30 whales stranded near Tasmania

30 whales stranded near Tasmania

A group of about 30 pilot whales have become stranded on Bruny Island, south of the Tasmanian state capital Hobart.The whales are stranded on Butlers Beach on the northern tip of Larbillardiere Peninsula adjacent to Partridge Island.Preliminary reports indicate

Fish kills reported on West Australian coast

Fish kills reported on West Australian coast

WA’s extended spell of hot, still weather and warm ocean temperatures is believed to be the cause of fish kills along the Mid West coast and out at the Abrolhos Islands.Department of Fisheries Senior Fish Pathologist Dr Brian Jones said he expected the natural

Arctic's spring phytoplankton blooms arrive earlier

Arctic's spring phytoplankton blooms arrive earlier

When summer comes to the Arctic, the tiny plants that feed the ocean's food chain form green blooms in the water. In some Arctic waters, the peak of this bloom has been arriving earlier every year since 1997, a study has found.

These areas, where peak bloom

Billions of dead fish washed up at King Harbor, US

Billions of dead fish washed up at King Harbor, US

Millions of dead fish have washed up in King Harbor near Redondo Beach, and officials are now trying to figure out why. The dead fish, mostly sardines along with anchovies and mackerel, are apparently floating up to the surface from the ocean floor. KTLA’s Sky5

50 melon-headed whales stranded on Ibaraki shore in Japan

50 melon-headed whales stranded on Ibaraki shore in Japan

About 50 melon-headed whales were found to have beached on the shore in Kashima, Ibaraki Prefecture, in eastern Japan Friday night and 22 were rescued and returned to the sea on Saturday by authorities and local volunteers. About 200 people, including staff at

2010 – A year of extremes in Changing Climate

2010 – A year of extremes in Changing Climate

The Australian Bureau of Meteorology’s Annual Climate Summary for 2010, released yesterday, confirms the year was one of extremes for many parts of the country.Key points include: *The year, which began with El Nino conditions in the Pacific before rapidly

Another mass animal die-off in Tasmania

Another mass animal die-off in Tasmania

Experts have no answers on what has caused the death of thousands of squid in the River Derwent this week. Dead and dying arrowhead squid have been washed ashore or spotted floating on the water at Austins Ferry and Berriedale in Tasmania. Locals say they have never

68 Percent of New England and Mid-Atlantic Beaches Eroding

68 Percent of New England and Mid-Atlantic Beaches Eroding

Beaches on the East Coast have been steadily eroding over the past 150 years, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) report.  During that time, scientists found erosion at 68 percent of the beaches in New England and the Mid-Atlantic, according to

Exotic species spreading through world’s seas

Exotic species spreading through world’s seas

Exotic species have invaded more than 80 percent of the oceans and coasts on Earth, causing problems that can ultimately cost billions of dollars to handle — and these species may spread even further as climate changes worldwide, scientists find.Invasive species a

Mass fish deaths ner Ascencion Island in deep South Atlantic

Mass fish deaths ner Ascencion Island in deep South Atlantic

The Extinction Protocol blog today covers the story about mass fish death in deep South Atlantic originaly posted in The Islander. Over the last few weeks we have been recording high numbers of dead fish washing up onto the beaches around the Island. The same thing