Latest Whales News

Researchers come face to face with huge great white shark

Jan. 18, 2019 2:46 PM EST

HALEIWA, Hawaii (AP) — Two shark researchers who came face to face with what could be one of the largest great whites ever recorded are using their encounter as an opportunity to push for legislation that would protect sharks in Hawaii. Ocean Ramsey, a shark researcher and conservationist, told The...

Divers swim with giant great white shark off Oahu's coast

Jan. 17, 2019 3:26 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Divers monitoring a rotting whale carcass off the shores of Oahu this week found themselves face-to-face with a massive great white shark, prompting state officials to warn recreational divers and snorkelers to stay out of the water near the dead sperm whale amid reports some people have...

Hawaii's humpback whales to be counted despite fed shutdown

Jan. 12, 2019 3:53 PM EST

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — An annual humpback whale count in Hawaii will take place despite the federal government shutdown. West Hawaii Today reported Friday that volunteers from the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation will coordinate this season's Ocean Count, a community citizen science project that...

Right whale calf, mother spotted in Atlantic off Florida

Dec. 29, 2018 11:08 AM EST

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida conservationists are reporting a right whale calf sighting off the state's Atlantic coast. In a Facebook post , the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's Fish and Wildlife Research Institute said it's the first calf sighting of the critically endangered...

Japan to resume commercial whaling, but not in Antarctic

Dec. 26, 2018 10:26 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan announced Wednesday that it is leaving the International Whaling Commission to resume commercial hunts for the animals for the first time in 30 years, but said it would no longer go to the Antarctic for its much-criticized annual killings. Japan switched to what it calls research whaling...

Japan considers leaving IWC to resume commercial whale hunts

Dec. 20, 2018 6:16 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan is considering leaving the International Whaling Commission to resume commercial hunts, the Fisheries Agency said Thursday, after unsuccessfully campaigning for decades within the organization to gain support for the cause. The agency said officials haven't made a final decision but are...

Whales have worse than average year for entanglement in gear

Dec. 6, 2018 6:20 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Federal officials say last year was slightly worse than average for the entanglement of large whales, which is a major threat to the animals' populations. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released a report Thursday on the subject. The agency says the number of...

Whale songs and war: The less talked-about climate impacts

Dec. 1, 2018 9:50 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Near Antarctica, whales are singing in deeper tones to cut through the noise of melting icebergs. In California, a big college football rivalry game was postponed until Saturday because of smoky air from wildfires. And Alaskan shellfish were struck by an outbreak of warm water bacteria....

Trump admin approves seismic surveys for Atlantic drilling

Nov. 30, 2018 5:30 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Friday authorized use of seismic air guns to find oil and gas formations deep underneath the Atlantic Ocean floor, reversing Obama administration policies and drawing outrage from critics who say the practice can disturb or injure whales, sea turtles and other...

51 pilot whales die in another mass stranding in New Zealand

Nov. 30, 2018 4:23 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Fifty-one pilot whales died Friday in a mass stranding in New Zealand, less than a week after 145 pilot whales and nine pygmy killer whales perished in two other unrelated strandings. In the latest stranding, up to 90 pilot whales beached themselves late Thursday at Hanson...