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Young whales looking to dine flock to waters off NYC

Oct. 8, 2020 10:54 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — If you're young and hungry, the place to go is New York City — even if you weigh 25 tons and have a blowhole. Whale watch captains and scientists around America's most populous city say recent years have seen a tremendous surge in the number of whales observed in the waters around...

UK boats try to move whales away from huge naval exercise

Oct. 1, 2020 6:03 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Marine wildlife experts will try Thursday to move a pod of bottlenose whales from Scottish coastal waters where Europe’s largest naval exercise is about to begin. Exercise Joint Warrior is due to start Saturday on Gare Loch, one of a chain of sea lochs on the west coast of Scotland....

Pilot whales lie stranded on a sand bar near Strahan, Australia, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. An estimated 250 whales are stuck on sandy shoals and government marine conservation staff have been deployed to the scene to attempt to rescue the whales. (Brodie Weeding/Pool Photo via AP)

Still no cause for mass pilot whale stranding in Australia

Sep. 26, 2020 12:21 AM EDT

HOBART, Australia (AP) — The reason for Australia’s biggest mass whale stranding will probably remain a mystery but the social nature of the species involved may have played a part, a marine mammal specialist said Saturday. Officials said 108 of some 470 long-finned pilot whales had been rescued...

A whale is in the water near Strahan, Australia, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. Authorities revised up the number of pilot whales rescued from Australia's worst-ever mass stranding from 50 to 70 on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, as the focus shifted to removing 380 carcasses from Tasmania state shallows. (Patrick Gee/Pool Photo via AP)

88 whales rescued from Australia's worst mass beaching

Sep. 24, 2020 5:23 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Authorities have rescued 88 pilot whales and are attempting to free 20 others that survived Australia’s worst mass stranding, as crews prepare to remove 380 decomposing carcasses from the shallows of Tasmania state, officials said Thursday. Crews found the 20 whales that...

In this image made from aerial video shows numerous stranded whales along the coastline Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, near the remote west coast town of Strahan on the island state of Tasmania, Australia. More pilot whales were found stranded on an Australian coast Wednesday, raising the estimated total to almost 500 in the largest mass stranding ever recorded in the country. (Australian Broadcast Corporation via AP)

Nearly 500 pilot whales stranded in Australia; 380 dead

Sep. 23, 2020 3:31 AM EDT

HOBART, Australia (AP) — More pilot whales were found stranded in Australia on Wednesday, raising the estimated total to nearly 500, including 380 that have died, in the largest mass stranding ever recorded in the country. Authorities had already been working to rescue survivors among an estimated 270...

Members of a rescue crew stand with a whale on a sand bar near Strahan, Australia, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020. Around one third of an estimated 270 pilot whales that became stranded on Australia's island state of Tasmania had died as rescuers managed to return 25 to the sea in an ongoing operation. (Brodie Weeding/Pool Photo via AP)

Australian rescuers save 25 of 270 stranded whales so far

Sep. 22, 2020 5:15 AM EDT

HOBART, Australia (AP) — Around one third of an estimated 270 pilot whales that became stranded on Australia’s island state of Tasmania have died, with rescuers managing to return 25 to the sea in an ongoing operation, officials said Tuesday. The whales were discovered Monday on a beach and two sand...

In this photo provided by Parks Australia, a humpback whale swims in the ocean in Van Diemen Gulf, Australia, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020. A humpback whale has found its way back to sea weeks after it got lost in a murky, crocodile-infested river in northern Australia. (Parks Australia via AP)

Whale swims free of Australian river as 270 are stranded

Sep. 21, 2020 7:18 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A humpback whale has found its way back to sea weeks after getting lost in a murky, crocodile-infested river in northern Australia, while an estimated 270 pilot whales became stranded in the country's south. There have been no previous recorded sightings of whales in remote East...

In this photo provided by the Northern Territory Government, a humpback whale swims in the East Alligator River in the Kakadu National Park in Australia's Northern Territory, on Sept. 10, 2020. Whales have never been seen before in the East Alligator River in the Northern Territory's World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park and no one can explain why at least three of the blue water mammals ventured so deep inland in a river with almost zero visibility. (Northern Territory Government via AP)

Australians hope to save whale from crocodile-infested river

Sep. 14, 2020 9:08 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Marine authorities were puzzling on Monday over how to persuade at least one wayward humpback whale to leave a murky, crocodile-infested river in northern Australia and continue an annual migration to Antarctica. There have been no previous recorded sightings of whales in East...

FILE - In this Feb. 28, 2015 file photo, a visitor views a beluga whale at the Mystic Seaport Aquarium, in Mystic, Conn. Animal rights advocates have filed a lawsuit in an effort to stop the aquarium from acquiring five more beluga whales for research, saying they would be harmed by the long voyage and losing their relationships with other belugas they've lived with at an aquarium in Canada. (Gregory Payan via AP,File)

Commerce secretary sued in plan to move whales for research

Sep. 4, 2020 12:52 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — An animals rights group is suing in federal court to stop a Connecticut aquarium from acquiring five more beluga whales for research, saying they would be harmed by the trip from Canada and by being torn from long-term relationships with others of their species. Friends of Animals,...

In this photo supplied by Greenpeace on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020,  dolphins lay dead on the shore on the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius.  At least 14 dolphins have washed up and died on the coast of the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius, where a Japanese ship ran aground and spilled more than 1,000 tons of fuel, report environmental groups and experts. (Eshan Juman/Greenpeace via AP)

39 dolphins, 3 whales wash up on Mauritius after oil spill

Aug. 28, 2020 3:03 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The number of dead dolphins that have washed ashore on the Indian Ocean island nation of Mauritius after an oil spill has risen to 39, the government said Friday, ahead of protests this weekend against authorities’ handling of the disaster at sea. Three whales also were found...