A Portrait of South Georgia: Abundance, Exploitation, Recovery

A series of ecological initiatives, including the eradication of several invasive species, has dramatically revived the life and landscape of this remote sub-Antarctic island.

#animals, #antarctic-regions, #birds, #global-warming, #hunting-and-trapping, #invasive-species, #islands, #oceans-and-seas, #penguins, #rats, #reindeer, #seals-animals-and-sealing, #south-georgia-island, #whales-and-whaling, #wildlife-die-offs

The Wreck of an 1830s Whaler Offers a Glimpse of America’s Racial History

A shipwreck in the Gulf of Mexico is identified and the mystery of its multiracial crew’s fate unraveled.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #black-people, #gulf-of-mexico, #maritime-accidents-and-safety, #national-oceanic-and-atmospheric-administration, #native-americans, #race-and-ethnicity, #shipwrecks-historic, #whales-and-whaling

Orcas Are Able to Kill and Eat Blue Whales, Scientists Confirm

Recordings in seas off Australia proved that the predatory prowess of killer whales is inescapable, even for the adults of the largest species that ever lived.

#animal-behavior, #australia, #marine-mammal-science-journal, #research, #whales-and-whaling, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

Why Whales Don’t Choke

Scientists have discovered a new anatomical structure that allows lunge-feeding whales to take in massive amounts of water without choking.

#anatomy-and-physiology, #animal-behavior, #current-biology-journal, #research, #respiratory-system, #throat, #whales-and-whaling, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

Into the Belly of the Whale With Sjón

The Icelandic novelist, poet and Björk collaborator is a surrealist for our time.

#bjork, #books-and-literature, #content-type-personal-profile, #iceland, #sjon-1962, #volcanoes, #whales-and-whaling, #writing-and-writers

Whales So Close You Can Touch Them: An Adventure in Canada

Recalling a prepandemic trip to a watery landscape in Quebec province: “The adventure we had feels like one plucked from a world I can no longer reach, not unlike watching the water, waiting for a whale to crest.”

#canada, #parenting, #quebec-province-canada, #travel-and-vacations, #whales-and-whaling

Whales So Close You Can Touch Them: A Family Adventure in Canada

Recalling a prepandemic trip to a watery landscape in Quebec province: “The adventure we had feels like one plucked from a world I can no longer reach, not unlike watching the water, waiting for a whale to crest.”

#canada, #parenting, #quebec-province-canada, #travel-and-vacations, #whales-and-whaling

1,400 Dolphins Were Killed in Faroe Islands. Even Hunting Supporters Were Upset.

Graphic images of the animals raised ire among activists, and some locals said the killings undermined the work of whale hunters who follow a centuries-old tradition that helps feed local people.

#animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #dolphins-and-porpoises, #faroe-islands, #hunting-and-trapping, #whales-and-whaling

Why There’s Been a Sudden Population Crash for Rare Whales

North Atlantic right whales had been making a slow recovery, but ocean changes linked to global warming are pushing down their numbers again, scientists say.

#canada, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #fishing-commercial, #global-warming, #gulf-of-maine, #gulf-of-st-lawrence, #oceanography-journal, #oceans-and-seas, #research, #united-states, #whales-and-whaling

I’m Visually Disabled, And I Want to Show You How Life Looks Through My Eyes

A filmmaker devises a few experiments to help his family experience his disability — and show how a little imagination can make us all more empathetic.

#disabilities, #eyes-and-eyesight, #surgery-and-surgeons, #whales-and-whaling

Humpback Whale Nearly Eats a Lobsterman, Then Thinks Better of It

Michael Packard, a lobster diver in Provincetown, Mass., found himself inside the mouth of a whale on Friday morning, then was spit out.

#cape-cod-mass, #center-for-coastal-studies, #diving-and-divers, #provincetown-mass, #whales-and-whaling

On the Verge of Extinction, These Whales Are Also Shrinking

The few living North Atlantic right whales are smaller than previous generations, and some show signs of severely stunted development.

#anatomy-and-physiology, #atlantic-ocean, #current-biology-journal, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #fishing-commercial, #research, #whales-and-whaling, #your-feed-science

Meet the Other Social Influencers of the Animal Kingdom

Culture, once considered exclusive to humans, turns out to be widespread in nature.

#animal-behavior, #animals, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #monkeys-and-apes, #science-journal, #whales-and-whaling, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science, #zambia

Whale Mothers Need Their Moms. So Do I.

Scientists have found intergenerational care may be the key to thriving mothers, and children.

#children-and-childhood, #mothers-day, #parenting, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #whales-and-whaling, #women-and-girls

A Choreographer Diving Into Grief Looks to Whales

In a haunting new digital work, “Whale Fall,” Mayfield Brooks mourns Black bodies.

#abrons-arts-center, #black-people, #brooks-mayfield-choreographer, #content-type-personal-profile, #dancing, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #whale-fall-dance, #whales-and-whaling

What’s Good for the Ocean May Also Be Good for Business

Companies are trying to prove that conservation, sustainable fishing and carbon sequestration are profitable.

#carbon-capture-and-sequestration, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #fishing-commercial, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #oceans-and-seas, #odlin-marty, #whales-and-whaling

For Planet Earth, No Tourism is a Curse and a Blessing

From the rise in poaching to the waning of noise pollution, travel’s shutdown is having profound effects. Which will remain, and which will vanish?

#air-pollution, #alaska, #carbon-capture-and-sequestration, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cruises, #glacier-bay-national-park-alaska, #global-warming, #noise, #ships-and-shipping, #thailand, #travel-and-vacations, #wales, #whales-and-whaling, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching

America’s New Whale Is Now at Extinction’s Doorstep

Just 50 or so remain, eking it out in the Gulf of Mexico off the Florida coast.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #conservation-of-resources, #darwin-charles-robert, #drilling-and-boring, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #everglades-national-park, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #florida-panhandle, #genetics-and-heredity, #gulf-of-mexico, #national-marine-fisheries-service, #national-oceanic-and-atmospheric-administration, #natural-gas, #oceans-and-seas, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #united-states, #whales-and-whaling

Whale Songs Could Reveal Deep Secrets Beneath the Oceans

The aquatic mammals’ sound waves penetrate into the rocks under the waves, which could assist seismologists’ surveys.

#earthquakes, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #geology, #noise, #oceans-and-seas, #pacific-ocean, #science-journal, #whales-and-whaling, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

In the Oceans, the Volume Is Rising as Never Before

A new review of the scientific literature confirms that anthropogenic noise is becoming unbearable for undersea life.

#acoustics, #animals, #biodiversity, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #law-of-the-sea-un-convention, #noise, #oceans-and-seas, #reefs, #ships-and-shipping, #united-nations-convention-on-biological-diversity, #whales-and-whaling, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

Sea Shanty TikTok Meme, Explained

Hauling sail into 2021 like “soon may the Wellerman come …”

#folk-music, #tiktok-bytedance, #whales-and-whaling, #your-feed-internet-culture, #your-feed-selfcare

A New Population of Blue Whales Was Discovered Hiding in the Indian Ocean

The whales in the group seem to sing a unique song.

#animal-behavior, #endangered-species-research-journal, #indian-ocean, #research, #whales-and-whaling, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

Humpback Whale Upends California Kayakers

Julie McSorley and Liz Cottriel were whale watching off California’s Central Coast when a humpback suddenly surfaced beneath their kayak.

#kayaks, #maritime-accidents-and-safety, #san-luis-obispo-calif, #whales-and-whaling

How Suckerfish Surf Across Blue Whales Without Falling Off

Remoras — known for hitching rides on whales and sharks — swim surprisingly freely over the surfaces formed by their hosts.

#biology-and-biochemistry, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #journal-of-experimental-biology, #physics, #research, #whales-and-whaling, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

Tasmania Whale Rescue Ends With 108 Saved and Over 300 Dead

The whale beaching, one of the largest strandings ever recorded globally, prompted a five-day rescue effort.

#australia, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #tasmania-australia, #whales-and-whaling

Beaked Whale Shatters Record With 3 Hour 42 Minute Dive

Scientists still don’t know how the marine mammals go so long without air.

#anatomy-and-physiology, #animal-behavior, #biology-and-biochemistry, #diving-and-divers, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #journal-of-experimental-biology, #mammals, #marine-biology, #north-carolina, #oceans-and-seas, #research, #whales-and-whaling, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

Rescue Effort Is Underway After Hundreds of Whales Beach Themselves Off Tasmania

About 270 pilot whales became stranded on the west coast of the island state in Australia. Rescuers estimate that a third of them have already died.

#australia, #rescues, #tasmania-australia, #whales-and-whaling

Rough Play or Bad Intentions? Orca Encounters Off Iberia Baffle Experts

Nobody knows why the marine mammals have been ramming boats in waters from Gibraltar to Galicia, Spain, in recent months. Some vessels were so badly damaged that they had to be towed to port.

#galicia-spain, #sailboats-and-sailing, #spain, #whales-and-whaling

Orca That Carried Dead Calf for 17 Days Gives Birth Again

Researchers spotted the killer whale they call J35 alongside her “robust and lively” new calf on Saturday — a ray of hope for the endangered Southern Resident population off the Pacific Northwest.

#marine-biology, #strait-of-juan-de-fuca, #washington-state, #whales-and-whaling

What It Took to Free a Whale Entangled in 4,000 Pounds of Fishing Gear

The influx of whales to cleaner waters off New York City has meant that the number of them injured or killed there is on the rise.

#army-corps-of-engineers, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #environmental-conservation-department-nys, #national-oceanic-and-atmospheric-administration, #new-york-harbor, #nonprofit-organizations, #rekdahl-melinda, #rescues, #whales-and-whaling, #wildlife-conservation-society

Dolphins Have Hidden Fingers. So Do Seals. These Sea Creatures Did Not.

A recent analysis of the flippers of living and extinct marine animals shows the enduring power of “baby mittens.”

#biology-letters-journal, #crocodiles, #dolphins-and-porpoises, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #evolution-biology, #fingers, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #paleontology, #penguins, #reptiles, #research, #sea-lions, #seals-animals-and-sealing, #whales-and-whaling, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

Northern Right Whales Are on the Brink, and Trump Could Be Their Last Hope

The species was declared critically endangered on Thursday, with fewer than 450 left.

#endangered-and-extinct-species, #environment, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #fishing-commercial, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #lobsters, #whales-and-whaling

‘Exploding Whale’ Park Memorializes Blubber Blast 50 Years Later

Residents of a coastal Oregon city voted to name a park for a 1970 explosion that rained chunks of rotting whale flesh on curious bystanders.

#bombs-and-explosives, #exploding-whale-memorial-park-florence-ore, #florence-ore, #names-geographical, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #whales-and-whaling

Doing the Bump With the Belugas

An isolated corner of Manitoba is one of the few places left in the world where humans are the outsiders on display for the wildlife to observe.

#animal-cognition, #beluga, #churchill-manitoba, #kayaks, #manitoba-canada, #summer-season, #travel-and-vacations, #whales-and-whaling

The Hunt for Moby Dick Moves Online

Every year, the New Bedford Whaling Museum hosts a marathon reading of “Moby-Dick.” For the social distancing edition, volunteers are recording performances from home.

#books-and-literature, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #melville-herman, #moby-dick-book, #museums, #new-bedford-mass, #new-bedford-whaling-museum, #whales-and-whaling

The Sound of One Shrimp Snapping

How climate change is altering nature’s sonic landscape.

#animal-behavior, #animals, #australia, #birds, #drought, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #frogs, #global-warming, #krause-bernie, #nagelkerken-ivan, #oceans-and-seas, #puerto-rico, #reproduction-biological, #spring-season, #summer-season, #weather, #whales-and-whaling, #your-feed-science

When Crocodiles Once Dived Like Dolphins and Whales

They didn’t have blowholes, but an ancient lineage of crocodilians returned to the oceans in a manner similar to some marine mammals.

#crocodiles, #dolphins-and-porpoises, #ears-and-hearing, #evolution-biology, #fossils, #oceans-and-seas, #paleontology, #proceedings-of-the-national-academy-of-sciences, #research, #schwab-julia-a, #whales-and-whaling, #your-feed-science