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3 injured when boat, humpback whale collide in Alaska waters

Jun. 29, 2020 9:32 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Three people on a recreational boat were injured, one seriously, after it collided with a humpback whale, authorities said Monday. The collision happened Saturday just outside Auke Bay, north of Juneau, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries said in a statement. ...

FILE - This March 25, 2020, file photo shows a small load of pollack being sorted as it comes off a boat at the Portland Fish Exchange in Portland, Maine. The amount of commercial fishing taking place worldwide has dipped since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, but scientists and conservation experts say it's unclear if the slowdown will help jeopardized species of sea life to recover. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Worldwide slowdown in fishing unlikely to save rare species

Jun. 29, 2020 1:12 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Commercial fishing taking place worldwide has dipped since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, but scientists and conservation experts say it's unclear if the slowdown will help endangered species of marine life recover. Hours logged by fishermen at sea fell by nearly 10% around...

Collision with ship apparent cause of rare whale death

Jun. 29, 2020 10:10 AM EDT

MONMOUTH BEACH, N.J. (AP) — Preliminary observations of a dead rare whale off the coast of New Jersey are consistent with a collision with a ship, federal authorities said. The whale was a North Atlantic right whale and its carcass was found off Monmouth Beach, N.J. on June 26. The whales number only about...

Rare whale found dead off New Jersey coast

Jun. 25, 2020 5:40 PM EDT

LONG BRANCH, N.J. (AP) — The carcass of a critically endangered species of whale was found floating off the coast of New Jersey on Thursday, federal authorities said. The whale was a North Atlantic right whale. The whales number only about 400, and have suffered high mortality and poor reproduction in...

Dead whale likely the same animal stranded in Alaska river

Jun. 25, 2020 9:53 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A whale found dead in Alaska's Cook Inlet is likely the same animal that was stranded in a river for several days, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said. The agency received a report on June 12 that a deceased gray whale was seen from the air at the mouth of the...

2 survive after breaching whale capsizes boat

Jun. 9, 2020 9:30 AM EDT

SEASIDE PARK, N.J. (AP) — Two people survived after they were tossed into the ocean when a breaching whale capsized their boat along the New Jersey shore. The occupants of the 25-foot (7-meter) boat were fishing close to the shore Monday when the whale surfaced and knocked the vessel out of the water. They...

President Donald Trump speaks during a roundtable discussion with commercial fishermen at Bangor International Airport in Bangor, Maine, Friday, June 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Trump allows commercial fishing in marine conservation area

Jun. 5, 2020 7:19 PM EDT

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — President Donald Trump rolled back protections Friday at a marine conservation area off the New England coast, signing an order to allow commercial fishing in a stretch of water environmentalists say is critical for endangered right whales and other fragile marine life. “We are...

Maine looking for new ways to save whales from fishing gear

Jun. 3, 2020 2:17 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine is in the final year of funding for a project that seeks to better protect endangered whales in the Gulf of Maine from entanglement in fishing gear. The Maine Department of Marine Resources is using the project to collect data about vertical line fishing in the gulf, and...

A view of a 40 foot-long whale that has washed up on the beach at Clacton-on-Sea in Essex, England, Friday, May 29, 2020. The giant marine mammal, which has died, swept to shore on Friday. (Joe Giddens/PA via AP)

12-meter long fin whale washes up dead on UK beach

May. 29, 2020 9:44 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Police have urged people to stay away from a 40-foot (12-meter) long whale, believed to be a juvenile, that washed up dead on a beach in southeast England. Images posted on social media show the giant mammal, thought to be a fin whale, on its back very close to a sandy shore in...

Georgia Aquarium says beluga whale born earlier in May

May. 26, 2020 6:51 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta has announced the birth of its newest beluga whale. Staff at the aquarium say the calf was born on Sunday, May 17 to its mother, 20-year-old Whisper. At birth, the newborn weighed 174 pounds and measured 5 feet and 4 inches long. After a long labor, mother and...