Researchers from the University of Otago have found that New Zealand is becoming an increasingly important winter habitat for southern right whales, particularly for mothers with new calves. Between 2003-2010, 28 mother-calf pairs were spotted which is more than twice as many as were spotted between 1991-2002. These sightings represent a good change for southern right whales. Tens of thousands of them used to spend the season in New Zealand before they were hunted to near extinction in the 19th century.
Biologists from Washington state’s Fish and Wildlife Department found five striped beakfish living in a water-filled bait box that was found on a 20-foot-long Japanese boat that washed up on Long Beach in Washington. The boat is believed to be debris from the March 2011 tsunami. Because the boat remained upright as it made the trip across the Pacific, biologists found a whole host of other species, including se anemones, cucumbers, scallops, crustaceans and worms. One of the five beakfish will go on display at the Seaside Aquarium in Oregon.
Check out this review of “Whales: Giants of the Deep,” the new exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History. There’s also a great slideshow that shows you what you’ll see.
Watch the latest clip from the documentary Blackfish. Blackfish tells the story of captive orcas, inspired by the tragic death of SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau in 2010. In this short clip, former trainers discuss what they did and didn’t know about the 1987 incident where a trainer was crushed by a killer whale during a show.
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