Latest Whales News

Hawaii whale dies with fishing nets, plastic bags in stomach

Feb. 02, 2023 16:07 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — A whale that washed ashore in Hawaii over the weekend likely died in part because it ate large volumes of fishing traps, fishing nets, plastic bags and other marine debris, scientists said Thursday, highlighting the threat to wildlife from the millions of tons of plastic that ends...

Entangled humpback whale freed of gear off Island of Hawaii

Feb. 01, 2023 23:12 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — A humpback whale was freed Tuesday after it was found in a life-threatening entanglement of rope, with a bundle of gear and two buoys attached. The whale was freed off of Kona near the Kona Airport on the Big Island, in the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National...

Vessel strike blamed for humpback whale's death in New York

Feb. 01, 2023 14:19 PM EST

LIDO BEACH, N.Y. (AP) — A humpback whale that washed ashore on a New York beach this week was likely killed by a vessel, federal authorities said Wednesday. A necropsy will determine the exact cause of death for the whale, a male named Luna that was more than 40 years old and had...

Stranded humpback whale dies on Long Island beach

Jan. 31, 2023 13:27 PM EST

LIDO BEACH, N.Y. (AP) — A 35-foot (11-meter) humpback whale washed ashore and later died on a New York beach, one of several cetaceans discovered over the past two months along the shores of New York and New Jersey. The whale was discovered Monday morning at Lido Beach West Town...

Japan firm opens whale meat vending machines to push sales

Jan. 28, 2023 05:05 AM EST

YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — A Japanese whaling operator, after struggling for years to promote its products amid protests from conservationists, has found a new way to cultivate clientele and bolster sales: whale meat vending machines. The Kujira (Whale) Store, an unmanned outlet that...

Feds deny emergency call to slow ships, ease whale strikes

Jan. 23, 2023 14:39 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The U.S. government has denied a request from a group of environmental organizations to immediately apply proposed ship-speed restrictions in an effort to save a vanishing species of whale. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is considering...

Third dead whale in a week washes up on Oregon coast

Jan. 19, 2023 17:32 PM EST

WARRENTON, Ore. (AP) — A baby gray whale washed up on the northern Oregon coast on Wednesday, making it the third dead whale to beach on the state's coastline over the past week. The 12-foot-long calf washed ashore at Fort Stevens State Park, KGW reported, only 100 yards (91...

Feds: Offshore wind not to blame for East Coast whale deaths

Jan. 18, 2023 17:28 PM EST

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Federal environmental and energy officials moved Wednesday to quell a growing controversy over whether work done by the offshore wind power industry is killing whales in the northeastern U.S., saying there is no evidence this is happening. In a hastily...

Groups: 'No evidence' offshore wind killing whales in NJ-NY

Jan. 17, 2023 14:29 PM EST

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Environmental and fishing groups said Tuesday there is “no evidence” that site preparation work for offshore wind farms in New Jersey and New York is responsible for a spate of whale deaths in the two states. Many of New Jersey's leading environmental...

Sperm whale beached in Oregon killed by ship, feds find

Jan. 16, 2023 21:17 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A 40-foot sperm whale that beached on Oregon's northwestern coast was killed after being struck by a ship, federal biologists conducting a post-mortem examination of the animal determined Monday. Biologists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric...