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New baby whale joins pod off Pacific coast

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by Judith Lavoie, Victoria Times Colonist

December 21, 2011

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VICTORIA — Whale enthusiasts are celebrating the arrival of a colourful Christmas baby for the endangered southern resident killer whales.

The calf, with characteristic pinky-orange patches, was spotted Saturday in Puget Sound by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration researchers and the birth was confirmed Wednesday.

As the calf had fetal folds when the first photos were taken, it is likely it had been born only hours earlier.

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Snowy owls make a rare appearance in Delta

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They are a beautiful, but unusual sight in the Boundary Bay area of Delta.

Snowy owls usually live and breed in Alaska and the Yukon. But this year, they've come south because their food supply of lemmings was lacking.

However, the snowy owls have also been seen even further south from Washington to Illinois and Maine. And believe it or not, one was even spotted as far south as Honolulu.

Here in Delta though, it’s been more than five years since there's been a display of these majestic animals.

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Beluga whales trapped in ice floes of Bering Sea

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Posted Dec 14, 2011 by Lynn Herrmann
More than 100 Beluga whales are trapped between ice floes in the Chukotka region of Russia, with government officials seeking an icebreaker, as the whales are at risk of death from exhaustion, lack of food, and predators.
Beluga whales.
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Beluga whales.
The Belugas are trapped in the Sinyavinsky Strait near the village of Yanrakynnot, just off the Bering Sea. They were discovered by fishermen who said the whales were concentrated in two small ice holes where, for now, they are able to breathe freely. The government of the Chukotka Autonomous Region is seeking federal assistance in the form of an icebreaker to help with a rescue of the whales, CNN reports. Ice floes are increasing which may lead to rapid exhaustion and death by suffocation or starvation. The trapped whales are also at risk from predators such as polar bears and killer whales.

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http://www.digitaljournal.com/print/article/316101#ixzz1geQCNwuo
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Poor spring blamed for affecting sea eagles

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12 December 2011

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Three fewer white-tailed sea eagle chicks fledged in 2011 than the year before, according to the latest breeding figures from RSPB Scotland.

Bad weather in May was thought to have been a factor behind the dip, from 46 to 43, with some nest sites damaged by the stormy conditions.

However, 2011 did see an increase in numbers of territorial pairs with 57 compared to 52 last year.

Read the rest of the story: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-h ... ontinues_1

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Bear captured in downtown Vancouver

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Posted: Dec 12, 2011 3:45 PM PT

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Conservation authorities have successfully captured a black bear that had been standing on top of a garbage truck in downtown Vancouver.

An officer shot the bear with a tranquillizer dart Monday afternoon outside the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

Read the rest of the story here: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-c ... ml?cmp=rss

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New Zealand releases last big group of penguins after treatment

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40 little blue penguins released on Mount Maunganui beach
40 little blue penguins released on Mount Maunganui beach

A group of around 40 little blue penguins, cleaned and treated for oil damage caused by the stricken container ship, Rena, was released on Mount Maunganui beach in the city of Tauranga, New Zealand on Thursday (December 15).

A large crowd gathered to watch the event, with the penguins transported to the beach in coloured boxes.

The birds had previously been covered in oil that was spilled by the Rena, which became grounded on a nearby reef on October 5.

They had been recuperating at the Wildlife Recovery Centre at Tauranga, where they were washed and scrubbed, and held until their beach habitat was cleared of most of the spilled oil.

Link to story and video : www.theweathernetwork.com/news/storm_watch_stories3&stormfile=new_zealand_releases_last_bi_151211

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Japan whaling fleet accused of using tsunami disaster funds

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Japanese whalers have left port under heavy guard and clashes are expected with Sea Shepherd conservation activists.

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    A Japanese ship injures a whale with its first harpoon. Photograph: Kate Davidson/EPA/Corbis

    Japan's whaling fleet has left port under heavy guard as it prepares to kill almost 1,000 whales in the Antarctic, where more clashes are expected with members of the Sea Shepherd marine conservation group.

    Three ships, led by the 720-tonne Yushin Maru and accompanied by a fisheries agency guard vessel, left Shimonoseki port in south-western Japan amid accusations that the fleet was taking cash intended for fishing communities hit by the March earthquake and tsunami.

Read the rest of the story here:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/dec/07/japan-whaling-fleet-tsunami-earthquake-funds

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From war to peace: Sierra Leone eyes bird-watching money

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A man with a binoculars at the bird park in Sierra Leone (archive shot)

 

Sierra Leone is trying to change its image as a war-torn country by promoting ecotourism, writes journalist Paige McClanahan at the launch of the new Gola Rainforest National Park.

If you are looking to plan a bird-watching holiday, Sierra Leone might not be the first destination that jumps to mind. But that could change soon, if the government of this small West African nation gets its way.

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