Sharks, Sharks Everywhere, Oh My — Common Sense And Ramblings In America

Sharks first appear in the fossil record roughly 420 million years ago, a time when fishes began to evolve. The ocean was a very different landscape, with most creatures lacking a backbone. Trilobites, creatures distantly related to spiders and horseshoe crabs, scurried across the seafloor while shelled cephalopods, relatives of squid and octopus, reigned as the […]

Sharks, Sharks Everywhere, Oh My — Common Sense And Ramblings In America

High Extinction Risk for All Seven Leatherback Sea Turtle Populations — Natural History Wanderings

Center for Biological Diversity News Release Atlantic Population Faces 50% Drop by 2050, Pacific Declining 5% Annually WASHINGTON— A new review of leatherback sea turtle science concludes that seven distinct populations of leatherback sea turtles face a high extinction risk. The National Marine Fisheries Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today a finding […]

High Extinction Risk for All Seven Leatherback Sea Turtle Populations — Natural History Wanderings

Chinese fleet raises fears for Galápagos sea life.. — CHINA EXPOSED

A vast fishing armada off Ecuador’s biodiverse Pacific islands has stirred alarm over ‘indiscriminate’ fishing practices Jonathan Green had been tracking a whale shark named Hope across the eastern Pacific for 280 days when the satellite transmissions from a GPS tag on her dorsal fin abruptly stopped. It was not unusual for the GPS signal […]

Chinese fleet raises fears for Galápagos sea life.. — CHINA EXPOSED

52: Narwhals — Notebook from the North

Time for another animal spotlight, and this week it’s the majestic narwhal! For a long time this animal was believed to be magical, then imaginary. We still know very little about it, but the more we are learning the more amazing it seems to be! This week we will explore where it lives, what that […]

52: Narwhals — Notebook from the North

50: Sea ice in the Arctic is melting… except in the Bering Sea — Notebook from the North

Hello and welcome to another Notebook from the North! This is not just any old plog episode however, it’s the 50th one! Who’d have thought we’d get this far eh? To celebrate this milestone, we have a special expert guest writer- the wonderful Greta Ferloni. Greta’s research work has taken her from Jerusalem to Italy […]

50: Sea ice in the Arctic is melting… except in the Bering Sea — Notebook from the North

Mediterranean sperm whales, new research

This 13 June 2014 video says about itself: Underwater images of sperm whale bachelor groups in the waters of Ischia. The sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus) is one of the eight species of cetaceans routinely encountered in the Mediterranean Sea; however, information on the social organisation of sperm whales living in the basin remains scarce. We […]

Mediterranean sperm whales, new research

National Whale and Dolphin Watch 2020…another Minke! — The Lone Kayaker

It’s that time of year again. The most exciting month for observers of cetaceans, because the sea seems to suddenly explode with marine megafauna coming to feast on the seasonal abundance of shoaling fish. For those of us motivated (daft) enough to paddle out to witness the spectacle from the seat of a kayak, the […]

National Whale and Dolphin Watch 2020…another Minke! — The Lone Kayaker

Awesome Humpback — The Lone Kayaker

It’s Seawatch National Whale and Dolphin Watch this week, and I was keen to match, or improve upon, my last year’s total of 96 (80 Common Dolphins and 16 Porpoises). Two days of windless conditions were forecast so I was well fired-up for a couple of big offshore trips. Early starts, of course, early is […]

Awesome Humpback — The Lone Kayaker

The Wonders of Malpelo Island — Fake Flamenco

Off the Pacific coast of Colombia lies a gem of biodiversity so valuable it was named a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site in 2006. The island is so remote, 500 km (311 miles) west of the Colombian port of Buenaventura, travel there takes 36 hours by boat. This location preserves unique species, not only birds […]

The Wonders of Malpelo Island — Fake Flamenco

90 % New Zealand Sea Birds Face Extinction Risk — Natural History Wanderings

Stuff.com Ninety per cent of New Zealand’s sea birds are at risk of extinction, as “serious pressures” threaten the future of New Zealand’s oceans. The Our Marine Environment 2016 report, released on Thursday by Statistics NZ and the Ministry for the Environment, found that New Zealand had the highest number of threatened seabird species in […]

90 % New Zealand Sea Birds Face Extinction Risk — Natural History Wanderings