Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A humpback whale was euthanized by marine biologists Wednesday, four days after it got stuck on a sand bar while feeding on fish in Moriches Bay and couldn’t free itself, officials said.The 33-foot-long, 10-ton whale, which was first spotted last week feeding in Seatuck Cove—a rare event in the bay—became stranded in 1-to-2 feet of water in Hart’s Cove on Sunday. Experts with the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation unsuccessfully tried to move the whale that day. And efforts to make enough waves to help the whale off the sandbar during high tide were also ineffective.A team of veterinarians with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the International Fund for Animal Welfare, North Carolina State University and the Riverhead Foundation released a joint statement explaining why the whale needed to be put down using injectable medications at 1:20 p.m.“It was thin, limp, weak, minimally responsive, had evidence of neurological abnormalities and extensive skin injuries with evidence of infection,” they said in the statement. “Based upon these findings, the most humane option was to euthanize the whale since its chance of surviving in the wild was minimal.”The incident comes after another humpback whale has been spotted swimming in the Hudson River off Manhattan recently. Two dead humpback whales were found off Long Island this spring and at least a half dozen whales also washed up in local waterways last year.Biologists will remove the whale and perform a necropsy to determine why it became stranded in an effort to better prepare for a similar event in the future. NOAA officials noted that underlying health issues such as illness or malnutrition is often the cause of whale strandings and that refloating a sick whale can cause more harm than good.“It’s clear that this response was not limited by resource availability; rather, the tidal conditions and other oceanic or biological factors that led to this stranding overtook any ability by our responders to rescue it,” said John Bullard, director of NOAA’s Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office. “We are thankful to our partners and the community for their caring response and respect for law enforcement as we pursue this humane option.”Some were outraged that the whale could not be saved.“I’m not only sad, I’m angry,” said Adrienne Esposito, executive director of Citizens Campaign for the Environment, who called on local lawmakers to form a whale response task force to prevent this from happening again. We had absolutely no plan and no response for this situation…This scenario can easily happen again and when it does, we need to be ready for it.”She noted that local resident named the whale ‘Morey’ after Moriches Bay. She added that the name was not without ironcy since ‘Mori’ is Latin for death.“Let’s honor Morey’s death by making sure it doesn’t happen again,” Esposito said.Humpback whales are a threatened species that can grow up to 60-feet long, weigh 25-to-40 tons, and have a lifespan of 50 years, according to NOAA. They are threatened by getting entangled in fishing gear, struck by ships, harassed by whale watching boats, detrimental changes to their habitat and illegal hunting, NOAA said.The Riverhead Foundation urges anyone who finds marine wildlife stranded on the beach to call its hotline: 631-369-9829.
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Jacob Karran will be back in the lineup Saturday when Nelson hosts Fernie Ghostriders Saturday.The three other players first game back is November 10 against Castlegar Rebels.Leafs GM, Mario DiBella also served a one-game suspension for Saturday’s dust up.Meanwhile Nelson is still missing defencemen Zach Morey and Dash Thompson and forward Kolten Nelson due to injury.Hawks Kramer shines to register Conference POMNot only does Nelson have to face the red-hot Hawks, but the Green and White will also have to beat the Kootenay Conference Player-of-the-Month, Tallon Kramer in goal.The Hawks netminder finished the month with six wins, three shutouts and a 1.00 goals against average.The native of Grande Prairie, AB, fourth in Goalie Leaders category with a .938 save percentage.Kramer edged out Logan Styler and Ed Lindsay of Castlegar Rebels, Mitch Traichevich of Kimberley and Justen James of Creston Valley Thunder Cats.Colin Bell of Osoyoos Coyotes was the Player-of-the-Month in the Okanagan/Shuswap Conference.Busy month for Nelson LeafsNelson, finishing the month of October with a 4-4 record, hosts Fernie Ghostriders to start a busy stretch of games in November.Fernie is third in the Eddie Mountain Division behind Creston and Kimberley. The two teams are tied for top spot in the division with 26 points.The Leafs, which started the month off with a 3-2 OT loss Tuesday in Grand Forks against the Border Bruins, play 10 games, during the month — four at home a six on the road. It’s a case of two teams going in the opposite directions.The Nelson Leafs, a team expected to challenge for the Murdoch Division but struggling to find consistency, entertains the soaring Beaver Valley Nitehawks Friday at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.The Leafs have dropped three straight — four of the past five games — while the Nitehawks are on a roll having won eight consecutive games to open a six-point lead in the Murdoch Division over the Leafs.During the losing streak, Nelson has scored only nine goals in five games. Nelson’s top scorer, Dale Howell, is tied for 17th in KIJHL scoring with 10 goals and 10 assists.Beaver Valley holds a 3-2 lead in the season series, having won the past two games — 5-4 and 4-2 in Fruitvale.Nelson defeated the Hawks 3-2 in overtime in the only game played at the NDCC Arena.Injuries, suspensions shorten Leafs benchThe donnybrook between Nelson and Creston last Saturday has the Leafs playing shorthanded for the next few games.Nelson dressed only 15 players for Tuesday’s clash against Grand Forks due to four players serving suspensions after the Creston game.Defenceman Brent Headon and forwards Jack Karran and Mason Mullaney were hit with three-game sits for multiple fights in the same stoppage of play.Defenceman Jacob Karran serves two games for a checking-from-behind major penalty.
The Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing has been allocated $181 million in the 2013/14 Estimates of Expenditure, to commence implementation of a disaster management programme, this year. The programme aims to develop a comprehensive system for dealing with natural or man-made disasters, through the implementation of preventive measures, public education and planned emergency operations, in an effort to mitigate the likely resulting impact of disasters. Activities are centred around three sub-programmes which focus on addressing the effects of Hurricane Sandy, as well as flood damage rehabilitation incorporating river training and the cleaning of gullies. Approximately $100 million of the overall allocation has been earmarked for the Hurricane Sandy sub-programme, which aims to facilitate the completion of payments for works carried out, consequent on the system’s passage in October 2012. The remaining $81 million is earmarked to carry out activities under the flood damage rehabilitation programme. Of the sum, $50 million will be used to facilitate river training and sea defence works in flood prone areas where serious erosion has occurred. The other $31 million will be used to effect the cleaning of gullies, ahead of the upcoming hurricane season, which begins on June 1. By Douglas Mcintosh, JIS Reporter
zoom Classification society DNV GL presented Hyundai Mipo Dockyard (HMD) with an Approval in Principle (AiP) recognizing the technical feasibility of the new Con-Green 2000 vessel design under the new DNV GL rules. The Con-Green 2000 project brought together partners HMD, MAN Diesel & Turbo, Becker Marine Systems, and DNV GL to develop a highly efficient, reliable and economic feeder design.“With the Con-Green 2000 project we wanted to define the next generation of feeder vessels, with maximum fuel efficiency, high quality, reliability and lower maintenance costs and showcase the capabilities of Hyundai Mipo Dockyard,” C. G. Lim, Team Leader and Deputy General Manager, ECO Hull Form Development Team at HMD, said.The hull form, propeller, general arrangement, midship section and scantling have been designed and optimized by HMD, using their software Hull Form Optimizer of Mipo (HOM) and Propeller Optimizer of Mipo (POM). The hull design is based on the new DNV GL rule set and the new IACS S11A and S34 requirements.The design also incorporates the new Cross Over Rudder (COR) developed by Becker Marine Systems (BMS) as well the 6S60ME-C10.5 main engine from MAN Diesel & Turbo (MDT).“The feeder market is continuing to grow in importance, especially in the intra-Asian sector, and we are seeing a wave of innovation in this area as yards and designers look to maximize efficiency and reduce environmental impacts,” Jai Oh Sun, project manager for the Con-Green project at DNV GL – Maritime, said.The results of the hull and propeller optimisation provided power savings of some 7.5 per cent. Model tests on the design were carried out in June and confirmed the added performance, with the speed at NCR (nominal continuous rating) power with 15 per cent sea margin improved by about 0.55 knots in comparison to the original design.Daily fuel oil consumption has also been improved by 12 to 16 per cent depending on the vessel’s speed, according to DNV GL.The attained EEDI of Con-Green 2000 is 15.512. DNV GL said that this represents a value 10 per cent lower than similar sized vessels and fulfils the phase 3 requirements of the regulations.