- Scientists Use Cameras to Prove Seals Aren’t Eating All the Fish
- Rotting Whale Corpse Causes Political Stand-Off in Nova Scotia
- Small Canadian Coastal Town Receives Visit From Beluga Whale
In response to fishermen’s claims that seals are responsible for the decrease in their catch, Hawaiian scientists are beginning a program of monitoring endangered Hawaiian monk seals with video cameras that will record their every move. Some people believe that the protected animals consume 500-600 lbs of fish per day, despite their average weight being between 375-500 lbs. They plan to catch several seals and affix the cameras to their bodies with epoxy while sedated, and have invited fishermen and members of the public to review the footage alongside researchers as it comes in. A similar tactic was used in the past that revealed Hawaiian monk seals hunting in barren sandy areas, rather than in coral reefs as was previously thought. One researcher noted that seeing what the animals do rather than just guessing was useful to ongoing research and species management.
A popular beach in Nova Scotia has become the center of a political stand-off, as both provincial and municipal have denied responsibility for the removal of a whale corpse that has been rotting on the beach for more than a month. Sandy Cove, considered to be one of the best beaches in Nova Scotia, is a destination for thousands of tourists visiting during the summer season. But despite its draw, the small municipality lacks the funds for its removal, and furthermore, the carcass is technically on provincial land. The municipality has previously paid for such removals in the past, but asked the provincial government to handle this case in a letter. The province’s response was that unless there were a health or safety issue with the carcass being there, they were content to let nature take its course.
A coastal town in the Canadian province of Labrador has locals all atwitter over the recent visitation from a beluga whale, coming in close enough to the harbor to allow people to pet it. Dubbed “Bella” by residents, the little white whale is often seen playing with buoys in Rigolet’s harbor, and readily approaches people standing on the wharf, bobbing in the water while enjoying the town’s affections. Beluga whales are known to be highly social creatures, and the townspeople have fallen in love with this one.