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Drones give rare glimpse into Australian whales

Sydney - Scientists studying whales in Australia have gained rare images of a white calf swimming with its mother as part of a project they hope will help conservation efforts.

Drones give rare glimpse into Australian whales

Sydney - Scientists studying whales in Australia have gained rare images of a white calf swimming with its mother as part of a project they hope will help conservation efforts.

Drones give rare glimpse into Australian whales

Sydney - Scientists studying whales in Australia have gained rare images of a white calf swimming with its mother as part of a project they hope will help conservation efforts.

France's Marineland accused of 'mistreating orcas'

Antibes - Environmental campaigners said Sunday they were taking legal action against a French marine park, Europe's largest, over the treatment of its orca whales and other animals after many were killed in a recent storm.

Solving the evolutionary puzzle of menopause

Paris - Menopause in women and females from a few other "higher" species is probably a fluke of nature rather than evolution at work, according to a study published Wednesday.

Read about a new way to keep whales safe from fishing boats

Around the Gulf of Alaska sperm whales like to follow fishing boats. This can place the whales in danger from fishing nets and from the boats. A new decoy can successfully lure sperm whales away from fishermen’s lines.

How sperm whales have different dialects

A new study suggests that sperm whales have different dialects. The finding demonstrates further the complexity of the great mammals of the oceans.

Five anti-whaling activists barred from Denmark's Faroe islands

Stockholm - Five activists from the militant Sea Shepherd conservation group have been ordered to leave the Faroe Islands after they tried to disrupt a traditional whale hunt in the autonomous Danish province, police said Saturday.

Scientist: Polar bear holds breath for 3 minutes, shatters record

A Canadian researcher recently witnessed a polar bear holding his breath for a record-breaking three minutes off of Norway's Svalbard Islands. While this is amazing, it's nothing to be happy about.

Should wolves, grey whales and lynxes make a come back?

Aberdeen - Should species that have long disappeared be reintroduced into a territory or country? The answer is yes, according to the campaign group Rewilding Britain.

Pippa Middleton slammed for eating whale meat

Pippa Middleton, who is famous for being the sister of Kate Middleton, has been criticized for eating whale meat and then writing about how much she enjoyed it.

Ocean animals are getting progressively larger

Ocean animals have been getting larger over the millennium. According to a new analysis, reviewing thousands of species from the Earth’s seas since the Cambrian Period, there has been a gradual uplift in size.

Six sperm whales die in rare mass beaching in Australia

Sydney - A pod of six sperm whales washed up dead Monday in a rare mass stranding on the South Australia coast, with animal welfare officials struggling over the logistics of handling the huge carcasses.

Six Humpback whales surround boaters in Norway

Two friends were boating in Norway and they captured six humpback whales on film. The whales ended up avoiding their boat after they suddenly emerged around them.

Increase in California blue whale numbers

San Francisco - Biologists have calculated that the numbers of California blue whales has risen. This means that the population is returning to sustainable levels.

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.
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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
This chart shows that Japan s appetite for whale meat is definitely on the decline.
This chart shows that Japan's appetite for whale meat is definitely on the decline.
IFAW
Daniel Botelho s photos of whales
Daniel Botelho's photos of whales
Daniel Botelho
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
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
With permission by Reuters / Eric Cheng
Daniel Botelho s photos of whales
Daniel Botelho's photos of whales
Daniel Botelho
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
With permission by Reuters / Issei Kato
Stranded pilot whales
Stranded pilot whales
screen capture from You Tube
Beached whales in Ireland
Beached whales in Ireland
screen capture from news video
The ribs of whales are similar to other mammal ribs.
The ribs of whales are similar to other mammal ribs.
University of California, Berkeley.
Daniel Botelho s photos of whales
Daniel Botelho's photos of whales
Daniel Botelho
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
YouTube
Bears feeding on a fin whale carcass in Larson Bay  Alaska  near Kodiak.
Bears feeding on a fin whale carcass in Larson Bay, Alaska, near Kodiak.
NOAA
Narwhales in the Artic
Narwhales in the Artic
Felix Stember
Fin Whale
Fin Whale
Lori Mazzuca, AFSC/Kodiak
Daniel Botelho s photos of whales
Daniel Botelho's photos of whales
Daniel Botelho
Bombing is permitted in the sanctuary.
Bombing is permitted in the sanctuary.
Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary (NOAA)