How whale oil created Unilever While a geological discovery in Albert County, NB took pressure off whales by creating an alternate source of lamp oil, a new demand kept the pressure on for decades after. *********************************************** [pdf-embedder url=”https://archiveatlantic.files.wordpress.com/2019/01/0e425-the-unending-history-of-whaling-article-2-margarine.pdf” title=”THE UNENDING … Continue reading THE UNENDING HISTORY OF WHALING – ARTICLE 2 – MARGARINE
How whale oil was replaced by a discovery in New Brunswick How a geological discovery in Albert County, NB helped save the whales by creating an alternate source of lamp oil. But the pressure hasn’t ended as subsequent articles will … Continue reading THE UNENDING HISTORY OF WHALING – ARTICLE 1 – KEROSENE
THE VISUALS THE STORY The health of the oceans depends on a complex food web which ultimate depends on the sun providing energy for photosynthesis by tiny plants called phytoplankton which, in turn, serve as food for equally tiny little … Continue reading KRILL – A VITAL OCEAN FORAGE SPECIES
Harlequin Duck Histrionicus histrionicus On April 22, 2008, Joyce Morrell of Campobello sent around a photo of a single drake at Head Harbour Light House. That reminded me of a very short story about one of the most beautiful of the … Continue reading BIRDS: How the beautiful Harlequin Duck stalled a development in the Bay of Fundy
As the Gulf of Maine continues to warm, massive changes are happening. The Portland Press Herald has produced a series of significant articles about the warming trend in the Gulf of Maine and how it is impacting the lives of … Continue reading ISSUES: The Gulf of Maine is one of the fastest warming spots on Earth – What does it mean?
Whales – The Whale Louse, Delilah and Her “Son” Calvin Imagine having these guys crawling over your head. Whale lice like this were on Delilah, a female right whale that was struck by a ship and ended up … Continue reading WHALES – The Whale Louse, Delilah and Calvin
Black Guillemot The unobtrusive little Black Guillemot (Cepphus grylle) is one of my favourite marine birds from the Bay of Fundy area. I first encountered them up close in 1960 when I was doing research on Outer Wood Island off … Continue reading MARINE BIRD LIFE – Black Guillemot
ORIGINALLY POSTED 2008. UPDATED 2018 Spy Hopping – Karen MacKay Here are some “odds and ends” of Killer whale records from the Bay of Fundy and Gulf of Maine. This beautiful whale is definitely rare. As a matter of … Continue reading KILLER WHALE RECORDS UPDATED – Rare but There!
Most years there are reports of the Dovekie (Little Auk) showing up in the Bay of Fundy. Only about 20 cm long this tiny little bird often confuses locals and visitors alike. Have you seen this fascinating little bird? … Continue reading BIRDS: Have you seen the Little Auk or Dovekie?
Originally posted in 2008. Updated November 2018 ENVIRONMENTALIST IS A NASTY WORD … APPARENTLY in 2008, I ran a community non-profit with a mandate to promote a sustainable environment four our community and I must now admit that every time … Continue reading Activists, Anarchists, Environmentalists and Whales
June 18, 2018 – New concerns are being expressed about the decline of Right Whale populations and the impacts on commercial fishing. Why are whale migration patterns changing? How can we balance the threatened right whale population against the vital … Continue reading BIRDS & WHALES: The Phalarope is Fundy’s “canary” … is it dead or dying.
DFO has reported that the first right whale has been spotted in Canadian waters, located east of Cape Breton. As a reminder for all Maritimers, on land or on the water – if you see a dead, distressed, injured or … Continue reading WHALES: Right whales spotted in Canadian waters. May 16, 2018