Latest Whales News

A stray whale's death in a Japanese bay raises questions about the cause and the cost of disposal

Feb. 22, 2024 20:20 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — A whale as long as a train car that died after straying into a Japanese bay is set to be buried until it naturally becomes a skeletal specimen for a local museum. It's the third year in a row that whales have become stranded in Osaka Bay, raising questions about the...

How do whales sing? Lab experiments suggest their voice boxes have a unique feature

Feb. 22, 2024 19:10 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Whales sing loud enough that their songs travel through the ocean, but knowing the mechanics behind that has been a mystery. Scientists now think they have an idea, and it's something not seen in other animals: a specialized voice box. Experts say the...

To keep whales safe, Coast Guard launches boat alert system in Seattle

Feb. 21, 2024 21:41 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Photographer Matt McDonald had lived on Puget Sound for years, but had never seen a whale, so he was elated when he spotted a giant marine mammal just off Seattle's waterfront one evening. The excitement was short-lived. As McDonald tracked the whale in his camera's...

Another endangered whale was found dead off East Coast. This one died after colliding with a ship

Feb. 17, 2024 08:18 AM EST

Federal authorities said the second critically endangered North Atlantic right whale found dead in the last month showed injuries consistent with a collision with a ship. The whales number less than 360 and they have experienced decline in recent years. The National Oceanic and...

Endangered right whale floating dead off Georgia is rare species' second fatality since January

Feb. 15, 2024 16:58 PM EST

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The carcass of a North Atlantic right whale found floating off the coast of Georgia marks the second known death in the past month for the critically endangered whale species. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said the dead whale off Tybee...

Environmental groups sue to force government to finalize ship speed rules that protect rare whales

Feb. 14, 2024 13:05 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A coalition of environmental groups has sued the federal government to try to force the finalization of ship speed rules that the groups say are critically important to save a vanishing species of whale. The proposed ship speed rules would require vessels off...

Rare whale found dead off Massachusetts may have been entangled, authorities say

Jan. 30, 2024 13:29 PM EST

A rare whale found dead off Massachusetts shows potential evidence of injury from entanglement in fishing gear, which is one of the most pressing threats to the vanishing species, federal authorities said. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said it was notified about...

U.S. sets plans to protect endangered whales near offshore wind farms; firms swap wind leases

Jan. 25, 2024 16:40 PM EST

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Two federal environmental agencies issued plans Thursday to better protect endangered whales amid offshore wind farm development. That move came as two offshore wind developers announced they were swapping projects. The U.S. Bureau of Ocean...

To help rare whales, Maine and Massachusetts will spend $27 million on data and gear improvements

Jan. 02, 2024 15:52 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Scientists and officials in New England hope to collect better data about a vanishing whale species, improve fishing gear to avoid harming the animals, and make other changes as Maine and Massachusetts receive more than $27 million in public funding. The...

Juvenile sperm whale euthanized after stranding on North Carolina beach

Dec. 27, 2023 17:31 PM EST

NAGS HEAD, N.C. (AP) — A juvenile sperm whale that appeared to be in poor health was euthanized Wednesday after stranding on a North Carolina beach. The Virginian-Pilot newspaper reported the whale was put down near Jennette’s Pier in the Outer Banks town of Nags Head. ...