Maritime “Cat and Mouse” game in the gulf as fishermen, petrotrin square off on seismic surveys (Trinidad and Tobago)

The ocean update

January 13rd, 2014. Fisher-folk have long been against what they call ‘seismic bombings.’

The Fishermen and Friends of the Sea group has written letters, appealed to Parliamentarians and even President Anthony Carmona. But those efforts were in vain.

Seismic Surveillance, which is meant to point to oil-rich regions below the ocean floor began last week in the Gulf of Paria – a region already hard hit by multiple oil spills and so fisherfolk turned up their programme of non-violent civil disobedience by taking their protests to the sea.

In Otaheite Bay, fisherfolk from Otaheite and La Brea gathered just before dawn on Saturday.

They readied their vessels, mounting engines, getting fuel and then taking fuel tanks and supplies aboard for what they hoped would be a long, but successful trip.

Their plan was not simply to protest and get attention – they wanted to stop the seismic survey ship in its tracks.

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Whales strand at Farewell Spit (New Zealand)

The ocean update

long-finned-pilot-whalesJanuary 14th, 2013. Thirteen pilot whales have stranded at the base of Farewell Spit, the second beaching this summer.

The two large pods, of around 50 in total, have been watched by Department of Conservation staff since they were alerted of their presence around 8am today. The first whales stranded around 11am.

DOC is trying to shepherd the others away from shore using a boat, as they mill around in the shallow waters.

Marine mammal charity Project Jonah is contacting rescue volunteers in the area. A spokesman for the charity says the next high tide is expected tonight and volunteers will work to keep the whales alive until they can attempt to refloat them.

DOC Takaka ranger Greg Napp says staff and volunteers will try to refloat the whales on the incoming tide.

“We are hoping we can get them afloat and further out to sea before dark, when…

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Dead sperm whale found on Uruguay beach, lifted onto truck and hauled to burial site

The ocean update

January 13rd, 2014. MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay – A dead sperm whale that washed ashore on a beach in Uruguay has been hauled away by truck for burial.

The 16-meter (52.5-foot) whale was found Saturday in Carrasco, a beach in the capital of Montevideo.

Dozens of navy officials and rescuers used excavators to drag the marine mammal weighing up to 25 tons to shore.

A crane lifted the whale’s remains onto a truck Monday. Hundreds of curious onlookers gathered to look at the animal despite an overpowering smell hanging over the beach in the residential Montevideo neighbourhood.

Officials say the whale showed no signs of injuries and likely lost its bearings.

The sperm whale is the largest of the toothed whales.



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Hybrid Dolphin : Neat Curiosity or Bad Omen ?

The ocean update

January 13rd, 2014 (JENNIFER VIEGAS). The small and sleek clymene dolphin could be a barometer of how well ocean life is faring, given that the dolphin was recently determined to be the first known naturally occurring marine mammal hybrid.

Molecular analysis, outlined in a study in the latest issue of the journal PLoS ONE, found that clymene dolphins, which live in the Atlantic Ocean and can grow to about 7 feet long, are a cross between closely related spinner and striped dolphins.

“In most cases found in nature, each species favors its own kind when mating,” co-author Ana Amaral of the University of Lisbon told Discovery News. “In order for these three dolphin species to keep their genetic diversity intact, they must, for the most part, be mating preferentially within their own species.”

Nevertheless, something compelled the spinner and striped dolphins to mate outside of their own species, resulting in…

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GMO Industry Tries to Pass Legislation to Make Labeling Illegal

Kaua'i GMO: Secrets and Lies

Seriously, can you believe how far these chemical corporation will go to hide the TRUTH from people about what is REALLY in their food? They KNOW what they are peddling is unhealthy, even dangerous and so instead of changing to sustainable farming practices and traditional crops – they go deeper and deeper into the rabbit hole by trying to hide, lie, hide and lie some more as people wake up and try to get good information about their food to make informed choices for their families. Yet another ploy by corporations that have no moral ethics… only dollars as their guidepost. It’s funny because, when companies like Chiptole have announced they are going totally GMO Free – stock prices SOARED, while stock in GMo Chemical Corporations is lagging.

Washington, D.C. – A new legislative proposal drafted by the food industry that would make it impossible for any state to require…

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Fast Fact Attack: Endangered Species No. 97 – The Visayan Warty Pig

Mungai and the Goa Constrictor

Visayan warty pig (Sus cebifrons)

“Wild animals never kill for sport.  Man is the only one to whom the torture and death of his fellow creatures is amusing in itself”
James A. Froude

Originally endemic to six of the Visayan Islands of the Philippines, the warty pig now only occupies two of them; Panay and Negros.  It is extinct on the other four islands.  The decline of the these wild pigs is almost entirely due to the activities of the local Warty pig by Stephanie DeYoung population.  They have been hunting, eating and wearing the Visayan warty pigs for a very long time; and, as if that were not enough, have managed to destroy ninety-five per cent of the animal’s habitat.  Retaliation attacks by farmers have also taken their toll on the population.  With only five per cent of their original territory left, the pigs are now persecuted for crop raiding, in their hunt for food on what was originally…

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Is the Black Rhino Extinct?

Fight for Rhinos

The answer is NO.

The Black Rhino and White Rhino are indigenous to Africa. Within those two species are sub-species. This is where the confusion lies.

One of the sub-species of the Black Rhino was the Western Black Rhino. This group is thought to be extinct. They were last seen in Cameroon area, and pronounced extinct in November of 2011.

The primary species of Black Rhino which are seen are the Eastern Black Rhino, South-central and South-western.  However, they too are critically endangered. There are approximately 4800 left in the wild. The following map shows where they are still found:

final black rhino pop range

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Plan B

Fight for Rhinos

Imagine being one of only four people left on the planet, the future of humanity in your hands. It’s up to you to make babies, re-populate, save your species. Pressure? You bet.

Sadly, this is the case for the only four Northern white rhinos on the planet. Sudan and Suni (the boys), and Najin and Fatu (the ladies) are the last of their species. Residing in Ol’ Pejeta Conservancy, it has been a hope they could produce a miracle. (see previous post: …And Then There Were Four)

Under 24 hour armed guard to protect them from poaching, they have been cared for and maintained to keep them healthy and happy. Despite all efforts at a suitable environment, there has been no success. Although Suni and Najin were seen mating in 2012, the 16 month gestation period came and went, and hopes were dashed.

four northerns 2The quartet is not…

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Lions, Wolves and Bears Experiencing Population Declines

Natural History Wanderings

The BBC  reported on a study in the journal Science that 75% of large carnivores including lions, wolves and bears are experiencing a worldwide population decline. A majority of the large predators now inhabit less than half of their former ranges. The loss of habitat and human persecution are the biggest factors in population decline.

A good part of the problem comes from the belief that these large predators are a threat to other wildlife. However, when the large predator population decreases there is an increase of other species that disrupt wildlife and habitat balance. The example given is as a result of there being fewer cougars and wolves in Yellowstone there is an increase in browsing animals such as elk and deer. The browsing animals increase in population and consume increasing amount of vegetation which is disruptive to birds and small animals.

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Video: Clever Beagle Caught Taking Food

Igor Purlantov

After a roast disappeared from the kitchen, Rodd Scheinerman decided to set up a sting operation to determine the culprit. He had a feeling his Beagle, Lucy, was the master thief, so he hatched a plan to catch her in the act. After placing some chicken nuggets in the toaster oven, he set up a camera on the other side of the room and waited. 7 minutes into the video, his inkling proved correct as Lucy scaled kitchen counters to get the tasty treats.

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Fukushima nuclear disaster news update

Dear Kitty. Some blog

This video says about itself:

Gone Fission: Fish caught near Fukushima may swim in food chain

25 dec 2013

Japan’s seafood industry says it’s blighted by contaminated catches – nearly three years after the Fukushima nuclear disaster polluted surrounding land and waterways. They can’t convince customers their fish is safe – even though the authorities insist they’re doing their level best to show they’ve got a grip on the problem.

Fish with very high levels of cesium found near FukushimaThe Asahi Shimbun: here.

Tepco withheld Fukushima radioactive water measurements for 6 months; Radiation levels near Fukushima plant boundary 8 times the government standard — The Asahi Shimbun: here.

A Japanese engineer who helped build reactor 4 at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant said such plants are inherently unstable, urging Taiwan to ditch atomic energy for renewable resources: here.

Defying Japan, rancher…

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Wolves Work Hard For Their Dinner…..

Howling For Justice

Wolves don’t carry AR-15 assault rifles, drive expensive rigs, ATV’s or snowmobiles. They don’t use traps, snares, bows, poison, bait or wounded animal calls to catch their prey. Wolves are fed by their feet (Russian Proverb). They use their wits, incredible stamina and sense of smell as pack members join together in cooperation to feed their family. They may travel twenty to forty miles to find food, longer if necessary. Even then, their hunting success rate is low, just one in ten wolf hunts results in a meal. Can you imagine how hard life is for them under the best of conditions? Now they face even greater obstacles to stay alive. Hunted and demonized, by an unrelenting campaign to drive them back to extinction in the lower 48.

Howl for them, we are their voice!


Posted in: Biodiversity, gray wolf, Wolf Wars

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