Next Dive Club Outing:
May 29th - 30th - (Memorial Day)
Russian Gulch group site, Mendocino
contact Carol or better yet come to the May club meeting for details - parking restrictions
In other Ocean News
From the The International Bird Rescue Research Center (IBRRC)
Wet, sick Pelicans overwhelm California bird rescue centers; 545 treated to date ( March 23rd) - and 322 released. A series of strong winter storms battering the California coast has had a severe impact on local populations of the Brown Pelicans.
The birds have been affected by the bad weather but also by the oil, grease and other contaminants washing into the ocean as a result of storm water run-off. Suffering from hypothermia, the lucky ones are being brought to the IBRRC's bird centers in San Pedro, near Los Angeles Harbor and the Fairfield/Cordelia center in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Seabird feathers provide a natural barrier to water, as well as insulation from the cold. These pelicans are getting cold and wet because the water quality is so poor right now and these added contaminants are preventing the feathers from doing their job.
"In all my 40 plus years as a wildlife rehabilitator I have never experienced a die off at this magnitude that is hitting so many mature, adult birds," says Jay Holcomb, IBRRC's Executive Director.
In Whale Wars news:
Japanese Coast guard seeks arrest of Sea Shepherd activist Paul Watson
The Japan Coast Guard has obtained an arrest warrant for the head of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, accusing him of ordering members of the protest group to obstruct the Japanese whaling fleet, investigative sources said Friday. The Tokyo Coast Guard Office obtained the arrest warrant against Paul Watson, founder and president of the antiwhaling group, on suspicion of assault and obstruction of business.
The sources said authorities are likely to ask the international police agency to only issue a "blue notice," which is a request for police in member countries to provide information about an individual's whereabouts and activities, rather than a "red notice," which requests arrest and extradition, they said.
Australia resurrects plan to take Japan to international court over whaling
The government has decided to press ahead with legal action in the International Court of Justice to stop Japan's ''scientific'' whale hunt.
Federal cabinet discussed the issue in Sydney on Thursday, a day after the Environment Protection Minister, Peter Garrett, rejected a ''compromise deal'' from the International Whaling Commission to set long-term whale-kill quotas for Japan, Norway and Iceland and proposed instead a five-year phase-out plan for whaling in the Southern Ocean.
Sources said the government decided to make good on its election promise in 2007 to take Japan to court.
Whale Sushi Restaurant Off The Hook
It looks the The Hump, the now-closed Santa Monica
sushi restaurant busted for serving endangered sei whale sashimi last
month, is off the hook: The U.S. Attorney's Office on Wednesday asked
a federal judge to dismiss charges against the eatery and its sushi
Grouper Eating Lionfish?
Lyle Gremillion, a recreational diver from Louisiana, took the photo (above) of what appears to be a lionfish inside a Nassau grouper's mouth. The image was taken during a night dive at Nassau, Bahamas on October 13, 2009. This image has marine biologists excited, especially those familiar with Caribbean reef ecosystem