Monk seal sightings in Egypt

Photo: A.M. Abd El Malek

 

This article first appeared on the “Monk Seal Latest News”. I thank William Johnson, Editor of The Monachus Guardian, for significantly improving our manuscript.  The article is co-authored by Mahmoud Fouad, from the Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency of . . . → Read More: Monk seal sightings in Egypt

Tethys’ 25th birthday

So, the Tethys Research Institute is now a quarter of century old.  That distant 31 January 1986 seems like yesterday though, when I walked into the notary’s office to create Tethys with friend Egidio Gavazzi, then the publisher of Aqua, a magazine I was science editor of.  At the time we were animated by . . . → Read More: Tethys’ 25th birthday

The unlikely tourist whale

(adapted from an article appeared in Italian on La Rivista della Natura)

A huge back breaks the calm surface of the Mediterranean in front of Jaffa, attracting the attention of Aviad Scheinin, of the Israel Marine Mammal Research & Assistance Centre.  It is the morning of 8 May 2010, and Aviad is surveying the . . . → Read More: The unlikely tourist whale

Aphrodite was born in an oilfield

Image via Wikipedia

Days ago we learned from the news that a team of marine biologists from the University of Haifa discovered a reef of deep-sea coral at a depth of 700 m, about 20 nautical miles west of Tel Aviv.  This is not the first time that deep-sea coral, also known as . . . → Read More: Aphrodite was born in an oilfield

The scam of dolphin-assisted therapy

Image by Eric Schwartzman via Flickr

The first in the list of “50 things to do before you die” as nominated by BBC TV viewers, is swimming with a dolphin. Regardless of the many psychological explanations that may be summoned to account for this oddity of human behaviour, the simple truth is that . . . → Read More: The scam of dolphin-assisted therapy

Sitting blissfully on a deep-sea time bomb

If you thought that the environmental damage from the infamous Deepwater Horizon oilrig was bad – with its discharge of almost 5 million barrels into the Gulf of Mexico during the past few months – consider that during the coming decade up to 20 times that amount of oil will start leaking into the . . . → Read More: Sitting blissfully on a deep-sea time bomb

Dolphin captivity attempts risk metastasizing the Egyptian Red Sea coast

Three days ago colleagues working with HEPCA, an environmental NGO very active in the field of marine conservation in the Red Sea, discovered a small pool hidden in a private courtyard in Hurghada where four bottlenose dolphins (apparently imported from Japan) are being kept in appalling conditions.  The dolphins were parked there in quarantine, . . . → Read More: Dolphin captivity attempts risk metastasizing the Egyptian Red Sea coast

Why commercial whaling must end

The time of whale hunting is up. Whaling belongs to a phase of human history that has no place on this planet anymore.

Whaling is cruel because it takes too long and too much suffering for a whale to die under the harpoon.

Whaling is dangerous because all whales – even those . . . → Read More: Why commercial whaling must end

Deepwater Horizon: a nightmare ends … or does it?

(translated and adapted from an article that I wrote in Italian, recently appeared on La Rivista della Natura)

With enormous relief a few days ago the world has learned– at least this is what we were told – that the gushing of crude from the Macondo well into the Gulf of Mexico has been . . . → Read More: Deepwater Horizon: a nightmare ends … or does it?

The world’s two remaining monk seal species: how many different ways are there of being Critically Endangered?

(This article appeared on The Monachus Guardian, Vol. 13(1), June 2010)

“Critically endangered” is the IUCN Red List category reserved for species facing an extremely high risk of extinction in the wild: to be exact, a probability of extinction of at least 50% within three generations, if quantitative analysis is applicable. This definition fits . . . → Read More: The world’s two remaining monk seal species: how many different ways are there of being Critically Endangered?