Be sure to watch vaquitas and Dr. Barbara Taylor on 60 Minutes (7 p.m. episode) this Sunday! 60 Minutes joined Dr. Barbara Taylor from Southwest Fisheries Science Center, NOAA Fisheries on a recent population survey in the Gulf of California.
If you missed the news, it’s not good. There are only 60 vaquita left in the entire world. This small porpoise is only found in the Gulf of California in Mexico. Vaquita are the most endangered marine mammal species in the world.
If we do not help now, vaquita could become the SECOND whale species to go extinct in 10 years. Scientists declared the Chinese (baiji) river dolphin extinct in 2006. Sadly, with little or no fanfare. We can’t allow that to happen to vaquita.
WhaleTimes and the Oregon Coast Aquarium’s Oceanscape Network are working with vaquita experts from Southwest Fisheries Science Center, NOAA Fisheries and other organizations to raise awareness. We have declared 2017 the Year of the Vaquita. And annually March is Save the Vaquita Month.
Is your seafood vaquita-friendly? It’s simple and yet the most important thing you can do to protect so many species. People who do not insist on sustainably caught seafood are a big part of the problem. (Sorry, we do not have time to sugar-coat this one).
Start TODAY. If you eat shrimp, fish, or other seafood it must be sustainably caught. If you do not know the how it was caught, if other animals were killed in the process, and/or you cannot trace its route from the sea to your plate do not buy it, eat it, or sell it. If the restaurant does not have a sustainable seafood policy, find another one. If your grocery store does not have a sustainable seafood policy, buy elsewhere. Buy locally and sustainably caught seafood whenever you can.
Is there time? We think so. The Pacific gray whales almost went extinct — twice. Northern elephant seals, bald eagles and others almost became extinct, too. Public awareness and concern helped turn the tide and now gray whales, elephant seals, and bald eagles have large healthy populations. Let’s do that for vaquita!
Though 2017 is the Year of the Vaquita, help us start saving the vaquita today.
More to come.
Happy Fintastic Friday. Together we can save sharks, skates, and ray!
Friday May 13, 2016 is an important holiday, Fintastic Friday: Giving Sharks, Skates, and Rays a Voice!
WhaleTimes created Fintastic Friday: Giving Sharks, Skates, and Rays a Voice to help raise awareness and encourage advocacy to protect elasmobranchs. This special annual holiday is celebrated worldwide.
Humans are not doing their job to protect sharks. Movies, books, and news outlets have created and perpetuated a false, but stereotypical view of sharks. This misguided hatred has caused a lack of compassion or understanding about sharks’ significant role in the health of the ocean. People hear even less about skates and rays.
On average, only 10 people are killed by sharks a year — in the entire world. BUT people kill more than 11,000 sharks EVERY HOUR of every day. Can you imagine people remaining mum if that number were whales? Dolphins? Penguins? Or some other popular species? Never.
We’ll say it again, People are not doing their best to protect sharks.
WhaleTimes believes kids are the future of sharks. No one is louder and more enthusiastic than a kid who cares. Kids love sharks. They haven’t seen the movies or heard the skewed, sensationalized, and poorly researched news clips. We want kids from all over the world cheering, SAVE THE SHARKS on this special holiday and every day.
- Adventure Science Center
- Catawba Science Center
- Hickory, North Carolina
- GulfQuest National Maritime Museum of the Gulf of Mexico
- Mobile Alabama
- Liberty Science Center
- Jersey City, New Jersey
- Maine Discovery Museum
- Bangor, Maine
- Museum of Discovery and Science
- Museum of Natural History, Univ. of Colorado
- Boulder, Colorado
- Navarre Beach Marine Science Station
- Navarre Beach, Florida
- Oregon Coast Aquarium’s Oceanscape Network
- Newport, Oregon
- Pacific Science Center
- Seattle, Washington
- Science Center of Iowa
- Des Moines, Iowa
- Tallahassee Museum
- Tallahassee, Florida
- Univ of Michigan Museum of Natural History
- Ann Arbor, Michigan
(Organizations are incorporating and sharing DEEPEND Research within their summer camp program. Summer camp program, topics, title, and registration policies vary depending on the museum, science center, or aquarium. First come first served.)
Congratulations to our very own Ruth A. Musgrave for her efforts in shark and ocean conservation, her new book MISSION: SHARK RESCUE (National Geographic Children’s Books March 2016) and for being highlighted by Oregon Coast Aquarium’s Oceanscape Network as part of their S.T.E.A.M. Powered: Profiles in Science, Creativity and Exploration.
This multi-part series features five women who are at the tops of their fields in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. Over the 2015-16 school year, one week will be dedicated to each person, highlighting their education, careers and innovative contributions to their various disciplines — including the discovery of new species, the exploration of hostile ecosystems and the conservation of marine species.
This week, schools are encouraged to submit students’ questions to Ruth via the Oceanscape Network.
Ruth is also sharing her shark conservation message with students throughout Oregon as part of a community service effort with Barnes and Noble (Tualatin) and throughout the world through Skype interviews.
We sure have a lot to celebrate this year for Fintastic Friday: Giving Sharks, Skates, and Rays a Voice. Don’t forget to celebrate with us on May 13.
This summer, museums and science centers throughout the country will offer WhaleTimes’ Creep into the DEEPEND summer camps! Meet our amazing DEEPEND scientists, see their photos, videos, play games, make crafts and more. Check back in to find out if your local museum will join us — or ask your local museum or science center if they’ll be offering Creep into the DEEPEND as part of their summer camp fun.
Throughout 2015 and 2016, Oregon Coast Aquarium’s Oceanscape Network is honoring five amazing women helping to explore, study, and save the ocean — including WhaleTimes’ very own Ruth A. Musgrave and Tamara Frank.
Through Oceanscape’s S.T.E.A.M. Powered: Profiles in Science, Creativity and Exploration meet manta ray expert Andrea Marshall, deep-sea explorer Edith Widder, crustacean expert Heather Bracken-Grissom, vision and bioluminescence of deep-sea animals expert Tamara Frank, and award-winning children’s author Ruth A. Musgrave. Congratulations to all of you and thank you for inspiring others!
Find out more about each of these innovative women helping to save the ocean visit Oregon Coast Aquarium’s Oceanscape Network
Congratulations to Ruth and Tammy!
Did you identify the scariest thing in the sea? Did you guess jelly, ctenophore, or maybe a salp?
You’d be wrong. One of the scariest things in the sea is trash that escapes from our homes, schools, and lives. If it’s hard for us to identify, you can see why animals like sea turtles, seabirds and others accidently eat trash.
The DEEPEND Research team aboard the R/V Point Sur, sent us a Postcard from the DEEPEND.
Read more Postcards from the DEEPEND
Join WhaleTimes at the DEEPEND, no floaties required!