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Scientists make first recordings of blue whale heartbeats

Marine biologists have made the first recordings of a blue whale's heart rate. The activity was slow and tricky. The recordings reveal that blue whale hearts are operating at extremes.

Bits of oil from Brazil spill reach whale sanctuary

S - Fragments of oil from spills plaguing Brazil's coast for three month have reached a humpback whale sanctuary, the navy reported Saturday.

Monitoring whale strandings via satellites from space

New technology is being deployed to assess the extent of whale stranded on land and to enable local teams to help to return the mammals to the water. The technology remains in development, but the data is already revealing interesting patterns.

Whales die in new mysterious Iceland stranding

Reykjav - Some 20 pilot whales have died stranded in mysterious circumstances on the south-western coast of Iceland, emergency services said Saturday, only two weeks after a similarly unexplained mass stranding had already killed dozens of the long-finned cetace...

Orcas loaded onto trucks as Russia releases more from 'whale jail'

Three orcas were loaded onto trucks at a controversial facility in Russia's Far East on Thursday as the country continues to release animals from what the media have dubbed a "whale jail".

Russia releases first whales held in 'jail'

Moscow - A number of whales and orcas captured to perform in aquariums and held in cramped pens have been released into the wild, but experts warned the mammals may not survive after being held in captivity for months.

Blue whales 'hedge their bets' in search for food: study

Washington - Every spring, the largest animals in the world, blue whales, migrate from their winter breeding grounds off of Costa Rica to the coast of the Pacific Northwest of the United States.

For some whales, sonar may provoke suicidal behaviour: study

Paris - Scientists have long known that some beaked whales beach themselves and die in agony after exposure to naval sonar, and now they know why: the giant sea mammals suffer decompression sickness, just like scuba divers.

Climate change pushing killer whales to migrate north

Paying no attention to nearby divers, a killer whale and her calf hunting for food frolic in a snowy Norwegian fjord.Their favourite meal, herring, abounds, but climate change means both predator and prey must increasingly migrate further north.

Chilean Patagonia: an open-air lab to study climate change

Punta Arenas - In one of the most inhospitable places on Earth, the southernmost part of Chile's Patagonia region, scientists are studying whales, dolphins and algae in order to help predict how climate change will affect the world's oceans.

New Zealand whale strandings 'linked to ocean warming'

Wellington - More than 50 beached pilot whales perished in New Zealand Friday, the latest in a spate of mass strandings this week that experts have linked to rising ocean temperatures.

145 whales die on remote New Zealand beach

Wellington - Up to 145 pilot whales have died in a mass stranding in a remote part of New Zealand, with authorities saying Monday they made the "heart-breaking" decision to euthanise dozens that lay stricken on the shore.

Belugas adopt toothy whale lost in Canadian waters

Ottawa - A lonely narwhal that strayed far from its Arctic habitat has apparently found a new family in a pod of belugas in Canada's Saint Lawrence River, a marine conservation group said Thursday.

More than 130 pilot whales die in mass Australia beaching

Perth - At least 135 short-finned pilot whales died Friday after a mass beaching in Australia as rescuers worked to herd those still alive back out to sea.

Dead whale surprises swimmers at iconic Rio beach

Rio De Janeiro - The decomposing body of a dead humpback whale surprised swimmers when it washed up on Rio de Janeiro's iconic Ipanema beach Wednesday.

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.
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Daniel Botelho's photos of whales
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 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."
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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
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Narwhales in the Artic
Narwhales in the Artic
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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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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.
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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
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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
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
The ribs of whales are similar to other mammal ribs.
The ribs of whales are similar to other mammal ribs.
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Stranded pilot whales
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Bombing is permitted in the sanctuary.
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Beached whales in Ireland
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