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Whale carcass dug up from Australian beach over shark fears

Sydney - A massive humpback whale buried on a popular Australian beach after it washed up dead was being exhumed Monday because locals feared its rotting carcass was attracting sharks.

Ancient whales were predators not gentle giants - scientists

Sydney - Ancient whales had extremely sharp predator teeth similar to lions, Australian scientists said Wednesday in a discovery they believe debunks theories the mammals used their teeth to filter feed like today's gentle giants.

Passenger knocked out as whale slams into Australia boat

Sydney - A man was knocked unconscious and three others suffered facial fractures and broken ribs after a whale slammed into a charter fishing boat off Australia's north coast, the skipper said Monday.

Rare white whale 'Migaloo' sighted off Australia

Sydney - An extremely rare white humpback whale was Tuesday spotted off the Australian coast as he migrates towards warmer tropical waters to mate.

Five killed as whale-watching boat sank in Canada were British

London - Five people killed when a whale-watching vessel sank off Canada's Pacific coast were all British, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said Monday.A total of 21 people were rescued in the incident near Vancouver Island on Sunday, coastguards said.

Rubbish haul found in stomach of dead whale in Taiwan

Taipei - Taiwanese marine biologists have discovered a mass of plastic bags and fishing net in the stomach of a dead whale, underlying the dangers posed by floating ocean trash.

Five dead after Canada whale-watching boat sinks

Vancouver - Five people have been confirmed dead and one missing after a whale-watching vessel carrying 27 sank off Canada's Pacific coast near Vancouver Island, the Coast Guard said Sunday.

Australian humpback whale comeback a 'symbol of hope'

Sydney - Australia's humpback populations have recovered so well from years of devastating whaling that they could be delisted as a threatened species in a conservation success story scientists Tuesday hailed as "a symbol of hope".

Japan must do more to justify whaling plans: IWC

International Whaling Commission has demanded more information to review Japan's proposal to kill 3,996 whales in Southern Ocean for " scientific research."

Man hops aboard dead whale being eaten by great white sharks

Perth - A man from Quinns Rock, north of Perth, Australia, thought it would be a good idea to jump onto a dead whale being circled by hungry sharks.

Video: Researcher has up-close encounter with sleeping whale

Earlier this year a researcher went looking for some whales, and he ended up encountering a humpback whale that was sound asleep.

Op-Ed: How I relate to the dolphin and whale killers in Taiji, Japan

I have taken part in the killing of approximately 156,000 pigs. It is not something I am proud of, but it is something in my past I cannot change. To say I can remember each pig's face as they looked at me would be a lie.

Playful whale lifts kayak with two people on board in Argentina

Puerto Madryn - Two people navigating on a kayak off the coast of Puerto Madryn, Argentina, had a unique experience when their small vessel was gently lifted by a whale (Video). Such close encounter is illegal in Chubut for safety and conservation reasons.

Australian rescuers free stranded baby whale

Gold Coast - Australian rescuers freed a beached baby whale Thursday almost two days after it became stranded on a popular beach, as a large crowd of onlookers cheered.

What is the 'point' of the Narwhal tusk?

In answer to one of the riddles of the natural world, new evidence suggests that the narwhal's long front tooth might help the marine mammal sense environmental changes.

Ex-JPMorgan 'Whale' supervisor files claim against UK regulator

A former JPMorgan Chase & Co executive fighting U.S. extradition from Spain for allegedly helping to hide more than $6.2 billion in trading losses has filed a claim against Britain's financial regulator.

The search for the ‘loneliest whale in the world’

An mysterious type of baleen whale is said to roam the North Pacific. Marine biologists know this from some unusual sound recordings. One problem with identifying this particular whale is, however, that no one has actually ever seen it.

Video: Humpback whale gets up close and personal with canoers

A couple on vacation in Hawaii thought a leisurely canoe ride would be fun and relaxing, never once thinking they would meet a humpback whale up close and personal.

Pygmy right whales belong to group thought extinct 2 million yrs

A new study suggests that the pygmy right whale is the last surviving member of a group of whales believed to have gone extinct 2 million years ago. Scientists have linked the pygmy right whale to an ancient family of extinct whales called Cetotheres.

Marineland animals are suffering according to former workers

Niagara Falls - Former workers at the Niagara Falls Marineland say animals are suffering illness, injuries and death because of neglect, blamed on a staffing shortage.

Video: 'Whale Breaching Tofino Charter,' best whale-watching ever

This video showing a humpback whale calf breaching just a few yards away from a fishing charter off the coast of Tofino, Vancouver Island may be the best whale-watching video you've ever seen.

Last surviving false killer whale at SeaWorld FL critically ill

Orlando - According to park guests at SeaWorld Orlando, Jozu, SeaWorld's last false killer whale is critically ill and has been moved into Animal Care.

Gray whale rescued from gill net

Dana Point - All too often the entrapment of sea animals caught in gill nets results in the death of the creature and the gill net still remains a hazard.

Video: Rare spectacle — whales, dolphins play in Hawaiian waters

Images produced by the National Center for science Literacy, Education and Technology (NCSLET) showed a rare form of interaction in the wild between two species. Bottlenose dolphins and humpback whales were captured playing in Hawaiian waters.

Australia's white whale, Migaloo, may have albino offspring

Palm Beach - A young albino humpback calf has been seen in Australia, looking pretty much like his albino dad, Migaloo. The little one is now called MJ, for Migaloo Junior, with mom looking like the average humpback whale.

Op-Ed: Australian government allows import of whale meat, ouch

How embarrassing. In 2010, the Australian government announced that it wanted an end to whaling in the Southern Ocean Whaling Sanctuary, yet a news report has revealed four Australian companies have been importing whale meat since 2005.

SeaWorld's Tilikum is sick, can't move in pool Special

Orlando - Tilikum, the orca responsible for the death of Dawn Brancheau in 2010 is sick. SeaWorld reports that the orca is responding to care. One conservation group however, is surprised he's still alive.

50 foot sperm whale dies on beach in Spain

A 50-foot (15-meter) sperm whale was discovered on a beach in Zarautz town a resort in Spain. It was still alive when first discovered but died soon afterward.

Whale calf euthanized off Gold Coast

This morning, off the Gold Coast of Australia, an infant humpback whale's journey of rescue, which initially filled many with hope, came to a sad end.

Orca who killed SeaWorld trainer performs again amid protests

Orlando - Tilikum, the SeaWorld ocra responsible for the death of 40-year-old trainer Dawn Brancheau, was greeted by thunderous applause when he took the stage at Shamu Stadium while animal rights activists gathered outside the gates of the Orlando park.
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Humpback calf
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A sight often seen off South African waters  a  whale tail.
A sight often seen off South African waters, a 'whale tail.'
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Injured whale spotted in puget sound  December 1  2010.
Injured whale spotted in puget sound, December 1, 2010.
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Daniel Botelho's photos of whales
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The worldwide population of North Atlantic right whales is estimated to be 500.
The worldwide population of North Atlantic right whales is estimated to be 500.
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A decomposed aquatic animal found off the New Zealand coast
A decomposed aquatic animal found off the New Zealand coast
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Sperm Whale
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A humpback whale hits the side of a canoe
A humpback whale hits the side of a canoe
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Members of the SAWDN in the process of rescuing a Southern Right Whale.
Members of the SAWDN in the process of rescuing a Southern Right Whale.
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North Atlantic right whale off Grand Manan Island  Canada.
North Atlantic right whale off Grand Manan Island, Canada.
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A captured short-finned pilot whale is measured by fishery workers including Fisheries Agency employ...
A captured short-finned pilot whale is measured by fishery workers including Fisheries Agency employees at Taiji Port in Japan's oldest whaling village of Taiji, 420 km (260 miles) southwest of Tokyo
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Daniel Botelho s photos of whales
Daniel Botelho's photos of whales
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Whale being moved back into the water after being stranded on New Zealand beach.
Whale being moved back into the water after being stranded on New Zealand beach.
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Daniel Botelho s photos of whales
Daniel Botelho's photos of whales
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Lolita performing
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A humpback whale
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Southern Right Whales spotted in Hermanus  South Africa.
Southern Right Whales spotted in Hermanus, South Africa.
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Long- and short-finned species of pilot whales (that belong to the order Cetacea and genus Globiceph...
Long- and short-finned species of pilot whales (that belong to the order Cetacea and genus Globicephala) are difficult to distinguish from a distance.
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Southern right whales are recognized by the callosities on the head  a broad back without a dorsal f...
Southern right whales are recognized by the callosities on the head, a broad back without a dorsal fin, and a long arching mouth that begins above the eye.
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