OS News

West Coast Grey Whale Population Change

Large drop in the number of sightings
April 12, 2010
Location: 
West Coast

Whale-watchers have reported a large drop in the number of sightings of grey whales off the west coast of the United States.

 

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/wildlife/7582723/Whale-watchers-report-...

Source: 
Reuters
Author: 
Nick Allen
News Resources: 
Telegraph UK

Mission Aquarius Training Underway in Key Largo

July 11, 2012
Location: 
Key Largo, Florida

Training has begun for Dr. Sylvia Earle and her team of aquanauts in Key Largo, Florida in preparation for Mission Aquarius. On Sunday, July 16th, the team will undertake a saturation dive lasting until July 21st to the Aquarius Reef Base, sitting in 63' of water in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.

Source: 
http://blog.sylviaearlealliance.org/
Author: 
Sylvia Earle

Gray Whales sighted in Med - first since 1700's

Anomolous event or climate-driven distribution change?
May 22, 2011
Location: 
Mediterranean Sea

On May 8, 2010, a Gray Whale was sighted off the Israeli coast, and 22 days later, near Spain.  This is the first sighting of Gray Whales since the 1700's.

BlueVoice teaching in Japanese school about Dolphins

March 30, 2010
Location: 
Japan

Interesting video with Hardy Jones of BlueVoice.org who visits a classroom in a Japanese village where dolphins are captured and killed.

http://bluevoice.org/webfilms_childrenknow.php

Source: 
Bluevoice
Author: 
T. Barhorst

Mission Blue Photo Blog

The Photostream of the Event
April 13, 2010
Location: 
Galapagos

Flickr Photos from this Exciting Event

http://www.flickr.com/photos/missionblue/

Endangered Short-tailed Albatross Killed by Fishing Boat Off the Coast of Oregon

September 9, 2011
Location: 
Oregon

An endangered Short-tailed Albatross was killed by a longline fishing boat off the coast of Oregon in April 2011, according to a report recently released by the Pacific Fisheries Management Council. This is the first bycatch of a Short-tailed Albatross to be observed in the Pacific Northwest.

DNA test finds whale meat illegally served in restaurants was from Japan hunt

Think Again Before you eat Sushi
April 15, 2010
Location: 
Los Angeles

Whale meat served last year in upscale sushi restaurants in Los Angeles and Seoul came from whales killed as part of Japan's "scientific" hunt, according to a DNA analysis published Wednesday. Check out the story in the Washington Post.

 

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/04/14/AR201004...

Source: 
Washington Post
Author: 
Blaine Harden

Sound tracks whales so ships can steer clear

May 9, 2008
Location: 
Cape Cod

A spotter bangs three times on the boat's cabin roof, signaling the captain to cut the throttle - now. In the foggy gray of Cape Cod Bay, the reason for the abrupt stop soon becomes apparent: The research vessel is surrounded by rare North Atlantic right whales, their glossy black heads bobbing just above the surface as they feed on plankton slicks.

Mike deGruy: Hooked by an Octopus

Mission Blue TED Talk
April 15, 2010
Location: 
Mission Blue

Underwater filmmaker Mike deGruy has spent decades looking intimately at the ocean. A consummate storyteller, he takes the stage at Mission Blue to share his awe and excitement -- and his fears -- about the blue heart of our planet.

 

Source: 
ted.com
Author: 
Mike deGruy

HR 192 seeks to Expand Marine Sanctuaries

Farallones and Cordell Bank Sanctuaries
August 15, 2012
Location: 
Washington

House Representative Lynn Woolsey (WA) has introduced a bill in congress seeking to expand the Gulf of the Farallones and Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuaries.  There is a complete story here about the bill, and what you can do to help.  There is also a

http://woolsey.house.gov/index.cfm?sectionid=123