERIKA I. RITCHIE
    Rescuers are asking boat captains to be on the lookout for a gray whale caught in a crab trap heading north along Orange County’s coastline... “We felt very uncertain about what damage it would cause to the whale with this unusual entanglement,” If you are out on the water and see a whale in distress, call 1-877-SOS-WHALE.
  • What is this mystery sea creature? Bizarre grey blob washes up on a beach leaving the [tr]

    02/27/2017 6:28:12 AM PST · by C19fan · 32 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 27, 2017 | Daniel Peters
    A mystery sea creature has washed up on a Perth beach and left the internet baffled. Images of the slimy dead fish were posted online, with debate amongst social media users quickly developing as to what it could possibly be. The strange creature, which has a huge grey body and white belly, was found decomposing on the shore of Fremantle Beach, Western Australia.
  • What is this mysterious giant blob creature? (tr)

    02/23/2017 12:52:18 PM PST · by DFG · 24 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 02/23/2017 | HANNAH AL-OTHMAN
    A huge, hairy mysterious sea creature has washed up on a beach in the Philippines. Stunned locals have flocked to the beach in Cagdainao, Dinagat Islands to gawp at the monster-like beast and take selfies with it. The huge white hairy beast is thought to have come ashore following a recent earthquake. Several unusual sea creatures have been washing up on the shores of the tropical islands following the deadly quake on Sunday.
  • Boaters warned to look out for migrating manatees in Florida

    11/14/2016 1:38:29 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    WESH ^ | 6:11 PM EST Nov 12, 2016
    So far there have been 91 reported manatee deaths this year from boat strikes, and officials want boaters to slow down and keep an eye out. The state says efforts to protect the watery beasts have helped: aerial counts by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission show numbers are up around the state. But in Wakulla Springs State Park, counts by boat have shown a downturn in numbers there.
  • He tried to take a ride on a manatee. Then he took a ride to jail

    09/26/2016 6:02:01 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 34 replies
    FWC Officer Courtney Baumgartner went to the Islamorada Library Beach, a small park off mile marker 81.5, around noon Friday when witnesses reported that a man in a creek was touching two adult manatees and their two calves. It’s against the law to molest manatees. A witness advised the defendant that making contact with manatees was against the law, but the man reportedly declared, “I’m riding it!” ... Massengale denied being warned away from the protected marine mammal and became “verbally combative,” FWC Officer Bobby Dube, an agency spokesman, said.... Although the FWC officer planned to give Massengale a notice...
  • Beautiful Beach Glows by Bioluminescent

    09/25/2016 12:08:00 PM PDT · by V K Lee · 17 replies
    Bioluminescent waves in San Diego, Red Tide Blue Waves, Alien footsteps on beach, Red Tide Surfing
  • WATCH: Breathtaking Drone Footage Captures Whales Playing Below Boat

    09/07/2016 9:01:10 PM PDT · by rockinqsranch · 19 replies
    gcaptain ^ | September 7, 2016 | unknown to me
    Video of three whales below, and around a sportfishing boat off New Caledonia.
  • Two Walruses Die at Vladimir Putin-backed Oceanarium

    07/22/2016 1:36:44 PM PDT · by marvel5 · 27 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | July 21, 2016 | Roland Oliphant
    Two walruses have died at a Russian oceanarium backed by Vladimir Putin, in the latest of a series of tragedies to hit the complex. Fanya and Mira the walruses did not wake up from anaesthesia after undergoing an operation to remove their tusks earlier this week, the complex said. “After an operation to remove tusks the animals did not emerge from anaesthesia. The dose was standard. The operation was performed by one of the best vets in the world,” spokeswoman Elena Molchanova told a local news site.
  • U.S. ordered to lower Navy sonar levels to protect whales

    07/16/2016 4:02:49 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 35 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | July 16, 2016 | Bob Egelko
    U.S. officials have wrongly allowed the Navy to use sonar at levels that could harm whales and other marine mammals in the world’s oceans, a federal appeals court in San Francisco has ruled. The decision Friday by the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals would scale back the Navy’s use of low-frequency sonar in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans and the Mediterranean Sea under authority that was granted in 2012.
  • Watch these leaping electric eels validate one of science history’s wackiest stories

    06/07/2016 9:19:00 AM PDT · by TroutStalker · 17 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 6, 2016 | Sarah Kaplan
    "Let me tell you the story." Kenneth Catania, a biologist at Vanderbilt University, takes a breath. He hasn't known this tale long, but it's quickly become one of his favorites. Alexander von Humboldt, a famous German scientist, was on an expedition to document the geography and ecology of South America. He traveled for the better part of five years, debunking myths about mystical lakes, observing celestial events, naming new creatures, and investigating questions large and small. He once spent three whole months studying bird feces. "And one part of his quest was to get eels to do experiments on electricity,"...
  • Headless Zombie Fish tries to Bite

    05/16/2016 7:55:04 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 24 replies
    Cal Sportsman ^ | 5/16/2016 | C Raleigh
    This bowfin is trying to fight back from becoming a meal, losing its head won’t stop this determined fish. Watch a fish dinner try and turn the tables on some poor woman and bite the hand that’s trying to make it into a fish fry. See the zombie fish in action here.
  • Scripps: The Most Racist College in America

    05/09/2016 8:37:49 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 22 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/09/16 | Matthew Vadum
    Students urged to feel good about hating white people White people are worthy of hatred and no one should feel bad for hating them, incoming freshmen are told at the all-female, ultra-politically correct Scripps College in southern California, making it probably the worst and most racist undergraduate school in the United States. “Anger is a legitimate response to oppression, as is sadness, fear, frustration, exhaustion, and a general distaste or hatred of white people,” write the student authors of the Unofficial Scripps College Survival Guide. The 217-page exercise in PC brainwashing is supposed to help new students adjust to Scripps...
  • Rare rallies in Vietnam over mysterious mass fish deaths

    05/01/2016 8:57:07 AM PDT · by StCloudMoose · 11 replies
    reuters ^ | 5/1/16
    Hundreds of people demonstrated in Vietnam on Sunday against a Taiwanese firm they accuse of causing mass fish deaths along the country's central coast, with some also blaming the government for a sluggish response to a major environmental disaster. Though an official investigation has found no links between the fish deaths and a $10.6 billion coastal steel plant run by a unit of Taiwan's Formosa Plastics, public anger against the company has not abated. Hundreds gathered in Hanoi holding banners that said: "Formosa destroying the environment is a crime" and "Who poisoned the central region's waters?" Others said: "Formosa out...
  • Officials ponder how to remove dead whale from surf spot

    04/26/2016 11:04:18 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 58 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 26, 2016 | AP
    SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. – Authorities are trying to decide what to do with the massive, rotting carcass of a dead whale that washed ashore at a popular California surfing spot. Rich Haydon, superintendent at San Onofre State Beach, said Tuesday that officials are deciding whether to attempt towing the carcass by boat out to sea or chop it up and load the pieces onto trucks for removal
  • Megalodons were wiped out when killer whales invaded: Competition for food drove 60ft sharks [tr]

    03/31/2016 11:34:01 AM PDT · by C19fan · 47 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 31, 2016 | Abigail Beall
    Jaws may have terrified you at the cinema, but the iconic great white would have been dwarfed by Carcharocles megalodon, the largest shark in the history of the planet. The giant creatures lived between 23 million and 2.6 million years ago and scientists are divided over how and why the species perished. Now, details of fossils from the huge shark that lived alongside the dinosaurs have been studied for the first time in an attempt to solve this mystery.