Saturday, April 15, 2017

A Whale Of A Week

​​​​Scientists have attached cameras to unlock the mysteries of whales lives in Antarctica. The cameras have helped scientists gather information on where, when and how whales feed, their social lives, and even how they must blow hard to clear sea ice so they can breathe. Crucially, this data will enable better protection of whale feeding areas. The researchers use suction cups to attach non-invasive digital tags – which contain sensors and a 'whale cam' – onto the backs of humpback and minke whales. The camera tags stay on each whale for between 24 and 48 hours before they detach and are retrieved by scientists and reused. WWF-Australia has provided funding for three 'whale cams' to help scientists better understand critical feeding areas in the Southern Ocean and the impact of shrinking ice caused by warming sea temperatures. The research is being conducted in collaboration with scientists at the Australian Antarctic Division in Hobart and under the auspices of the International Whaling Commission's, Southern Ocean Research Partnership (IWC-SORP).​​​​​​​​​​​​
Learn more about the whale cam project:

Ari Friedlander / WWF-Australia​​​

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Orcas Forced to Perform Tricks

Company Trying to Make SeaWorld China a Reality?! A Chinese real estate company has agreed to purchase the rights to open SeaWorld parks in China, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan. China has no federal animal welfare laws, so dolphins and whales would likely be treated as disposable commodities. Please urge Zhonghong Zhuoye Group to leave animals out of any new parks. TAKE ACTION NOW 

Another Alaska Spill Threatens Belugas on the Brink
Beluga whale
We recently told you about an offshore pipeline leaking natural gas into Alaska's Cook Inlet, the home of one of Cook Inlet belugas, one of the world's rarest whale species. The gas spill has been ongoing since December, discharging more than 24 million cubic feet of methane greenhouse gas pollution.

Now Hilcorp has admitted there's another leak in Cook Inlet, this time from its offshore oil pipeline in federally protected habitat for Cook Inlet belugas, of which just 340 individuals survive. The Center has been defending these whales since 1999, and we're not stopping now. Read more.