On the Tide

The blog of Marine Conservation Institute

Large charismatic marine megafauna thought to be extinct, who’s next?

Say goodbye to the poor Baiji Dolphin Last sited in 1997, the poor Baiji Dolphin is expected to be extinct. The Bajii is (or was) a nearly blind finless freshwater white dolphin which apparently has scumbed to Chinas relentless economic growth. On Dec 6 the Wall Street Journal (paper edition) reported the results of a … Continue reading Large charismatic marine megafauna thought to be extinct, who’s next?

Deep sea corals – One step back, two steps forward?

The deep water coral Madrepora oculata, from the Straits of Florida (image courtesy Reed 2006) Dec. 7th was a cold dark day for deep cold-water corals, as the UNGA formally adopted its resolution negotiated last month in New York through the UN Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea (UNICPOLOS). … Continue reading Deep sea corals – One step back, two steps forward?