Bluefin Harpooner

“Blue\fin whale hybrids are relatively rare, Icelandic authorities confirm that five hybrids have been identified by researchers since 1986 around Iceland. Four of these were killed by Icelandic whalers.” http://uk.whales.org/news/2018/07/icelandic-whalers-breach-international-law-and-kill-iconic-protected-whale-by-mistake

Just to be sure.

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Right Whale Sight

“Cook is among hundreds of fishermen in Grand Manan – an [Canadian] island of about 2,500 people – who have been temporarily banned from fishing after the sighting of a single North Atlantic right whale.
“This is unprecedented,” said Cook, chairman of the Grand Manan Fishermen’s Association’s lobster advisory board. “We’ve never seen this before, and hopefully we never see it again.””

A lobster advised him not to worry: keep overfishing and destroying habitat and the few hundred right whales will soon be none left whales.

Slow Seas-on

“After more than five years of negotiations, UN members are poised to agree to draw up a new rulebook by 2020, which could establish conservation areas, catch quotas and scientific monitoring.” https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/dec/22/un-poised-to-move-ahead-with-landmark-treaty-to-protect-high-seas

After five years…poised to agree to draw up in three years, something that could…?

Like Apple, the UN insists that this slowdown feature is not an example of planned obfuscation, and instead is designed to protect bureaucracy and prolong the life of committees. (https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/dec/21/apple-admits-slowing-older-iphones-because-of-flagging-batteries)

Making Waves

“A 290 metre ship pulled into Ketchikan [an Alaskan port] with [a dead humpback] whale attached to a submerge part of the bow designed to avoid wave-making.” http://uk.whales.org/news/2017/08/cruise-ship-docks-with-dead-whale-on-bow

The cruise operator announced that having brought the whale to the doc’s it would not be seeking costs for the illegal boarding.

Love Litter

“A spokesman for [SEPA] said: ‘Our officers are comfortable that there is no environmental risk to the River Cree as a result of the bottles being released and, following inquiries, understand almost all of the bottles were contained and removed from the river fairly quickly by local residents.’ …
‘It was never my intent to harm the environment. It was more accident, naivety as well as stupidity in the execution. … It was just my intention to send a wee love bottle with a message to someone I had not yet met.'” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-40738484

100s litres fuel, 2000 bottles, 1 4G-enabled motorhome, 50 dates – priceless.

Ocean Oxymoron

“Japanese whale hunters have finished their latest so-called ‘scientific’ expedition off the coast of Abashiri, Hokkaido, killing 47 minke whales.
The Japanese Fisheries Agency will now analyse the age and stomach contents of the whales.” http://uk.whales.org/news/2017/07/forty-seven-minke-whales-killed-to-see-how-old-they-were

Japanese research is greatly advancing knowledge of what diet doesn’t tell us about life expectancy.