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Humpback whales are dying in unusually high numbers off of the Atlantic coast, from Maine to North Carolina, and the federal government is asking the public to report any more sightings of whales.
Federal officials reported last week that 41 whales have died in the past 15 months in what marine scientists coin an “unusual mortality event.” While there are theories for the deaths, officials at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said a solid explanation has not been found.
Officials said whales have been found with blunt-force injuries, possibly caused by collisions with ships…
Read Full Article, Coastal Review Online (05-01-2017)
Study: Why Blue Whales Can’t Avoid Barges, Ocean Liners, Huffington Green (05-06-2015)
NOAA proposal extends rule reducing risk of whale ship strikes along U.S. East Coast; NOAA (06-05-2013)
Worldwide Ship Traffic Up 300 Percent Since 1992, AGU (11-29-2014)
Maritime traffic on the world’s oceans has increased four-fold over the past 20 years…
Larger marine animals at higher risk of extinction, and humans are to blame, Science Daily (09-14-2016)
In today’s oceans, larger-bodied marine animals are more likely to become extinct than smaller creatures, according to a Stanford-led report. It’s a pattern that is unprecedented in the history of life on Earth, and one that is likely driven by human fishing…
NOAA Declares Deaths of large Whales in Gulf of Alaska an Unususal Mortality Event; NOAA (08-24-2015)
Whales Benefit From Action On Ocean Noise, BBC News (03-04-2013)
Scientists are working to reduce the noise levels experienced by whales from North Atlantic shipping.
Sonic Sea, Film Documentary; NRDC May 19th, 2016
Oceans are a sonic symphony. Sound is essential to the survival and prosperity of marine life. But man-made ocean noise is threatening this fragile world. “Sonic Sea” is about protecting life in our waters from the destructive effects of oceanic noise pollution…
Nutrient pollution is changing sounds in the sea, Science Daily; (06-06-2016)
Nutrient pollution emptying into seas from cities, towns and agricultural land is changing the sounds made by marine life — and potentially upsetting navigational cues for fish and other sea creatures, a new study has found…
Whale found dying off coast of Norway with 30 plastic bags in its stomach; Telegraph UK (02-03-2017)
Scientists in Norway found more than 30 plastic bags and other plastic waste inside the stomach of a whale stranded off the coast…
World Must Tackle the Biggest Killer of Whales – and it’s not Whaling; IPS News (10-24-2016)