A recent paper by Zhang et al. (2021) explores the acute toxicity of microplastics on a filter-feeding planktivorous fish, Silver Carp (Hypophthalmichthys molitrix).
A recently recorded population of Indo-Pacific Humpback dolphins has been observed using their own distinct whistles which have longer durations, lower frequencies and fewer inflection points. Not only does this suggest they are an independent population but researchers suggest that the specific features of this delphinid language are used to communicate more effectively in the waters around Hainan Island, Zhanjiang, and Sanniang Bay.
Every year, between late Austral Spring and early Autumn, a natural phenomenon takes place near Bremer Bay in the western Great Australian Bight. Over one hundred orcas congregate over the continental slope near the head of the Hood Canyon.
Most people will be familiar with the threat macroplastic debris poses to pinnipeds - asphyxiation, choking, blocking the digestive tract, open wounds (tightening around growing animals or pulled tight by drag in the water) and/or impairing the ability to forage successfully.
A new study by Mason, Kent and Bilgmann (2021) has shown that a resident population in Port Phillip, Australia, show much stronger social bonds than their offshore counterparts.
Fin whales (Balaenoptera physalus) have resident populations in three different regions - including the Gulf of California. Daniela Bernot‐Simon, Lorena Viloria‐Gómora, Alejandro Gómez‐Gallardo and Jorge Urbán R. have now found evidence of the fin whale calving ground in the resident Californian fin whales. While numbers are recovering with around 100,000 individuals globally, fin whales are still listed as vulnerable by the IUCN Red List.
A new study by Xiyang Zhanga, Fengping Zhana, Ri-Qing Yu, Xian Sun and Yuping Wu has found that pregnant Indo-pacific humpback dolphins transfer organic contaminants to their unborn offspring. Their investigation found that polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), organochlorine pesticides (OCPs) and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) were all found in both the mothers and foetuses.
Global climate change is one of the defining issues facing marine mammals and the ocean. We have long seen the effects and risks posed by climate [...]
European Cetacean Society (ECS) Webinar 2021 At the ECS we believe it is important for the marine mammal scientific community, not only in Europe but worldwide, [...]
This talk will cover the various aspects of captive enclosures and how orcas (also known as killer whales) are maintained in marine theme parks and aquariums [...]
Ocean Encounters Virtual Series — Saving the North Atlantic Right Whale Exploring partnerships and solutions for survival
Ocean Encounters, a virtual series from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Saving the North Atlantic Right Whale Exploring partnerships and solutions for survival Webinar Registration » Speakers: [...]
Registration for our upcoming ACS Virtual Conference, Saturday, January 30, 2021 is now OPEN! Registration is FREE! To register click here! SCIENCE OF WHALES: Understanding the [...]
“After a Summer in 2017 where I spent nearly every single day on the water to only observe a mere 27 Blue Whales, 2018 has been an absolute revelation for me here in San Diego. Over the course of three days, I had nearly 100 incredible Blue Whale sightings!"
In the above photo taken on March 16, 2019, Darrell Blatchley, director of D' Bone Collector Museum Inc., shows plastic waste found in the stomach [...]
Everyone should watch this.... From the author of some of our favorites books: "Song for the Blue Ocean", "Eye of the Albatross" and recently "Beyond [...]
Written by Nate Green After watching Ric O’Barry in The Cove, it’s hard not to want to free any dolphin you come across in captivity. [...]