- Yesterday I drove to Cape Cod to see whales. As of 5:30 AM, there were still a few North Atlantic right whales just off Race Point Beach. I didn’t even have to launch my kayak – just snorkeled a bit out (in a semi-dry suit) and was immediately approached by a right whale. I then swam about 100 m offshore, where the visibility was a bit better, and got underwater views of a pod of long-finned pilot whales. There were also humpbacks farther out. A guy who’d been watching them all week said the numbers have dropped but there should still be some next weekend.
- An interesting paper about using various types of traps for small mammals (rodents and opossums) in interior Brazil. They found that bait type wasn’t important, but pitfalls caught more species, and a lot of those didn’t show up in Shermans at all. They used 60-l buckets.
- As long as we are talking about Brazil, here‘s a change in Oligoryzomys taxonomy.
- There is a paper under review claiming an entirely new species of cat from S Colombia and N Ecuador. Local experts are a bit skeptical, but let’s wait until the paper is published.
- I am considering going on June 4-5 pelagic trip with these guys (scroll down for details) – anyone interested?