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

California 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 ...

Young humpback whale freed from fishing gear off Hawaii

Science 03/08/19, 01:11

A number of private boats helped a team of federal responders free a young humpback whale from heavy gauge fishing gear off Hawaii, officials said Thursday.The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said in a joint statement that the "subadult" humpback was first spotted Wednesday morning by a dive boat off ...

Unusual alliance in Sri Lanka forged to save blue whales

World 03/05/19, 02:39

When the feeding grounds of blue whales overlap with busy shipping lanes, it's often bad news for the endangered marine mammals.In Sri Lanka, however, an unusual alliance has been forged: conservationists and shipping companies have aligned in a bid to move the traffic lane about 28 kilometers (17 miles) away ...

Iceland to keep hunting up to 2,130 whales over 5 years

Europe 02/23/19, 13:30

Iceland's whaling industry will be allowed to keep hunting whales for at least another five years, killing up to 2,130 baleen whales under a new quota issued by the government.The five-year whaling policy was up for renewal when Fisheries Minister Kristjan Juliusson announced this week an annual quota of 209 ...

Russian activists raise alarm about captured whales

World 02/05/19, 10:32

Activists are expressing alarm about more than 100 whales that are being kept in small, crowded pools in what environmentalists are calling a "whale prison," off the coast of the Russian Far East.The local court last week agreed to hear the activists' lawsuit seeking to penalize officials who allowed the ...

Shutdown makes it tough for groups to help endangered whales

U.S. 01/23/19, 09:55

Rescuers who respond to distressed whales and other marine animals say the federal government shutdown is making it more difficult to do their work.A network of rescue groups in the U.S. works with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to respond to marine mammals, including whales and seals, when the ...

Researchers come face to face with huge great white shark

U.S. 01/18/19, 12:59

Two shark researchers who came face to face with what could be one of the largest great whites ever recorded are using their encounter as an opportunity to push for legislation that would protect sharks in Hawaii. Ocean Ramsey, a shark researcher and conservationist, told The Associated Press that she encountered ...

Hawaii’s humpback whales to be counted despite fed shutdown

Science 01/12/19, 15:53

An annual humpback whale count in Hawaii will take place despite the federal government shutdown.West Hawaii Today reported Friday that volunteers from the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation will coordinate this season's Ocean Count, a community citizen science project that occurs during the peak of whale season.The survey is usually conducted ...

Japan is resuming commercial whaling, but not in Antarctic

World 12/25/18, 23:23

The decision has outraged environmentalists and countries like Australia that have strongly opposed Japanese whaling. Japan announced Wednesday it is leaving the International Whaling Commission to resume hunting the animals for commercial use but said it will no longer go to the Antarctic for its much-criticized annual killings of hundreds of ...

Japan considers leaving IWC to resume commercial whale hunts

Science 12/20/18, 01:34

Japan is considering leaving the International Whaling Commission to resume commercial hunts after unsuccessfully campaigning for decades to gain support for the cause.The Fisheries Agency said Thursday officials haven't made a final decision but are considering the step.Japan's request for a resumption of commercial whaling was most recently denied at ...

Whale songs and war: The less talked-about climate impacts

Science 12/01/18, 09:49

Near Antarctica, whales are singing in deeper tones to cut through the noise of melting icebergs. In California, a big college football rivalry game was postponed until Saturday because of smoky air from wildfires. And Alaskan shellfish were struck by an outbreak of warm water bacteria.That's global warming in action. ...

51 pilot whales die in another mass stranding in New Zealand

Science 11/30/18, 04:22

Fifty-one pilot whales died Friday in a mass stranding in New Zealand, less than a week after 145 pilot whales and nine pygmy killer whales perished in two other unrelated strandings. In the latest stranding, up to 90 pilot whales beached themselves late Thursday at Hanson Bay on the remote Chatham ...

Food chain disruption eyed in Hawaii whale sighting decline

U.S. 11/28/18, 16:45

Research into the decline of humpback whale sightings in Hawaii points to a food chain disruption likely caused by warmer ocean temperatures in the whales' feeding grounds in Alaska, federal officials have said.U.S. and international researchers, wildlife managers and federal officials were meeting in Tuesday and Wednesday to discuss the ...

6 whales refloated after stranding on New Zealand beach

Science 11/26/18, 21:23

Conservation workers and volunteers in New Zealand have managed to refloat six surviving stranded whales and are hoping they'll soon swim away into deeper water.Ten pygmy killer whales were found stranded Sunday at Ninety Mile Beach on the North Island. Two whales later died there.On Monday evening, crews transported the ...

Clues sought for decline in Hawaii humpback whale sightings

U.S. 11/26/18, 15:18

Researchers are gathering to compare clues on the reasons behind a significant decline in the number of sightings of North Pacific humpback whales in their traditional breeding grounds in waters around Hawaii.The trend doesn't necessarily mean the iconic giants are dying off, or that they're not still migrating to the ...

Simulator helps experts understand how whales get entangled

Tech 11/21/18, 13:06

A new simulator is letting scientists use a joystick to swim a virtual whale across a video screen. But this is no game — it's a serious attempt to better understand how the giant mammals become entangled in fishing lines.Tim Werner, a senior scientist at the New England Aquarium's Anderson ...

Dead whale had 115 plastic cups, 2 flip-flops in its stomach

World 11/20/18, 19:38

A dead whale that washed ashore in eastern Indonesia had a large lump of plastic waste in its stomach, including drinking cups, bottles and flip-flops, a park official said Tuesday, causing concern among environmentalists and government officials in one of the world's largest plastic-polluting countries.Rescuers from Wakatobi National Park found ...

Dead fin whale pulled ashore on Belgian beach, cause probed

Europe 10/25/18, 10:21

A dead fin whale has been pulled ashore on Belgium's North Sea coast, drawing onlookers undaunted by the putrid smell.Veterinarians and assistants cut the body of a whale into pieces at the De Haan beach on Belgium's North Sea shore, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2018. A dead fin whale was pulled ...

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