Tyler Treadway Treasure Coast Newspapers Published 4:10 PM EST Jan 3, 2019 There's a whale of a show going on in the waters off Florida's east coast, and Capt. Glenn Cameron had a front-row seat New Year's Day. Cameron and two clients aboard his charter boat The Floridian saw a 30-foot humpback whale about 11 a.m. Tuesday about 3 miles to 4 miles off Hobe Sound Beach. "Oh my God, it was gigantic," Cameron told TCPalm Thursday. "It was a wonderful sight — must have breached six to eight times. I could tell by the way it breached that it was a humpback." More sightings of humpbacks and North Atlantic right whales should be expected along the Treasure Coast and Space Coast from now until early March as the massive marine mammals migrate from feeding grounds off New England to calving grounds in the Caribbean Sea. "We usually get six to eight reported whale sightings a year along the Treasure Coast," said Mark Perry, executive director of the Florida … [Read more...] about Migrating right whales, humpback whales swim by Florida’s east coast
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No North Atlantic right whales were killed in Canadian waters last year – a rare glimmer of hope for officials working to protect one of the world’s most endangered species. While the government protection measures appear to be working, the outlook for the whales remains bleak: only 411 are believed to remain worldwide, with fewer females giving birth than in previous years. The urgency in deploying environmental protections comes after a catastrophic 12 right whales were killed in Canadian waters in 2017 – the deadliest year on record for the species. Most of the deaths were the result of collisions with marine vessels. Rope entanglements from fishing boats were also suspected in two deaths. Another six were killed in American waters. Sweeping measures introduced last year by Canada’s government include a 100-meter buffer zone between the whales and boats, fishing closures and vessel slowdowns. Violations of the rules can run steep: fines range from C$100,000 … [Read more...] about No North Atlantic right whales killed in Canadian waters in 2018
When an endangered female North Atlantic right whale spends months, even years, disentangling itself from cast-off fishing nets, there's not much energy left over for mating and nursing calves. Coping with such debris, along with ship collisions and other forms of human encroachment, have severely stymied recovery of the majestic sea mammals long after explosive harpoons and factory ships nearly wiped them out, according to a study published Wednesday. Once numbering in the tens of thousands, the northern whale's population - hovering around 450 today - climbed slowly from 1990, but began to drop again around 2010. Had the Canadian and US waters they plied during that quarter of a century been pristine and uncluttered by human traffic, "the species' numbers would be almost double what they are now, and their current emergency wouldn't be so dire," scientists led by Peter Corkeron of the NOAA Northeastern Fisheries Science Center in Massachusetts reported. More to the … [Read more...] about Humans blamed for ‘slow-motion extinction’ of North Atlantic right whales
Ancient Roman hunters may have precipitated the disappearance of grey and right whales from the Mediterranean, a study said Wednesday, suggesting commercial whaling is much older than we thought. Bones belonging to the two species were uncovered around the Strait of Gibraltar south of Spain, where they were never thought to have existed at all, a research team reported. The finding suggests right and grey whales were "common" in the North Atlantic 2,000 years ago, likely navigating the strait to calve in the temperate Mediterranean Sea. "The evidence that these two... species were present along the shores of the Roman Empire raises the hypothesis that they may have formed the basis of a forgotten whaling industry," researchers wrote in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B. The Basques of northern Spain and southwestern France who lived about 1,000 years ago, are widely considered as being the first large-scale whalers. But the latest discovery of bones, identified as … [Read more...] about Did ancient Romans whale the Mediterranean?
News by Press Association 11/07/2018, 12:03 am FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter A forgotten Roman whaling industry may have killed off two large species of whale in the Mediterranean Sea, new research suggests. Whale bones found in the ruins of a Roman fish processing factory in the Strait of Gibraltar were identified by scientists using advanced DNA analysis and molecular fingerprinting techniques. They belonged to two whale species that are no longer found anywhere near the Mediterranean. Both the North Atlantic right whale and Atlantic gray whale have suffered badly at the hands of whalers over the centuries. Today the North Atlantic right whale is listed as endangered and confined to a population off the east coast of North America. The Atlantic gray whale has vanished from the Atlantic ocean and is now restricted to the North Pacific. But 2,000 years ago both species regularly migrated to the … [Read more...] about What did the Romans do? They killed off two species of whale in the Med