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.
Editorial stimulates thought on climate change and our ocean friends, while one article presents marine mammal population data from aerial surveys of the southern California bight. Another article documents a rescued orphaned manatee calf behavior in captivity versus what is seen in wild. Finally a valuable paper that presents data to standardize a body scoring system for short beaked dolphins, critical for examination of live and dead dolphins. The authors used live and dead stranded and dead bycaught short-beaked common dolphins (Delphinus delphis) from New England waters, and came up with a simple, practical body condition scoring system that has utility for all delphinid species.
Editorial raises the concept of ‘one health’. One article presents an amazing photo-documentation of a dolphin female and calf with severe skin damage recovering without human intervention. Another article is a review of substitute milk for rearing orphan manatee calves. There is an article on using mathematics to explore global relationships between pinnipeds and sharks as their predator. An article provides data on crustacean species of the genus Pennella, which are the largest mesoparasites known to infest cetaceans and marine bony fishes.
Editorial brings to our attention the role of individual species extinction on overall ecosystem health. An article identifies risks to Olive Ridley turtles who come ashore to lay eggs on northern shores of India. Another article focuses on challenges of monitoring sea horse population of South Carolina. One unique article focus on sex pheromones in blue crab, while another article examining roles of starvation periods and crushed conspecifics on foraging behavior of marine gastropod sea snail.
Editorial discusses important of instructions to authors. One article focuses on the stability of marine invertebrate coastal populations. Another article is on the critical topic of potential collisions between Japan-Korea fast ferries and whales. A clinically useful article on use of ultrasound and MRI in dolphins to help diagnose masses include tumors.