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Canada: N.B. Liberal MP calls for loosened right whale protection measures to help fishermen

While looking at whale-related news today, the following article grabbed my attention: N.B. Liberal MP calls for loosened right whale protection measures to help fishermen | CBC News

Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/n-b-liberal-mp-calls-for-loosened-right-whale-protection-measures-to-help-fishermen-1.7209306

Summary: New Brunswick Liberal MP Serge Cormier has called for a loosening of North Atlantic right whale protection measures to support local fishermen facing economic challenges. The current measures, implemented to protect the critically endangered species, include fishing gear restrictions and area closures. Cormier argues that these regulations are too stringent and harm the fishing industry, suggesting a more balanced approach. Environmental groups, however, emphasize the necessity of these protections to prevent further decline of the whale population, which is already critically low.

This is important news for us Canadian whale lovers. If you live in Canada, please urge your Member of Parliament to take a stand against this idea, and stand with the endangered North Atlantic right whales instead. I have included an email template below, which you can send to your electoral district's MP. Here is a link to a Government of Canada tool to find your local MP: https://www.ourcommons.ca/Members/en

Here is the email template:

Dear Mr./Ms./Mx. [Member of Parliament's last name],

I hope this message finds you well. I am writing to express my deep concern regarding the recent proposal by Acadie-Bathurst MP Serge Cormier to loosen protection measures for the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale, as detailed in the following CBC article:  https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/n-b-liberal-mp-calls-for-loosened-right-whale-protection-measures-to-help-fishermen-1.7209306

While I understand the significant challenges faced by our fishermen as a result of these protective measures, I firmly believe that the survival of this magnificent species must remain a top priority for Canada.

The North Atlantic right whale population is already on the brink of extinction, with fewer than 350 individuals remaining. Easing the current protective measures could lead to increased whale entanglements and vessel strikes, further threatening their survival. The consequences of such actions are irreversible and would tarnish Canada's commitment to biodiversity and environmental stewardship.

Additionally, Canada has legal obligations under the Marine Mammal Protection Act to ensure the conservation and protection of marine mammals. Weakening these protections would not only endanger the right whale further but also compromise Canada's adherence to international conservation standards and agreements.

I urge you to oppose any measures that would weaken the protections for the North Atlantic right whale. Instead, I encourage you to advocate for alternative solutions that can both support our fishermen and ensure the continued survival of the right whale. These could include:

  1. Investment in Whale-Safe Fishing Gear: Support the development and adoption of innovative fishing technologies that minimize the risk to marine life.
  2. Enhanced Monitoring and Enforcement: Strengthen the monitoring of fishing activities and enforce stricter penalties for violations of whale protection regulations.
  3. Collaborative Solutions: Foster collaboration between scientists, conservationists, and the fishing industry to develop sustainable practices that protect both the whales and the livelihoods of our fishermen.

The survival of the North Atlantic right whale is a critical issue that requires our immediate attention and action. I trust that you, as a member of the Liberal Party, will stand for the preservation of our natural heritage and oppose any measures that compromise the protection of this endangered species. Our actions today will determine the fate of the right whale and reflect our values as a nation committed to the conservation of our planet's precious biodiversity.

Thank you for your attention to this urgent matter. I look forward to hearing about the steps you will take to ensure the right whale is safeguarded for future generations.


[Your Full Name]
[Your Address]
[Your City, Province, Postal Code]
[Your Email Address]
[Your Phone Number]

Thank you to everyone who is participating in conservation efforts! I made the very same post on r/whales. Feel free to repost this on other subs dedicated to whales and conservation to protect our friends!

23:41 UTC


Why does no one talk about porpoises?

I have been dying to know this😭

03:48 UTC


Help me get feedback on my new orca/yacht research article?? ⛵️☺️

Hi everyone!!

My name is Leila, I’m an undergraduate studying ocean science and marine conservation and I have just finished my undergraduate dissertation article on the causes/triggers for the orca interactions that have been happening in Spain and Portugal since 2020. I will not be getting my grades back for a while, but I am hoping to potentially get this rewritten for publication as I think I may be onto something here!! But it’s only my first ever piece of scientific writing and could use some other opinions!

So I was wondering if there are any marine biologists or lecturers (or any fellow orca enthusiasts ☺️) in this group who would be interested in taking a look at my article and letting me know what they think/ if they think it’s worth trying to publish and offer me any advice moving forwards whilst I’m waiting on my results from the University

Please message me if you’re interested in taking a look!!

Thank youuu 💗

00:27 UTC


sperm whale sub reopened

please join and post


05:03 UTC


Cetacean needed

Best joke on Wikipedia

21:08 UTC


I saw North Atlantic right whales in Provincetown last weekend

I took this video from Race Point Beach near Provincetown Massachusetts last weekend.

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Wild Dolphin Encounter- curious about behavior

Hi friends! I just wanted to describe and experience I had this morning with some wild dolphins and maybe get some insight about their behavior.

So this morning, my family and I were on an anchored sailboat and decided to take a swim to the nearby beach in Magen’s Bay, USVI. As we jumped off the boat and began our trek, what seemed to be a juvenile bottlenose dolphin completely V-lined it towards us. At first it seemed to be very curious. It hesitantly approached us and then began swimming around us. After it deduced that we were no threat, just 4 clunky mammals struggling about in the water, it started to begin to play with us (I think.) It was swimming through us, around us, twirling, rubbing against us, jumping around us, and even surfacing to look us in the eyes. It was really really really cute. We heard it chirping and clicking underwater, and it seemed to figure out that we couldn’t really hear under water. So then it started chirping at us through its blowhole.

I started to get a bit scared and concerned because it was just so big and so powerful. I saw mama watching us from afar, just making sure we didn’t hurt her baby…. Probably yelling at her son to come back and stop talking to strangers! However, the juvenile dolphin, probably weighing more than me (125lbs F), started swimming between my legs multiple times. It kinda had like a boner. I got a little scared because I heard stories about dolphin behavior and how they are very sexual and communicate through sex and stuff and I was worried about the dolphin trying to do that with me. It was also hitting us with its tail. It wasn’t really hard enough to hurt, just hard enough to move us a little. I know these guys are really strong and could probably really injure us if they wanted to.

I swam back to the dingy and the lil guy followed and jumped and swam around the boat for a bit. I didn’t want to get hurt or humped haha. In the end, the dolphin swam back to its mama and they swam away. Guess he got bored lol! I thought he was a big guy, then I saw him next to mama. that’s when I realized that he was likely a juvenile, being significantly smaller than mama.

It was really an awesome experience. I never felt like I was at the mercy of a wild animal before. At any moment, it could’ve bitten me or hit me really hard and knock me unconscious. That was a little bit scary. Well, a lot a bit scary at the time.

I guess I just Wana know if that was playful or aggressive behavior. The lil guy was a bit relentless and the tail slaps against us were kinda rough. This did induce an adrenaline rush in me and I was so relieved to get onto the dingy.

Overall, this was such an amazing and unique experience. Thanks for reading !

EDIT: the dolphin approached us. We didn’t even see it. It just came up to us. It also did not slap its tail against the water at all. It was rubbing and thrusting its tail against us and I’m not sure what that means. Also, we weren’t touching it, it was touching us.

17:23 UTC


Species ID from this illustration?

Was recently gifted this print. Every other species is obvious except for this beaked whale (?) in the center... Might not be a 1:1 match of any real species, being decorative.

03:34 UTC


Looking for Textbooks or resources.


I love Cetacea, more specifically my love lays with the Mysticeti, and I am looking to learn more. However I cannot find any good "hard" resources, like scientific papers and higher level textbooks for my to sink my teeth into. Anyone able to offer a guiding hand?


18:11 UTC


Vaquita Conservation

Hi there,

Apologies if not the right forum. I'm looking to contribute to a conservation organization or program working on the urgent and imminent catastrophe of the Vaquita porpoise, of which recent reports in the past few months state there are 10 or less in the wild. Research online doesn't unveil too much, aside from a very suspect organization called Sea Shepherd. Wondering if other avenues were available.

Feeling melancholy. Wondering if there's any way a sad Canadian can do what they can from a million miles away. Thanks

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06:02 UTC


Need help with providing feedback on orca sighting dashboard!

Hi everyone!

I'm with Orcasound, a non-profit organization committed to orca conservation in the Pacific Northwest. We're eager to improve our dashboard for displaying orca sightings and value your input. It should only take 30 minutes. As a non-profit with budget constraints, please understand that we can't offer compensation, but your feedback is invaluable. Thank you for your understanding.

To sign up to provide feedback, pick a 30-minute meeting time here: https://calendly.com/meganrigney/orcasound-acartia-feedback-session

If you wanted to learn more about our work, here the link to our website:

Orcasound – Listen for whales

Your input will shape orca conservation and marine life exploration. Thanks!



Orcasound User Research team

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