On Saturday, a team from #VanAqua’s Marine Mammal Rescue Centre saved a female Steller sea lion entangled in plastic rope off Vancouver Island.
“The problem of ...plastic pollution in our oceans is becoming a crisis, and it’s one that we all need to take more seriously in our daily lives,” says Vancouver Aquarium Head Veterinarian, Martin Haulena. “From debris that causes entanglement of marine mammals like these, to smaller plastics that get ingested by fish and animals at the bottom of the food chain, our single-use plastic waste is having a huge impact.”
You can help protect marine life by signing the #BePlasticWise pledge: http://pledge.ocean.org/
Caution: the following video may be upsetting to some viewers.
This is not good 😢
We're currently in Nova Scotia for the 22nd biennial conference on the biology of marine mammals! The Gibson lab had a strong presence today with three oral presentations and one poster presentation. One more poster to come later this week. Proud of this team! Quincy Gibson Kristy Brightwell Amber Brown Carissa King Samantha Ryanne
Important guidance on what folks should do if they encounter a marine mammal stranded or out of habitat in the aftermath of the recent hurricanes. Please Keep Safe.
Spinnaker article on graduate student Amber Brown's thesis research
Good news!! Dr. Gibson's dolphin research class had an incredible morning on the water yesterday. After finding a newborn calf entangled in a crab trap line and clearly in distress, we got authorization from NOAA and FWCC to attempt a disentanglement. Extremely happy to report that the calf got free and was able to re-join it's mom. We tracked them for a while afterwards and despite some new scratches, the calf seemed to be doing really well. So much luck involved on this one; grateful it ended well! Special thanks to UNF students Julianne and Brianna for their extra efforts.
Sadly, our team found this entangled dolphin near the end of our research survey yesterday. We've sent our detailed sighting history records to FWCC and NOAA and will be helping with relocating the animal. Hoping for a positive outcome. Cases like this are preventable; please help keep our river clean!
Congratulations to former graduate students, Jessica Ermak and Kristin Brightwell. Their thesis research on male dolphin alliances is now published as a Feature Article in the Journal of Mammalogy!
Reduce, reuse, recycle. #saynotoplastic
When you throw something "away", where is away? Everything we manufacture has to go somewhere when we are finished with it. That somewhere is in the land or out... at sea. This World Oceans Day on June 8, here are some simple things you can do every day to minimize your impact on the ocean - the planet's biggest life source.(NOAA Permit #16632)
First Coast News segment on Graduate student Carissa King's thesis research
Another wonderful installment of First Coast News' Sea Science series, focusing on the UNF Dolphin Research Program!
Tune in to First Coast News tonight at 5:30PM.
Watch First Coast News at *5:30 pm* (WTLV/WJXX) next week to learn more about UNF Coastal and Marine Biology Flagship Program research. Meteorologist Lauren Ra...utenkranz will be featuring our program in her series "Sea Science" all week! Look for the following features:
Monday: Coral Reef Research with Dr. Cliff Ross
Tuesday: Dolphin Behavior Research with Dr. Quincy Gibson
Wednesday: Oyster Research with Dr. Kelly Smith
Thursday: Shark Research with Dr. Jim Gelsleichter
Friday: Green Mussel Research with Dr. Matt Gilg