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January 28, 1999
Keiko Foundation: Keiko's Training Sessions

Keiko continues to do very well in the bay pen. He is currently eating
approximately 100 lb of food each day and is very active.

For the full story click on the link below.

Sperm Whales 'attack' Megamouth!


While looking for cetaceans, researchers encountered three sperm whales "attacking" a shark. The shark was an extremely rare specimen of Megamouth shark (Megachasma pelagios).

Anyone interested in learning more about this sighting - and seeing some slides of the encounter - can visit the website below.

Oil versus marine life: the debate continues


Little Scientific Data on Impact of Drilling on Georges Bank, Nova Scotia.

Oil executives and biologists are having a tough time arguing their cases on the future of one of Canada's most unique marine ecosystems, claiming there's not enough scientific data to support their opposing positions.

The two sides appear to be coming up against the same challenge: a lack of information on how oil and gas exploration would affect Georges Bank, an area off Nova Scotia rich with marine life.

Second Dolphin dies in Bahrain


Reports suggest that a second dolphin has died at the Dolphin Park in Manama, Bahrain only days after one dolphin was reported dead last week. A government veterinarian reported to the Gulf Daily News in Bahrain that he had carried out an autopsy on the body and determined cause of death to be due to chronic inflammation of the internal organs (Gulf Daily News, 27 January 1999).

Protected Whale Meat on Sale in Japan Again!


A report in the international journal NATURE provides further evidence that whales are still being killed and traded, despite the world-wide moratorium on commercial whaling and the ban on international trade in whale products.

Stranded dolphins successfully refloated in NZ


Nelson, Jan 25 - Rescuers walked out of the water on Saturday with smiles on their faces after refloating four dolphins stranded in the Blind Channel, about 1km off the back beach of the Nelson suburb of Tahunanui. Five bottlenose dolphins were stuck at low tide on a sand bar in the channel. Sadly, one of the dolphins was already dead when Department of Conservation (DOC) staff reached it.

Antarctic Conference


WELLINGTON, Jan 24 (Reuters) - Ministers and senior officials from 24 countries begin a landmark government-level conference in Antartica on Monday to focus political attention on the frozen continent's fragile ecosystem.

Antarctica is for the most part a vast, icy emptiness, some 14 million square km (8.5 million square miles) of which is almost completely covered by an ice sheet with an average thickness of over 2,000 metres (2,200 yards).

Benefits dispute delays whale sanctuary


Canada is poised to create its first sanctuary for bowhead whales, but the project has been delayed yet again by bureaucratic problems with funding.

The ideal of the marine preserve, "Igalirtuuq," began in the early 1980s when the community of Clyde River passed a vote calling for protection of the whale grounds off its shore. The proposal has been met with several delays, many of which stem from the signing of the 1994 Nunavut land-claims agreement, which stipulates that any new parks must have an agreement on benefits for the local people.

Bid to save stranded dolphins


January 23rd: One of five bottlenose dolphins stranded in Blind Channel near Nelson's Rabbit Island, New Zealand, died this morning, but others were being attended to by Department of Conservation staff.

Nelson Department of Conservation spokesman Andrew Macalister said five dolphins were stranded in the channel between Rabbit Island and Tahunanui Back Beach. Department staff were covering the four surviving dolphins with sheets to deflect sun and keep them wet.

Japan seeks removal of Greenpeace from IWC


Canberra, Jan 19 AAP - Greenpeace today said it would fight a bid by Japan to expel it from attending International Whaling Commission meetings as an observer.

In a statement today Greenpeace Oceans campaigner Denise Boyd said a closed meeting today and tomorrow at the UK headquarters of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) was expected to consider a proposal by Japan for Greenpeace to be barred from future IWC meetings.

Greenpeace demands that the IWC rejects the Japanese government's proposal, Ms Boyd said.

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