This Thursday, April 8, 2021, (SOA) Mexico is hosting Blue Initiatives, an online event aimed at highlighting the stories of the humans behind several NGOs, civil associations and initiatives that work towards ocean conservation around the Baja California Peninsula in Mexico. This free one day event in partnership with The Blue Quest features talks from esteemed scientists and conservationists actively working on different fronts in Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula.
The day will start off at 9am CST with a quick introduction by SOA before renown shark scientist Dr James Ketchum & Carmen Pasos of Pelagios Kakunja research center kick off the first talks at 9.30am CST. They’ll be followed by two of the remarkable scientists behind Whale Shark Mexico – Deni Ramirez & Karen Acevedo – at 10am. Throughout the day participants will also hear talks from marine mammal researchers Esther Jimenez and Maria Laura Marcias (11:15 am), as well as sea turtle researchers Helena Fernandez-Sanz and Agnese Mancini (11:35 am).
There is also a special talk at 10:45am CST on creating impact for conservation with underwater photography & cinematography by the creator of , Clément Pourtal, and award winning photographer & founder of – . The talks will be in English and are free to join and open to all. Following the talks there will be a special screening of The Blue Quest documentary.
SOA is a global community of youth, entrepreneurs, and experts in diverse fields collaborating to solve the greatest challenges facing our ocean. Their mission is to support people and startups working to meet the targets of United Nations SDG 14 and define the future of ocean health. SOA’s Ocean Leadership Program empowers youth to lead the restoration of ocean health in one generation through their Ocean Solutions Hubs (OSHs), which are organized groups of ocean leaders taking action around the world to promote ocean health and sustainability.
SOA México is one of the many OSHs from the Sustainable Ocean Alliance that works to protect Mexico’s high and deep sea while educating the community on diverse ocean-related themes. Recently, they partnered up with The Blue Quest team in order to broadcast their documentary during a virtual event aiming to highlight several ocean conservation stories from the people behind local NGOs around the Baja California Peninsula, Mexico. This collaborative project goes by the name of Blue Initiatives.
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Stranded dolphin rescued from muddy inlet
At around 11:40 on Friday 16 February, a lone common dolphin was reported to British Divers Marine Life Rescue circling in the shallows in an inlet at Place, near Portscatho, in Cornwall. A couple of volunteer Marine Mammal Medics were sent down initially to monitor the animal in hope it would be able to get away by itself, and further assess the situation.
After an hour and a half or so of observation, the risk of stranding increased significantly as the tide went out as the inlet is very shallow, muddy and almost completely dries out over low tide. Therefore, a larger response team was dispatched with more equipment in preparation for a stranding. Indeed, the animal did soon strand in the mud and fell onto its side, submerging the blowhole. Luckily the team were on hand to help get it upright again quickly, then bring it ashore for a health assessment and to begin providing first aid. No obvious injuries could be found and it measured 2.03m, later confirmed as female.
The team were soon joined by two vets, who were able to confirm the animal to be in moderate nutritional condition and appeared otherwise okay following a more detailed health check, and so was suitable for the team to attempt to refloat. However, it was not possible to refloat it safely in the inlet due to the nature of the geography, substrate and tide there it seemed the most likely reason this dolphin had stranded was due to getting disoriented in this location, and would struggle to get out again. Luckily a local resident had his boat tender moored nearby and was happy to use it a transport craft to take the dolphin out to deeper water.
With help, the boat was slid across the mud and launched near the mouth of the inlet. A surfboard was placed on one side with a soft mat on top for the dolphin to lie comfortably on during the journey. When ready, the dolphin was carried across in a tarpaulin, transferred to a mesh stretcher and loaded on board with a team of four Medics including a vet.
The boat then carefully made its way out to the mouth of the Percuil River, facing into Carrick Roads and close to open sea, which was the most ideal site for release where the chance of returning and re-stranding was lower. The dolphin was carefully hauled overboard in the stretcher and held alongside briefly, though as she started kicking strongly almost straight away it was hard to keep hold and so she was released quickly. The boat retreated and the team observed her circling in the middle of the channel until she was lost from sight. The team returned to the inlet before darkness fell.
The area will be monitored over the weekend for re-sightings or re-strandings, but it is hoped that she will recover successfully and continue back out to sea. In the meantime BDMLR would like to thank the volunteer team, local residents and members of the public for all their efforts and support throughout this incident.
British Divers Marine Life Rescue is an international marine animal rescue organisation based in the UK and is a registered charity. The aims of the organisation are to provide a rescue service for marine wildlife, to support existing rehabilitation centres and to develop new methods of rescue, treatment, transport and care. Website www.bdmlr.org.uk.
Photos: Dan Jarvis
Mother of Corals Announces Ambassador Program
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Join Mother of Corals in beautiful Bocas del Toro, Panama to learn about coral restoration projects from start to finish. This course is designed for students, environmentalists, divers, soon-to-be-divers and anyone seeking to become a catalyst for positive change in coral reef conservation. Join Mother of Corals on a transformative journey to become a Mother of Corals Ambassador and contribute to the preservation of one of Earth’s most vital ecosystems.
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