Aquatic Mammals

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2014

    7 Reasons SeaWorld's Bigger Orca Tanks Project Is a Joke

    SeaWorld has been in a bit of a pickle since the documentary Blackfish (and its ensuing soaring viewership on CNN and Netflix) came out in 2013. The documentary, which features several former SeaWorld trainers, exposes the park's inhumane practices with orcas, including how the whales are kept in sm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2014

    Koch-Funded Lawyers Help Boaters Tell Manatees: Drop Dead

    Boys must have fast-moving toys. And they absolutely have to play with them in the water. If any slow-moving marine mammals get murdered or mangled as a what? How many manatees do we need anyway?! Freedom!!! See also: Manatee Body Count: 2013 Shattered All the Records That's the situ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2014

    Florida Men Who Cannonballed Onto Manatees and Posted It on YouTube Sentenced

    Last May, we told you about a couple of Cocoa Beach dudes who decided it would not only be a good idea to cannonball themselves onto a manatee and her calf but also to post it on YouTube. Now, a little over a year later, those manatees are getting justice! The two men, Taylor Blake Martin, and Set ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2014

    Dolphin Rescue Program at FAU in Shambles? Harbor Branch Director Slams Critics

    In the aftermath of his February firing by Florida Atlantic University, Stephen McCulloch, who founded and for 16 years led the school's marine mammal rescue program, claims the program has fallen apart. Last week, his complaints were picked up and amplified by the Vero News. See also: - Stephen Mc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2014

    Stephen McCulloch, Fired FAU Marine Mammal Expert: Dolphins Will Suffer

    This week's grievance hearing on FAU's firing of dolphin rescue expert Stephen McCulloch -- after 16 years of high-profile service -- was over almost before it began, with FAU lawyer Lawrence Glick storming from the room and threatening to call the cops to clear the room of McCulloch's supporters. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2014

    NRDC Releases Petition to Curtail Navy Testing Off Florida Coast

    Environmental tests have proven that sonar exercises performed by the U.S. Navy confuses marine life, specifically whales and dolphins, so severely that the animals end up either stranding themselves, going deaf, or suffering organ hemorrhaging. Sonar confuses them, often making them swim in differe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2014

    SeaWorld's Appeal Denied by Court: Orca Trainers Must Stay Out of the Water

    The U.S. Court of Appeals voted down an appeal by SeaWorld over a ruling by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration following the death of orca trainer Dawn Brancheau, the SeaWorld animal trainer who was killed by an orca bull named Tilikum following a show at the park in 2010. Occupation ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2014

    Dolphin Guru Stephen McCulloch Fired, Uproar Ensues

    Stephen McCulloch has gone into seclusion since FAU fired him last February from his job as program manager of the Marine Mammal Program at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute. We haven't been able to reach him or his attorneys. See also: - Navy Tests Could Kill Dolphins by the Thousands Off the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2014

    Could SeaWorld Orlando Be Affected by California's Orca Ban Bill?

    The recent proposal out of California to ban orca whale shows, particularly at SeaWorld San Diego, is the only such legislation being discussed anywhere in the country. But depending on where the legislation goes, Florida's SeaWorld and even the Miami Seaquarium could be affected as well. Califor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2014

    SeaWorld Denies Shareholders Vote on Whale Sanctuary

    People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, also known as PETA, apparently owns 80 shares in SeaWorld Entertainment, which it bought in April of last year. And since PETA is a shareholder, it came up with an idea to create a coastal retirement sanctuary for SeaWorld's killer whales. But, as thing ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2014

    Blackfish Filmmakers Challenge SeaWorld to Debate

    The filmmakers behind Blackfish and The Cove have challenged SeaWorld to a public debate on the issues the documentary has brought up, and the park's assertions that it's nothing but propaganda from a group of extremists. The Oceanic Preservation Society has put out a press release and thrown down ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2014

    25 Pilot Whales Found Dead in Florida; Officials Begin Necropsies

    Sadly, Florida has seen a lot of pilot whales wash ashore or beach themselves in the past couple of months. Last Sunday, 25 pilot whales were found dead off the shores of Kice Island, in the southwest part of the state. On Friday, a team of biologists began performing necropsies on the dead whales ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2014

    Iceland Brewery Makes Beer with Whale Meat

    If geography was any indication of beer geekdom, then the people of Iceland will soon be able to drink a beer made with whale meat. Steojar Brewery has partnered with Hvalur, a whaling company, to brew a 5.2 percent whale meat lager that hearkens back to their Viking brethren. Brewery owner Dagbjar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2013

    Manatee Body Count: 2013 Shattered All the Records

    Manatees -- those lovable dopey floaters bobbing in the waters around South Florida -- had a really bad 2013. For the first time since scientist began tallying up the number of the animals killed in the wild, the body count broke the 800 mark. Yeah, read that line one more time so it can sink in. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 24, 2013

    SeaWorld Ripped by Filmmakers in Open Letter

    In an effort to quell the negative backlash from Blackfish, last Friday SeaWorld took out a full page ad in major U.S. papers, including the Orlando Sentinel, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today in an all-out PR campaign designed to combat the allegations brought on it by the document ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2013

    Dolphin Research Center: Bring Holiday Props and Take Pictures with a Dolphin

    The 30-year-old Dolphin Research Center in Grassy Key is inviting people to bring holiday props such as Santa hats and reindeer antlers and get their pictures taken with a dolphin. One reader worried that the facility was inviting people to put reindeer antlers on the dolphins -- and that this was ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2013

    Dead Short-Finned Pilot Whales Suffered From Malnutrition

    Necropsies performed on 11 dead short-finned pilot whales found in the Florida Keys on Sunday revealed the mammals suffered from malnutrition. Officials believe the 11 were part of the whale pod that stranded itself in Florida's Everglades National Park last week. According to the National Ocean ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2013

    Short-Finned Pilot Whales May Have Moved Into Deeper Waters

    Some of the short-finned pilot whales that had stranded themselves in Florida's Everglades National Park earlier this week may have swam into deeper waters, according to the Coast Guard. About 20 or so whales of the 40 that had stranded themselves were missing on Friday morning, leading officials ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2013

    Rescue Attempts Continue For Short-Finned Pilot Whales That Stranded Themselves at Everglades National Park

    Marine officials are scrambling to rescue the 41 short-finned pilot whales that have stranded themselves in Florida's Everglades National Park on Sunday. Experts from the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, took 15 boats and 31 voluntee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2013

    Short-Finned Pilot Whales Have Stranded Themselves at Everglades National Park

    As many as 30 to 40 short-finned pilot whales have stranded themselves in Florida's Everglades National Park. As many as ten have beached themselves, with four having already died, according to officials. The pod was first seen on Tuesday, about 30 miles from Flamingo in Monroe County.

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2013

    SeaWorld: Record Earnings Despite Orca Controversy

    SeaWorld reported its quarterly earnings Wednesday -- and they were at a record high, according to the Orlando Sentinel, which reported that the company's "quarterly profit ballooned 30 percent from the same period a year ago, from $92 million to $120 million. Total revenue rose 3 percent, to $538 m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2013

    SeaWorld Facing Huge Backlash After Blackfish Documentary Airs

    In the past few years, two trainers have been killed by orcas at SeaWorld, leading to news headlines, federal hearings, and a growing awareness that hey, maybe it's not such a good idea to keep giant wild animals in tiny tanks and treat them as slaves for our entertainment. This summer came the re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2013

    Record Manatee Kill: Hundreds of Deaths Bode Ill for Florida (Video)

    It's not even November yet, and a record number of manatees has died this year. The total of 769 is more than has perished in any year since record keeping began, according to the Save the Manatee Club. More than 100 of them were babies. Almost 300 of them died after a toixoc red tide near Fort My ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2013

    Navy Allowed "Undersea Warfare Training" Off Coast of Jacksonville, Despite Danger to Sea Life

    A federal appeals court has sided with the Navy after environmental groups challenged its plan to hold undersea warfare training 50 nautical miles off the coast of northeast Florida. The training, the environmental groups contended, will be extremely harmful to whales in the area. Specifically, t ... More >>

  • Film

    August 1, 2013
  • Blogs

    July 30, 2013

    SeaWorld Stranded Pilot Whale Was Never in Danger, According to Park

    Video of what appeared to be a pilot whale that had beached itself at SeaWorld popped up on the internet on Monday, and predictably, people lost their minds over it. And for good reason. Not only did the the whale appear to be distressed and in trouble but workers at SeaWorld appeared to ignore it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2013

    Pygmy Sperm Whales Beach Themselves in Jupiter Island

    In what's becoming a sad trend, two pygmy sperm whales have beached themselves on Jupiter Island. The Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission has been called in, and it appears the two whales are a mother and her calf. The animals reportedly came ashore Tuesday morning at 251 S. Beach Road.

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2013

    A Mother Pygmy Whale and Calf Die After Washing Ashore in Jupiter

    And now for a bummer of an animal news item: A pygmy sperm whale and her calf have died after washing ashore in Jupiter on Monday. The mother whale was spotted on shore shortly after 4 p.m. north of the Jupiter Reef Club. Her calf was found some distance away, to the north near Carlin Park. Accor ... More >>

  • News

    June 6, 2013
  • Blogs

    May 22, 2013

    Florida Woman Illegally Rides Manatee Like a Horse in Siesta Key Waters

    People can't seem to stop being stupid and treating manatees like they're playthings to jump on top of and ride like a horse. Just a day after two dolts jumped on top of a mother manatee and her calf, comes an WFLA report of a woman leaping on a manatee and trying to ride it like that kid does the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2013

    Seismic Airgun Testing Will Kill or Injure 138,500 Whales and Dolphins If Allowed

    If companies are allowed to use seismic airgun testing to search for and study oil and gas deposits in the Atlantic Ocean, 138,500 whales and dolphins will be harmed or killed -- and that's according to the government's own estimate. In addition, thousands of animals could have their hearing impaire ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2013

    Manatee Death Toll Has Already Surpassed 2012 Numbers

    Manatees have been dying at a record pace in Florida this year, threatening their overall population. in just the first three months of 2013 alone, the number of sea cow deaths have already surpassed all of 2012. See also: -Manatees Dying Off Both Florida Coasts; Scientists Trying to Figure Ou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2013

    Manatees Dying Off Both Florida Coasts; Scientists Trying to Figure Out Why

    Scientists have been working diligently to figure why manatees have started to die at an alarming rate lately. While Red Tide -- which is basically blooms of poisonous algae called Karenia brevis that is deadly to fish and other sea life -- off the coast of southwest Florida has killed roughly 180 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2013

    Stranded Pygmy Whales Euthanized

    And now for your bimonthly dose of bummer whale news: On Sunday, a whale and her calf had beached themselves at Jensen Beach, just north of Waveland Beach in St. Lucie County. Beachgoers spotted the whales in the water shortly before they beached themselves. The pair were identified as pygmy sper ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2013

    Alleged Manatee Molester Cuddles With Animal, Lets Kids Ride It

    Last October we told you about Ana Gloria Garcia-Gutierrez, the Pinellas County woman who was arrested for hopping on top of a manatee and riding it like it was a horse. See also: -Accused Manatee Molester Is on the Loose in St. Petersburg -Manatee Molester Ana Gloria Garcia-Gutierrez Arrested ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 25, 2012

    Hundreds of Manatees Find Refuge From the Cold Near FPL Plant

    Merry Christmas, South Florida! It's 304 manatees! The recent cold snap forced hundreds of the sea cows to the FPL plant located east of State Road 7 right off Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. The herd sought refuge from the suddenly chilly weather in the plant's discharge of war ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2012

    Giant Sperm Whales And Other Weird Things Washed Ashore: 8-Foot Lego Men, Giant Eye Balls, And More!

    Weird? Yes. But there's been weirder. A few days ago, the carcass of a 40-foot sperm whale -- open-mouthed and oozing -- beached along Deerfield Beach's shore, and the locals got all huffy and melodramatic over the remnants of this mammoth oceanic creature. Some local conservationists wanted to k ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2012

    Five of SeaWorld's Sordid Scandals: Whale Slaves, a "Surgically Opened" Scrotum, and More!

    Yesterday we told you about Jillian Thomas, the 8-year-old girl who was feeding dolphins at SeaWorld when one of the animals bit her arm. Don't worry; she was left with three dime-sized puncture wounds and an unbelievably cool anecdote for the rest of her life. While a dolphin biting an 8-year- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 27, 2012

    Manatee Molester Ana Gloria Garcia-Gutierrez's Family Doesn't Understand What All the Fuss Is About

    The family of Ana Gloria Garcia-Gutierrez, the 53-year-old St. Petersburg woman arrested for molesting a manatee, is none too fired up about cops arresting her after she committed a crime. Police arrested Gutierrez at her job in a St. Petersburg Sears over the weekend on a warrant for violating ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2012

    Manatee Molester Turns Herself In to Authorities

    Yesterday we told you about a lady who tried dry-humping riding a manatee like a horse and then disappeared into the ether. Pinellas County Sheriff's deputies were not amused and announced that they were on the lookout for the manatee molester. "Go ride a Jet-Ski. Don't use animals. She needs to b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2012

    Accused Manatee Molester Is On the Loose In St. Petersburg

    Pinellas County Sheriff's deputies are asking the public to help them catch an accused manatee molester. An unidentified woman is wanted for violating the Florida Manatee Sanctuary Act, which states that it is illegal for people to "intentionally or negligently" attempt to "molest, harass, or distu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2012

    If Manatees can Hear Boats, Why Don't They Move When One's Coming?

    Last week, Sea World took in an approximately 1,700 pound manatee that had been bashed up by a speeding boat. It's the seventh sea cow taken in by the facility this year alone, and regulations to stop boats from hitting the sweet morons have been debated, sort of.A new study suggests, however, that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2012

    Eating Whales and Horses In Iceland

    ​Two summers ago I accompanied my friend James "The Amazing" Randi on a speaking tour of northern Europe. We visited Scandinavia and the Baltics, and enjoyed a quick southerly jaunt to the Netherlands. Our final engagement was in Reykjavik, Iceland, in the middle of the Atlantic.Reykjavik is a mod ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2011

    Reminder From Broward County: Don't Mow Over Sea Cows

    snuzzy.comDon't run over manatees with your spaceship either.​Due to new rules from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the impending manatee season in Broward County, the Natural Resources Planning and Management Division would like to remind you not to slice up sea cows wit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2011

    Tea Party Hates Manatees, Says Protecting Them Is "Against the Bible"

    gatewaypundit.comManatees: Work of the devil.​Jesus apparently hated manatees, according to a new Tea Party platform circulating around Florida.Originating from the Citrus County Tea Party Patriots group, teabaggers are crying about the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's intent to place restrictions ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2010

    Florida Otters May Look Cute, but Lately They've Been on the Attack

    ​Florida's otters are up to no good.First, in March, a 90-year-old man in Venice, Florida, was brutally mauled by a rabid otter, which came streaking from the bushes of an otherwise peaceful street like a cute, button-nosed demon. The otter went for the man's foot and brought him crashing to the g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2010

    Delray Man Chops Tail Off Beached Sperm Whale; Can You Eat That?

    Photo: MicheleEve.comHogan tried to make off with this trophy from the whale that washed up in Delray Beach.​There are many fine restaurants in Delray Beach, but it seems one resident, Chris Hogan, prefers to see what the ocean surf is serving. This morning, it delivered an eight-foot sperm whale. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2009

    Dolphin Experts Weigh In; Any Gorilla-Killers in Lake Worth Mayoral Race?

    Dr. Rene Varela​ The local community of marine mammal experts is a relatively small one, so the Juice has been asking some high-level folks in the scientific community to weigh in on the recent controversy surrounding veterinarian Dr. Rene Varela, candidate for mayor of Lake Worth. One expert, wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2008

    Are Slow Boats Bigger Threat for Grazing Sea Cows?

    Guess what, boaters? A researcher at Florida Atlantic University says that motoring slowly through designated manatee protection habitats may put the meandering sea cows at greater risk of getting hacked up by your boat's motor. Says Dr. Edmund Gerstein, the univer ... More >>

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