Three Whales Die In Mexican Breeding Lagoon

Three adult gray whales have washed up dead at the Magdalena Bay breeding lagoon in northwestern Mexico, television news said on Thursday.

Televisa showed footage of biologists at the port of San Carlos in the southern reaches of the Magdalena lagoon hacking into the whales' giant bodies for post-mortem examinations.

It was not known what caused the deaths, nor whether any pregnant females were among the dead.

Dolphin Adoption

A surprising relationship has been discovered in the Pacific Ocean 300km north of Tahiti between two different species of dolphin. Photographs taken in 1993 by French scientist, Roland Seitre, revealed that among female bottlenose dolphins filmed in the area with their bottlenose offspring (identified by the typical short, rounded nose) one adult female was being followed by a baby spinner dolphin. The close bond between them suggests an adoption had taken place.

Legacy of Exxon Valdez

Most of the fish and wildlife which were injured by the Exxon Valdez oil tanker spill ten years ago have still not fully recovered, according to a new report.

The tanker spilled millions of gallons of crude off Prince William Sound in Alaska, and a decade on, only two out of the 28 species - the river otter and the bald eagle, which were listed as being injured from the 1989 spill - are considered to be recovered.

Veteran environmental sailing yacht Vega starts touring the Caribbean Sea

Kingston, 12 February 1999 --- On the invitation of the Caribbean
Conservation Association (CCA) and with the participation of the UNEP's
Caribbean Environment Programme (CEP), the veteran environmental sailing
yacht, VEGA has arrived Kingston, Jamaica. Here she will start a tour
around the Caribbean Sea to promote the conservation of the marine
environment and to stress the importance of relevant international
agreements such as the Convention on Biological Diversity, the RAMSAR

Whaling threatens Iceland with ruin

The Times: 11th February 1999 FROM MICHAEL BINYON IN REYKJAVIK

The return of Willy the killer whale to Iceland may save one of Europe's most prosperous nations from bankruptcy.

For as Keiko, the orca's Icelandic name, is trained for release into the Arctic, Icelanders are constantly reminded that whales command fierce passions around the world. The huge tourist interest in Keiko's rehabilitation may just stave off a move that would provoke outrage and a devastating consumer boycott - a resumption of whaling.

Mixed news on humpback whales

Biologists say humpback whales are more numerous than previously believed but that the endangered species may not be recovering, as their whale-counting techniques may just have improved.

According to a new six-year study, the results of a six-nation effort called the Years of the North Atlantic Humpback project, researchers estimated that 10,600 humpbacks inhabited the waters stretching from the West Indies in the south to Norway in the north - almost twice the 1980s estimate of 5,505.

Dolphin Races Cancelled

The Global Intertainment Corporation (GIC), a Canadian Internet gaming company, has canceled their dolphin racing and jumping competition scheduled for this month in the Caribbean. In response to inquiries from the Animal Protection Institute, GIC wrote 'we have dropped our interest in Dolphin Racing and will not be pursuing this issue any further.' Shawn Balaghi, GIC's Operation Manager indicated they received a large amount of letters asking GIC to reconsider sponsoring this event.

Right whale sleeps" in shipping lanes"

In a round-the-clock study of the northern right whale, researchers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the New England Aquarium have observed a nursing mother and its calf and found that the mother whale often sleeps in or near an area of heavy ship traffic.

Dolphin's shotgun killing sickens NZ conservationists

Auckland, Feb 3 - The discovery of a dolphin, apparently killed at close range by a shotgun blast, has sickened conservationists and fishermen. Geoff Thomas, a fishing columnist for The New Zealand Herald, said he found the dolphin, with what looked like a shotgun wound to the head, floating midway between Auckland and Great Barrier Island in the Hauraki Gulf. The protected marine mammal also had a gaping chunk out of its lower body, possibly caused by a killer whale or shark.

Endangered right whales unusually scarce off US coast

Savannah, Georgia, Feb 2 AP - The dwindling number of right whales spotted off the coasts of Georgia and Florida is further evidence that the most endangered of the big whales is on the brink of disaster, scientists say.


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