Riveting Reads.

 

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New calf J54 frolicking ©Dave Ellifrit, the Center for Whale Research via Puget Sound Express

A weekly post of riveting reads from my travels around the internet this week! A selection of links, blogs, news articles, scholarly articles and images I am currently loving.

More Sperm Whale Strandings: A total of 30 have now stranded across the UK, The Netherlands and Germany. Scientists at ZSL are at work to see if they can discover why.

Polar Bear Fitness Tracking: Female polar bears wore tracking devices to understand their movements and energy demands. Thinning and retreating sea ice is leading to bears needing to expend more energy to find food.

Southern Resident Killer Whales Baby Boom: Biggest boom since 1977, seen nine new calves since December 2014 and this January however, the sex ratio is inordinately biased towards males. We do not know why.

Le Sigh: Sighing is good for you! Without it your alveoli can collapse and struggle to reinflate themselves. You need to sigh roughly every five minutes (don’t worry it is involuntary!). See a video of Professor Jack Feldman of the University of California, whose team made the discovery, discussing it here.

What have you been reading this week? Let me know in the comments below.


You can also follow along on the Deep Blue Conversations Facebook Page. I post interesting articles related to marine conservation, share awesome stories as well as photos from the marine conservation and environmental world in general. Come on over and have a look! I also have Twitter come and join the conversation you can find me as @Leila_Lula!
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Riveting Reads.

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A (sometimes) weekly post of riveting reads from my travels around the internet this week! A selection of links, blogs, news articles, scholarly articles and images I am currently loving.

Researches delve into the nuances of sperm whale vocalisations: The scientists findings show cultural transmission of the vocalisations through generations are key and suggest evidence of human-like complex culture and multi-level social structures in sperm whale clans.

Birds reveal the evolutionary importance of love: When birds choose their own mate they have 37% more reproductive success than when they have their mate chosen by scientists. There is also a GrrlScientist write up on it here.

Shark alarm in Perth: Curtin University (where I am visiting) and Mullaloo Surf Life Saving Club have joined together to create BeachLAB. The alert system works by recognising marine animals there were previously tagged with acoustic tags and are travelling though the area. See a video about it here.

If we burn all fossils fuels we are in for dire sea level rises: A new paper indicates that if we burn them all the rise could be as much as 60 meters over the next 1000+ years but even over the short term of 100 years we could see a 3 meters increase.

A bad year ahead for coral bleaching in Hawaii: With warmer than normal temperatures around Hawaii set to continue this year the coral will not have time to recover from last years bleaching event.

Last but not least a little self plug: My first paper came out last week and is on the vocalisations of killer whales in the Bremer Canyon, Western Australia. Please have a read!

What have you been reading this week? Let me know in the comments below.


You can also follow along on the Deep Blue Conversations Facebook Page. I post interesting articles related to marine conservation, share awesome stories as well as photos from the marine conservation and environmental world in general. Come on over and have a look! I also have Twitter come and join the conversation you can find me as @Leila_Lula!