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Hebrides field season ends with common dolphin encounter

It’s been a great field season on the Isle of Lewis! We saw Risso’s dolphins (some individuals that we’d seen in previous years and some new dolphins), lots of harbour porpoise and more minke whales than we’ve seen before! And what better way to end a busy season than to encounter a leaping, whistling pod…

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Listening

Orcas are long-lived, slow to reproduce and exist in highly complex societies which can be vulnerable to disturbance, so ideally any meaningful study of these incredible creatures has to be long-term and developed in a way so as not to interfere with their daily lives or habitat. OrcaLab – a remote listening station off the…

Baby Beluga, oh, baby Beluga

“Baby beluga in the deep blue sea, swim so wild and you swim so free…”  Baby belugas stay with mom for a long time in the wild, nursing for up to two years and continuing to associate with them for many years after.  Adult belugas are highly social and form groups consisting of a few…

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Say It Isn’t So(nar)!

Court approval of naval training range threatens North Atlantic right whales and their newborn calves. When I heard the news, I couldn’t believe it:  this week, the 11th circuit appeals court approved Naval plans to begin construction on an Undersea Warfare Training Range (USWTR). The USWTR is designed to train personnel in shallow-water anti-submarine warfare…

Beluga Action Alert! It's Better to be Free!

Belugas in the wild are a truly cosmopolitan species – they inhabit a wide variety of areas in the Arctic, from the deep ocean to coastal waters and estuaries.  They often visit shallow river mouths and are known to swim up rivers in search of food, and have also been found diving in deep submarine…

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Endangered humpback whale dies off Long Island, NY from fishing gear entanglement

Only four days ago, the Atlantic Large Whale Disentanglement Team received a report of an entangled humpback whale off Long Island.  Yesterday, that same whale was found dead.  The young female appears to have died as a result of becoming entangled in gillnetting, a gear type that NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) exempted from…