Latest Whales News

Iceland stops hunting minke whales but only for this season

Aug. 2, 2018 8:49 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — One of Iceland's top whaling companies says it has stopped hunting minke whales this year, in response to a new government regulation that enlarged the protected area for baleen whales. The temporary halt to whaling comes about a month earlier than expected, Gunnar Jonsson, owner of whaling...

Whale freed from anchor, but rescuers worry about her wounds

Aug. 1, 2018 3:16 PM EDT

HYANNIS, Mass. (AP) — A team of marine animal rescuers freed a humpback whale from an anchor line off the coast of Cape Cod, but officials say they are worried the whale's injuries are life-threatening. The female whale named Cardhu had become entangled on the fishing boat's anchor line while feeding, and...

Scientists: 1st sighting of dolphin hybrid is no 'wholphin'

Jul. 31, 2018 2:46 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Scientists are touting the first sighting of a hybrid between a melon-headed whale and a rough-toothed dolphin in the ocean off Hawaii. But don't call it a "wholphin," they say. The melon-headed whale is one of the various species that's called a whale but is technically a dolphin. "Calling...

Endangered whale seen off Iceland, 3rd there in 30 years

Jul. 24, 2018 5:18 PM EDT

A New England ocean science center says whale watchers off Iceland caught an extremely rare glimpse of an endangered right whale near their country. The North Atlantic right whale was spotted northwest of Reykjavik (RAY'-kyuh-vik) on Monday. The Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life at the New England Aquarium in...

Utah missionary falls, dies at Australia whale-watching spot

Jul. 23, 2018 6:59 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Mormon church says a 19-year-old Utah man serving a religious mission in Sydney, Australia, fell from a cliff and died at a park popular for whale watching. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said Gavin Paul Zimmerman of West Haven, Utah, was with a group of other...

Maine scientists investigating death of Minke whale

Jul. 23, 2018 11:47 AM EDT

OLD ORCHARD BEACH, Maine (AP) — Scientists in Maine are investigating the death of a 24-foot Minke whale that washed ashore over the weekend. Marine Mammals of Maine Director Lynda Doughty tells WGME-TV the dead whale that was found in Old Orchard Beach on Sunday morning had previously been spotted...

Study: Blowhole spray can provide fast data on whale health

Jul. 17, 2018 2:51 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Scientists no longer have to collect poop to get key data on the health of endangered right whales. A new study indicates that under the right conditions, scientist can get real-time hormonal data by collecting the spray from whales' blowholes. Researchers with the Anderson Cabot...

TravelLab: Adults take over science museums when night falls

Jul. 16, 2018 7:55 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Sometimes, in the middle of the night, nocturnal creatures are allowed to roam the halls of New York's American Museum of Natural History, free from shouting and swarming children. They are adult humans, known to sometimes quietly contemplate science with a cocktail. "If you go to a natural...

Protected zone established to help endangered whales

Jul. 5, 2018 10:44 AM EDT

NANTUCKET, Mass. (AP) — Federal ocean managers will implement a protected zone off the coast of Massachusetts until the middle of the month to try to help endangered whales. The protected area is located south of Nantucket and is designed to protect North Atlantic right whales. The whales are among the...

Spain creates Mediterranean Sea reserve for whale migration

Jun. 29, 2018 2:32 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spain is creating a marine wildlife reserve for the migrations of whales and dolphins in the Mediterranean Sea and will prohibit searching for fossil fuels in the area. The Spanish government announced Friday that the protected reserve will cover 46,385 square kilometers (17,909 square miles)...