Friday, September 23, 2016

WORLD WHALE BUZZ is out! Edition of 23 September 2016

WORLD WHALE BUZZ
Marine mammal news from around the world.
Published by
Art MacKay
23 September 2016
Science Environment Leisure Adult Business World #whales #whalewatching
Today's headline
American Whalers Killed Way More Than Just Whales
thumbnail www­.theatlantic­.com - "The whale," wrote Herman Melville in Moby-Dick, "would by all hands be considered a noble dish, were there not so much of him." Nineteenth-century whalers, of course, weren't put off by bulk—quite...
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Friday, September 16, 2016

WORLD WHALE BUZZ is out! Edition of 16 September 2016

WORLD WHALE BUZZ
Marine mammal news from around the world.
Published by
Art MacKay
16 September 2016
Science Environment Leisure Adult World Art & Entertainment #whales #whalewatching
Today's headline
As salmon dwindle, whales die
thumbnail voices­.nationalgeographic­.com - Governor Jay Inslee visited the San Juan Islands over Labor Day weekend for two reasons: to secure voters, and to get a little peace and quiet. While he did find those two things, he was also confr...
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Friday, September 09, 2016

WORLD WHALE BUZZ is out! Edition of 09 September 2016

WORLD WHALE BUZZ
Marine mammal news from around the world.
Published by
Art MacKay
09 September 2016
Science Leisure Environment Politics World Sports #whales #whalewatching
Today's headline
Boom time for whales in the Arctic driven by the loss of sea ice
thumbnail www­.newscientist­.com - It's boom time for large whales in the Arctic – an unexpected benefit of the unprecedented sea ice reduction seen in the region over the past 30 years. Sue Moore at the National Oceanic and Atmosph...
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Monday, June 06, 2016

INTERNS LAST CALL: DOLPHIN RESEARCH INTERNSHIP IN PORTUGAL

A side street in Albufeira, Algarve, Portugal
A side street in Albufeira, Algarve, Portugal (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

BACKGROUND:
The AIMM – Associação para a Investigação do Meio Marinho (Marine Environment Research Association) is a non-for profit, non-governmental organization focussed on the research and conservation of marine species, running an ongoing study of cetaceans in the South of Portugal (Algarve). This project aims to obtain baseline information on species occurrence, behaviour and social structure of the local cetacean populations in order to obtain scientific data to support conservation measures and adequate policies to marine management.
The main species observed are short beaked common dolphin (Delphinus delphis), common bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) and harbour porpoise (Phocoena phocoena), although other species such as minke whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata) and fin whale (Balaenoptera physalus) can also be sighted.

Saturday, June 04, 2016

VOLUNTEERS: Opportunity to work on sperm whale's photo-identification in Pico Island, Azores

English: The islets of the parish of Madalena,...
English: The islets of the parish of Madalena, on the island of Pico, with the island of Faial in the distance, Azores Português: Os ilhéus da freguesia de Madalena, na ilha do Pico, com a ilha do Faial ao fundo, Açores (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Espaço Talassa Photo-Identification Project


Our Espaço Talassa Photo-Identification data base of sperm whale's fluke is the result of eight years' work taking pictures of flukes. These fluke pictures show signs of the bearer's hardships such as encounters with predators, driftnets, propellers and the mere act of swimming worn off the fluke of the animals. Continued observation of the thus identified individuals let us take part in their success as mothers (e. g. presence of calves) and as a group of a closely knitted family. A sperm whale lives a long life; most of it, hidden under the ever changing surface of the ocean. To fully understand the cetacean's world, we would have to be able to follow them into the abyss and on their, sometimes, long migrations.

VOLUNTEER NEEDED FOR LAND BASED BODY CONDITION STUDY ON SOUTHERN RIGHT WHALES USING UAVS

English: Ceduna jetty at sunset
English: Ceduna jetty at sunset (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

VOLUNTEER NEEDED FOR LAND BASED BODY CONDITION STUDY ON SOUTHERN RIGHT WHALES USING UAVS

Murdoch University Cetacean Research Unit (MUCRU), Perth, Australia, is looking for a volunteer to assist land based Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) research on Southern right whales at the Head of the Bight, South Australia, between the 19th of July and the 17th of August 2016. The person will have to be available for the entire period.

The research project aims to investigate Southern right whale body condition on their South Australian breeding/nursing grounds, as part of larger research project looking into baleen whale health (http://mucru.org/our-research/research-projects/baleen-whale-body-condition/).To measure body condition, aerial photographs of the whales will be collected using an UAV operated from the

INTERNS: Fall 2016 Internship Opportunities in Savannah, Georgia

Savannah State University
Savannah State University (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Savannah State University Dolphin Sciences Laboratory (SSUDS lab) is accepting applications for Fall 2016 interns.  There are 2 positions available.  Application deadline is June 24th

The SSUDS lab is located adjacent to the marsh on the campus of Savannah State University in coastal Georgia.  The SSUDS lab and Dr. Tara Cox study spatial ecology and conservation biology of long-lived marine vertebrates, marine and coastal policy and management, and human interactions with marine mammals.  Current projects include: Human-interaction behaviors (particularly begging), stock structure and abundance estimates, mother/calf distribution and habitat use, and diet of common bottlenose dolphins.

Interns will support graduate research on common bottlenose dolphins living in the local waterways.  In addition, there may be opportunities to help other marine science graduate students with diverse fieldwork. 

JOBS: The Marine Mammal Center Job Opportunity: Northern Range Operations Response Coordinator

The Marine Mammal Center logo
The Marine Mammal Center logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY
Northern Range Operations Response Coordinator

Mission
The Marine Mammal Center's mission is to expand knowledge about marine mammals—their health and that of their ocean environment—and to inspire their global conservation. Our core work is the rescue and rehabilitation of sick and injured marine mammals, supported by state-of-the-art animal care and research facilities, a corps of dedicated volunteers, and an engaged community.

About the Organization
The Marine Mammal Center is the largest facility of its kind in the world. Founded in 1975, The Center has grown into an internationally renowned and state-of-the art marine mammal hospital, research center and educational organization. Each year, The Center treats 600 – 800 sick, injured and orphaned marine mammals, with the goal of rehabilitation and release. Its professional staff collaborates with over 30 different scientific, educational, federal, state and non-profit organizations from around the world.
Marine mammal scientists and veterinarians from across the globe visit The Center and shadow its

Friday, March 25, 2016

INTERNS: CETACEAN RESEARCH INTERNSHIPS IN SAMOS, GREECE

MARINE MAMMAL VOLUNTEER POSITIONS IN THE AEGEAN SEA ARE AVAILABLE
Archipelagos Institute of Marine Conservation  (www.archipelago.gr) and Marine Mammals Research Association (www.dmad.org.tr) is currently seeking for volunteers, based in the beautiful island of Samos, Greece. The project is focused on the conservation of marine mammals through combining research and education. Therefore, while marine mammal abundance, distribution, behaviour and threats will be monitored through boat and land surveys, active involvement of stakeholders to the projects will also be supported. This project provides an excellent opportunity for post-grads, students and individuals interested in getting more experience and knowledge in the field of marine mammal research.
VOLUNTEERS are primarily responsible for behavioural data collection, theodolite operation, photographing cetacean individuals and cataloguing dolphin/monk seal pictures, data entry. Training will be provided beforehand. In addition, there will be ArcGIS and SPSS courses running which will be free for volunteers during their stay. There will be an opportunity to undertake a personal research project supervised by the project director.
The base of project activities will be in Samos however there will be an opportunity to join the cetacean surveys in Fethiye and Antalya, Turkey carried by Marine Mammals Research Association. The enrolment on these surveys depends on the volunteer background and on the time of the year when they will participate.
REQUIREMENTS
Applicant are expected to be graduates or students of a BSc degree in biology, marine biology or zoology and able to demonstrate previous experience in the field of research and conservation. Knowledge on marine mammal species of Mediterranean is advantage. Practical experience of photo-identification (both photography and matching) and theodolite operation is desirable. The applicant must be fluent in English, proficient with database and word processing software and be willing to learn new software applications.
Volunteers must be self-motivated, with the drive and determination to work independently and responsibly, and with a true interest in marine conservation.
The minimum duration of the placements is normally 3 complete months. We may make exceptions for potential participants to apply for a shorter placement.
PROJECT FEE
This position is unpaid and requires a contribution fee of 650 euro per month, which covers the accommodation, meals, equipment, training and working expenses for the participants, as well as work insurance and Greek language lessons.
Participants should cover their own travel expenses to Samos island where all projects start/end.
TO APPLY
Send CV and cover letter by e-mail to a.akkaya@archipelago.gr
Deadline for Applications: Monday 15th March 2016.
Dr. Aylin Akkaya Bas
Marine Mammal Research Coordinator of Archipelagos Institute of Marine Conservation
Project Director of Marine Mammals Research Association
 Marine Research Base: P.O. Box 42, Pythagorio, Samos 83102


Dr. Aylin Akkaya Ba
Marine Mammal Research Coordinator of Archipelagos Institute of Marine Conservation
Project Director of Marine Mammals Research Association
Marine Research Base: P.O. Box 42, Pythagorio, Samos 83102
Tel. +30 2273061147,  +30 2273061191

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