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Orcas Stuck In Sea Ice During Climate Change

Orcas Explore Hudson Bay And Get Trapped By Sea Ice

By | Orcas | No Comments

Approximately 17 Orcas have died in Hudson’s Bay over the past few years because they got stuck in the bay by the ice. The marine mammals went into the bay during the winter months when there was no ice present (during a period of warming) to stalk belugas and narwhals; however, the ice came back and the animals got stuck in the bay without food cause the animals to starve to death.

The local Orca population is estimated have around 70 individuals, which means any number of deaths could be a huge hit to the population for these long-lived whales.

Take a listen to the episode for more details on the story.

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Australia Government Lobster Fishery Take Over

Western Australian State Government Take Over Percentage of Local Fishery

By | Fisheries | No Comments

Imagine you are a local rock lobster fisher that relies on the sale of your catches to support your family. There are only 2000 fishers within the community, so it’s relatively small. Now, the state government decides it is going to take 17% of the fishery to provide funds for the local community.

How would you feel about that? This situation is happening in Western Australia right now.

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Great white sharks replaced by seven gill sharks

Great White Sharks Disappear From False Bay, But Another Apex Predator Has Moved In

By | Sharks | No Comments

A long term great white shark survey conducted in False Bay, South Africa has found that there has been a sharp decrease in Great White Sharks in 2017 and 2018. Those two years resulted in zero sightings of the once dominant shark species in the area. So what happens to a marine ecosystem when an apex predator disappears?

Dr. Neil Hammershlag (University of Miami) and Chris Fallows (Apex Shark Expeditions) wrote a paper on the subject that was recently published in Scientific Reports.

The authors found a drastic increase in sightings of seven gill sharks (120 sightings) when Great White Sharks weren’t present. The seven gill sharks normally occur 18 km away hidden in the kelp forests away from their predator, the great white shark. Now that the whites are gone, the seven gills are ready to take over.

Take a listen to the details in the episode.

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Sustainable Clothing Round + Square with Danni Washington

By | Sustainable | No Comments

I have the pleasure of having a great discussion with Danni Washington about sustainable clothing and for the need for people to rethink the way they look at fashion as it affects the Ocean.

Danni is a Marine Biologist who is originally from Miami, but travels around the world to discuss Marine Conservation and support ecotourism and sustainable brands. She is THE definition of an Oceanpreneur.

Danni and I discuss a clothing brand of which she is a spokesperson as it embodies some great things that she spreads: Women empowerment (and representation in STEM) and sustainability.

Take a listen to the episode to find out more about the brand, Round + Square, and how Danni is bringing an ocean focus to the brands sustainability conversation.

Find Out More About Danni Washington:

Website – https://www.danniwashington.com/
TV Host – https://www.xplorationstation.com/show/Xploration-Nature-Knows-Best
Her Non-Profit – https://bigblueandyou.org/
Sea Youth Rise Up – http://seayouthriseup.org/

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/danniwashington/
Twitter – https://twitter.com/danniwashington
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/danniwashingtonTV/
LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/danniwashington/
Round + Square – https://roundplussquare.com/

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New shark angling rules will put halt to shark selfies

Florida To Implement Better Shark Protections In Angling

By | Sharks | No Comments

Florida loves to fish! They love to fish for sharks from the beach. It’s quite popular to fish for sharks from the beach in many parts of Florida. The fishing practice is a bit controversial as many anglers have been taking selfies with the sharks they catch.

Why is that so controversial? The fishers are excited about what they caught. They followed the rules, for the most part; however, the act of taking a selfie many not be allowed anymore because it is not good for the shark.

The big problem with taking a photo with sharks on the beach is that the anglers will drag the sharks out of the water and hold them there for the perfect shot. sharks need water to breathe; therefore, holding the shark out of the water is torturing them.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has taken the advice by various shark scientists, policy makers and the conservation community and are getting ready to accept and implement rules of no photography of sharks after the catch.

Take a listen to the episode for my thoughts on the matter and the challenges that come with this type of rule.

Note: Click here to listen to Dr. David Shiffman speak on why the rules are so important.

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Studying Orcas in Antarctica

Field Work In Antarctica With Dr. Andrew Wright

By | Antarctica | No Comments

Dr. Andrew Wright joins us on a special episode today as we recorded this interview about his field work in Antarctica while he was still in ANTARCTICA!!!!

Andrew is working with on a team of scientists to gather information on fish-eating Orcas that frequent the Ross Sea as part of a monitoring program for the Ross Sea MPA.

Andrew and I discuss the field work that involved great encounters with Orcas, Emperor Penguins and Seals, but we also discussed the challenges that the team faced while working in such a tough environment.

Take a listen to find out about Andrew’s experience in Antarctica and what an Orca gave the principle investigator.

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Conservation Messaging Needs To Be Different For Different groups

Conservation Messaging Needs To Be Different For Various Groups With Dr. Edward Hind-Ozan

By | Conservation Marketing | No Comments

I am pleased to have Dr. Edward Hind-Ozan back on the podcast to do discuss “What Is Happening In Marine Social Science This Week?” It’s a weekly segment where Edd brings us articles that he and I discuss where we focus on people and their interaction with the Ocean.

On today’s segment, Edd and I discuss a paper by Dr. Angela Dean on how conservation messaging should be different for different groups of people when trying to change a behaviour around the Ocean. It reaffirms the thought process that conservation messaging should not be the same for everyone as everyone has different values.

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4 dolphins dead at dolphinaris arizona

4 Dolphins Dead In 2 Years At Arizona Dolphinarium

By | Marine Mammals | No Comments

Dolphinariums in North America are thriving. I just came back from a trip the Caribbean where I saw advertisements for “swimming with dolphin” experiences. People flock to these tourism attractions because dolphins are such an iconic species that everyone loves (except some don’t).

We see advertisements for dolphinariums all of the time, but we rarely think about the effect of the facilities on the animals. Dolphins tend to perform and interact with humans most days of the week. The frequent interactions are stressful on the dolphins, where the stress could lead to infections or diseases as the immune system is weakened due to stress (just like in humans). Stress is difficult to noticed and often goes undiagnosed, especially when the animals are the main attraction.

Tourists often don’t realize the stress the animals are under and rarely speak about concern for their health until an animal, or in today’s case, 4 animals die at 1 facility.

Dolphinaris Arizona, a dolphinarium in the desert that opened in 2016, has had 4 dolphin deaths at their facility. Some “experts” are chalking it up as sad while real experts are worried about the stress on the animals.

Listen to the episode to find out how two of the dolphins died and why the facility is temporarily closed. Also find out why experts say the dolphins at this facility were stressed.

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