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August, 2008

  • 4 August

    26th Rare Turtle Found Washed Up

    From news.bbc.co.uk

    (From news.bbc.co.uk)- A rare loggerhead turtle rescued from the sea off Gower, south Wales is thought to be the 26th to be found in UK waters this year. The female turtle – named Nemo – has been transferred to the Blue Reef Aquarium in Newquay, Cornwall. The turtle, which is …

  • 4 August

    Sonar Triggers Adverse Behavioural Changes in Whales

    Sonar

    (From timesofindia.indiatimes.com) – A report has confirmed that sonar leads to behavioural changes in whales, with the animals subjected to sonar. According to Nature News , this report was issued by the UK military, though it remained unpublished.

  • 4 August

    Mexico: 7 Arrested for Possessing 9,000 Sea Turtle Eggs

    Leatherback Turtle

    (From news.xinhuanet.com) Xinhuanet – Seven men in a truck containing 9,000 protected sea turtle eggs have been arrested by police at highway checkpoint in the southern Mexico state of Guerrero. Sea turtles are a protected species in Mexico, but their eggs have long been considered a delicacy and an aphrodisiac by some …

  • 4 August

    Animal Rights Charity Highlights Holidays With a Price

    Captive dolphins from Wikipedia

    (From religiousintelligence.co.uk) – The most dismal destinations for holidaying animal lovers have been listed by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). The main English cruelty is the tradition of donkey rides, which often involves overworked animals.

  • 4 August

    80,000 Seals Still to Be Killed at Namibia

    Francois Hugo checks seals for injuries From seashepherd.org

    (From divemaster.com) About 80,000 Cape fur seals, most of them pups, will be killed during this year”s Namibian seal cull despite international calls by animal rights activists to stop the slaughter.The annual cull started on July 1 and will continue until November 15. South African seal activist, Francois Hugo of …

  • 4 August

    Chiang Mai Aquarium Project Cause of Concern

    Dolphin show at the Safari World dolphinarium in Bangkok, Thailand

    (From bangkokpost.com)- A new 600-million-baht aquarium will open its doors to visitors at the Chiang Mai Zoo in October amid growing concern by environmentalists over the exploitation of marine animals to serve the tourism industry. Wildlife advocate Nikhom Puttha said the rapid growth of aquarium businesses was not only a …

  • 4 August

    Death in the Gulf of Mexico

    Sediment from the Mississippi River carries fertilizer to the Gulf of Mexico

    (From nytimes.com) Gulf of Mexico – Every year for the past couple of decades, scientists have tried to estimate the size of the dead zone that forms where the Mississippi River enters the Gulf of Mexico. This year, it may well be as large as Massachusetts, possibly even exceeding the …

  • 4 August

    Increase in World Jellyfish Population Bad Sign for Planet; Scientists

    Img: Jellyfish. Credit: denn/flickr

    (From thetechherald.com) – The burgeoning growth of jellyfish populations throughout the world”s oceans has been linked to global warming, overfishing of natural predators and an increase in pollution which has depleted oxygen in coastal waters, say Spanish scientists. 

  • 3 August

    New Manta Ray Species Discovered

    Manta Ray

    (From thaindian.com) Washington – Scientists have discovered a new Manta Ray species that is a highly migratory animal wandering the world’’s seas. Manta rays are graceful giants in the ray family that can weigh over 4,400 pounds (2,000 kilograms).

  • 3 August

    Gill Nets Decimate Reef Fish

    From honoluluadvertiser.com

    (From honoluluadvertiser.com) Honolulu – The state Department of Land and Natural Resources implemented rules regarding lay nets last year, but some who say they have witnessed frequent violations complain the rules are not being properly enforced. 

  • 3 August

    Human Activity Takes Dangerous Toll on Oceans’ Health

    Human activity

    (From tennessean.com) – Fifty years ago, no one thought that oceans would ever be affected by what people were putting into the water and taking out of it. People used to think that because oceans were so big and so powerful, they could do anything to them and the great …

  • 3 August

    Sharks Defy Magnetic Attraction

    (From abc.net.au)- World-first research in Cairns has found magnets are very effective in repelling sharks. Six shark species were tested and all were found to avoid areas where magnets were present. James Cook University honours student, Damian Rigg, is working on the project and he says they”ll now trial using …