common dolphins in Sagres, Portugal

I am sending a short video of common dolphins recorde in Sagres, Portugal
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Whale watching Affects Minke Whales

There is a new article showing that whale watching has adverse effects on Minke whales. This article is Christiansen, F., Rasmussen, M. & Lusseau, D. 2013, Whalewatching boats disrupt the foraging activities of Minke whales in Faxafli bay, Iceland. Marine Ecology Progress Series 478: 239-251. Its abstract reads as follows:


Aquatic Mammals, Issue 4, Now avaialble

Aquatic Mammals, issue 4, Volume 39 is now available online .

Aquatic Mammals is the longest running peer-reviewed journal dedicated to research on aquatic mammals and is published quarterly with manuscripts available as published PDFs in real time. Further information about the journal can be found at:

Instructions for authors and formatting guidelines can be found in the first volume of each issue and at this link:

Marine Mammals Materials Requested for Costa Rican Training Course

This is a request for donated materials for a Costa Rican course for veterinarians on marine mammals, with an emphasis on strandings, to be held 6-7 November 2013. The course will be taught by Dr. Fernando Alegre, veterinarian in charge of the Rescue Center Marine Animal (CRAM) in Barcelona, Spain, and Costa Rican veterinarians Dr. Danilo Leandro, Dr. Gabriela Hernandez, Dr. Rocco Gonzalez and marine biologist Jose David Palacios from Keto Foundation. Attendees include 56 veterinarians from agencies, univerities, and private practices in Costa Rica and Honduras.

NMFS Proposes to Issue IHA to Navy

NMFS proposes to authorize the taking, by Level B harassment only, of marine mammals incidental to pile driving in association with the Pier 6 pile replacement project at Naval Base Kitsap Bremerton, WA (NBKB). This proposed IHA would be valid from December 1, 2013, through March 1, 2014. Two species of marine mammal are expected to be affected by the specified activities: California sea lion (Zalophus californianus californianus) and harbor seal (Phoca vitulina richardii). These species may occur year-round in the action area, although California sea lions are less common and potentially absent in the summer months.

Humpback Whales Present in Antarctic Waters Over Winter a Surprise to Scientists

An article in Nature World New explains that “Humpback whale researchers listening to underwater recordings got a surprise upon hearing data collected in Antarctic waters over winter. It had been assumed that all humpbacks migrate to equatorial waters during the winter, but acoustic data from underwater recording stations along the ice shelf revealed the sounds of humpback whales even during the austral winter months.”

The entire article is available at .

NMFS Suspects Pathogen in Dolphin Strandings

The U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service has declared an Unusual Mortality Event for bottle nose dolphins in the Mid-Atlantic region from early July 2013 through the present. Elevated strandings of bottlenose dolphins have occurred in New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia.

Current bottlenose dolphin strandings are over seven times the historical average for the month of July for the Mid-Atlantic Region. All age classes of bottlenose dolphins are involved and strandings range from a few live animals to mostly dead animals with many very decomposed.

NMFS Asks for Comment on Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan Regulations

The National Marine Fisheries Service has proposed rules amending the current regulations implementing the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan. This proposed rule revises the management measures for reducing the incidental mortality and serious injury to the North Atlantic right whale, humpback whale, and fin whale in commercial trap/pot and gillnet fisheries to meet the goals of the Marine Mammal Protection Act and the Endangered Species Act. The measures identified in the Plan are also intended to benefit minke whale, which are not strategic, but are known to be taken incidentally in commercial fisheries. NMFS wants comments on or before September 16, 2013. NMFS’ Federal register notice seeking comments is available online at

Lawsuit pushing National Marine Fisheries Service to protect habitat for Puget Sound Rockfins

SEATTLE — The Center for Biological Diversity said Thursday it intends to sue the National Marine Fisheries Service for missing a deadline to designate protected habitat for endangered Puget Sound rockfish. It’s been three years since they were listed.

A lawyer for the group in San Francisco, Catherine Kilduff, says some rockfish can live to be 100 years old and losing them would be like clear-cutting an old growth forest.

Fisheries Service spokesman Brian Gorman in Seattle says the agency will likely complete the designation within 60 days, before a lawsuit would be filed.

NMFS Decides Not to List Ribbon Seals Under the ESA

NMFS has decided not to list the ribbon seal (Histriophoca fasciata)as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act. NMFS based its decion on the best scientific and commercial data available, including the Biological Review Team’s status review report. NMFS has also announced the availability of the ribbon seal status review report. NMFS’ decision is discussed in the Service’s July 10, 2013 Federal Register notice, which is
available online at