Latest Whales News

Gray whale could be sick from tracking tag

Apr. 14, 2021 08:32 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Marine mammal biologists and veterinarians are treating and monitoring a gray whale that appears to have developed an infection after being darted with a satellite tracking tag. The whale is part of a group of about 250 gray whales that feed off the...

NJ offshore wind to connect at 2 former power plants onshore

Apr. 13, 2021 15:55 PM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY. N.J. (AP) — A large offshore wind energy project planned off the coast of New Jersey will connect onshore to two former power plants, and cables will run under two of the state's most popular beaches, officials said Tuesday. At a virtual public hearing on...

Rare whales spotted off Boston; caution urged

Apr. 13, 2021 01:46 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A group of rare whales has been spotted east of Boston, prompting the federal government to urge caution among boaters. The whales are North Atlantic right whales, which number only about 360 in the world. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric...

4 gray whales found dead in San Francisco Bay Area in 9 days

Apr. 09, 2021 19:38 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Four dead gray whales have washed ashore San Francisco Bay Area beaches in the last nine days, with experts saying Friday one was struck by a ship. They were trying to determine how the other three died. “It’s alarming to respond to four dead...

Births among endangered right whales highest since 2015

Apr. 03, 2021 08:54 AM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — North Atlantic right whales gave birth over the winter in greater numbers than scientists have seen since 2015, an encouraging sign for researchers who became alarmed three years ago when the critically endangered species produced no known offspring at all. ...

Judge: US didn't properly weigh oil impact on beluga whales

Mar. 31, 2021 16:32 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A U.S. agency did not properly consider how tugboat noise tied to planned oil and gas drilling in Alaska could affect endangered beluga whales, a judge has ruled. U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Gleason's decision Tuesday came in a lawsuit...

Remembering Mississippi teacher who wrote her own textbooks

Mar. 27, 2021 11:16 AM EDT

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — For decades, Della McCaughan presided over a Biloxi High School classroom filled with horseshoe crabs and catfish in aquariums. She lead her students on exploratory beach walks, always with her hair styled in a beehive. “Now, if you ask a Biloxi...

Feds seek end to dredging limits that protect sea turtles

Mar. 25, 2021 16:52 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The federal government is close to undoing a policy that for 30 years has protected rare sea turtles from being mangled and killed by machines used to suck sediments from shipping channels in four Southern states. The Army Corps of Engineers is in...

Team performs necropsy on whale found on Alaska island

Mar. 19, 2021 18:58 PM EDT

SITKA, Alaska (AP) — A necropsy has been conducted on a humpback whale carcass found washed up on an island west of Sitka, officials said Friday. Julie Fair, a spokesperson with NOAA Fisheries in Juneau, said in an email to The Associated Press that her agency received...

Humpback whale washes ashore on North Carolina's Outer Banks

Mar. 19, 2021 10:06 AM EDT

RODANTHE, N.C. (AP) — A dead humpback whale has washed ashore on North Carolina's Outer Banks. The Charlotte Observer reported Thursday that the 18-foot whale was found on Pea Island, which is about half-mile north of Rodanthe on Cape Hatteras National Seashore. ...