Latest Whales News

2 sperm whales die within week in Florida Keys

May. 11, 2022 19:43 PM EDT

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — Two sperm whales have died within a week of each other in the Florida Keys, but officials did not immediately see a connection between the deaths. A calf died after beaching itself on Key Largo last Wednesday, said Blair Mase, the National Oceanic and...

New whale rules take effect, but enforcement still to come

May. 02, 2022 17:01 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — New lobster fishing rules intended to protect a rare species of whale are now in effect, but enforcement has yet to begin. The rules are designed to protect the North Atlantic right whale, which numbers less than 340 in the world and is vulnerable to lethal...

NOAA acknowledges shortage of gear to protect whales

Apr. 21, 2022 11:30 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The federal government is acknowledging that supply chain issues will prevent all lobstermen from having gear needed to protect North Atlantic right whales before a May 1 deadline. The rules will still go into effect on that date, but the National Oceanic and...

Investigation into whale's death finds issues at aquarium

Apr. 07, 2022 17:32 PM EDT

An inspection by the U.S. Department of Agriculture after the death a beluga whale at Mystic Aquarium last summer found problems with the care of that particular whale and others transferred from a facility in Canada. The report from the department's Animal and Plant Health...

Dungeness crab fishery closing due to whale entanglements

Apr. 07, 2022 15:53 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The commercial Dungeness crab fishery off all of California's coast will be closed this month because humpback whales have been entangled in fishing gear, wildlife authorities said. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife said Wednesday that fishery...

Dolphins' playful social habits form bonds, but spread virus

Apr. 07, 2022 08:05 AM EDT

REEDVILLE, Va. (AP) — Three young male dolphins simultaneously break the water’s surface to breathe — first exhaling, then inhaling — before slipping back under the waves of the Chesapeake Bay. “A perfect sync,” said Janet Mann, a dolphin researcher watching from a small...

Officials: gray whale found stranded on Camano Island

Apr. 04, 2022 08:52 AM EDT

CAMANO ISLAND, Wash. (AP) — Officials are responding to a dead gray whale found beached on the west side of Camano Island. The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration Fisheries West Coast Region posted about the massive stranded mammal, saying a necropsy would be performed. The...

Fast-warming Gulf of Maine set new record in 2021

Mar. 29, 2022 10:05 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — An ocean heat wave sent temperatures soaring to a new high last year in the Gulf of Maine, continuing an alarming trend in the important marine ecosystem. researchers said Monday. The surface temperature was more than 4 degrees Fahrenheit above the long-term...

Dungeness crab season off most of California to end early

Mar. 25, 2022 20:24 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Commercial Dungeness crab fishing off most of California's coast will end early after two humpback whales were recently entangled in crab-fishing gear, authorities announced Friday. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife said that the fishing season...

Wreck of only sunken Gulf whaler discovered 190 years later

Mar. 23, 2022 08:18 AM EDT

Roughly 15 years before Herman Melville introduced the world to Moby Dick, a whaling ship from Massachusetts sank near the mouth of the Mississippi River. Nearly 190 years later, experts say, it’s still the only whaler known to have gone down in the Gulf of Mexico, where the...