Baleine et baleineau by sylvaingirardottahiti Une baleine à bosse (Megaptera novaeangliae) et son baleineau nagent ensemble sur un fond de sable et de patates de corail. Des rayons de soleil transpercent la surface.
In late December 2015, Ed Lyman started getting calls from whale watching companies on the island of Hawai‘i. “Ed, how are the whales off Maui?” tour operators were asking. “We’ve never seen them arrive this late.”
Lyman is the large whale entanglement response coordinator for Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary. While the sanctuary coordinates and leads the effort to free whales from life-threatening entanglements, it relies heavily on tour operators, fishermen, researchers, and other members of the on-water community to help find and monitor them. That same on-water community plays a major role in monitoring the overall health of and risks to humpback whales throughout Hawai‘i. Lyman works closely with these groups.
So when more tour operators on other islands throughout Hawai‘i let Lyman and the sanctuary know that the whales seemed to be late that season, Lyman started calling around. He wanted to know if the lower sightings were just on a few of the islands, or in other areas in the Hawaiian Islands as well. But every island was reporting the same thing. Even Mexico’s disentanglement network reached out to Lyman, telling him that they were seeing low numbers. “It wasn’t just us,” says Lyman. “Something was happening.”
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The Trump administration agreed Friday to protect humpback whale habitat in the Pacific Ocean after American Indian and conservation groups sued the government for leaving the playful leviathans vulnerable to ship strikes, oil spills and entanglements in fishing gear.
The suit by the Center for Biological Diversity, Turtle Island Restoration Network and the Wishtoyo Chumash Foundation, a nonprofit that represents American Indian tribes, was settled Friday in federal court in San Francisco.
The National Marine Fisheries Service agreed to designate critical habitat for the animals by mid-2019 and finalize those boundaries a year later. It means the migration routes of three endangered or threatened populations of humpbacks on the West Coast will be protected.
“This agreement ensures the whales will finally get the protections they need,” said Catherine Kilduff, a lawyer for the Center for Biological Diversity.
Regrann from @planetwhale – I took all of this footage in ONE whale watching trip this morning!!! If you’ve never gone whale watching on the Monterey Bay, now is the time to get on a boat! The humpback whales are lunge feeding like there’s no tomorrow!
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