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NOAA halts large whale rescues after death of Canadian rescuer

Joe Howlett, a Campobello Island, New Brunswick man, lost his life Monday night while performing a whale rescue in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. In response to Mr. Howlett's death, NOAA is suspending all large whale rescues nationally until further notice.

Hundreds killed in mass slaughter of whales in Faroe Islands

The Faroese Government say that 295 whales have been killed this year in the infamous “grindadráp” – the traditional harvest of hundreds of whales.

Whales shrank before populations crashed: study

Paris - The body size of some whale species diminished by several metres decades before 20th-century factory fishing caused their populations to collapse, researchers said Thursday.

Sri Lanka saves pod of stranded whales

Colombo - Sri Lanka's navy and local residents rescued a pod of about 20 stranded pilot whales off the island's northeastern coast on Wednesday, an official said.

Killer whale breath bacteria highlight endangered species

Scientists have discovered that droplets in exhaled breath caught from the blowholes of killer whales provide insights into the health of the whales. Additionally, certain bacteria and fungi are a particular threat to killer whales.

Fears of exploding whales as New Zealand clears carcasses

Wellington - The grim task of clearing hundreds of washed-up whale carcasses was under way in New Zealand Tuesday, with the beach closed over fears the bodies will fill with gas and explode as they decompose.

About 200 beached whales refloat themselves in N. Zealand

Christchurch - Most of the more than 200 whales who became stranded on New Zealand's notorious Farewell Spit on the weekend have been able to refloat themselves, conservation officials said Sunday.

Fresh whale stranding on notorious New Zealand beach

Christchurch - Another 200 whales were stranded on a New Zealand coastline late Saturday, frustrating rescuers who had battled through the day and even defied a shark threat to try and keep them at sea.

Fresh whale stranding on notorious New Zealand beach

Christchurch - Another 200 whales were stranded on a New Zealand coastline late Saturday, frustrating rescuers who had battled through the day and even defied a shark threat to try and keep them at sea.

Fresh whale stranding on notorious New Zealand beach

Christchurch - Another 200 whales were stranded on a New Zealand coastline late Saturday, frustrating rescuers who had battled through the day and even defied a shark threat to try and keep them at sea.

Hundreds of whales wash up dead on New Zealand beach

Wellington - More than 400 whales were stranded on a New Zealand beach Friday, with most of them dying quickly as frustrated volunteers desperately raced to save the survivors.

Hundreds of whales wash up dead on New Zealand beach

Wellington - More than 400 whales were stranded on a New Zealand beach Friday, with most of them dying quickly as frustrated volunteers desperately raced to save the survivors.

Hundreds of whales wash up dead on New Zealand beach

Wellington - More than 400 whales were stranded on a New Zealand beach Friday, with most of them dying quickly as frustrated volunteers desperately raced to save the survivors.

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.
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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
Beached whales in Ireland
Beached whales in Ireland
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Bombing is permitted in the sanctuary.
Bombing is permitted in the sanctuary.
Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary (NOAA)
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
 Over 50 percent of unusual marine mammal mortality events are caused by harmful algal blooms.
"Over 50 percent of unusual marine mammal mortality events are caused by harmful algal blooms."
NOAA
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
Daniel Botelho s photos of whales
Daniel Botelho's photos of whales
Daniel Botelho
Daniel Botelho s photos of whales
Daniel Botelho's photos of whales
Daniel Botelho
Daniel Botelho s photos of whales
Daniel Botelho's photos of whales
Daniel Botelho
Narwhales in the Artic
Narwhales in the Artic
Felix Stember
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
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
The ribs of whales are similar to other mammal ribs.
The ribs of whales are similar to other mammal ribs.
University of California, Berkeley.
Stranded pilot whales
Stranded pilot whales
screen capture from You Tube
Fin Whale
Fin Whale
Lori Mazzuca, AFSC/Kodiak
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