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The Ecologist on a Mission to Count New York’s Whales

The first thing you notice about ecologist Arthur Kopelman is his giant white beard. The second is the gold whale charm dangling from his earlobe—a symbol of the creature that has consumed his thoughts for decades. “I don't think I’ve ever seen him without it,” says Joe Carrotta, a photographer who documented Kopelman's whale-watching cruises up and down the New York coast last summer. The boat rides allow Kopelman to collect data for the Coastal Research and Education Society of Long Island—an organization he co-founded in 1996—while also educating passengers…

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Drone Captures Blue Whale Mom and Calf Playing with Bottlenose Dolphins from Above

In the late afternoon of June 4th, 2018 a blue whale mom and her calf were spotted interacting with some Bottlenose dolphins off the coast of La Jolla, California. Photographer Domenic Biagini was able to fly his drone above the whales and capture the amazing scene. Read more: http://twistedsifter.com/videos/drone-captures-blue-whales-playing-with-dolphins/

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Whale dies from eating more than 80 plastic bags

Pilot whale was found barely alive in Thai canal and vomited up five bags during fruitless rescue attempts A whale has died in southern Thailand after swallowing more than 80 plastic bags, with rescuers failing to nurse the mammal back to health. The small male pilot whale was found barely alive in a canal near the border with Malaysia, the countrys department of marine and coastal resources said. A veterinary team tried to help stabilise its illness but finally the whale died on Friday afternoon. An autopsy revealed 80 plastic…

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Trump administration could be sued over pesticide threat to orca and salmon

Fishing industry and environmentalists mull lawsuits after EPA tried to delay report detailing chemicals harm to wildlife Trump administration could be sued over pesticide threat to orca and salmon Fishing industry and environmentalists mull lawsuits EPA tried to delay report detailing chemicals harm to wildlife Joanna Walters and agencies @Joannawalters13 First published on Sun 21 Jan 2018 08.40EST Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp A female orca breaches in Puget Sound. The unique resident population has lost eight of its 76 members in the last 18 months.…

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Baby whales ‘whisper’ to mothers to avoid predators, study finds

Scientists reveal unique, intimate form of communication between humpback mothers and calves as well as silent method to initiate suckling Newborn humpback whales and their mothers whisper to each other to escape potential predators, scientists reported Wednesday, revealing the existence of a previously unknown survival technique. They dont want any unwanted listeners, researcher Simone Videsen, lead author of a study published in Functional Ecology, said. Potential predators such as killer whales could listen to their conversations and use that as a cue to locate the calf and predate on it.…

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