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Ships off of California to slow down for whales, cut pollution

Santa Barbara - Whales migrating off of the coastline near Santa Barbara are a little bit safer and cargo ships that slow down as they travel through this area are a little bit richer. It's all part of a program to save whales and cut pollution.

Video: Drone takes incredible shots of mother/calf humpback whale

A mother and calf pair of humpback whales were enjoying their life in the wild when Filmmaker Justin Edwards found them with his drone. He was able to use his device to get some great shots of the animals without disturbing their habitat.

Track whales in the Hawaiian Islands online

Every year whale watchers from all over the world visit Hawaii to see the endangered humpback whales. However, there are other endangered species that need just as much attention, hence the introduction of a new online whale tracking map.

Royal Ontario Museum to take whale carcasses

Canada's Royal Ontario Museum will take two blue whale carcasses that washed up on the coast of western Newfoundland. Locals fear that the decomposing whales could bloat and explode.

Mystery of the ocean 'quack' solved

A mysterious oceanic quacking sound, which has remained unidentified for 50 years, has been shown to originate from minke whales.

International court bans Japanese Antarctic whaling

The Hague - The International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague, Netherlands, Monday, ordered Japan to put a stop to whaling in the Southern Ocean.

Monitoring the health of humpback whales

Researchers have identified a core skin bacterial community that all humpback whales share across populations. Monitoring these bacteria could point to a way to assess the overall health of these endangered marine mammals.

Breathtaking dolphin stampede, whales captured by drone video

Captain Dave Anderson of Captain Dave’s Dolphin and Whale Safari used a drone mounted camera to videotape migrating whales and stampeding dolphins in Maui, Hawaii. The footage is breathtaking.

Mass whale stranding on New Zealand coast

Nelson - At least 13 pilot whales were beached Tuesday on a remote New Zealand coastline and conservation officials were desperately battling to prevent another 50 from reaching the shore.

Op-Ed: Best achievements in cetacean advocacy for 2013

The documentary Blackfish certainly made it the year of the orca, but there were several other notable achievements for cetaceans in 2013. These are the accomplishments voted on by advocates themselves.

Humpback whales could be dropped as an endangered species

The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has launched a review of whether it should take North Pacific humpback whales off the endangered species list.

Op-Ed: Faroe Islands — Between lethal tradition and awakening Special

A total of 1,534 pilot whales and dolphins had already been slaughtered in the Faroe Islands this year by mid-November. A bitter setback for whale and dolphin protectors. Nevertheless, there is reason for hope.

Five more gray whales wash ashore in Chukotka, Russia

Gray whales in the North Pacific belong to two distinct populations, with the Western gray whale population seen mainly along the coasts of China, Korea, Japan and Russia. They have been hunted to the point of near extinction, and less than 100 remain.

Preview: Chile documentary shows the wildlife of a long country

A team of adventurous filmmakers has made a documentary that shows the opportunities to see wildlife along Chile, from the arid regions of the Atacama Desert to the Patagonia and Antarctica, and from the high Andes to the Pacific Ocean.

Humpback whales return in higher numbers to British Columbia

Humpback whales in a region of British Columbia doubled in number between 2004 and 2011, halting several years of decline.

Whales can get suntans

Whales can get suntans and the large mammals are able to alter the levels of melanin in their skin, helping them to avoid DNA damage.

A dolphin doesn't forget

A new study shows that bottlenose dolphins appear to remember each other's 'signature' whistles for up to two decades after their last encounter.

Video of divers almost eaten by whales goes viral

Two divers at Souza Rock in California got a better view of the marine life than they bargained for when two humpback whales emerged from the water and almost ate them.

How marine mammals hold their breath for long time underwater

Marine mammals like seals, dolphins and whales can stay underwater for long periods of time, even more than an hour, while humans can only do so for a few minutes at most.

Whale fossils millions of years old unearthed at U.S. Navy base

Yorktown - Whale fossils estimated to be millions of years old have been unearthed at a U.S. Navy base. A passerby at the Virginia military installment found the remains while walking along the York River.

Pioneering marine research into cetacean life in Scottish waters

Tobermory - Based in Tobermory, Island of Mull off Scotland’s west coast, the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust (HWDT) recently announced details of 2013 surveys into the lives of whales, dolphins and porpoises along Scotland’s varied west coast and islands.

Review: Daniel Botelho uses underwater photos to spread love of the sea

Rio De Janeiro - Managing to get the perfect angle and lighting for a great photo is difficult enough, but add the fact the photographer must fight waves and ocean currents to capture the image of an unpredictable and moving wild animal, that takes remarkable skill.

Close encounters with humpback whales off California coast

As whale watchers flood the California coast for a glimpse of endangered blue and humpback whales, one kayaker got a little too close for comfort, and it was all caught on video.

Humpback whales intervene in orca attack on gray whale calf Special

Monterey - In what is probably the first time such an event has been witnessed and recorded, humpback whales appeared to try to intervene when a pod of killer whales attacked a baby gray whale.

Iceland May Resume the Slaughter of Endangered Fin Whales

Gentle, and increasingly friendly to whale watchers, fin whales enjoy worldwide protection as their population struggles to recover from whaling. However, Iceland defies world agreements and hunts these whales, often selling the meat illegally to Japan.

Op-Ed: Activists slam Amazon.com, Hong Kong Air and secure wins in court Special

From successful court cases in Japan and the US, to threatened boycotts of Hong Kong Airlines and Amazon.com, cetacean activists are on a roll.

Animal welfare group proposes bill of rights for dolphins

Vancouver - A coalition of scientists, ethicists and animal welfare groups is proposing a bill of rights for dolphins. The group says dolphins are so intelligent that they should be thought of as "non-human persons" and given due protection under law.

Researchers link ocean noise to whale stress after 9/11 attack

Boston - For the first time researchers say, they have managed to link ocean noise to whale stress, after combining two experiments conducted after 9/11.

Op-Ed: SeaWorld's worst nightmare as former trainers launch website Special

Orlando - SeaWorld shakes off the critics who lambast the organization's role in the captive mammal entertainment industry, by mostly ignoring them. A newly-launched website created by former SeaWorld marine mammal trainers may not be so easy to disregard.

Op-Ed: Why is a 'humane' law firm working for a whaling organization?

Seattle - Japan's Institute of Cetacean Research (ICR) has hired American law firm Miller Nash to represent it in a suit aimed to prevent "acts of violence" by Sea Shepherd activists during this year's whale hunt. What was Miller Nash thinking?
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Members of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society  aboard their ship the Steve Irwin (R)  confront th...
Members of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, aboard their ship the Steve Irwin (R), confront the Japanese ship the Kaiko Maru near Antarctica, December 26, 2008
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Narwhales in the Artic
Narwhales in the Artic
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Daniel Botelho s photos of whales
Daniel Botelho's photos of whales
Daniel Botelho
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In this file photo captured short-finned pilot whales are seen on the deck of a whaling ship at Taij...
In this file photo captured short-finned pilot whales are seen on the deck of a whaling ship at Taiji Port in Japan's oldest whaling village of Taiji, 420 km (260 miles) southwest of Tokyo
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Bombing is permitted in the sanctuary.
Bombing is permitted in the sanctuary.
Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary (NOAA)
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Daniel Botelho s photos of whales
Daniel Botelho's photos of whales
Daniel Botelho
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A screenshot from the video where two divers are almost eaten by humpback whales
A screenshot from the video where two divers are almost eaten by humpback whales
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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
With permission by Reuters / Issei Kato
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Fin Whale
Fin Whale
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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
With permission by Reuters / Issei Kato
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Beached whales in Ireland
Beached whales in Ireland
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Stranded pilot whales
Stranded pilot whales
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Daniel Botelho s photos of whales
Daniel Botelho's photos of whales
Daniel Botelho
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Daniel Botelho s photos of whales
Daniel Botelho's photos of whales
Daniel Botelho
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