Editorial overviews impact of COVID pandemic on world’s oceans. Articles cover a unique sighting documenting injury to wild young dolphin melon sighted in the Mississippi Sound, USA. Another presents an innovative approach for combining marking of phocid seals with biopsy sampling using a new type of livestock ear tag.
Editorial stimulates thought on humans and climate change. Articles cover a critical population study of bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) along the east coast of the USA, that are federally protected. Another paper discusses foraging behavior in wild West Indian manatees from a region in Mexico. Both articles touch on important elements for effective conservation strategies.
Editorial discussed awareness of predatory journals in marine mammalogy. Key articles include one that challenges us to think about what we do to our environment, one reports on what has happened to lead levels in St Lawrence beluga and one that shares information on a new emerging skin disease found in Risso’s dolphin calves near Chile.
Editorial shares thought on value of comic books in expanding appreciation of world’s oceans to young folk. Articles cover unusual locations of sights of marine mammals including a report of a hooded seal in in Nova Scotia shipyard. Another article focuses on a first report of more northerly sightings of humpback whales due to reductions in arctic sea ice.
Editorial muses on prolonged article publishing time. Articles include one that discusses the continued dumping of raw sewage into rivers and oceans. Another focuses on an unusual sighting of foraging humpback whales in areas not seen before in eastern Canada. Then an article describes sea turtles in Ecuador that are threatened by diverse anthropogenic stressors in the Guayaquil Gulf, which is the largest estuary along the Pacific coast of South America and commercial trade route in Ecuador.