Latest Whales News

White House has whale conservation rule proposal for review

Jul. 25, 2021 11:16 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Proposed rules designed to protect a declining species of whale have arrived at the White House for review. The federal government is working on rules designed to reduce risk to North Atlantic right whales. The whales number only about 360. They...

US lobster fisheries anxious over upcoming whale protections

Jul. 04, 2021 10:04 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The profitable U.S. lobster fishery will soon have to contend with new rules designed to protect an endangered species of whale, and that could necessitate major changes for people in the industry. The federal government is working on new rules...

Family’s boat-towing business is a 4-generational affair

Jul. 03, 2021 09:11 AM EDT

SEAFORD, Va. (AP) — Bart White grew up on Landing Road in Seaford, in a house looking out to the Chesapeake Bay. His father, grandfather and great-grandfather did, too. Bart’s ancestors were sailors and captains, fishermen and watermen. His dad, Alex White, worked in...

Turtle carcasses wash ashore in Sri Lanka after ship fire

Jun. 22, 2021 03:56 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Nearly a hundred carcasses of turtles with throat and shell damage, as well as a dozen dead dolphins and a blue whale, have washed ashore in Sri Lanka since a container ship burned and sank, raising fears of a severe marine disaster. Ecologists...

Aquarium to auction off chance to name 3 beluga whales

Jun. 18, 2021 13:11 PM EDT

A Connecticut aquarium plans to auction off the chance to name three of its five recently arrived beluga whales to raise money for their care and to offset the cost of transporting them from Canada. President and CEO Stephen Coan said the Sea Research Foundation has...

Whale rescuers free humpback from fishing gear entanglement

Jun. 10, 2021 18:27 PM EDT

PROVINCETOWN, Mass. (AP) — A three-day effort to free a humpback whale from entanglement in fishing gear ended in success this week, marine mammal experts said Thursday. The whale, identified as a mature female named Valley, was first spotted Monday by a whale watch...

More pairs of rare whale, baby found this year than last few

Jun. 04, 2021 12:14 PM EDT

Scientists who track a rare species of whale said more pairs of mother whales with babies have been spotted this year than the previous few. The scientists follow North American right whales, which number only about 400. The New England Aquarium said Friday that...

Shrinking giants: North Atlantic right whales getting tinier

Jun. 03, 2021 20:34 PM EDT

One of the giants of the deep is shrinking before our eyes, a new study says. The younger generation of critically endangered North Atlantic right whales are on average about three feet (one meter) shorter than whales were 20 years ago, drone and aircraft data show in a...

Lawmaker proposes more marine patrols to protect rare whales

Jun. 01, 2021 10:02 AM EDT

A Massachusetts state lawmaker wants to do more to protect endangered North Atlantic right whales from boat collisions and fishing gear entanglements by increasing marine patrols. Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr added an amendment to the $47 billion state budget to...

Huge dead whale hauled off Southern California beach

May. 24, 2021 23:58 PM EDT

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Crews have hauled away the rotting carcass of a dead fin whale that washed ashore and prompted the closure of a Southern California beach. A section of Bolsa Chica State Beach was shut down Friday after the Orange County Health Care...