New ruling on sonar use is a big victory for whales

For nearly the last half century, the U.S. Navy has blasted loud, low-frequency sounds into the ocean in the name of national security. While they were looking for sneaky submarines, they were also causing undue stress to the mammals of the ocean.

According to Wired, the sonars loud, low-frequency waves hit a sweet spot where whales and other marine mammals communicate with one another. In extreme cases, author Nick Stockton wrote, the sonar could spook whales and dolphins into mass beaching events. But the sonar also acts like white noise, creating a lead curtain for whales messages to one another and disrupting the fabric of their social groups.

After a long fight between the U.S. Navy, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the National Resources Defense Council, a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco has ruled that the current regulations for sonar use by the U.S. Navy does not adequately protect marine mammals. So now the Navy will have to re-configure how they use sonar during peacetime to be less disturbing to marine mammals.

H/T: Wired, NBC News

Source: http://www.dailydot.com/

Humpback whales gather in mysterious ‘super-groups’ and the internet is pretty sure we’re doomed

A "super-group" of humpback whales.
Image: Jean Tresfon/plos one

Huge groups of humpback whales have been seen gathering in the Southern Hemisphere, and it’s leaving scientists and people on the internet a little confused.

Usually, humpbacks are pretty solitary creatures, but a study published on March 1 in the journal PLOS One details multiple “super-groups” of whales gathering in 2011, 2014 and 2015.

The groups range in size from 20 to 200 individuals, and, according to the study, the large gatherings appear to be associated with feeding behavior.

Of course, that didn’t stop people on Twitter from wildly speculating about the whales’ real motives. A running theme is that they have a plan perhaps to take on the Trump administration or overthrow humanity.

Humpback whales are pretty amazing animals in general.

They live in all of the major oceans of the world, taking advantage of tropical and subtropical waters, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

After years of whaling, their populations are now back on the rise in many habitats, NOAA added.

So, hey, are these super-groups of humpbacks out for revenge on all humans? Probably not, but best keep your distance just in case …

Source: http://mashable.com/

New ruling on sonar use is a big victory for whales

For nearly the last half century, the U.S. Navy has blasted loud, low-frequency sounds into the ocean in the name of national security. While they were looking for sneaky submarines, they were also causing undue stress to the mammals of the ocean.

According to Wired, the sonars loud, low-frequency waves hit a sweet spot where whales and other marine mammals communicate with one another. In extreme cases, author Nick Stockton wrote, the sonar could spook whales and dolphins into mass beaching events. But the sonar also acts like white noise, creating a lead curtain for whales messages to one another and disrupting the fabric of their social groups.

After a long fight between the U.S. Navy, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the National Resources Defense Council, a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco has ruled that the current regulations for sonar use by the U.S. Navy does not adequately protect marine mammals. So now the Navy will have to re-configure how they use sonar during peacetime to be less disturbing to marine mammals.

H/T: Wired, NBC News

Source: http://www.dailydot.com/

5 Majestic Whales And Then 1 Doofus Whale That Got Scuffed Up By A Boat

Five breathtaking whales and one massive numbskull.

1. What an absolutely beautiful creature.

2. Can you imagine seeing this incredible animal in person?

3. Look at this one jump out of the water. Such power. Such grace.

4. There are few things in nature like a truly magnificent whale.

5. Just fantastic.

6. Well, here we go. Look at this scuffed-up doofus. How did this even happen? Being a whale is the easiest thing in the world. All you have to do as a whale is not float too high, and this dope somehow managed to screw it up. This whale. This numbskull whale. This lumbering oaf of a sea creature, probably spending its days constantly just missing out on being killed. What do the other whales think of this herb? They probably think, Hey, look, here is the krill-slurping buffoon that makes us look bad. How could they not? This whale is the Jackass Whale, the dink whale of all dink whales, the whale that is 1 million long miles away from Majesty City, USA. Just what exactly did this whale think the boat was? Another whale? Why would a whale be up where the boats play? Thousands of whales manage every day to not get scuffed and scraped by a boat, and of course this dumb galoot had to go and do it. Jesus. Just a big-time, All-American goof, is what this whale is.

Source: http://www.clickhole.com/features/news/

Humpback whales gather in mysterious ‘super-groups’ and the internet is pretty sure we’re doomed

A "super-group" of humpback whales.
Image: Jean Tresfon/plos one

Huge groups of humpback whales have been seen gathering in the Southern Hemisphere, and it’s leaving scientists and people on the internet a little confused.

Usually, humpbacks are pretty solitary creatures, but a study published on March 1 in the journal PLOS One details multiple “super-groups” of whales gathering in 2011, 2014 and 2015.

The groups range in size from 20 to 200 individuals, and, according to the study, the large gatherings appear to be associated with feeding behavior.

Of course, that didn’t stop people on Twitter from wildly speculating about the whales’ real motives. A running theme is that they have a plan perhaps to take on the Trump administration or overthrow humanity.

Humpback whales are pretty amazing animals in general.

They live in all of the major oceans of the world, taking advantage of tropical and subtropical waters, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

After years of whaling, their populations are now back on the rise in many habitats, NOAA added.

So, hey, are these super-groups of humpbacks out for revenge on all humans? Probably not, but best keep your distance just in case …

Source: http://mashable.com/

When They Saw This Giant Leatherback Turtle In Distress, They Didn’t Hesitate To Help

When Jacksonville Police Lieutenant Steve Mullen and Officer Brad Smith were out enjoying the ocean on their day off, they saw something in the water that warranted investigation. As they got closer, though, they realized it was a matter of life and death…because caught in a crab trap was a nine-foot-long leatherback turtle!

The rope was wrapped around his neck, so each time he tried to dive, it only tightened further. Seeing that if they didn’t cut the rope soon he would die, the two officers leapt into action.

Leatherback Sea Turtle Saved From Crab Trap By JSO Officers

Leatherback Sea Turtle Saved From Crab Trap By JSO OfficersJacksonville Sheriff's Office Lieutenant Steve Mullen and Officer Brad Smith were off shore two miles out in front of Hanna Park around 1:00 p.m. today. They observed a nine foot Leatherback Sea Turtle in distress. The sea turtle had become entangled in a crab trap. The trap's rope was looped around the sea turtle's neck, and the buoy was still attached to the trap. As a result, whenever the turtle tried to dive, the rope tightened around its neck. Lt. Steve Mullen was able to disentangle the distressed turtle from the crab trap while keeping the turtle in the water.Great job Lt. Mullen and Officer Smith! Even off duty, saving lives!^MB

Posted by Jacksonville Sheriff's Office on Monday, February 22, 2016

Thanks to these two off-duty officers, another life was saved. And since that turtle isn’t capable of saying thanks, bravo, gentlemen!

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/leatherback-turtle/

New ruling on sonar use is a big victory for whales

For nearly the last half century, the U.S. Navy has blasted loud, low-frequency sounds into the ocean in the name of national security. While they were looking for sneaky submarines, they were also causing undue stress to the mammals of the ocean.

According to Wired, the sonars loud, low-frequency waves hit a sweet spot where whales and other marine mammals communicate with one another. In extreme cases, author Nick Stockton wrote, the sonar could spook whales and dolphins into mass beaching events. But the sonar also acts like white noise, creating a lead curtain for whales messages to one another and disrupting the fabric of their social groups.

After a long fight between the U.S. Navy, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the National Resources Defense Council, a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco has ruled that the current regulations for sonar use by the U.S. Navy does not adequately protect marine mammals. So now the Navy will have to re-configure how they use sonar during peacetime to be less disturbing to marine mammals.

H/T: Wired, NBC News

Read more: http://www.dailydot.com/parsec/sonar-ruling-whales-us-navy/

Maddeningly Wasteful: The U.S. Navy Loses Over $45 Billion A Year To Submarines Sneaking Off With Whales And Living With Them Forever

Okay, this is going to make your blood boil.

Everyone knows that the United States Navy is expensive to maintain, but a shocking new report shows that wasteful spending in the naval warfare branch has grown seriously out of control. According to the Department of Defense Inspector Generals office, the Navy loses over $45 billion a year to submarines sneaking off with whales and living with them forever.

Terrible. Americans have every right to be outraged.

Every time the U.S. Navy loses one of its submarines to a passing pod of beluga whales, its coming right out of the pocket of the American taxpayer. Its ridiculous that our government budgets over $600 billion per year toward our military when so much of that total is being wasted on nuclear submarines that divert from their patrols to swim amongst the orcas instead of defending our country.

While infrastructure and education continue to be underfunded, valuable capital continues to be misused on building failed war machines that can only been seen during the occasional whale-watching tour off Cape Cod or the coast of Monterey. And while it may be a majestic sight to witness an Ohio-class submarine breach the surface, its not something our government should continue to support financially, plain and simple.

Whales are beautiful creatures, yes, but were throwing our money away every time one of our submarine crews hears a passing whales song and decides that its the life for them. Hopefully we as a country can take a long, hard look at where our money is being spent, because if naval submarines continue to defect from our military in order to join the whales, our national debt is only going to balloon further.

Read more: http://www.clickhole.com/article/maddeningly-wasteful-us-navy-loses-over-45-billion-5161

5 Majestic Whales And Then 1 Doofus Whale That Got Scuffed Up By A Boat

Five breathtaking whales and one massive numbskull.

1. What an absolutely beautiful creature.

2. Can you imagine seeing this incredible animal in person?

3. Look at this one jump out of the water. Such power. Such grace.

4. There are few things in nature like a truly magnificent whale.

5. Just fantastic.

6. Well, here we go. Look at this scuffed-up doofus. How did this even happen? Being a whale is the easiest thing in the world. All you have to do as a whale is not float too high, and this dope somehow managed to screw it up. This whale. This numbskull whale. This lumbering oaf of a sea creature, probably spending its days constantly just missing out on being killed. What do the other whales think of this herb? They probably think, Hey, look, here is the krill-slurping buffoon that makes us look bad. How could they not? This whale is the Jackass Whale, the dink whale of all dink whales, the whale that is 1 million long miles away from Majesty City, USA. Just what exactly did this whale think the boat was? Another whale? Why would a whale be up where the boats play? Thousands of whales manage every day to not get scuffed and scraped by a boat, and of course this dumb galoot had to go and do it. Jesus. Just a big-time, All-American goof, is what this whale is.

Read more: http://www.clickhole.com/article/5-majestic-whales-and-then-1-doofus-whale-got-scuf-3219

Fishermen Spot A Turtle In Trouble And Go Above And Beyond To Free Him

Have you ever tossed a piece of trash on the ground and thought nothing of it because you very rarely litter, or because it’s “just one little piece of paper?”

The effects of pollution may not seem very apparent to a lot of us, but trust me, they’re real, and they’re dangerous. Not only for us, either. Wild animals are the ones thatare most immediately suffering as a result of our human error.

Marine life is one of the groups of animals suffering the most. The amount of waste that gets thoughtlessly and carelessly dumped into the ocean is astronomical a whopping 14 billion pounds each year.

Netting, cloth, bits of plastic, and fishing line and other ropes are just a few of the items putting these beautiful ocean creatures in great danger.

Every day, there is a turtle or a dolphin with some piece of trash caught on its fin or, even worse, around its neck.

When these fisherman spotted a large white blob off the side of their boat, they knew something was wrong. When they got a closer look, they saw that a poor sea turtle was tangled in a net.

If they didn’t do anything, this poor fella wouldn’t have been able to last much longer.

You can see more good deeds from WWF-Pakistan on their website and their Facebook.

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Read more: http://www.littlethings.com/wwf-turtle-rescue/

New ruling on sonar use is a big victory for whales

For nearly the last half century, the U.S. Navy has blasted loud, low-frequency sounds into the ocean in the name of national security. While they were looking for sneaky submarines, they were also causing undue stress to the mammals of the ocean.

According to Wired, the sonars loud, low-frequency waves hit a sweet spot where whales and other marine mammals communicate with one another. In extreme cases, author Nick Stockton wrote, the sonar could spook whales and dolphins into mass beaching events. But the sonar also acts like white noise, creating a lead curtain for whales messages to one another and disrupting the fabric of their social groups.

After a long fight between the U.S. Navy, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the National Resources Defense Council, a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco has ruled that the current regulations for sonar use by the U.S. Navy does not adequately protect marine mammals. So now the Navy will have to re-configure how they use sonar during peacetime to be less disturbing to marine mammals.

H/T: Wired, NBC News

Read more: http://www.dailydot.com/parsec/sonar-ruling-whales-us-navy/

Whales Swim Directly Up To Mans Kayak In Breathtaking Footage

There are few things that truly live up to the expression “take your breath away,” but I’m certain that the one shared in the video below by a kayaker is one that would be appropriately described as such.

On a recent kayaking adventure at sea, a man stumbled on something wildly extraordinary and had the good sense to pull his camera out to record it. Bobbing in the water, he points his camera just a couple feet away from himself,where as many as ten different whales are breaching the surface of the water.

And much like another recentdrone-captured video ofa blue whalebreaching in Sri Lanka,the footageis absolutely stunning.

“Here are about ten40-ton animals,” says the kayaker, “fifty feet long, diving within about two feet of my kayak barely leaving a ripple.” And it’s true; as they breach the surface and create “rainblows,” they all appear to be creating little or no significant change in the water around his kayak. (And thank goodness for this fella, because a slap to the water’s surface from one of these massive animals could be enough to flip his entire kayak.)

The experience he has instead as evidenced by his exclamations of “Crikey!” is one of utter astonishment at the majesty of these massive and incredible creatures.

Click below to SHARE this rare and beautiful footage with your friends on Facebook!

Read more: http://www.littlethings.com/whales-swim-around-mans-kayak/

When They Saw This Giant Leatherback Turtle In Distress, They Didn’t Hesitate To Help

When Jacksonville Police Lieutenant Steve Mullen and Officer Brad Smith were out enjoying the ocean on their day off, they saw something in the water that warranted investigation. As they got closer, though, they realized it was a matter of life and death…because caught in a crab trap was a nine-foot-long leatherback turtle!

The rope was wrapped around his neck, so each time he tried to dive, it only tightened further. Seeing that if they didn’t cut the rope soon he would die, the two officers leapt into action.

Leatherback Sea Turtle Saved From Crab Trap By JSO Officers

Leatherback Sea Turtle Saved From Crab Trap By JSO OfficersJacksonville Sheriff's Office Lieutenant Steve Mullen and Officer Brad Smith were off shore two miles out in front of Hanna Park around 1:00 p.m. today. They observed a nine foot Leatherback Sea Turtle in distress. The sea turtle had become entangled in a crab trap. The trap's rope was looped around the sea turtle's neck, and the buoy was still attached to the trap. As a result, whenever the turtle tried to dive, the rope tightened around its neck. Lt. Steve Mullen was able to disentangle the distressed turtle from the crab trap while keeping the turtle in the water.Great job Lt. Mullen and Officer Smith! Even off duty, saving lives!^MB

Posted by Jacksonville Sheriff's Office on Monday, February 22, 2016

Thanks to these two off-duty officers, another life was saved. And since that turtle isn’t capable of saying thanks, bravo, gentlemen!

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/leatherback-turtle/

Hundreds of Baby Turtles Race Each Other To The Sea

Turtles are very trusting animals. The mother lays her eggs and then she leaves, trusting that her babies will find their way once they’ve hatched. Could you imagine if humans did that? It would be a disaster!

The actions of these trusting creatures have led to humans taking advantage of these unprotected eggs and using them for financial gain. It’s horrible to think, but they’ve been harvested for their meat and sold for their shells. Thankfully, more and more communities are aware of this and help protect innocent baby turtles.

Since 1995, Bird Island’s Turtle Project monitors the eggs after the mother Hawkbill turtle lays them in the Seychelles. They are watched carefully and the project’s conservation officer, Robbie, plays a big part in seeing the turtles to safety. He has a personal hand in their delivery. Nothing makes me happier than seeing turtles rescued and returned safely to the ocean!

You can see Robbie in the video below digging in the sand to prep for the turtles emergence. Only minutes later all of their little wiggly legs can be seen as they break through. Tourists avidly watch as the babies scuttle across the sand to the ocean close by. They’re eager to get to their mama!

Don’t forget to SHARE these precious baby turtles with all of your friends and family!

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Read more: http://www.littlethings.com/baby-turtle-sea-rush/

Beachgoers Return Massive Sea Turtle To The Ocean

Loggerhead sea turtles are one of the most enormous creatures that reign the ocean, but even they like to take a stroll on land now and again. However, the boardwalk or a beach town is no place for such a large specimen that can weigh from 250 to over 1,000 pounds.

So when a bunch of beachgoers encountered one of these incredible sea beasts who appeared to be lost and disoriented, they took action. So much for a lazy, laid-back beach day!

The good Samaritans came together and laid down a huge blue tarp and waited for the turtle to slowly make his way to the middle. With a gentle nudge, the big fella slid right into their trap.

Carefully, they pulled each end up together and carried the massive sea turtle to the shore. Onlookers appeared to be in awe and were snapping photos and videos as it made its way home.

Sea creatures win us over all of the time. For example, we’ve seen anadorable nest of newly hatched baby sea turtles and the bravery of one man who jumped into the ocean to save a 700-pound sea turtle.

These gigantic beasts prefer coastal habitats, yet they often frequent inland water bodies and will travel hundreds of miles out to sea.

Loggerhead turtles are the most abundant of all the marine turtle species in U.S. waters, however, population declines due to pollution, shrimp trawling, and development in their nesting areas, etc. have kept them on the threatened species list since 1978, according to National Geographic. That’s why rescues like these are even more incredible to watch.

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Read more: http://www.littlethings.com/beachgoers-save-sea-turtle/