The initial excitement from sightings of at least one 17 – 18 foot northern bottlenose whale in the Thames in London turned to drama as the animal continued to be sighted and finally stranded. Emma Webb, a senior researcher from the Biscay Dolphin Research Programme (BDRP) and a volunteer marine medic for the British Divers Marine Life Rescue Service (BDMLR) was on site participating with the rescue attempt.
Following an update from BDMLR headquarters regarding two nocturnal strandings of the animal near Battersea, Emma headed for Albert and Vauxhall bridges on Saturday morning where the animal was at risk of stranding again. The whale was surfacing normally at this time, but the BDMLR team wanted to beach the animal safely in order that an inflatable pontoon could contain it and prevent it from injuring itself. However, the whale started heading up the river and beached itself on the south bank of the river just past Battersea Bridge.
Once stranded, the medics including Emma went into action applying water to the whale’s skin and maintaining moisture levels around the eyes and blowhole with lubricant. The sheer size of the whale required some improvisation with pontoons, but these constrained the whale and allowed Dr Paul Jepson, the on site vet, to start his assessments of the whale whilst the team continued their efforts to keep the animal comfortable – this seemed to work, as its breathing remained calm and steady.
Adrian Shephard | alfa
Stingless bees have their nests protected by soldiers
24.02.2017 | Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
Antimicrobial substances identified in Komodo dragon blood
23.02.2017 | American Chemical Society
In the field of nanoscience, an international team of physicists with participants from Konstanz has achieved a breakthrough in understanding heat transport
Cells need to repair damaged DNA in our genes to prevent the development of cancer and other diseases. Our cells therefore activate and send “repair-proteins”...
The Fraunhofer IWS Dresden and Technische Universität Dresden inaugurated their jointly operated Center for Additive Manufacturing Dresden (AMCD) with a festive ceremony on February 7, 2017. Scientists from various disciplines perform research on materials, additive manufacturing processes and innovative technologies, which build up components in a layer by layer process. This technology opens up new horizons for component design and combinations of functions. For example during fabrication, electrical conductors and sensors are already able to be additively manufactured into components. They provide information about stress conditions of a product during operation.
The 3D-printing technology, or additive manufacturing as it is often called, has long made the step out of scientific research laboratories into industrial...
Nature does amazing things with limited design materials. Grass, for example, can support its own weight, resist strong wind loads, and recover after being...
Nanometer-scale magnetic perforated grids could create new possibilities for computing. Together with international colleagues, scientists from the Helmholtz Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) have shown how a cobalt grid can be reliably programmed at room temperature. In addition they discovered that for every hole ("antidot") three magnetic states can be configured. The results have been published in the journal "Scientific Reports".
Physicist Dr. Rantej Bali from the HZDR, together with scientists from Singapore and Australia, designed a special grid structure in a thin layer of cobalt in...
13.02.2017 | Event News
10.02.2017 | Event News
09.02.2017 | Event News
24.02.2017 | Earth Sciences
24.02.2017 | Agricultural and Forestry Science
24.02.2017 | Life Sciences