Friday Aug 1, 2014 news Volume 13 Issue 8


These fish are only five or six cm long, and frolic in the marina chasing each other in circles. They are quite active and frequently jump out of the water and leap a foot or two.

Larger versions of needlefish can be quite dangerous for the obvious reasons. Needlefish: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia has more information.

The warm water in the far end of south bay makes it like a salt water tropical aquarium. Sometimes relatively rare species appear here.


At the Fuel Dock

The baby gulls are out and busy around the dock learning about how to be gulls with their parents' guidance. They learn very quickly.

One of them is remarkably larger than the other two.

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The Bait Barge

Sardines remain difficult to find along the west coast, but sometimes some very nice sardines do appear in the bait boxes. These were the perfect size, and quite fresh and lively, possibly because of the 59 degree water that comes into San Diego bay with the tides.



The old male blackbird with the entangled foot appears to be fed (presumably) every morning, at least every time that I am there to feed him. A thread still hangs from his useless foot, but it is probably too late to help. The foot hangs limp.

The birds are all molting now so it's difficult to recognize which are new juveniles and which are yearlings.

crippled male blackbird



News Links You May Have Missed But Should have Read

Pipeline proponents consider explosives in ocean to scare whales from potential oil slicks The Globe and Mail "The response notes that NOAA has approved use of metal pipes called Oikomi pipes for noise and a kind of low-frequency bomb in the event of an oil spill, but Trans Mountain cautions: “No single deterrence technique will work in all situations.”

The Case For Sustainable Whaling GRAPEVINE "These stocks are in good shape: according to Icelandic marine biologists, there about 40,000 minke whales and 20,000 fin whales in Icelandic waters. Harvesting a few hundred whales of each stock per year is thus fully sustainable.”

A look at how water is bought, sold in California Associated Press "Farmers, city managers and energy companies alike are hustling to find water amid the withering drought sweeping California. But hunting for water can be complicated when there is little for sale.”

Lacking Sea Ice, Seal Pups Populate Local Beaches KNOM Alaska "Baby seals are appearing on local beaches in greater numbers this year, with over 20 reported sightings in Nome.”

How SeaWorld's Fireworks Hurts Orca Whales The Dodo "the real damage happens when animals, specifically orcas, lift their heads out of the water, waiting for fish or simply looking around.”

HSUS Fundraisers Reach $25 Million Settlement with Attorney General Humane Watch "The Humane Society of the United States has long engaged in misleading and deceptive fundraising, using the pictures of needy cats and dogs to pull on Americans’ heartstrings while only giving 1% of its money to pet shelters..”

How Long It Takes A Whale To Die Kept Secret Grapevine "Amongst the data points to be studied in the course of this investigation is how long it takes a fin whale or minke whale to die once harpooned by Icelandic whalers. However, this data will not be made available to the general public.”

Beluga-Whale-at-SeaWorld-Dies 7 San Diego "Ruby died Thursday and park officials said they will perform a necropsy to determine the cause of death. The necropsy is expected to take several weeks to complete.”

Talking Parrot Missing After Mission Bay Outing 7 San Diego "Carly Lu, a 9-year-old African gray parrot, went missing after an outing on June 24, according to her trainer Raz Rasmussen, an oceanographer at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography..”

Boat overturned by blue whale off California coast BBC "A sightseeing boat has been overturned by a whale off the coast of California.”

Whaling should be top of agenda for Japanese PM visit - Greens oneNews TYNZ "New Zealanders want to see a strong message sent to Mr Abe that hunting whales in the Southern Ocean Sanctuary is unacceptable and unlawful.”

Australia activist takes Japan dolphin slaughter town to court AFP "Sarah Lucas, head of the group "Australia for Dolphins", is seeking seven million yen ($69,000) in damages over claims that include she and her father were "rudely and aggressively escorted" from the Taiji Whale Museum in February.”

Loggerhead rescue: Safeguarding marine mammals Official Blog of the U.S. Coast Guard "Safeguarding marine mammals falls under the Coast Guard’s living marine resources mission, one of the service’s 11 statutory missions. Recently, U.S. Coast Guard Station Cortez, Fla., upheld this mission by rescuing an injured sea turtle off the coast of Florida.”

Protect Tampa Bay and cruise ship industry TBO The Tampa Tribune "it’s essential they don’t allow that effort to justify ventures that would wreck Tampa Bay, which after decades of pollution and abuse has made a remarkable comeback.”

Lifeguard drowns in the water off S. California CBS 2 Los Angeles ""It was just an utter tragedy to lose a man of that caliber in the water today," the chief said, noting that it was the first time ever that the city has lost a lifeguard in the line of duty.”

Invasive lizards threaten Florida's turtles, alligators Reuters "Any species that is a predator and eats high up the food chain and is introduced into a novel environment has potential for causing serious ecological damage,” said Mazzotti, a member of the UF's team of wildlife researchers known as the "Croc Docs.".”

UV Lighting For Birds - Is It That Important? Country Club Pet Hospital "Lighting plays a big role in the behaviors and overall health of birds. Sleep cycles, feather quality, moods, and reproductive hormones are all influenced by photoperiods and light cycles. ”

A la caza de la plaga voladora La Provincia Las Palmas GCPublic Health Department in Las Palmas G.C. kills about 11,000 pigeons a year in Santa Catalina park. The birds are baited by feeding for 15 days before trapping or netting.

Figuring out the science behind research whaling The Japan Times "to study the whale population and its health by killing whales and then selling the meat isn’t scientific research."

Navy Marine Mammal Project Breaks New Ground SeaPower Magazine “This is exciting news in several ways, not least of which is the promise this new integrated approach holds for learning how sonar affects marine mammals,” said Julie Rivers, natural and marine resources program manager for the U.S. Pacific Fleet, which funded the study as part of its Marine Mammal Monitoring Program."

State’s Request to Halt Seismic Testing Off LBI Is Denied The SandPaper “The U.S. District Court in Trenton has denied the N.J. Department of Environmental Protection’s application to temporarily stop a seismic survey 15 miles off Barnegat Light, as Clean Ocean Action reported Tuesday."

Whale Hunts Will Resume in 2015, Says Japan Prime Minister Nature World News “Japan contends that their annual slaughter of whales in the Southern Ocean is necessary for study, but in March the ICJ ordered the country to halt all such whaling operations, concluding that "the special permits granted by Japan for the killing, taking and treating of whales... are not for scientific research," according to a press release."

Whaling in the Antarctic (Australia v. Japan: New Zealand intervening INTERNATIONAL COURT OF JUSTICE, The Hague, Netherlands “THE HAGUE, 31 March 2014. The International Court of Justice (ICJ), the principal judicial organ of the United Nations, has today rendered its Judgment in the case concerning Whaling in the Antarctic (Australia v. Japan: New Zealand intervening). In that Judgment, which is final, without appeal and binding on the Parties, the Court, (1) finds, unanimously, that it has jurisdiction to entertain the Application filed by Australia on 31 May 2010; (2) finds, by twelve votes to four, that the special permits granted by Japan in connection with JARPA II do not fall within the provisions of Article VIII, paragraph 1, of the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling;...(7) decides, by twelve votes to four, that Japan shall revoke any extant authorization, permit or licence granted in relation to JARPA II, and refrain from granting any further permits in pursuance of that programme."

Shocking Photos: PETA's Secret Slaughter of Kittens, Puppies Huffington Post “People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is an organization that publicly claims to represent the best interest of animals -- indeed their "ethical treatment." Yet approximately 2,000 animals pass through PETA's front door every year and very few make it out alive. The vast majority -- 96 percent in 2011 -- exit the facility out the back door after they have been killed"

10 Things Wrong With The New SeaWorld-Funded Propaganda "Blog" The Dodo “Here’s a countdown of 10 of the worst things wrong with the site: "

Kingsand kayakers find huge tuna reported to be worth £1million The Herald “A spokesman for the SeaLife Centre network of attractions, said: “Bluefin tuna are a common sight in the Mediterranean, where they are fished mainly for the Japanese market, but they’re a rare sight off the UK coast"

The Case for the End of the Modern Zoo New York News & Politics “ you can see a form of anti-zoo sentiment building, reflected in films like Madagascar and Planet of the Apes, but in the real world, this was a minority movement, confined mainly to overworried celebrities. "

Sea lions prove tough to keep away from Westport Marina The Olympian “Smith-Root, a fisheries technology company based in Vancouver, Washington, presented an alternative at last week’s port commission meeting."

Scientists_baffled_by_dolphin_attacks Tivy-Side Advertiser“CBMWC’s science officer Sarah Perry said that bottlenose dolphins have long been known to attack porpoises, but until recently it was rare actually to see it happening in Cardigan Bay. "

Are sharks being slaughtered for fish and chips? Daily Mail “The 'perfectly healthy' sharks are thought to have been scooped up by a trawler then illegally dumped over the side"

So How Many Penguins Are There? National Review "But the Adélie population is actually 53 percent larger than previously estimated, having increased globally by 29 percent in two decades."

Harbor porpoises now a common sight in Puget Sound The Seattle Times "After nearly disappearing from our waters for decades, harbor porpoises are making a comeback."

Torturing Fish in Miami The Maritime Executive"These people deliberately collected some oil and used it to hurt some more fish. For no benefit to the environment or to fish, simply to milk money from the oil spill to puff up their so-called scientific careers and keep their labs going in the style they would like to become accustomed to."

Fate of Vancouver Aquarium hangs in the balance: ‘Whale jail’ under public siege for keeping belugas in captivity National Post “The city’s ranks of hardcore animal activists never stopped opposing what they have called a “whale jail” and an artifact of a “species-ist past,” but nobody seemed to be paying close attention."

Pinellas port study dredges up concerns The St. Petersburg Tribune "Dredging a deep-water port in the shallow estuaries along Egmont Channel for these colossal cruise ships would stir up so much silt that the water quality along miles of beaches would be spoiled for decades."

New feathered predatory fossil sheds light on dinosaur flight Archaeology News Network "A new raptorial dinosaur fossil with exceptionally long feathers has provided exciting insights into dinosaur flight. "

The Cornish beaches where Lego keeps washing up BBC News Magazine "353,264 plastic daisies dropped into the sea on 13 February 1997, when the container ship Tokio Express was hit by a wave described by its captain as a "once in a 100-year phenomenon", tilting the ship 60 degrees one way, then 40 degrees back. "

Obama Administration Announces Seismic Testing Off Jersey Coast New Jersey Spotlight "The latest announcement came on Friday, a day typically used to go public with decisions likely to engender opposition. "

Tragedy Inspires Family to Fight for Changes on Cruises NBC Miami "A woman's medical emergency aboard a cruise and her death just weeks later have inspired her daughters to push for stricter 'round-the-clock emergency care on all cruise ships."

Cruise Passengers Recount Horror Stories to Senate ABC News "Laurie Dishman told senators through tears Wednesday that she was choked and raped on a Royal Caribbean cruise by one of the line's employees, using her experience to shed light on the dangers that passengers might face on cruises."

Raise the Concordia! PR helps cruise company bury the past The Week "Behind this transformation of the Costa Concordia from crime scene to high-tech salvage triumph was a highly orchestrated PR operation by Carnival Cruise Lines and its subsidiary Costa Cruises. They hired London Offshore Consultants and the crisis management specialists Burson-Marsteller to put a shine on their tarnished images."

Endangered Burmese Python with Stitched Mouth Rescued New Indian Express Bhubaneswar, India - a juvenile Burmese python is rescued by state officials after being found with its mouth stitched closed and a broken jaw. The Burmese python is vulnerable in India and is being sent for surgery and rehabilitation. Quite different from what occurs in the US.

Opinion: It's Time to Stop Thinking That All Non-Native Species Are Evil National Geographic "How, scientists at the symposium wondered, do you define "native" on a warming planet, when plants and animals are already moving toward the poles or up mountainsides in search of climate conditions they can tolerate? ".

What Is SeaWorld Trying To Hide By Painting Their Orcas Black? The Dodo “Zinc oxide is a way to paint over burns -- like a mechanical coat -- usually on dorsal surface of the animal.” said Jeffrey Ventre, a former orca trainer at SeaWorld’s Orlando park. “It’s also for aesthetic reasons, to hide blistering peeling skin.”

Wayne Darbeau Ousted as Port of San Diego’s CEO The Times “Darbeau, who has held the job for about four years, got in hot water when he sent an email to Sharon Bernie-Cloward, the president of the San Diego Port Tenants Association, asking if its members could help in his son’s search for a summer job. He withdrew the request when the message became public..”

Two Florida teens arrested after filming themselves torturing tortoise: wildlife officials New York Daily News “Two teenage girls who filmed themselves setting fire to a small gopher tortoise before crushing it to death have been arrested, according to Florida wildlife officials.”

Op-Ed: When will the pilot whale hunt end in the Faroe Islands? Digital Journal “The pilot whale hunt in the Faroe Islands will end in the not too distant future. In this the Faroese are mostly in agreement, even many of those who are pro-whaling. But until that happens, whale advocates will need to be patient.”

SF Bay Area oyster farm wins another 30 days reprieve Digital Journal “The temporary reprieve came Friday after local farmers, restaurants and bars that buy Drakes Bay oysters sought a court order blocking the shutdown.”

Marineland: Killer whale bleeding for months, trainer says The Star“It’s illegal in the U.S. to keep killer whales alone and, and the OSPCA Act says captive wildlife “must be kept in a compatible social group.” ”

Cruise passengers will pay upwards of £12,000 to see polar bears and humpback whales in their natural habitat – before it disappears The Independent“The cruise promotion was criticised by social media users for giving people the opportunity to “see/help ruin the environment”, “watch the ravages of global warming in person and become a human vulture” and take a “high-carbon-footprint cruise to watch polar bears drown”. ”

7 rogue wave disasters, from Columbus to cruise ships New Scientist“In 2007, Paul Liu at the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration compiled a catalogue of more than 50 historical incidents probably associated with rogue waves. ”

Utah’s first crow hunts approved again The Salt Lake Tribune“Bair made the successful motions in June and again Tuesday to allow the hunts. He said he believed the Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) would not have proposed hunting crows without scientific data to support the idea.”

An Afterlilfe For California's Offshore Oil Rigs?

(Not in California)

Pacific Island Nation of Kiribati Bans Commercial Fishing

Free Wiggles and Make European Starlings Legal to Own in PA

Editor's Note:

Implementation of the Migratory Bird Treaty of 1918 in the US is a national disgrace. Government licensed rehab agencies are nonprofit corporations that have exclusive rights to handle wild birds and can prevent anyone else from applying for a permit. They don't make money by keeping common birds alive, and rehab regulations reflect this. Regulations are very strict that birds must be quickly released or "euthanized" and cannot be kept any length of time. In fact, most wild birds are killed in accordance with the law. Anyone who picks up an injured bird, and is willing to make an effort to care for it, soon finds that any attempts to find veterinary care, medication, and training quickly result in the bird being taken away and killed.

Online petitions are usually worth less than nothing since they draw so few signatures. Government agents receiving such a petition without thousands of signatures will probably assume that nobody cares about this petition and ignore it. However, in the present case, a lawyer is available who has had some success in this neglected area of the law, and may be a beginning in challenging the legal system that simply expedites the continued extermination of wild birds.

Sherry Vulgamott:

On June 19th 2013 I rescued an abandoned baby European starling. I later realized that he was disabled. June 19th 2014 the PA state game commissioner came to my home and took him away.Even though I looked very carefully, asked professionals, I never knew it was illegal to have 1 as a pet. It is legal in 49 states and they are not federally protected. They are legal to shoot and kill, but not rescue and keep in your home. Wiggles is disabled. He has a permanent brain injury that prevents him from flying. Wiggles spent his days snuggling with me, watching Spongebob on TV, and taking baths in the kitchen sink. That is until they took him. I have no idea where he's at or if he's even OK. Most rehabbers kill them on the spot when they get 1 in their facility

Free Wiggles and Make European Starlings Legal to Own in PA "Turn your signature into dozens more by sharing this petition and recruiting people you know to sign."

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San Diego Weather

Rain, Lightning Roll Through San Diego KPBS “Stuck in a drought, San Diego County residents woke Friday morning to the rare sound of rain and thunder. And there was lightning, too. But it's not going to stick around.”

Weather July 25

Plastic Microbeads - PBS Newshour

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