The story of Eg2301(chronically entangled North Atlantic right whale) is featured in Hakai Magazine this month. Read on for a glimpse into the life and death of a North Atlantic right whale. Many thanks to Jenny Holland for her great idea and thorough reporting on this piece.
Eg2301, a North Atlantic right whale seen here with her calf, was later caught in fishing gear. She died in 2005 due to her injuries and the persistent, energy-sapping drag of the line. Photo by New England Aquarium taken under NOAA permit #775-1600-2
My latest article, Characterizing the Duration and Severity of Fishing Gear Entanglement on a North Atlantic Right Whale (Eubalaena glacialis) Using Stable Isotopes, Steroid and Thyroid Hormones in Baleen, has just been published in Frontiers in Marine Science, part of the Research Topic Integrating Emerging Technologies into Marine Megafauna Conservation Management.
Blue Planet II premieres January 20 (TOMORROW!!!) in the U.S. Ed Yong called it “the greatest nature series of all time.” Will you be watching? If this trailer doesn’t get your heart racing, check your pulse – you might be dead.
That music, right??!! The original score is by Hans Zimmer and Radiohead, and the lead track (Ocean) Bloom is actually a re-imagination of Radiohead’s 2011 track Bloom – which was inspired by the original Blue Planet series. See it all come together here.
Besides being a captivating and educating series, Blue Planet II may help bring about stronger regulations of plastic pollutants. After airing in the U.K., environment secretary Michael Gove was “haunted” by images in the series and is working to introduce stronger regulations on single use plastic bottles. May we all be inspired to do our part.
Sonic Seais a new documentary that highlights the ways in which industrialized ocean noise affects whales – including their communication, foraging, navigation, and stress. You can see the film on the Discovery Channel or at various screenings around the country.
“Oceans are a sonic symphony. Sound is essential to the survival and prosperity of marine life. But man-made ocean noise is threatening this fragile world. Sonic Sea is about protecting life in our waters from the destructive effects of oceanic noise pollution.”
Researchers at Cornell University and University of Queensland are offering a FREE 4-week online course on shark biology & conservation, to coincide during Shark Week 2016. The faculty includes Dr. Willy Bemis (former director of the Shoals Marine Lab) and Dr. Ian Tibbetts (who I had the pleasure of studying with as an undergrad while abroad in Australia). Class starts June 28th – it’s going to be a good one! Register online.