The Weekly Dive Vol. 68

Dive into the latest edition of The Weekly Dive, where we bring you the big ocean news!

Gray whale spotted in the Southern hemisphere for the first time ever. Gray whales are native to the north Pacific, and though they once inhabited the north Atlantic as well, they have been extinct there for hundreds of years. This historical sighting, off the coast of Namibia, is prompting questions about the whale’s origin. [GrindTV]  

US fisheries show signs of recovery from overfishing. Out of 44 severely depleted fish stocks nationwide, 48% rebounded to target levels, and 16% showed significant progress. Catch limits implemented since 1996 are credited for the improvements. [The Los Angeles Times]  

India bans keeping dolphins captive. The Ministry of Environment and Forests banned the capture or import of cetaceans for purposes of entertainment, calling the practice “morally unacceptable,” and suggesting dolphins should be treated as “non-human persons.”  [Environment News Service] 

Climate change threatens fisheries by shifting species ranges. A recent study examined global fisheries data and found that species more common in warmer waters have been caught in colder regions. Such shifts in species ranges could lead to species replacing one another and altering the makeup of fisheries around the world, which poses big potential problems. [Time] 

Delaware bans shark fins. It is the 7th US state to prohibit the sale, trade, possession, and distribution of shark fins – helping to stop the wasteful practice of shark finning, which has been devastating to shark populations around the world. [The Huffington Post]    

Sea level rise and land loss threaten Alaskan villages. The effects of climate change are poised to wipe out many native Alaskan villages. This multimedia story explores how their residents could become displaced climate refugees in less than a decade. [The Guardian]  

Photos by: Michael Baird via Flickr, Creative Commons License. NASA via Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain. VladUK via Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain. NOAA via Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain.  Uxbona via Wikimedia Commons, Creative Commons License. US Fish and Wildlife Service via Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain. 

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