Monterey Bay’s pelagic red crab stranding events: the changes warming seawater could bring

The appearance of pelagic red crabs is indicative of the intrusion of southern sub-tropical waters into central California. Their arrival is considered a rare but natural oceanic occurrence rather than a disruption caused by humankind. It gives us, however, a preview of the effects and changes global warming could bring. If the red crabs start showing up more frequently – and they have the last year – they might be an indicator of largely-anthropogenic climate change. … More Monterey Bay’s pelagic red crab stranding events: the changes warming seawater could bring

The feral cats of the Valencia docks

Like man, free-roaming cats have become an environmental menace. They massacre billions of birds, small mammals and reptiles.
Cats are in most parts of the world an invasive species that has no place in nature. Their ecosystem is the indoor human household. Of course the above is not a cat problem, but a people problem and no cat deserves to die because of irresponsible ‘care’-takers. … More The feral cats of the Valencia docks

The dolphin prisons along the Riviera Maya

After dolphin captures in Mexican waters were banned in 2002, dolphin imports started to grow. The practice of taking dolphins from the wild and therewith the pressure on dolphin populations was simply transferred to locations outside of Mexico, mainly Cuba. Cuba claims that capturing wild dolphins for export is a sustainable practice yet can’t provide studies or other evidence that establishes the number of dolphins in Cuban waters.

This shift from home catches to dolphin imports also helped to finance the slaughters in Japan and the Solomon Islands. In 2003, 28 wild-caught dolphins were imported from The Solomon Islands to Mexico in one shipment. At least nine of them were dead, five years later.

Dolphins were also imported from Japan’s infamous Taiji drive hunt, a total of eleven animals in two shipments; four in the year 2000 and seven dolphins in 2005. Seven of these are still alive at Cabo Dolphin. … More The dolphin prisons along the Riviera Maya

An encounter with rare ecotype-D orcas

On May 13, 1955, 17 killer whales washed up on Paraparaumu Beach, New Zealand. The stranding attracted extra attention because of the whales’ strange appearances. Instead of the sleek, streamlined bodies of typical killer whales, these ones had large bulbous foreheads, almost like a pilot whale, and where killer whales generally display large, white eye-patches, these stranded whales had tiny post-ocular eye markings.

For almost 50 years this kind of killer whale was not seen again and therefore considered a genetic anomaly. Now we know these are a distinct ecotype of orca labeled type-D, but still sightings are few. … More An encounter with rare ecotype-D orcas

Taiji Dolphins in Dubai

Four new dolphins – Tetka, 15, female; Fekla, 15, female; Bubbles, 7, female and Jerry, 5, male – had landed at Dubai Airport in early October 2008, destined for Dubai Dolphinarium. They were all Pacific bottlenose dolphins and were flown in from Japan. All four dolphins, even though they were kept at a Japanese facility in the year before the transfer, were originally caught in the infamously cruel drive hunt of Taiji. Dubai Dolphinarium had betrayed their claim not to take dolphins from the wild and since then the dolphins origins were simply ignored. … More Taiji Dolphins in Dubai