(News) RED SEA – Whale shark makes rare appearance in Hurghada

https://egyptindependent.com/whale-shark-makes-rare-appearance-inhurghada/ Red Sea divers have spotted the appearance of a rare whale shark on Saturday near the Fanadir area in front of the beaches of Hurghada. The Egyptian and foreign divers present at the scene...

(News) INDIAN OCEAN – Mauritian climate activist holds underwater protest to protect seagrass

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-climate-change-oceans-protestidUSKBN2BA00C In a remote stretch of the western Indian Ocean, a 24-year-old Mauritian marine scientist donned a snorkel and dived below the choppy waves to float in protest above the world’s largest seagrass meadow. Holding...

(News) MALDIVES – Shark feeding during excursions illegal in Maldives

https://english.sun.mv/65711 Tourism Ministry states it is important that all tourism activities are conducted in harmony with the environment and biodiversity, and in accordance with the laws and regulations of Maldives. In a circular to tourist establishments,...

(News) SOUTH AFRICA – Fossil lamprey larvae from South Africa overturn assumptions about vertebrate...

https://theconversation.com/fossil-lamprey-larvae-from-south-africaoverturn-assumptions-about-vertebrate-origins-156184 Lampreys are an extremely bizarre order of fishes. Together with their cousins, the hagfish, they are the only living group of vertebrates branching from the family tree of animals before they had developed jaws.

(Ops) RED SEA – Egyptian authorities rescue dugong stuck in fishing net

https://egyptindependent.com/photos-egyptian-authorities-rescuedugong-stuck-in-fishing-net/ Egypt’s Environment Minister Yasmine Fouad said on Monday that snorkeling guides in the Red Sea Protected Areas saved a dugong trapped in a fishing net in the Marsa Mubarak area near the city of...

(Ops) INDIA – Indian Ocean humpback dolphin washes ashore Bandra

https://www.hindustantimes.com/cities/mumbai-news/indian-oceanhumpback-dolphin-washes-ashore-bandra-101615315944320.html An Indian Ocean humpback dolphin that washed ashore in Bandra was reported to the forest department (mangrove cell) late on Monday night, by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s disaster management cell. The dolphin was found...

(Ops) IRAN – Fisherman rescues baby shark from certain death

https://ca.news.yahoo.com/fisherman-rescues-baby-shark-certain153002431.html A Baloch fisherman in Iran releases a young lemon shark that has been caught in a fishing net. The shark is one of near threatened species in the region of Persian gulf and Gulf...

(News) INDIA – Kerala’s fishing community voice concern overdraft policy on Blue Economy

https://www.thehindubusinessline.com/economy/policy/fish-workersvoice-concern-over-draft-policy-on-blue-economy/article33979889.ece Fishing community feels the policy is detrimental to the country’s fisheries sector. Kerala’s fishing community has taken strong exception to the draft policy framework on India’s Blue Economy which envisages using marine resources for...

(Ops) MAYOTTE – Caught poaching a turtle, two people arrested

https://lejournaldemayotte.yt/2021/03/02/braconnage-de-tortues-6-mois-ferme-pour-un-flagrant-delit/ Cooperation with the police worked for Oulanga na Nyamba, since on the night of Wednesday, February 24, two poachers, unaware of the presence of the association's volunteers on the beach, began to cut up...

(Ops) REUNION ISLAND – A turtle found dead off Saint-Gilles-les-Bains

https://www.ipreunion.com/actus-reunion/reportage/2021/03/02/un-type-d-accident-qui-arrive-trop-souvent-une-nouvelle-tortue-retrouvee-morte-au-large-de-saint-gilles-le-bains,131737.html It is not the first and it will certainly not be the last, a turtle was found dead this Sunday, February 28, 2021 at Les Aigrettes in Saint-Gilles-les-Bains. According to Kélonia, it is undoubtedly...