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One of Our Biggest Mammals
Finally Gets a Sanctuary
Nov 13, 2023 11:49 AM CST
One of Our Biggest Mammals Finally Gets a Sanctuary
Caribbean island of Dominica preserves about 300 square miles for nearly 3 dozen whale families
- The tiny Caribbean island of Dominica is creating the world's first marine-protected area for one of Earth's largest animals: the endangered sperm whale. Nearly 300 square miles of royal blue waters on the western side of the island nation that serve as key nursing and feeding grounds will...
This Humpback Whale
Got a Much-Needed Rescue
Nov 6, 2023 10:35 AM CST
This Humpback Whale Got a Much-Needed Rescue
'Hog-tied' juvenile in Alaska had gotten caught up in a 300lb crab pot, and lines
- When Alaska fishermen dropped a 300lb crab pot in the waters close to Glacier Bay National Park, they were probably hoping to catch, well, crabs. What they got instead was a much bigger catch—though not in a good way. As NPR reports, the crab pot and its lines got...
When Seattle Phones Ping,
It's a Sign Whales Are Near
Nov 2, 2023 2:34 PM CDT
When Seattle Phones Ping, It's a Sign Whales Are Near
The AP looks at a popular WhatsApp chat group that alerts members to sightings
- Peter Bates was dropping his car at the mechanic this month when a notification pinged on his phone: Killer whales were approaching his Seattle neighborhood. He hopped on a bus toward the water, then an electric bike. He was pedaling along a shoreline trail when orcas' black fins and white...
Decline of Rare Whale
May Be Leveling Off
Oct 23, 2023 8:45 AM CDT
Decline of Rare Whale May Be Leveling Off
But total number of North Atlantic right whales remains below 400 on US East Coast
- The decline of one of the rarest whales in the world appears to be slowing, but scientists warn the giant mammals still face existential threats from warming oceans, ship collisions, and entanglement in fishing gear, per the AP . The population of North Atlantic right whales, which live off the US...
Recently Discovered Whale
Poses Threat to Oil Drilling
Oct 1, 2023 7:54 AM CDT
Recently Discovered Whale Poses Threat to Oil Drilling
Endangered Rice's whale is at the heart of Gulf of Mexico dispute
- A newly discovered (and uniquely American) whale may disrupt the business of oil drilling off the Gulf of Mexico. But despite the critically endangered status of the "Rice's whale," Big Oil is fighting to keep its lease active in those lucrative waters, the
Video Shows 3 Whales
Breach at Same Moment
Jul 28, 2023 11:40 AM CDT
Video Shows 3 Whales Breach at Same Moment
The very rare sight was captured off Cape Cod
- A New Hampshire man celebrating his birthday on the ocean with his three daughters captured video of something so rare that even marine scientists are jealous—three humpback whales leaping from the water in near-perfect unison. "It was such an uplifting thing to see. Just incredible," Robert Addie...
Cruise Passengers Get a Gory
Welcome to Port: the 'Grind'
Jul 14, 2023 2:00 PM CDT
Cruise Passengers Get a Gory Welcome to Port: the 'Grind'
Ship arrived in Faroe Islands as 78 pilot whales were being slaughtered, a centuries-old tradition
- It's not a sight you especially want to see as your cruise ship pulls into port. But as Ambassador Cruise Line's Ambition approached Torshavn, the capital of Denmark's self-governing Faroe Islands, over the weekend, the water was red with blood, leaving passengers horrified. What happened on Sunday,...
Iceland Yanks Its Whale Hunt
Jun 21, 2023 10:50 AM CDT
Iceland Yanks Its Whale Hunt
Suspends its annual hunt until the last 2 weeks of the season, in a likely death knell
- Iceland is one of three nations left on the planet that still hunts whales commercially, and it looks like it may be bowing out of that small, controversial group on a humanitarian basis. As AFP reports, Reykjavik announced it's suspending the annual whaling season—which runs from mid-June to...
Turns Up in a
May 30, 2023 7:31 AM CDT
Alleged Russian Spy Whale Turns Up in a New Country
Hvaldimir, first spotted off of Norway 4 years ago, is now in Swedish waters
- In 2019, when a white beluga whale showed up off of Norway , experts suspected it was a spy whale that had defected from the Russian military. Scientists also feared the creature wouldn't be able to survive very long on its own after a lifetime in captivity—but now, four...
Endangered Orcas May
Have Learned to Target Boats
May 25, 2023 2:15 AM CDT
Endangered Orcas May Have Learned to Target Boats
Is it for fun? Or is it 'based on trauma'?
- Scientists say a small group of killer whales could be putting humans and themselves in danger by repeatedly ramming, and occasionally sinking, sailboats. Orcas interacting with boats is nothing new. But scientists say there is something different about the behavior of this group of about 15 orcas off the coast...
Can Take Hours to Die
May 9, 2023 3:29 PM CDT
Harpooned Whales Can Take Hours to Die
An Icelandic survey of mortally wounded whales found evidence of suffering
- A report by the Icelandic Food and Veterinary Authority found harpooned whales sometimes took a distressingly long time to die during hunts, with some suffering for up to two hours, per the
. The report , published in the Icelandic language, found that almost 40% of whales struggled for over...
Maine's Lobster Industry
Is Up in Claws
Mar 15, 2023 9:50 AM CDT
Maine's Lobster Industry Is Up in Claws
Sues a California aquarium for recommending that consumers avoid lobster due to harm to whales
- A coalition representing the Maine lobster industry is suing an aquarium on the other side of the country for recommending that seafood customers avoid buying a variety of lobster mostly harvested in their state, reports the AP . Industry groups including the Maine Lobstermen's Association are suing the Monterey Bay...
Evidence of 'New' Whale
Behavior Found in Ancient Myth
Mar 4, 2023 6:30 AM CST
Evidence of 'New' Whale Behavior Found in Ancient Myth
Dismissed as inaccurate, old texts hold evidence modern scientists have missed: study
- In 2011, researchers described what they thought was a new phenomenon. They'd observed humpback and Bryde's whales opening their jaws, then waiting for prey fish to swim into their waiting mouths, in what's been dubbed trap fishing, per
. The practice has been observed at least a...
Scientists Surprised to Learn
Whales Use 'Vocal Fry'
Mar 3, 2023 11:54 AM CST
Scientists Surprised to Learn Whales Use 'Vocal Fry'
The marine mammals use it to help them find prey deep underwater
- That low, rattling vocal register known as vocal fry—the
points to Kim Kardashian and Katy Perry as two examples of celebrities who have such gravelly voices—has proven a polarizing topic, with some insisting it's sexy, while others call it grating. But while the appeal of...
Mama Orca Adopted Baby
Pilot Whale, a First
Feb 26, 2023 10:10 AM CST
Mama Orca Adopted Baby Pilot Whale, a First
But the story may not be as cuddly as it appears on the surface
- Researchers studying killer whales near Iceland spotted an unusual thing: An adult female orca was acting like a mother to a baby pilot whale. In fact, "unusual" is an understatement—it's the first such case on record, reports Insider . The young pilot whale was swimming right along side...
Orca Moms Pay Steep
Price for Their Adult Sons
Feb 9, 2023 12:08 PM CST
Orca Moms Pay Steep Price for Their Adult Sons
They continue to provide food all through life, and the behavior takes a toll on the mothers
- Researchers studying orcas have made a remarkable discovery about the relationship between females and their male offspring. It seems that mother orcas continue to feed their sons well into adulthood to help them survive, and the mothers do this at great sacrifice to themselves, reports the BBC . The study in...
Japanese Vending Machines
Now Dispensing Whale Meat
Jan 30, 2023 9:35 AM CST
Japanese Vending Machines Now Dispensing Whale Meat
Conservationists are worried about the development
- A Japanese whaling operator, after struggling for years to promote its products amid protests from conservationists, has found a new way to cultivate clientele and bolster sales: whale meat vending machines. The Kujira (Whale) Store, an unmanned outlet that recently opened in the port town of Yokohama near Tokyo, houses...
Forever Chemicals Invade
Orcas—and Their Fetuses
Jan 15, 2023 6:00 AM CST
Forever Chemicals Invade Orcas—and Their Fetuses
'We need to think about how this could affect our health,' says researcher
- Researchers say they're "shocked and saddened" to have discovered toxic chemicals, including "forever chemicals," in the bodies of killer whales, including endangered southern resident orcas, whose population decline could be a direct result. Scientists from the University of British Columbia, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, and BC'...
Whale Makes 'Amazing'
but Heartbreaking Journey
Dec 11, 2022 1:00 PM CST
Whale Makes 'Amazing' but Heartbreaking Journey
Humpback with broken back made 3.1K-mile trek from Canada to Hawaii but likely won't live long
- It's a story both inspiring and heartbreaking, and one that marine wildlife experts have been monitoring with admiration and deep concern. For at least the last decade, a humpback whale named Moon has been on the radar of scientists at the Fin Island whale research station off of British...
This Whale Sucks
In an Astounding
Nov 2, 2022 9:03 AM CDT
This Whale Sucks In an Astounding Amount of Microplastics
Blue whales, as well as other baleens, are ingesting millions of the tiny particles daily
- Baleen whales —which include blue whales and humpbacks—are a type of whale that uses special filters instead of teeth to collect and eat small prey like krill and fish. Now, in a research first, scientists examining the consumption habits of these marine mammals have found they're...
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