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Mystic’s two beluga whale deaths caused by undiagnosed health conditions

MYSTIC — Mystic Aquarium said Friday that the deaths of two beluga whales were “unpreventable.”

However, an animal advocacy group that filed a complaint against the aquarium last month cited federal reports that show one beluga whale’s pool had poor water quality two months before she died.

The two beluga whales, Havok and Havana, died months after being transferred from a facility in Canada. The two had undiagnosed health conditions, according to necropsy reports conducted by the Fisheries branch of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.


“Mystic Aquarium delivers consistent, world-class care to all animals that call Mystic Aquarium home,” said Meagan Seacor, the aquarium’s vice president of external relations. “The necropsy reports showed that their causes of death were unpredictable, unpreventable, incurable and undiagnosable until after death through necropsy.”

“The animal care and veterinary teams did everything they could for these animals,” Seacor continued. “While devastating losses, the necropsy reports validate that there was nothing more that could have been done to prevent their deaths.”

Stop Animal Exploitation Now, an animal advocacy group out of Ohio that focuses on eliminating animal experimentation, filed a complaint regarding the whale deaths with the U.S. Department of Agriculture on May 25. In the complaint, the organization stated “negligence at this facility” killed Havana.

Reports from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration stated Havana’s cause of death was storage disease in her brain and spinal cord, while Havok’s cause of death was determined to be gastrointestinal disease.

NOAA Fisheries is continuing to review the circumstances of the deaths and said it is coordinating closely with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

Since Havok’s death in August 2021, NOAA Fisheries has ordered Mystic Aquarium to suspend all research activities until they say otherwise.

The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is looking into SAEN’s complaint against the aquarium. A spokesperson with the USDA could not confirm nor deny that an investigation is taking place Friday.

Michael Budkie, the executive director of SAEN, said that though Mystic Aquarium claims to provide world-class care, reports from the USDA show otherwise.

In a Sept. 29 inspection, the USDA issued five violations. One violation noted water quality issues in which there were elevated oxidants in the water from July 31 to Aug. 27. These elevated levels could “cause irritation to eyes, skin, and the respiratory system,” the USDA said in the inspection.

Three of the five violations in the inspection were considered critical. These encompassed veterinary care, animal handling and the facilities.

“Violations like this are not lightly issued by the USDA,” Budkie said in a statement.

The federal agency followed up again with another inspection in January that contained repeat water quality violations in Havana’s pool, as well as the pool of Jetta, another beluga whale. The inspection stated that, while both whales were under veterinary care, there were many days when the coliform bacteria count in the water far exceeded USDA standards.

At the time, Havana was experiencing medical issues, including keratitis, an inflammation of the cornea. One ophthalmologist said that coliform changes may have contributed to the eye issue as elevated levels of coliforms could also cause irritation to a whale’s eyes, skin and respiratory system, according to the inspection.

“Evidence documented by the federal regulatory agency charged with enforcing the Animal Welfare Act shows that Mystic Aquarium’s claims to provide world class care are quite simply false,” he added.

The USDA inspected the aquarium’s six remaining beluga whales, along with 24 other animals, in early April and said the aquarium was in compliance at the time, according to a USDA inspection report.

Havana, a 6-year-old beluga whale, “experienced an emergency” and died on Feb. 11, an official from the aquarium told the National Institutes of Health’s Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare in a letter.

A report from NOAA stated Havana’s cause of death was storage disease in her brain and spinal cord.

Despite pushback from animal rights groups and a lawsuit, the aquarium imported five beluga whales from a facility in Canada in May 2021. A few months later, in August 2021, 5-year-old Havok died while being treated for gastrointestinal issues. A federal oversight report revealed that staff recorded Havok’s “abnormal behavior” but failed to notify his veterinarian until hours after he died.

Havok’s cause of death was later determined to be gastrointestinal disease, according to a report from NOAA.

Incident reports said both whales’ deaths were the result of health issues and were unrelated to any research being performed.

Beluga whales typically live 30 to 35 years, according to the World Wide Fund for Nature. However, NOAA says these whales can live up to 90 years.

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Iceland’s last active whaler catches first whale in nearly 4 years

Iceland’s only active whaler caught its first fin whale of the season, in perhaps one of the last hunting expeditions in the country’s history.

“Hvalur 9” arrived at the processing facility in Hvalfjordur (west coast) this Friday (24) morning, carrying a cetacean about 20 meters, also known as a fin whale, captured the day before.

The mammal, the second largest animal on the planet after the blue whale, was quickly separated from the flesh to separate the blubber, under the cameras of two Sea Shepherd activists.

“Every whale that is here and not in the ocean where it is is bullshit,” said Imogen Sawyer, an activist with this marine conservation organization.

Two ships of the island’s last whaler, “Hvalur 8” (“Whale” in Icelandic) and “Hvalur 9”, departed Reykjavik on Wednesday after spending three years stranded in port.

According to Havlur owner Kristjan Loftsson, this lengthy halt is due to a conflict between Icelandic authorities over the distribution of an operating license for their processing plant.

The authorities denied this version, saying that the absence of a license did not stop the fishing.

So far, the pause was related to the return of commercial hunting in Japan, the main destination for cetacean meat, as well as complications related to COVID-19.

Iceland has agreed a quota to catch 209 whales this year.

Along with Norway and Japan, Iceland is the only country in the world to authorize commercial whaling, despite a prohibition adopted in 1986 by the International Whaling Commission (IWC) and repeated criticism from animal advocates.

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Unity Software Whale Trades For June 24

A whale with a lot of money to spend has taken a noticeably bearish stance on Unity Software.

Looking at options history for Unity Software U we detected 23 strange trades.

If we consider the specifics of each trade, it is accurate to state that 47% of the investors opened trades with bullish expectations and 52% with bearish.

From the overall spotted trades, 18 are puts, for a total amount of $1,024,965 and 5, calls, for a total amount of $457,035.

What’s The Price Target?

Taking into account the Volume and Open Interest on these contracts, it appears that whales have been targeting a price range from $38.5 to $140.0 for Unity Software over the last 3 months.

Volume & Open Interest Development

In terms of liquidity and interest, the mean open interest for Unity Software options trades today is 509.11 with a total volume of 14,193.00.

In the following chart, we are able to follow the development of volume and open interest of call and put options for Unity Software’s big money trades within a strike price range of $38.5 to $140.0 over the last 30 days.

Unity Software Option Volume And Open Interest Over Last 30 Days

Biggest Options Spotted:

 









Symbol PUT/CALL Trade Type Sentiment Exp. Date Strike Price Total Trade Price Open Interest Volume
U CALL TRADE BEARISH 01/19/24 $50.00 $315.0K 1.0K 203
U PUT SWEEP BULLISH 07/01/22 $50.00 $161.0K 23 1.4K
U PUT SWEEP BULLISH 07/01/22 $50.00 $92.5K 23 2.0K
U PUT SWEEP BEARISH 08/19/22 $140.00 $75.6K 1 8
U PUT SWEEP BULLISH 07/01/22 $50.00 $64.0K 23 477

Where Is Unity Software Standing Right Now?

  • With a volume of 3,479,858, the price of U is up 1.3% at $45.05.
  • RSI indicators hint that the underlying stock may be approaching overbought.
  • Next earnings are expected to be released in 46 days.

What The Experts Say On Unity Software:

  • Benchmark downgraded its action to Sell with a price target of $27
  • Credit Suisse has decided to maintain their Outperform rating on Unity Software, which currently sits at a price target of $105.
  • Jefferies has decided to maintain their Hold rating on Unity Software, which currently sits at a price target of $36.
  • Citigroup has decided to maintain their Buy rating on Unity Software, which currently sits at a price target of $71.

Options are a riskier asset compared to just trading the stock, but they have higher profit potential. Serious options traders manage this risk by educating themselves daily, scaling in and out of trades, following more than one indicator, and following the markets closely.

If you want to stay updated on the latest options trades for Unity Software, Benzinga Pro gives you real-time options trades alerts.

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Zero Ohms Reaches Natural Highs with CLOUDWALKER and THE ASCENT, His New Album of Meditative Electronic Flute Music – Music Industry Today


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Looking At JD.com’s Recent Whale Trades

A whale with a lot of money to spend has taken a noticeably bearish stance on JD.com.

Looking at options history for JD.com JD we detected 17 strange trades.

If we consider the specifics of each trade, it is accurate to state that 47% of the investors opened trades with bullish expectations and 52% with bearish.

From the overall spotted trades, 4 are puts, for a total amount of $353,375 and 13, calls, for a total amount of $1,460,001.

What’s The Price Target?

Taking into account the Volume and Open Interest on these contracts, it appears that whales have been targeting a price range from $55.0 to $103.76 for JD.com over the last 3 months.

Volume & Open Interest Development

Looking at the volume and open interest is an insightful way to conduct due diligence on a stock.

This data can help you track the liquidity and interest for JD.com’s options for a given strike price.

Below, we can observe the evolution of the volume and open interest of calls and puts, respectively, for all of JD.com’s whale activity within a strike price range from $55.0 to $103.76 in the last 30 days.

JD.com Option Volume And Open Interest Over Last 30 Days

Biggest Options Spotted:









Symbol PUT/CALL Trade Type Sentiment Exp. Date Strike Price Total Trade Price Open Interest Volume
JD CALL TRADE BEARISH 07/15/22 $65.00 $787.5K 4.4K 2.5K
JD PUT SWEEP BEARISH 01/20/23 $86.26 $134.8K 981 62
JD CALL SWEEP BULLISH 08/19/22 $60.00 $116.9K 22 201
JD PUT TRADE NEUTRAL 08/19/22 $55.00 $112.8K 152 401
JD CALL SWEEP BULLISH 01/19/24 $103.76 $100.1K 98 204









Symbol PUT/CALL Trade Type Sentiment Exp. Date Strike Price Total Trade Price Open Interest Volume
JD CALL TRADE BEARISH 07/15/22 $65.00 $787.5K 4.4K 2.5K
JD PUT SWEEP BEARISH 01/20/23 $86.26 $134.8K 981 62
JD CALL SWEEP BULLISH 08/19/22 $60.00 $116.9K 22 201
JD PUT TRADE NEUTRAL 08/19/22 $55.00 $112.8K 152 401
JD CALL SWEEP BULLISH 01/19/24 $103.76 $100.1K 98 204

Where Is JD.com Standing Right Now?

  • With a volume of 7,402,546, the price of JD is up 0.95% at $62.01.
  • RSI indicators hint that the underlying stock may be approaching overbought.
  • Next earnings are expected to be released in 60 days.

Options are a riskier asset compared to just trading the stock, but they have higher profit potential. Serious options traders manage this risk by educating themselves daily, scaling in and out of trades, following more than one indicator, and following the markets closely.

If you want to stay updated on the latest options trades for JD.com, Benzinga Pro gives you real-time options trades alerts.

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Whale washes ashore with huge chunk taken out of it

Video: Whale washes ashore with huge chunk taken out of it
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Finding a path forward for the right whale

MASS. – Marine experts warn the North Atlantic right whale could become extinct unless more is done to save it, but some don’t want those protections to come at the expense of the local fishing industry. 

The right whale’s dwindling population has been a concern since the 1930s, when the species was included in the National Endangered Species Act.

In recent years, the population has slipped further. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) estimates it dropped from 412 whales in Jan. 2018 to just 366 the following year. 

Gib Brogan, a campaign director with Oceana, helps lead the organization’s efforts to save North Atlantic Right whales. 

“Because North Atlantic right whales are in such a critically endangered situation, the bar is very high on what needs to be done,” Brogan said. “The scientists can tell us that fewer than one North Atlantic right whale can die every year if we’re going to support the recovery of the species.”

Brogan said five years ago, a change in migration patterns set off what’s known as an “unusual mortality event,” due to entanglements with fishing gear and collisions with boats. 

“Even if a whale ultimately doesn’t die because of entanglement, it can affect their ability to feed,” Brogan said. “Scientists at the New England Aquarium have found that the whales have gotten smaller at a certain age over the last few decades.”

From February through April, the North Atlantic right whale can be found feeding off the coast of Massachusetts. Since 2015, federal and state regulations have closed Cape Cod Bay and its surrounding waters to commercial fishing and the lobster industry during these months.

 Beth Casoni, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Lobstermen’s Association, said there’s a harsh impact on the industry when 9,000 square miles of water shuts down for three months. 

“Here in Massachusetts, the lobstermen have been under some of the most Draconian conservation measures anywhere, period,” Casoni said. “That puts an economic hardship on the industry. I say it all the time. I don’t know anybody that can lose three months of their income and still survive.” 

As efforts to protect the North Atlantic right whale intensify, groups like the Massachusetts Lobstermen’s Association are navigating new restrictions while trying to keep business going. 

Casoni said that process has required creativity, including the invention of a new rope that may be the lobstermen’s ticket to a less restrictive fishing schedule. 

“Over the last two and a half years we have developed a weak rope that has helped keep our fishermen fishing while being compliant with the regulations that have come down,” Casoni said. “The weak rope comes from the New England Aquarium study saying that 1,700 pounds is a threshold that the weakest of the large whales can break, the juveniles.”

Eventually, efforts like this could translate to more open waters for the state’s lobstermen, but a lengthy permitting process stands in the way of their goal.

“We have to acquire in Massachusetts what they call an incidental take permit, and this incidental take permit I kind of equate it to the Willy Wonka in the Chocolate Factory, the golden ticket,” Casoni said. “There’s been no incidental take permit issued for any fishery, so that tells you how big this goal is.”

Meanwhile, Brogan says they can do more to protect the whales without disrupting vessel traffic or the economic viability of fisheries. 

“We need to be protecting the whales more effectively from the risk of being struck by boats,” Brogan said. “Those rules right now largely rely on voluntary cooperation with speed zones. The scientists tell us if we slow the boats down to below ten knots, a little bit more than 10 miles per hour, that it can reduce the risk to the whales up to 80%.”

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Apple Whale Trades Spotted – Benzinga

Someone with a lot of money to spend has taken a bullish stance on Apple AAPL.

And retail traders should know.

We noticed this today when the big position showed up on publicly available options history that we track here at Benzinga.

Whether this is an institution or just a wealthy individual, we don’t know. But when something this big happens with AAPL, it often means somebody knows something is about to happen.

So how do we know what this whale just did?

Today, Benzinga‘s options scanner spotted 29 uncommon options trades for Apple.

This isn’t normal.

The overall sentiment of these big-money traders is split between 58% bullish and 41%, bearish.

Out of all of the special options we uncovered, 18 are puts, for a total amount of $1,454,596, and 11 are calls, for a total amount of $398,478.

What’s The Price Target?

Taking into account the Volume and Open Interest on these contracts, it appears that whales have been targeting a price range from $100.0 to $165.0 for Apple over the last 3 months.

Volume & Open Interest Development

In terms of liquidity and interest, the mean open interest for Apple options trades today is 11568.28 with a total volume of 219,194.00.

In the following chart, we are able to follow the development of volume and open interest of call and put options for Apple’s big money trades within a strike price range of $100.0 to $165.0 over the last 30 days.

Apple Option Volume And Open Interest Over Last 30 Days

Biggest Options Spotted:









Symbol PUT/CALL Trade Type Sentiment Exp. Date Strike Price Total Trade Price Open Interest Volume
AAPL PUT SWEEP BEARISH 09/16/22 $155.00 $366.6K 11.9K 979
AAPL PUT TRADE BULLISH 09/16/22 $135.00 $217.5K 31.0K 2.8K
AAPL PUT TRADE BEARISH 06/24/22 $135.00 $99.0K 7.6K 40.2K
AAPL PUT SWEEP BULLISH 10/21/22 $125.00 $97.6K 4.7K 1.0K
AAPL PUT SWEEP BULLISH 11/18/22 $120.00 $93.6K 7.5K 604









Symbol PUT/CALL Trade Type Sentiment Exp. Date Strike Price Total Trade Price Open Interest Volume
AAPL PUT SWEEP BEARISH 09/16/22 $155.00 $366.6K 11.9K 979
AAPL PUT TRADE BULLISH 09/16/22 $135.00 $217.5K 31.0K 2.8K
AAPL PUT TRADE BEARISH 06/24/22 $135.00 $99.0K 7.6K 40.2K
AAPL PUT SWEEP BULLISH 10/21/22 $125.00 $97.6K 4.7K 1.0K
AAPL PUT SWEEP BULLISH 11/18/22 $120.00 $93.6K 7.5K 604

Where Is Apple Standing Right Now?

  • With a volume of 58,411,775, the price of AAPL is up 3.43% at $136.07.
  • RSI indicators hint that the underlying stock is currently neutral between overbought and oversold.
  • Next earnings are expected to be released in 35 days.

What The Experts Say On Apple:

  • Deutsche Bank has decided to maintain their Buy rating on Apple, which currently sits at a price target of $175.
  • Morgan Stanley has decided to maintain their Overweight rating on Apple, which currently sits at a price target of $185.

Options are a riskier asset compared to just trading the stock, but they have higher profit potential. Serious options traders manage this risk by educating themselves daily, scaling in and out of trades, following more than one indicator, and following the markets closely.

If you want to stay updated on the latest options trades for Apple, Benzinga Pro gives you real-time options trades alerts.

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Whale seen lurking under tourist boat in extraordinary moment caught on camera – World News

Tourists on a boat trip in the sea surrounding the Ha’apai islands of Tonga first spotted a mother humpback resting on the water before her baby came to join her

A whale is spotted beneath the water by tourists who look on from a boat

A whale is spotted beneath the water by tourists who look on from a boat – hoping to swim with them.

The mother humpback was spotted resting on the water surface first with her baby nearby in the sea surrounding the Ha’apai islands in Tonga.

According to photographer Erez Beatus the whales have a ‘genuine desire’ to be with humans as they often get very close.

Every 20 minutes, the female would come to the surface for air before diving 20 metres below again.

Whereas her baby – thought to be around five weeks old – would come up every few minutes before it decided to launch itself out of the water.







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The 48 year old owner of tourism firm Freediving Holidays, who is based in Israel, said: “When we approach the whales we look for any signs of discomfort, and if we feel that the whales are not happy in our presence, we return to the boat.

“We spend between a few minutes to over an hour with them, observing their interactions and aim to leave the whales in the same way we met them – relaxed.







Photographer Erez Beatus believes the whales have a ‘genuine desire’ to be with humans as they often get very close
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“There is nothing in this world which comes close to making eye contact with a whale.

“When swimming with the whales, they sometimes choose to get really close and in those moments, beyond their immense size, I get the sense of gentleness and their desire to communicate.

“The favourite thing about these photos is the fact that the whales genuine desire to interact with the swimmers and the people on the boat.

“There was a tangible sense of nonverbal communication and joy.

“At the end of the interaction, the whales kept playing in the same area which meant they were not bothered by our presence.”

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