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October 2013

THE ODYSSEY HEADS BACK TO THE GULF

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Odyssey with acoustic gearThe RV Odyssey is preparing to leave on October 29th for a 21-day bioacoustic research trip into the Gulf of Mexico with a team from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography under the direction of Dr. John Hildebrand.

The Odyssey and crew will be working in familiar territory, they will be running down the deep water drop-off in the Gulf of Mexico where they have been working the last 4 summers in response to the Gulf Oil Spill in 2010.

The Scripps team will be deploying HARPS – acoustic monitoring devices on the floor of the ocean.  They will also be picking up HARPS that the Odyssey deployed almost 10 months ago.

“I am interested in how sound is used by marine mammals and how sound can be used as a tool for assessment of marine mammal populations. Recent advancements in acoustic recording technology have allowed long-term and broad-band records of underwater sound to be collected. These recordings open new windows into the behavior and distribution of marine mammals (as well as other marine organisms such as fish).”  -Dr. John Hildebrand

Scripps/Odyssey team loading the boatAcoustic gear

 

 

 

 

 

Photo 1. 4 large containers of equipment arrive at the Odyssey in Key West

Photo 2.  Crew manhandling weights aboard Odyssey. 50 pound weights are used to drop acoustic packs to the sea floor.  80 are loaded aboard Odyssey – 4,000 pounds or 2 tons

Photo 3.  Acoustic gear being loaded aboard Odyssey.

 

 

IAIN KERR SPEAKS AT THE UNITED NATIONS

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The team at the U.N.

Delegates from the United Nations were educated about the state of the oceans yesterday, as activists including Ocean Alliance CEO Iain Kerr gathered for World Energy Day. In a session called “A Vision for A Sustainable World” organized by Parley for the Oceans, the speakers included Paul Watson and representatives from Sea Shepherd Society, Louis Psihoyos from the Ocean Preservation Society and “The Cove,” Daniella Russo and Dianna Cohen, founders of the Plastic Pollution Coalition, Lewis Perkins from Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, and Ghislaine Maxwell, founder of the Terramar Project. Read More

ROGER PAYNE BRINGS JANE GOODALL TO WHALE CAMP

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Jane Goodall and Chimp - Photo by Michael NeugebauerRoger

Forty-three years ago Roger Payne built a shelter on the beach at Peninsula Valdes in Argentina to study the southern right whale. At the same time, Jane Goodall was living in the jungles of Tanzania studying her chosen species –  the chimpanzee. Each feared for the survival of their study subject and both have worked continuously since then to educate the world about conservation.  Read More

OCEAN ALLIANCE’S PARTNER ORGANIZATION IN ARGENTINA, INSTITUTO DE CONSERVACION DE BALLENAS (ICB), WINS PRESTIGIOUS ENVIRONMENTAL AWARD

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On September 27, 2013 Diego Alejandro Taboada, President of ICB, received a phone call.  According to the caller, ICB had received the BBVA Foundation’s Award for Biodiversity Conservation in Latin America for “its extraordinary contribution over more than forty years to the understanding and conservation of the southern right whale.” Read More

THE RAINY NIGHT THAT CHANGED THE COURSE OF ROGER PAYNE’S LIFE

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Ever wonder how it all began for Roger Payne and Ocean Alliance? In his own words:

 A Life Among WhalesI was a neurophysiologist at Tufts University and had never even seen a whale. I was in my laboratory one March night during a sleet storm when I heard through the local radio news that a dead whale had washed ashore on the beach. I drove out there. The sleet had turned to rain when I reached the place. Many people had come to see the whale earlier, but by the time I arrived there were only a few, and when I reached the tidal wrack where the whale lay, the beach was deserted. Read More

SAVING GLOUCESTER’S SKYLINE

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Paint Factory chimney at sunset - Photo by Iain KerrWorking in a historic landmark – the Tarr and Wonson Paint Manufactory, we receive lots of visitors with stories about the buildings and what they mean to the community. One of the things we’ve learned is that the buildings not only served as a “Welcome Home” symbol to the city’s fishermen coming in from sea, but the 60 ft. chimney also served as a navigational aid. While the chimney is not functional, it became clear that it needed to stay for historical and architectural interest. Read More