Dead humpback whale washes ashore in Rockaway Park, officials say
Updated April 4, 2017 5:44 PM
By Rachel Uda firstname.lastname@example.org
A dead humpback whale washed up on a beach in the Rockaways Tuesday morning, according to the Atlantic Marine Conservation Society.
The whale, a juvenile male measuring between 25 and 30 feet long, was found dead at 7 a.m. on the beach at 117th Street in Rockaway Park, said Rachel Bosworth, a spokeswoman for the organization, which is a newly formed group authorized to respond to large whale strandings. United States Coast Guard personnel spotted the whale floating nine miles offshore Monday evening, Bosworth said.
Officials will examine the whale and perform a necropsy Wednesday morning, according to Kim Durham, the conservation society’s necropsy program coordinator. They will then bury the animal on the beach.
From an initial examination, Durham said she couldn’t see any “obvious signs of trauma.”
“There doesn’t appear to be any evidence of trauma or signs of entanglement from what I can see right now, though we’ll have to wait to examine the animal from other angles,” she said. “We’ll need to do an internal examination to determine the cause of death.”
Thousands of Northern gannets seen in Sandy Hook Bay on Monday morning. They were plunge-diving high in the sky to catch a fish (herring) in New York Harbor. An amazing natural sight not to be missed during early spring.
It was a rain soaked Friday when I took an afternoon Seastreak ferry from downtown Manhattan to Highlands, NJ to head home. As the large double-hulled catamaran started streaming into Sandy Hook Bay there was something unusually organic taking place outside my window not far from the entrance to New York Harbor.
There were several dozen large bright white birds with long black-tipped wings resting on the water among the wild and choppy waves. These were tough pelagic seabirds, well adapted to the marine environment. Resting in the rain and wind was just another day.
The sight left no doubt in my mind - Northern gannets have returned to New York Harbor. They have retuned from the open ocean to feed before migrating north to breed. It’s a natural wonder that has been taking place for countless years during early spring.
To some people, it might come as a surprise to learn New York Harbor has Northern gannets. But the birds come here by the thousands to feed on rich coastal-estuarine aquatic resources. Gannets feed mainly on small schooling fish about one to two inches long. This includes herring, sand lance or sand eels, and menhaden or bunker. These forage fish fuel many natural activities in the bay.
During the winter, Northern gannets will take a break from the previous busy breeding season to spread out. They will fly and fish their way down the Atlantic Ocean, generally following the length of the continental shelf from New England to Florida.
Gannets are nearly always seen near Lower New York Bay, the south shore of Long Island and down the Jersey Shore. Author William J. Boyle Jr., in the book, The Birds of New Jersey, tell us that nearly 17,000 Northern gannets were spotted on a single day in 2009 at the Avalon Sea Watch site in New Jersey between November and early December. The seabirds fly free form in search of food.
A little grey seal with a shark bite. Photo by the NJ Marine Mammal Stranding Center's Facebook page. This non-profit wildlife organization needs help to provide for many sick and injured seals on a very limited budget. Donations always help - https://www.mmsc.org/ways-to-donate/simple-donation Thanks!
Seal pup with shark bite wounds found on Jersey Shore beach
By Rajeev Dhir | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
on March 30, 2017 at 10:31 AM,
updated March 30, 2017 at 2:02 PM
Experts at the Marine Mammal Stranding Center are caring for several young seals found stranded along the Jersey Shore in recent days including a seal pup found with shark bite wounds.
The group is currently treating eight seals at the facility, the Brigantine-based center said in a Facebook post.
One grey seal pup, stranded in Manasquan, is being nursed back to health after being found with shark bites.
Bob Schoelkopf, MMSC's founding director, said the male pup was brought to the center on Mar. 26.
"It had deep lacerations that had to be sutured shut and there's a bone in the flipper that was exposed. We're hoping that does heal over," Schoelkopf told NJ Advance Media over the phone.
He said they're monitoring his condition to make sure he makes a full recovery.
The group posted photos of other seals on its page, including a lethargic adult harp found on Holgate Beach. Another adult harp seal, brought in from the National Aquarium from Baltimore, is expected to be released on Monday at Sandy Hook. The stranding center she gained 60 pounds since she was put under its care.
Written By LAURA GEGGEL - LIVESCIENCE.COM
March 28, 2017, 6:11 PM
President Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday to dismantle the Clean Power Plan.
The plan, which President Barack Obama’s administration put into effect in 2015, was designed to cut power plant emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), a greenhouse gas that is warming the planet. The Clean Power Plan requires that, by 2030, the power sector’s CO2 emissions be brought down to 32 percent below their 2005 levels, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, who previously challenged the legality of the plan when he was Oklahoma’s attorney general, recently said on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” that the rollback would be both “pro-growth and pro-environment.” But what are the scientific consequences of discarding the plan? [The Year in Climate Change: 2016’s Most Depressing Stories]
Read More Here: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/trump-scraps-clean-power-plan-what-that-means-for-earth/
Record-Low Ice Confirmed at North and South Poles
By Jeanna Bryner, Live Science Managing Editor
March 23, 2017 10:31am ET
This year, the maximum and minimum sea-ice coverage in the Arctic and Antarctic, respectively, broke records for being the lowest ever seen.
Sea ice at Earth's poles is dwindling, and it reached record lows this month, scientists report.
Whether global warming is the culprit of the new records is not known, though most scientists agree that warming temperatures in the Arctichave resulted from human-caused climate change, according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC). And over the past 30 years, Earth's northern cap has warmed more than any other region on the planet, NSIDC scientists said.
Some changes to polar ice are natural. Every year, the sea ice at both poles goes through its seasonal cycle of growing in the winter to its maximum extent and shrinking during the warmer months. Winters and summers are flip-flopped at the North and South poles. That means the Arctic sea ice reaches its minimum extent for the year in September, around the same time the ring of ice around Antarctica expands to its maximum coverage of the year. (That same flip-flop happens in February or March, with ice coverage reaching its maximum extent in the Arctic and minimum in the Antarctic.)
The Arctic's maximum ice extent for the year occurred on March 7 — at 5.6 million square miles (14.4 million square kilometers). That was the smallest coverage since satellites began recording the ice coverage levels 38 years ago, according to NASA and the NSIDC in Boulder, Colorado. The ice extent was 37,000 square miles (97,000 square km) below the previous record low, which was hit in 2015.
Warmer-than-average temperatures and other factors, such as storms, during the winter slowed ice growth, the researchers said.
The record is part of a trend: Every decade since 1979, the Arctic's maximum ice extent has dropped by an average of 2.8 percent, according to NASA. The minimum extent has dropped even more — 13.5 percent per decade since 1979. The ice is shrinking not only in area but also thickness, making it more vulnerable to breakup by the seas, winds and warmer temperatures, NASA said.
Read more here: http://www.livescience.com/58382-lowest-ice-extent-north-south-poles.html
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MY TOP 5 FAVORITE BOOKS ABOUT NY HARBOR
1. Field Guide to the Neighborhood Birds of New York City by Leslie Day
2.Heartbeats in the Muck by John Waldman
3. The Fisheries of Raritan Bay by Clyde L. MacKenzie Jr.
4. Waterfront: A Walk Around Manhattan by Phillip Lopate
5. The Bottom of the Harbor by Joseph Mitchell