ISSUES: Did you know that Canada is bound by the Law of the Sea to protect endangered whales, their habitat and feed?…

CANADA IS BOUND BY LAW OF THE SEA TO PROTECT ENDANGERED WHALES, THEIR HABITAT, AND THEIR FORAGE (Updated February 14, 2020) I’m currently researching once more the various treaties and laws that oblige the Government of Canada to protect Right … Continue reading ISSUES: Did you know that Canada is bound by the Law of the Sea to protect endangered whales, their habitat and feed?…

WHALES: The Plight of the Right Whale – Smithsonian Magazine

With dwindling numbers due to snags in lobster traps and collisions with ships, the right whale is looking for a way to make a comeback BY TOM CHENEY; PHOTOGRAPHY BY NICK HAWKINS SMITHSONIANMAG.COM | Oct. 29, 2018, 1:44 p.m.   From 800 … Continue reading WHALES: The Plight of the Right Whale – Smithsonian Magazine

WHALES – Passamaquoddy Tribe Whale Hunters take “Monster Whale” – 1912

Posted on October 21, 2018 by schsuser The Charlotte County Museum in Milltown New Brunswick has recently provided the Historical Society with some interesting photos from its collection. We recalled a newspaper story about Passamaquoddy whale hunters in the early … Continue reading WHALES – Passamaquoddy Tribe Whale Hunters take “Monster Whale” – 1912

BIRDS: Dovekies blown ashore will Die unless we help

 Only about 20 cm long this tiny little bird often confuses locals and visitors alike. Has anyone seen this fascinating little bird? Reports online indicate Dovekies (Little Auk) have been showning up on land along our coast … driven in … Continue reading BIRDS: Dovekies blown ashore will Die unless we help

LOOKING BACK: Spying on animals is relatively inexpensive

Another old post from 2007 – Scientists listen to endangered whales By Russ Bynum, Associated SAVANNAH, Ga. — Beneath the ocean, microphones listen around the clock for the mooing calls of endangered North Atlantic right whales in an eavesdropping experiment … Continue reading LOOKING BACK: Spying on animals is relatively inexpensive

LOOKING BACK: Canadian Whale Institute delivers the message about the North Atlantic Right Whale – 2006

  The following post from 2006 provides an interesting history of the New England Aquarium and Canadian Whale Institute in their continuing efforts to save the North Atlantic Right whale.  I think it’s worth repeating.  Art MacKay ******************************** By Mark … Continue reading LOOKING BACK: Canadian Whale Institute delivers the message about the North Atlantic Right Whale – 2006

LOOKING BACK: Right whale sightings still on the decline in Bay of Fundy – 2015

There are a couple of problems with this article. Firstly, 15 days in the field does not a season make. One would hope that whale watch companies from New Brunswick, Maine and Nova Scotia are contributing their sightings and that … Continue reading LOOKING BACK: Right whale sightings still on the decline in Bay of Fundy – 2015

LOOKING BACK & FORWARD– Right Whales Lay Claim to Historic Grounds

Right Whale at Head Harbour Lighthouse. Danielle Dion photo. ************************************************ 16 years ago, the battle against LNG development at Eastport, Maine required proof that Right Whales were common at the mouth of the Bay of Fundy.  Memories From 2006 Ever … Continue reading LOOKING BACK & FORWARD– Right Whales Lay Claim to Historic Grounds

WHALES -The Whale Louse, Delilah and Calvin – Imagine having these guys crawling over your head

Whales – The Whale Louse, Delilah and Her “Son” Calvin   Imagine having these guys crawling over your head. Whale lice like this were on Delilah, a female right whale that was struck by a ship and ended up on … Continue reading WHALES -The Whale Louse, Delilah and Calvin – Imagine having these guys crawling over your head

WHALES: Did ropeless fish traps really help save endangered whales?

Crab fishermen to test ropeless fishing to help save endangered whales A publication from 2018. Does anyone know how this worked out? Is it being used at all today? Art MacKay *************************** Idea once considered crazy could eliminate the entanglements … Continue reading WHALES: Did ropeless fish traps really help save endangered whales?

CLIMATE CHANGE: Antarctic krill: Key food source moves south AND Northern krill are moving north

Another species of krill is a keystone here along our north Atlantic coast. And they too will be moving … but north … taking other important species like Right Whales along with them.  Art MacKay *********************************************   Antarctic krill: Key … Continue reading CLIMATE CHANGE: Antarctic krill: Key food source moves south AND Northern krill are moving north

WHALES: Are they starving, having fewer young and wandering for food? If so, where did their food go?

THE ISSUE: Some believe whales are starving, wandering far afield and producing fewer young. If it’s true, then it’s a complex of answers that includes impacts from new chemicals dumped by municipal and business sewage, acidification, temperature changes, forest and … Continue reading WHALES: Are they starving, having fewer young and wandering for food? If so, where did their food go?

RIGHT WHALES: The Gulf of Maine Oil Business a Century Ago – Not For the Weak at Heart!!

This whole article gives a brilliant portrait of life one hundred years ago, but the whale tale was particularly revealing as it spoke to the continued pressure right whales have suffered along our Gulf of Maine coast for hundred of years. Continue reading RIGHT WHALES: The Gulf of Maine Oil Business a Century Ago – Not For the Weak at Heart!!

WHALES – World’s first captive whale retirement home could be in Nova Scotia

WHALES – Animal behaviour specialist says life in captivity is detrimental to whales By Nina Corfu, CBC News Posted: Nov 17, 2016 8:00 AM AT Last Updated: Nov 17, 2016 and Dec 18, 2021 Aurora, a 20-year-old Beluga whale, swims with … Continue reading WHALES – World’s first captive whale retirement home could be in Nova Scotia

WHALES: Killer Whales in the North Atlantic … Have you seen one yet?

Most of us know that Killer Whales or Orcas are common in the Pacific. But did you know they occur along the Atlantic coast of the United States and Canada? While the East Coast population of Killer Whales is small … Continue reading WHALES: Killer Whales in the North Atlantic … Have you seen one yet?

MYSTERIES: What’s A Woggin? A Bird, a Word, and a Linguistic Mystery

Great Auks, drawn by John James Audubon in Birds of America. UNIVERSITY OF                                            PITTSBURGH/PUBLIC DOMAIN On December 20, 1792, … Continue reading MYSTERIES: What’s A Woggin? A Bird, a Word, and a Linguistic Mystery

LOOKING BACK – NOAA Expands Critical Habitat for Endangered North Atlantic Right Whales – but without Canada it’s only half as good!

Posted on January 26, 2016 To the attention of The Honorable Hunter Tootoo, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard – Art MacKay In a press release dated January 26, 2016, NOAA has expanded its Right Whale “critical … Continue reading LOOKING BACK – NOAA Expands Critical Habitat for Endangered North Atlantic Right Whales – but without Canada it’s only half as good!

WHALES: The Right Whales off Gloucester 2015- Watch this drone video

And Here’s the Drone Video of The Gloucester Right Whale 2015 On November 29, 2015, a rare North Atlantic right whale visited Bass Rocks, along the coast of Gloucester, MA. It spent about an hour and a half swimming very … Continue reading WHALES: The Right Whales off Gloucester 2015- Watch this drone video

WHALES: Whale was on the menu at the American Museum of Natural History, 1918

  Times have changed. This menu for a Luncheon at The American Museum of Natural History featured whale steak! Click to access menu-from-whale-steak-luncheon-given-by-the-american-museum-of-natural-history-in-the-interest-of-foo-1.pdf Continue reading WHALES: Whale was on the menu at the American Museum of Natural History, 1918

WHALES: Reducing Ship Strikes Worldwide with Whale Alert App – Still available

Whale Alert – Reducing Ship Strikes – Worldwide Whale Alert helps reduce the chance of fatal ship strikes by large vessels by displaying active whale management areas, required reporting areas, recommended routes, areas-to-be-avoided and near real-time warnings in shipping lanes … Continue reading WHALES: Reducing Ship Strikes Worldwide with Whale Alert App – Still available

Population of North Atlantic right whales continues its downward trajectory – New England Aquarium

Source: Population of North Atlantic right whales continues its downward trajectory – New England Aquarium Population of North Atlantic right whales continues its downward trajectory Newly released estimate for critically endangered species is lowest number in nearly 20 years Catalog #2420 swims … Continue reading Population of North Atlantic right whales continues its downward trajectory – New England Aquarium

EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES – KRILL – A vital ocean forage species.

THE VISUALS THE STORY CONCERNS: The health of the oceans depends on a complex food web which ultimate depends on the sun providing energy for photosynthesis by tiny plants called phytoplankton which, in turn, serve as food for equally tiny … Continue reading EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES – KRILL – A vital ocean forage species.

WHALES: The Missing Whales – A Report that Came True!

The following 2013 report from Yale speaks to possible changes in the North Atlantic that are influencing the distribution of North Atlantic Right Whales. These changes continued in 2015 and beyond into 2021 with summer population shifts from the Bay … Continue reading WHALES: The Missing Whales – A Report that Came True!

BIRDS: Can the beautiful Harlequin Duck stall development in the Bay of Fundy?

Harlequin Duck Histrionicus histrionicus On April 22, 2008, Joyce Morrell of Campobello sent around a photo of a single drake at Head Harbour Light House. This reminded me of a very short story about one of the most beautiful of the … Continue reading BIRDS: Can the beautiful Harlequin Duck stall development in the Bay of Fundy?

WHALES: LNG BATTLE 2006 -Right Whales Lay Claim to Historic Grounds

Memories From 2006. Ever since LNG Carpetbaggers Smith (Quoddy Bay LNG) and Girdis (Downeast LNG) decided to favour Passamaquoddy Bay with 2 LNG terminals and the promise of a huge LNG tanker virtually every day, there has been an ongoing … Continue reading WHALES: LNG BATTLE 2006 -Right Whales Lay Claim to Historic Grounds

WHALES: DFO Responds to our Concerns about the “firing” of the Right Whale Recovery Team – 2008

We have received 2 calls from DFO about the article on the Right Whale Recovery Implementation Team. Our interpretation is supplied as a comment to the original article. We might not have gotten it right so we are reserving this … Continue reading WHALES: DFO Responds to our Concerns about the “firing” of the Right Whale Recovery Team – 2008

WHALES: Looking Back – DFO Harpoons Endangered Right Whale Recovery Team?

Updated 2021 The Sierra Club of Canada and other concerned professionals are asking Canada’s Department of Fisheries and Oceans Minister Loyola Hearn to reconsider his decisions to dismiss the North Atlantic Right Whale Recovery Implementation Team, a coalition that provides … Continue reading WHALES: Looking Back – DFO Harpoons Endangered Right Whale Recovery Team?

WHALES: Drivers Do It! Pilots Do It? Will it save $$$ and Whales if Ship Captains Do It?

Drivers have long known that slowing down on the highway means getting more miles to the gallon. Now airlines are trying it, too — adding a few minutes to flights to save millions on fuel. Southwest Airlines projects it can … Continue reading WHALES: Drivers Do It! Pilots Do It? Will it save $$$ and Whales if Ship Captains Do It?

WHALES: Bill restricting speed limits passed in 2008 – Is it still good news?

Snowe/Kerry ship strike legislation passes Senate committee The Ship Strike Reduction Act of 2008 Whale bill passes Senate committee WASHINGTON (AP) – A Senate committee has passed a bipartisan bill introduced by Maine’s Olympia Snowe and Massachusetts’ John Kerry that … Continue reading WHALES: Bill restricting speed limits passed in 2008 – Is it still good news?

ISSUES: Marine Protected Areas – Canada’s failure in the face of big business?

Everyone knows the Bay of Fundy … right? It is home to thousands of unusual and spectacular marine invertebrates as well as more beautiful birds than you can count and a dozen species of whales and seals including the endangered North … Continue reading ISSUES: Marine Protected Areas – Canada’s failure in the face of big business?