On Monday, a group of anglers from Texas, Colorado, and California hooked a colossal fish off Southern California. After a long struggle, they reeled in a shortfin mako shark that they say tipped the scale at 1,323.5 pounds (600 kilograms).
The shark is 11 feet (3.3 meters) long and 8 feet (2.4 meters) in diameter, Kent Williams, a certified weight master at New Fishall Bait Company in Gardena, California, told the Los Angeles Times.
The massive mako was caught by a team of professional hunters and fishers who produce reality television for the Outdoor Channel. The three-day, deep-sea excursion was being filmed for the show Jim Shockey's The Professionals, a program that aims to document the lives of Outdoor Channel crew.
The anglers are storing their catch in a deep-freeze locker in Gardena, and they are applying for a world record from the International Game Fish Association. The certification process is expected to take around two months, because the fishing group needs time to analyze the specimen and tackle used and to interview eyewitnesses.
Netherlands says No to whale meat trade through Europe** Dutch government responds to 1 million strong global call and commits to stop the transfer of whale meat in Rotterdam port **
According to Árni, whaling hurts the efforts of tourism companies in promoting whale watching.'
visir.is reports further 'Arni says that tourism organizations have repeatedly expressed concern because whaling is allowed: "We believe it to be an anachronism and it has hurt the progress that we have been gaining in promoting Whale watching" [translation]
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BRUSSELS// The European Council of Ministers today took the final step toward strengthening the EU ban on shark finning (slicing off a shark’s fins and discarding the body at sea). The Council endorsed the best practice for finning ban enforcement (requiring sharks be landed with fins still attached) more than a year ago and has now signed off on the associated official regulatory text agreed through consultation with the European Commission and Parliament. All along the way, the measure has faced formidable opposition from Spain and Portugal, Europe’s leaders in catch of oceanic sharks
The Natural Resources Defense Council has issued a statement concluding that recent events — most notably the grounding of a Shell Oil drilling rig in Alaska — show the oil industry is not ready to safely, cleanly drill offshore in the Arctic.
The danger remains that if the number of dolphinaria in the EU remains the same or increases that attempts may be made by dolphinaria to import further wild-caught dolphins into the EU which contradicts EU law, too” (source)
“It took Photographer four months to raise sufficient funding to build a computer powerful enough to complete this image—measuring ten by thirty-six feet—of Scar. The working file is roughly 60 gigabytes in size and required more than 240 gigabytes of memory in Photoshop.
Seals wearing special tags are playing a vital role in collecting temperature and salinity profiles from the polar oceans, delivering insights for weather forecasters, climate scientists and biologists, according to a new review.
Polar seas play a critical role in climate and weather systems, but they are poorly understood. Data collection is difficult and expensive, especially during the long, harsh winter, and sea ice prevents access by ships or floating buoys.
This is where seals can help – they are ideal for collecting data close to shore and in pack ice. Elephant seals, for example, spend 90 per cent of their lives at sea, travelling up to 4000km on months-long feeding trips. They dive about 60 times a day, reaching depths of up to 2000 metres – deeper than a military submarine.
HARI SREENIVASAN: His memory is backed up by the facts. According to data from more than 100 monitoring stations in the Florida Keys, there has been a 44 percent decline in coral reefs over the past 20 years. On many Caribbean reefs, it's even worse. The decline is up to 80 percent over the past three decades.
KEN NEDIMYER: So, there is a lot of things working against coral reefs right now.
HARI SREENIVASAN: The 358 miles of reef along the Florida coast have been struggling to adapt to a wide range of problems, including overfishing and pollution stemming largely from increased human activity.
Light Pollution Deters Nesting Sea Turtles LiveScience.com Light pollution along the Mediterranean is changing the nesting habits of sea turtles in Israel, according to new research.
Marian Locksley's insight:
"The two species of sea turtle in our study are nocturnal nesters. It is thought that thelight pollution along the coast at night could disrupt visual cues. Visual cues are important for sea turtles for other functions, such as finding the sea after nesting or hatching," lead researcher Tessa Mazor, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Queensland, told LiveScience.
The British Antarctic Survey has produced the sharpest image yet of Antarctica’s rugged topography. And as you can clearly see, without its mile-thick layer of ice, the polar continent would be an incredibly mountainous terrain, indeed.
Michinoku Farm, the Japanese company that sold dog treats made from endangered North Atlantic fin whales caught by Icelandic whalers has decided to stop selling that product because of pressure from environmental ...
New York Daily News Wildlife workers to poison entire stream to kill 'Vampire Fish' New York Daily News Wildlife workers near Lake Michigan are at war — and plan to poison an entire stream to defeat their enemy.
Beluga whales, ranging from 13 to 20 feet, generally live 50 to 60 years in the wild, according to the Whale and Dolphin Conservation website. In captivity, they rarely last more than 25 years, according to the website.
But Beattie sad two-thirds of baby beluga whales born in the wild do not survive, while the survival rate at Marineland "vastly surpasses the success rate of wild births."
He added Charlotte suffered from a rare metabolic disorder, while Luna died six months after birth. Both were born to first-time moms.
Charlotte, in particular, lived longer than most expected. "Our veterinarians amazed marine-mammal experts all over the world by working tirelessly to ensure that our Charlotte made it to 3 1/2 years of age."
Ceta-Base.com lists 39 belugas currently alive at Marineland.
"From seeing the facility first-hand this year, I have to wonder if Marineland just has too many belugas in one space," said activist Alex Louise Dorer of the group Occupy Marineland.
Ens said she hopes to see the day animal deaths in captivity affect the public more.
Japan is filing a “reservation” about the regulation under the 178-member Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), to restrict cross-border trade in the oceanic whitetip, the porbeagle and three types of hammerhead shark.
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