Posts Tagged ‘Stranding’

Over 100 pilot whales die after stranding in New Zealand

A group of up to 145 pilot whales have died after becoming stranded on a beach on Stewart Island in New Zealand. The whales were discovered on Mason Bay beach by a member of the public over the weekend. Around half of the whales had already died whilst the others were put to sleep by…

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Dead dolphin found on UK beach had swallowed rubber glove

Further evidence of the widespread plastic pollution in the ocean has emerged after a dolphin washed up on a Norfolk beach in the UK was found to have part of a rubber glove in his stomach. A post-mortem on the dead juvenile male Risso’s dolphin revealed the find after being discovered dead on Great Yarmouth South…

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Over 130 whales die on Australian beach

Over 130 short-finned pilot whales have died in a mass stranding on a beach in Western Australia. Commercial fishermen spotted the pod of 150 whales stranding at Hamelin Bay, 200 miles south of Perth. Western Australia state‚Äôs Parks and Wildlife Service arrived at the scene by morning and were assessing the health of around 15 whales left…

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Virus to blame for death of rare dolphin deaths off Brazil

The deaths of dozens of endangered dolphins that have died off the coast of Brazil in just over a month, has been blamed on an a outbreak of “cetacean mobillivirus” which can damage a dolphin’s immune system, according to scientists from the School of Oceanography at the State University in Rio de Janeiro. Nearly 200 Guiana…

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Rescuers brave freezing temperatures to refloat pilot whale

2018 has begun with a positive story from Nova Scotia in Canada where around 100 volunteers and members of the local police and firefighters helped marine mammal experts to refloat a stranded male pilot whale. Much of North America has been suffering from unusually low temperatures in recent weeks and the rescuers had to cope…

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Dolphins rescued in Florida after stranding during Hurricane Irma

News reporters joined members of the public to rescue two dolphins who were found stranded on a beach in Florida as Hurricane Irma swept through the state.  One of the dolphins appeared to be a calf while the other was an adult. After taking advice from local strandings experts, an NBC reporter covering the storm…

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Dead sperm whale art installation causes a stir in Paris

It wasn’t just the arrival of the Tour de France that has been turning heads in Paris this week. Down on a bank of the River Seine, a 50ft dead sperm whale appeared to be lying on the pavement while ‘investigators’ examined its remains and spoke to the press.  The incredibly realistic art installation confused…

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Rescued dolphin returned to sea in China

Good news from China where a rough-toothed dolphin that was found stranded in May has been successfully released back into the wild in Zhuhai in Guangdong Province. The 2.2 metre male dolphin, which was given the name “Jiang Jiang”, was discovered on May 3rd in Heisha Bay in Jiangmen City suffering from breathing difficulties and…

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300 pilot whales die after stranding in New Zealand

Around 300 pilot whales have died after stranding in Golden Bay at Farewell Spit on New Zealand’s South Island. The location has been the scene of mass strandings in the past.  Most of the whales were already dead by the time rescuers arrived but around 100 whales have been released back into the sea in…

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