About 450 whales have died in what is suspected to be Australia's largest stranding on record, officials say.
Since Monday, hundreds of long-finned pilot whales have been found beached on Tasmania's west coast. Rescuers had managed to save 50 by late on Wednesday, and they were trying to help the remaining estimated 30 whales. Tasmanian government officials said the rescue effort would continue "as long as there are live animals".
"While they're still alive and in water, there's still hope for them - but as time goes on they do become more fatigued," said Nic Deka, regional manager for Tasmania's Parks and Wildlife Service.
It is not fully understood why the whales became stranded.
The stranding, one of the largest ever recorded globally, eclipses a previous national record of 320 set in Western Australia in 1996...
A Nudibranch was sighted for the first time in the Adriatic. The mollusc, not very present in the Mediterranean, was photographed in the waters of the Riccione coast. The unique 'animal' was photographed in the sea in front of Riccione by Renato Santi, an underwater photographer who is part of the Sub Riccione and the Blennius association that deals with the protection of the marine environment and the coastal territory. The Nudibranch are molluscs that live from 20 to 150 meters on the seabed. The precise name is Nudibranco Tethis fimbria and its presence in the waters in front of the Riccione coast not only demonstrate the excellent state of the sea but also the good result we obtained with coastal protection policies
Another dark season starts…
Enough of heartbreak and pain
Dolphins are taken out of the water
Stolen from their families, they want to remain.
They do not harm us
Year after year… Why you do?
No tradition can be cruel as this
No matter the protests, you insist.
Endless tears fill an ocean
Where we all come from…
Broken hearts, cries for help
PLEASE care and let them on their own.
Angels of the Sea, may you be protected, riding the waves WILD and FREE. 🙏
© DolphinART Italy by Annette von Bieber
FEDS MAKING IT HARDER TO KEEP WHALES, DOLPHINS, AND PORPOISES IN CAPTIVITY!
The Canadian government is making it more difficult to keep cetaceans, including whales, dolphins, and porpoises in captivity.
On August 20, Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans, and the Canadian Coast Guard, launched a 90-day online public consultation regarding policies that implement legislative changes to the Fisheries Act, which came into force in 2019.
This new legislation imposes a very specific set of circumstances in which whales, dolphins and porpoises, as a last resort, can be removed from their natural habitat--they come as a result of June 2019 amendments made to the Criminal Code and Fisheries Act, which were intended to end the captivity of these animals.“Like Canadians across the country, our Government understands that whales, dolphins and porpoises should be enjoyed in the wild, not on display behind glass walls," Jordan said in a news release.
These new policies will help end their captivity across the country and ensure those already in captivity will not be imported or exported into or from Canada, unless it is in the best interest of their health, welfare, or for strong scientific reasons," she continued.