Latest Whales News

Steamed about lobster: House candidates snippy over donation

Sep. 27, 2022 19:39 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Congressional candidates in a hotly contested Maine race snipped at each other on Tuesday about a contribution from the leader of a conservation group that has discouraged consumers from buying lobster. Democratic Rep. Jared Golden is defending his seat in...

2 more whales die in Australia as stranding deaths reach 200

Sep. 23, 2022 02:01 AM EDT

HOBART, Australia (AP) — Two more whales died Friday in Australia after a handful that had been refloated a day earlier stranded themselves again. About 200 pilot whales have now died from a group of about 230 that stranded themselves this week on the wild and remote west coast of...

32 pilot whales rescued out of 230 stranded in Australia

Sep. 22, 2022 04:41 AM EDT

HOBART, Australia (AP) — Wildlife experts on Thursday rescued 32 of the 230 whales that were found stranded on the wild and remote west coast of Australia’s island state of Tasmania a day earlier. Half the pod of pilot whales found stranded in Macquarie Harbour were presumed to...

Around 200 stranded whales die in pounding surf in Australia

Sep. 21, 2022 20:00 PM EDT

HOBART, Australia (AP) — A day after 230 whales were found stranded on the wild and remote west coast of Australia’s island state of Tasmania, only 35 were still alive despite rescue efforts that were to continue Thursday. Half the pod of pilot whales stranded in Macquarie...

Fishermen appeal judge ruling that protects endangered whale

Sep. 21, 2022 11:16 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The state of Maine and a fishing group are appealing a federal judge's decision that new rules intended to protect endangered whales must stand. The judge earlier this month denied a request from fishermen to stop federal regulators from placing the new...

14 dead sperm whales found beached on Australian island

Sep. 20, 2022 06:03 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian wildlife authorities are investigating the deaths of 14 young sperm whales that were found beached on an island off of the southeastern coast, officials said Tuesday. The whales were discovered Monday afternoon on King Island, part of the state...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Sep. 16, 2022 13:44 PM EDT

Hearst Connecticut Media. September 15, 2022. Editorial: CT should welcome fight on gun laws When the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a New York state gun law earlier this year, Connecticut officials were quick to assure state residents of its limited scope. It’s...

Retailers pull lobster from menus after 'red list' warning

Sep. 08, 2022 15:21 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Some retailers are taking lobster off the menu after an assessment from an influential conservation group that the harvest of the seafood poses too much of a risk to rare whales and should be avoided. Whales can suffer injuries and fatalities when they become...

Ship strike probably killed whale off California coast

Aug. 29, 2022 21:39 PM EDT

SAUSALITO, Calif. (AP) — A humpback whale that washed ashore in the San Francisco Bay Area over the weekend probably was killed by a collision with a ship, researchers said. A necropsy determined that the female adult whale had “injuries consistent with a ship strike," including...

Boy, 8, finds huge shark tooth fossil while on SC vacation

Aug. 27, 2022 01:02 AM EDT

Riley Gracely and his family were looking around the piles of dirt and gravel at Palmetto Fossil Excursions in Summerville when he saw something that looked like a tooth. The 8-year-old Lebanon, Pennsylvania, boy started digging in the soil, clay and gravel and pulled out a huge...