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OceanCare Blog

When night becomes day – a newly recognized problem

Laetitia Nunny and Mark Simmonds Do you ever look up at the night sky and feel that the stars are disappearing; and somehow, they seem less bright than they used to be? This is one facet of a phenomenon coming increasingly into focus as a significant threat to wild...

The Sad Story of a 21st Century Whale

Vision for the International Whaling Commission (IWC) In early December, the International Whaling Commission celebrated its 75th anniversary and working with several other conservation and welfare organisations, OceanCare hosted an on-line event to mark this occasion...

Vaquita – losing the struggle for survival

It’s 30 years now that the Vaquita, a small porpoise species restricted to the northern Gulf of California, Mexico, was classified as “endangered” on the Red List. Today, no more than 9 (nine) vaquitas are left – living relics with a gene pool already too small to...

Whale recovery threat from climate change – the Antarctic evidence

When widespread commercial whaling stopped after the International Whaling Commission’s moratorium came into force in 1986, there was a reasonable expectation that some whale populations would recover. However, a red flag of concern has just been raised for one great...

Major oil spill off California again threatens Wildlife

A large oil slick off the coast of Orange County in the USA has started to wash ashore over the weekend affecting wildlife and wetlands. The slick is said to cover some 13 square miles (33 sq km) and is estimated in press reports at about 126,000 gallons (572,807...