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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...
More Dead Whales Are
Turning Up on West Coast
Oct 27, 2022 10:20 AM CDT
More Dead Whales Are Turning Up on West Coast
At least 5 since mid-May, off of California and Canadian coasts
- Scientists are probing the unexplained deaths of a fourth and fifth whale on the US and Canadian west coasts since mid-May. "Spike," a young female humpback first documented by scientists in 2018, was found washed ashore near Vancouver Island on Sunday, just a day after a male humpback...
At 'Hell's Gate,' Hundreds
of Stranded Whales Languish
Sep 21, 2022 10:10 AM CDT
At 'Hell's Gate,' Hundreds of Stranded Whales Languish
Half the whales beached in Tasmania may still be alive, but rescue is 'complex'
- Almost two years ago to the day, close to 400 whales died after washing up on the shores near Macquarie Heads, Tasmania, in one of the largest strandings ever recorded. Now, deja vu on the Australian island's west coast. Some 230 whales have been beached near the town of...
Blue Apron, HelloFresh
Are Ditching Lobster
Sep 8, 2022 3:52 PM CDT
Blue Apron, HelloFresh Are Ditching Lobster
Moves come after conservation group's warning about dangers to whales from fishing gear
- Some retailers are taking lobster off the menu after an assessment from an influential conservation group that the seafood poses too much of a risk to rare whales and should be avoided. Whales can suffer injuries and even fatalities when they become entangled in the gear that connects to lobster...
Orcas Keep Damaging Boats,
and Theories Are Interesting
Aug 23, 2022 10:10 AM CDT
Orcas Keep Damaging Boats, and Theories Are Interesting
It might be a 'fad,' or a case of young males who like propellers
- The word is out among boaters along the coasts of European countries: Look out for orcas. For more than a year now, killer whales have been regularly causing trouble for boaters near France, Spain, Portugal, and elsewhere, reports NPR . Nobody has been injured, but the same can't be said...
Rescue of Stranded
Aug 10, 2022 7:25 AM CDT
'Unprecedented' Rescue of Stranded Whale Is Too Late
Beluga taken out of Seine to be transported back to chillier waters dies
- A beluga whale stranded in the Seine, far from the colder waters where it belongs, has died during an attempted rescue, reports CNN . The first part of a multistage relocation operation took place early Wednesday, with the 13-foot-long, 1,800-pound marine mammal lifted out of the waters in northern France...
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