January 25, 2013

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Dolphin Trapped in Brooklyn, 900 Others Killed (Update)

Terrible week for the animal

These are dark times for dolphins. Earlier this week, villagers in the Solomon Islands slaughtered as many as 900 dolphins as part of a he-said-she-said dispute with the Earth Island Institute.

Over the past two years, the Institute worked to reach an agreement with the villagers whereby they would pay them to stop the hunt. By the villagers’ account, the institute failed to live up to their agreement, paying them only a fraction of the promised $400,000. They say they were left with no choice but to return to the hunt. However, the Institute’s David Phillips claims that a small group of villagers seized control of the funds and has not distributed them.

The dolphin trade still thrives in the Solomon Islands, where a captive dolphin can sell for as much as $150,000

Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, a dolphin has become trapped in Brooklyn’s Gowanus Canal, a heavily polluted Superfund site that runs through the center of the borough. According to eyewitnesses, the dolphin appears distressed and its breathing labored.

The incident is causing something of a media frenzy in New York, where marine mammals are admittedly somewhat uncommon. NBC New York currently has a live feed of the crisis, and the Gothamist has a correspondent reporting from the scene.

Rescuers from the Riverhead Foundation are currently en route, while police are attempting to guide the dolphin out with a boat. 

UPDATE: Rescue efforts were unsuccessful and the Gowanus Dolphin has died. Witnesses described seeing blood coming from the animal's back, which suggests it was dying before it entered the canal. The dolphin is not the first animal to become trapped in the canal. In 2007, a mink whale swam up the canal and was trapped for two days before it died.


Bradley Wiggins

Bradley Wiggins at the 2012 Criterium du Dauphine     Photo: Peter Stevens/Flickr

Wiggins Says Armstrong Doped in 2009

Lance denies doping after 2005

Lance Armstrong admitted a lot of things last week while sitting across from Oprah, but Bradley Wiggins says it didn't go far enough. While Armstrong confirmed that he doped from 1999-2005, he denied that he’d used PEDs when he made his Tour comeback in 2009.

According to ESPN, Wiggins, who finished in fourth in 2009, isn't buying it

I can still remember going toe to toe with him, watching the man I saw on the top of Verbier in 2009 to the man I saw on the top of Ventoux a week later when we were in doping control together. It wasn't the same bike rider. You only have to watch the videos of how the guy was riding. I don't believe anything that comes out of his mouth anymore.

But wait, there’s more!

When he started welling up about his 13-year-old son, and him asking what's all this about. I never have to have that conversation with my own son. His father's won the Tour clean and there's this element of being quite smug about the whole thing. 

Wiggins is backed by several authorities on biological passports, including Dr. Christopher Gore, head of physiology at the Australian Institute of Sport, who told USADA that the likelihood of Lance's 2009 blood levels "occurring naturally was less than one in a million."


Scuba divers are plentiful in the Florida Keys.     Photo: Patrick Briggs/Flickr

Scuba Diver Dies at Key Largo Wreck

Was director of Ohio's state crime lab

An Ohio man died Thursday morning while scuba diving at the Benwood wreck site off Key Largo, Florida.

Ronald Dye, 56, director of Ohio's state crime lab, dove from a commercial dive vessel, Tropical Adventures, with a buddy at around 9:15 a.m. The other diver returned to the surface 25 minutes later and signaled that something was wrong with Dye. A crew member entered the water with a rescue buoy and returned both men to the ship, but Dye was unresponsive. The crew member began CPR, but was unable to resuscitate him.

The cause of death was not immediately clear, and an autopsy is scheduled.

Via The Miami Herald


The Cristallo mountain group.     Photo: MaiDireLollo/Flickr

2 Dead in Dolomites Avalanche

Rescuers searching for more possible victims

Two backcountry skiers are dead after an avalanche in Italy's Dolomites on Friday. The two men were skiing on Forcella Staunies peak near the village of Cortina D'Amperazzo when they apparently triggered the slide. Rescuers are still searching the debris to see if anyone else had been caught in the avalanche.

Via Reuters