Its been a hectic few weeks for us with teaching courses and a few trips away but its never too late to spread the word about the great news for whales! A was made by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in the Hague that the Japanese whale research was a commercial activity disguised as science and must cease operations.
While Japan said they would abide by the ruling, they would not exclude the possibility of conducting whaling programmes in other areas.
With the first halt in 25 years of hunting which resulted in the slaughter of over 10,000 whales in the Antarctic, the whales will get some well earned free time. This is some positive and truly inspiring conservation news that rightly earned a lot of coverage but it should only be considered as a step in the right direction for the full protection of marine mammals.
Japan has openly flaunted the use of a legal loop hole to hunt in an internationally recognised whale sanctuary. The whale meat was then sold to the public even when demand was falling and the taste was described as unspectacular. It is a sorry state of affairs when modern first world governments like Japan can stand by such flagrant abuse of the law to hunt such iconic and protected mammals.
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Living the Wildlife. Colin Stafford-Johnson takes us out with basking sharks. He joins wildlife ranger Emmet Johnson and his team of researchers to track the sharks. They even get some world first footage from a camera attached to one of the sharks.
5 MUST-READ STORIES
Elusive Dwarf Octopus hatch in captivity. Under the cover of darkness in Mote Marine Laboratory in Florida some baby Carribean dwarf octopuses were born. Unlike most octopus that start life out as larvae this species start life out fully formed. Check out the cutest animal of the week!
Engaging European citizens in tackling beach litter. Marine litter is a global problem that knows no boundaries. Citizen science gets to tackle the issue with the European Environment Agencies new app called the MarineLitterWatch.
Saturn moon harbours ocean, raising possibility of life. Scientists have found a large body of water beneath the surface of Enceladus. While its going to be a fair while before anyone gets a dive in here, its fascinating news to find out that the basic building blocks of life are there.
Ocean garbage frustrates search for flight 370. The area being covered to find the missing flight is massive and aerial surveys are struggling to identify what is garbage and what could potentially be plane debris. A tragic time for the relatives leads to more media attention for the marine debris issues.
Why do narwhals have that long tusk? The horn is actually a canine tooth that comes up through the top of the whales mouth, up to 9 feet in length in some males.
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30 dolphins stranded watch what happens next
Air Jaws Super Slow Motion
Sylvia Earle: My wish: Protect the oceans
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Amazing creatures of the deep HD
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This week we sent out a tweet asking for peoples favourite marine animal. Great pic!
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April 6th: Seapoint cleanup 11am. Low tide and no vis so we are doing a quick shore walk to pick up whatever is around on this Blue Flag beach.
May 4th: Marine Wild Life Day. Sandycove. Dun Laoghaire.
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