‘Whale—like’ tetrapod fossils first discovered in Egypt

Africa 08/26/21, 22:15

Egyptian researchers have discovered a new type of four-legged whale that existed 43 million years ago for the first time in Egypt's Western Desert. Scientists from Mansoura University analyzed the remains of the amphibious Phiomicetus Anubis, which was discovered in middle Eocene rocks in Fayum Depression, a Western Desert in Egypt. ...

Feds to investigate spike in gray whale deaths on West Coast

U.S. 05/31/19, 16:30

U.S. scientists said Friday they will investigate why an unusual number of gray whales are washing up dead on West Coast beaches.About 70 whales have been found dead so far this year on the coasts of California, Oregon, Washington and Alaska, the most since 2000. About five more have been ...

Link to stress, health of whales might be in giant mouths

Science 05/29/19, 10:46

Whale researchers in New England believe they've found a new way to measure the amount of stress felt by whales when they experience traumas such as entanglements in fishing gear, and they say the technique could help protect the massive sea creatures from extinction.The scientists, with the New England Aquarium ...

13th dead whale of the year washes ashore near San Francisco

Science 05/24/19, 16:53

Authorities say a dead gray whale has washed ashore in the San Francisco Bay Area, bringing the total to 13 dead whales found in the area since March. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the whale carcass was found Thursday along the Point Reyes National Seashore near Limantour Beach.The Marine Mammal ...

Wind developer seeks proposals for whale monitoring system

Business 05/21/19, 13:32

The developer of a wind farm off Massachusetts is taking steps to protect the endangered North Atlantic right whale.Vineyard Wind announced Tuesday it's seeking proposals for an acoustic monitoring system to detect and track the critically endangered species.The company says the system will help ensure speed restrictions and other marine ...

More ships slow down off California to avoid killing whales

U.S. 05/17/19, 19:28

A growing number of shipping companies are slowing down as they approach San Francisco and other California ports so they are less likely to injure or kill whales.Marine experts say four of the 10 gray whales found dead near San Francisco this year were killed by ships, the San Francisco ...

Ninth dead whale found in San Francisco Bay Area

U.S. 05/06/19, 17:49

Marine mammal experts are concerned about the death of a gray whale that washed ashore in San Francisco.The whale found Monday on Ocean Beach was the ninth discovered in the San Francisco Bay Area since March.The Marine Mammal Center plans a necropsy to determine what killed the animal.Waves roll into ...

Enigmatic Beluga whale off Norway staying near humans

Europe 05/02/19, 05:14

A beluga whale found in Arctic Norway wearing a harness that suggests links to Russia appears to be enjoying staying near humans.Joergen Ree Wiig, of the Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries, told The Associated Press "it was the first thing I saw" when looking out of his office window Thursday in ...

Enigmatic Beluga whale lets people pet it in Artic Norway

Europe 04/30/19, 06:48

A beluga whale found in Arctic Norway with a tight harness that is believed to have links to a military facility in Russia is so tame that residents can pet the mammal on its nose.The white whale has been frolicking in the frigid harbor of Tufjord, a hamlet near Norway's ...

A daunting task begins: Reducing lobster gear to save whales

Business 04/29/19, 15:28

Fishing managers on the East Coast began the daunting process Monday of implementing new restrictions on lobster fishing that are designed to protect a vanishing species of whale.A team organized by the federal government recommended last week that the number of vertical trap lines in the water be reduced by ...

Beluga whale with Russian harness raises alarm in Norway

Europe 04/29/19, 06:10

A beluga whale found with a tight harness that appeared to be Russian made has raised the alarm of Norwegian officials and prompted speculation that the animal may have escaped from a Russian military facility.Joergen Ree Wiig of the Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries says "Equipment St. Petersburg" is written on ...

New restrictions to protect rare whale expected from group

U.S. 04/26/19, 06:16

A group organized by the federal government is expected to release recommendations about how to better protect a vanishing species of whale in the Atlantic Ocean.The North Atlantic right whale numbers only about 411, and its numbers have fallen by dozens in this decade. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ...

NOAA: Bryde’s whales in Gulf of Mexico are endangered

U.S. 04/12/19, 16:27

Federal scientists say a tiny group of Bryde's whales in the Gulf of Mexico is endangered, with threats including oil and gas exploration and development."They're the only year-round baleen whales that make their home in Gulf of Mexico, and (they) have a unique and very important role in the ecosystem," ...

‘Jerk’ Hurricanes surge into 1st playoff series since 2009

Hockey 04/09/19, 00:59

They traded punches with Evander Holyfield. They dunked a basketball on ice. They flopped around like beached whales.The Carolina Hurricanes have done plenty of unusual things this season, and here is one more: They are preparing for their first playoff series in a decade.That team dubbed a "bunch of jerks" ...

Feds support tribe’s push for only whale hunt in mainland US

U.S. 04/04/19, 15:57

Federal officials are supporting a decadeslong request by a Native American tribe in Washington state to resume what would be the only authorized whale hunts in the mainland U.S., a long-held custom that animal rights activists oppose as outdated and cruel.The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Thursday announced its ...

WWF sounds alarm after 48 lbs of plastic found in dead whale

Europe 04/01/19, 11:15

An 8-meter (26-foot) sperm whale was found dead off Sardinia with 22 kilograms (48.5 pounds) of plastic in its belly, prompting the World Wildlife Foundation to sound an alarm Monday over the dangers of plastic waste in the Mediterranean Sea. The environmental group said the garbage recovered from the sperm whale's ...

California crab fisheries to close early to protect whales

U.S. 03/26/19, 16:59

California crab fisheries will close for the season in April when whales are feeding off the state's coast as part of an effort to keep Dungeness crab fishery gear from killing protected whales, officials announced Tuesday.The April 15 closure, three months before the crab fishing season normally ends, is part ...

2 dead gray whales wash ashore in San Francisco Bay

U.S. 03/14/19, 18:30

Marine experts say two dead gray whales were found in the San Francisco Bay this week and that one of them died from severe malnutrition. The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito said Thursday scientists were unable to determine a cause of death for the other whale. A team conducted necropsies on the ...

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