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

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: 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

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!!

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: 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

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!

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: 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?

WHALES: LOOKING BACK – The Worst Possible News for Right Whales 2008

Whale rescue program faces funding cuts Provincetown Banner, USA – Mar 05, 2008 “Our federal government should be using every tool at its disposal to protect the remaining right whales, rather than making drastic cuts in a tremendously … This … Continue reading WHALES: LOOKING BACK – The Worst Possible News for Right Whales 2008