Orcas The Killer Whales Who Hunt Great White Sharks! — Blogging 4Readers

Dolphins and whales are closely related. Orcas were given the name ‘killer whale’ by ancient sailors’ observations of groups of orcas hunting and preying on larger whale species. They called orcas asesina ballenas, or ‘whale killer’ – a term that was eventually flipped around to the easier ‘killer whale’. Their Latin name, Orcinus orca, also reflects this […]

Orcas The Killer Whales Who Hunt Great White Sharks! — Blogging 4Readers

The best places for whale watching in the UK: 7 locations to try — Everything UK Travel

There is no other feeling like spotting your first whale. My first whale was at sixteen on a solo trip to Tenerife, where I volunteered in marine conservation. I spent the time monitoring pilot whales and various dolphins. Funnily enough, I instantly looked forward to whale sightings more than dolphins! Whales have a sedate grace […]

The best places for whale watching in the UK: 7 locations to try — Everything UK Travel

“Conserving the Diablotin”: Action Plan to Protect Endangered Seabird — Repeating Islands

In “Conservationists Pen Action Plan to Protect Extremely Elusive and Endangered Seabird,” BirdsCaribbean explains the push to protect the endangered diablotin or Black-capped Petrel, a species endemic to the Caribbean, saying that “Conserving the Diablotin” informed by a decade of exploration and research. The Endangered Black-capped Petrel is a seabird so secretive that ten years […]

“Conserving the Diablotin”: Action Plan to Protect Endangered Seabird — Repeating Islands

Accepted sea otter population estimate at 1911 as inaccurate as rejected polar bear estimate for 1960s — polarbearscience

Sea otter specialists, without shame or apology, routinely use a benchmark figure of ‘about 2,000’ for the pre-protection population size of the species at 1911 based on extremely limited evidence yet polar bear specialists refuse to accept a benchmark figure for the 1960s despite the existence of eight published estimates made by experts at the […]

Accepted sea otter population estimate at 1911 as inaccurate as rejected polar bear estimate for 1960s — polarbearscience

Dominican Republic opens whale watching season 2022 — Repeating Islands

Dominican Today announced that the Dominican Republic’s Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources has officially opened the humpback whale watching season for 2022, which runs from January 15 to March 31 in the Bay of Samaná and until April 15 at Banco de La Plata in Puerto Plata. The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources officially began the […]

Dominican Republic opens whale watching season 2022 — Repeating Islands

By Popular Demand: WHALE Bubble Net Feeding — Wickersham’s Conscience

WC’s recent post on Brandt’s Cormorant mentioned and photographed Humpback Whales engaged in a form of cooperative feeding called bubble net feeding. Humpbacks and Bryde’s Whales – a species WC has never seen – are the only whales known to engage in this fishing technique. In Humpbacks, one to fifteen whales swim around a school […]

By Popular Demand: Bubble Net Feeding — Wickersham’s Conscience

Fish oil pills take a toll on nature — Abycats’ Thoughts

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/jan/18/mind-boggling-hidden-cost-ecosystems-obsession-with-fish-oil-pills ‘It’s mind-boggling’: the hidden cost of our obsession with fish oil pills The market in this prized commodity is worth billions – but are the supposed benefits worth the cost to global ecosystems?  Revealed: many common omega-3 fish oil supplements are ‘rancid’ Fish oils have to undergo a long, convoluted journey before they reach […]

Fish oil pills take a toll on nature — Abycats’ Thoughts

23 Long Unseen Declared Extinct — Natural History Wanderings

The Revelator reports On Sept. 29, 2021, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced its intention to remove 23 long-unseen species from the protection of the Endangered Species Act — because they’ve probably gone extinct, and you can’t keep protecting what’s already gone. Among the proposed dead: the ivory-billed woodpecker, an iconic lost species often […]

23 Long Unseen Declared Extinct — Natural History Wanderings

Why the South African High Court ruling against Shell’s oil exploration plans is a victory for local communities and the environment — EUSA LEIDEN

Article by Alexandra Reinhild Berndt Shell was prohibited from starting seismic surveys along the South African Wild Coast thanks to a South African High Court decision in the Eastern Cape Town of Makhanda on December 25 (BBC, 2021). Seismic tests are part of Shell’s oil exploration in the Wild Coast area. During the procedure, shockwaves […]

Why the South African High Court ruling against Shell’s oil exploration plans is a victory for local communities and the environment — EUSA LEIDEN

Caribbean Fears Loss of “Keystone Species” to Climate Change — Repeating Islands

This article by Desmond Brown appeared in Inter-Press News. Here are some excerpts, with a link to the complete report below. A marine biologist has cautioned that the mass deaths of starfish along the United States west coast in recent months could also occur in the Caribbean region because of climate change, threatening the vital […]

Caribbean Fears Loss of “Keystone Species” to Climate Change — Repeating Islands