Archive for April, 2010

NOAA Sights Record Number of Right Whales

Written by on April 25, 2010 in Marine Life
NOAA Sights Record Number of Right Whales

On April 20 a NOAA marine mammal aerial survey team based at the Northeast Fisheries Science Center’s laboratory in Woods Hole, Mass., sighted nearly 100 endangered North Atlantic right whales feeding in Rhode Island Sound.  This is the largest group ever to be documented in these waters. “It all started with a flukeprint,” said Pete […]

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Indian Ocean Now Home to World’s Largest Marine Reserve

Written by on April 22, 2010 in Policy & Ocean Law
Indian Ocean Now Home to World’s Largest Marine Reserve

 Just recently the United Kingdom established the world’s largest marine reserve.  The reserve is a 210,000 square mile area (545,000 square kilometers) in the Indian Ocean encompassing the Chagos Islands.  British Foreign Secretary David Miliband said that this reserve “doubles the global coverage of the world’s oceans under protection,” and says that its creation is “a major step […]

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Endangered Killer Whales Eat Only One Kind of Salmon

Written by on April 8, 2010 in Marine Life, Policy & Ocean Law
Endangered Killer Whales Eat Only One Kind of Salmon

In a report released on March 15, NOAA announced that new advances in genetic testing have allowed scientists to determine the origin of the Chinook salmon that are consumed by a group of endangered killer whales in the inland waters of Washington and British Columbia.  This group of killer whales, known to scientists as the Southern Resident […]

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