FUKUSHIMA’S DEADLY LEGACY

Why are massive numbers of sea creatures dying along the west coast right now? Michael Snyder Activist Post Never before have we seen so much death along the west coast of North America.  Massive numbers of sea stars, bluefin tuna, sardines, anchovies, herring, oysters, salmon, marine mammals and marine birds are dying, and experts are puzzled.  We are being told that we could even see “local extinctions” of some of these sea creatures.  So are all of these deaths related?  … More…

ISLANDS OF TRASH FROM TSUNAMI AND HUMAN GARBAGE OFF CALIFORNIA AND HAWAII

Island of trash discovered in Pacific 1,000 miles off California coast Jed Kim July 22 2014 Researchers have discovered an island of trash, solid enough to stand on, in a region of the ocean that has been dubbed the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Algalita Researchers have discovered a mass of garbage floating in the ocean a thousand miles west of California and a thousand miles north of Hawaii. The mass is made up of fishing gear, nets and buoys that … More…

BARNABY JOYCE – MR CRUEL

BARNABY JOYCE IS NOT FIT TO BE MINISTER FOR AGRICULTURE Last night I watched Q & A on ABC Television.   I listened carefully to the thoughtful question asked of Joyce about cruelty in abattoirs and the need for supervision, perhaps by internal cameras. Joyce responded with his usual vitriol against those who were brave enough to expose the horrific cruelty being visited on defenseless animals in abattoirs and in overseas slaughter houses.    How dare they, he said – over and … More…

SAVING WHALES – THE SHIP STRIKE NIGHTMARE

25 July 2014, 2.35pm AEST Could this be one reason why whale populations have not recovered following hunt ban? When commercial whaling was banned in 1986 it put an end to a harvest that threatened the existence of some of the most majestic animals on Earth. With several species reduced to tiny fractions of their… Author Luke Rendell MASTS Lecturer in Biology at University of St Andrews Disclosure Statement Luke Rendell receives funding from the Marine Alliance for Science and Technology … More…

CHEEKY COCKATOO MASQUERADES AS PEEPING TOM

Tegan Hallcroft, 12, with Lorraine de Roode and their talkative cockatoo Darling. Photo Brenda Strong / The Observer Brenda Strong A PEEPING Tom gave a Tannum Sands woman a shock when he called out “hello my darling, how are you doing?” as she came out of the shower last week. Her fright turned to relief when it turned out the voyeur was an escaped cockatoo named Darling. Wildlife carer Lorraine de Roode said her amorous bird flew the coop after … More…

DOLPHINS CAPTIVE IN RUSSIA – UKRAINE DEMANDS RETURN

The Guardian http://www.theguardian.com/world/shortcuts/2014/jul/06/ukraine-combat-dolphins-russia-give-back —- It wasn’t just the miles of gorgeous coastline, the plush dacha compounds of the Soviet elite and the naval bases of the Black Sea Fleet that Russia acquired when it annexed Crimea this year; it was also Ukraine’s combat dolphins, part of a secret programme that trains sea mammals to carry out military tasks. Now, however, Ukraine is demanding the return of the dolphins, who unlike the naval officers serving on the peninsula, were not given … More…

DUGONGS SAVED FROM SOCIAL CLUB LUNCH MENU THANKS TO COLIN RIDDELL FROM SAVE AUSSIE DUGONGS AND TURTLES

9 July, 2014 4:28PM ACST Off the menu – NT govt social club backs down on dugong, turtle luncheon By Xavier La Canna A Northern Territory government department social club has abandoned plans to serve endangered sea turtle and dugong for NAIDOC week after protesters threatened to target the event. The Department of Corporate and Information Services (DCIS) social club had invited staff to a lunch on Thursday to mark NAIDOC week for the cost of a gold coin donation. … More…

PINK DOLPHINS OF HONG KONG – FROM HARDY JONES AT BLUE VOICE

The Pink Dolphins Of Hong Kong (Sousa Chinensis) Also called Chinese White Dolphin. Disaster Avoided Why are they called Pink Dolphins? Pollution threat Studying the Pink Dolphins Other Threats The Species Range DISASTER AVOIDED They look from a distance like belugas – totally white. They are called pink dolphins but they are not often pink; generally white when adults. But when they are pink it is a flaming cotton candy pink. An amazing sight. They surfaced in groups of between … More…

ABBOTT SILENT ON WHALING AHEAD OF JAPANESE PM VISIT

Government quiet on whaling ahead of Abe visit Date July 6, 2014 – 11:56AM Andrew Darby Hobart correspondent for Fairfax Media Small catch: Minke whales dead on the deck of the Japanese factory ship Nisshin Maru. Photo: AFP Labor says it will raise Antarctic whaling with visiting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe this week, as the Abbott Government withholds any plan to broach the thorny issue. The Opposition move was confirmed ahead of the four-day visit by Mr Abe, who … More…

REBOUNDING WHALE POPULATIONS GREAT FOR OCEAN ECOSYSTEMS Amy Kennedy/NOAA Jump for joy. Rebounding populations of humpback whales could remake marine ecosystems. Rebounding whale populations are good for ocean ecosystems Eli is a contributing correspondent for Science magazine. Email Eli By Eli Kintisch 3 July 2014 4:45 pm Comments Far from depleting the resources of ocean ecosystems, growing numbers of large whales may be critical to keeping these environments healthy. That’s the conclusion of a new study, which finds that rebounding … More…