Latest Whales News

Whale strikes Alaska ferry, may have suffered mortal injury

Jun. 22, 2018 4:00 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Authorities in Alaska say a whale struck the side of a state ferry traveling a scheduled route between Homer and Kodiak, possibly sustaining mortal injuries. The ferry itself sustained damage to its starboard fin stabilizer, an element that helps make for a more comfortable ride in...

Canada temporarily shuts fishing areas to help right whales

Jun. 18, 2018 1:31 PM EDT

NEWPORT, Quebec (AP) — The Canadian government says it is taking steps to protect endangered North Atlantic right whales from encounters with fishing vessels and gear. The whales are one of the world's rarest marine mammals, and they have struggled with high mortality in recent years, especially in...

Research shows diet shift of beluga whales in Alaska inlet

Jun. 15, 2018 7:22 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Beluga whales in Alaska's Cook Inlet may have changed their diet over five decades from saltwater prey to fish and crustaceans influenced by freshwater, according to a study by University of Alaska Fairbanks researchers. An analysis of isotopes in beluga bone and teeth showed...

AP Investigation: Fish billed as local isn't always local

Jun. 14, 2018 10:10 PM EDT

MONTAUK, N.Y. (AP) — Even after winter storms left East Coast harbors thick with ice, some of the country's top chefs and trendy restaurants were offering sushi-grade tuna supposedly pulled in fresh off the coast of New York. But it was just an illusion. No tuna was landing there. The fish had long since...

APNewsBreak: US won't prosecute Alaska gray whale kill

Jun. 8, 2018 5:19 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Native hunters from Alaska will not be prosecuted after they used harpoons and guns last year to kill a protected gray whale that strayed into a river from the North Pacific Ocean. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration instead sent three letters advising villages...

Man pleads guilty to trafficking sperm whale teeth

Jun. 7, 2018 7:53 AM EDT

SALISBURY, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man has pleaded guilty to smuggling more than $26,000 worth of endangered sperm whale teeth from Ukraine into the U.S. The U.S. Department of Justice says John Bell, of Lakeville, entered his plea Wednesday to wildlife trafficking in violation of the Lacey Act. The law...

Researcher: Beluga whales visit Kenai River early, often

May. 29, 2018 7:14 PM EDT

KENAI, Alaska (AP) — Cook Inlet beluga whales are swimming up the Kenai River earlier in the year and in greater numbers than previously estimated, according to new monitoring of the endangered species. Kim Ovitz, a fellow in the University of Alaska Fairbanks' Sea Grant program, in mid-March began...

Third dead whale in a week washes ashore in California

May. 24, 2018 5:34 PM EDT

SAUSALITO, Calif. (AP) — Another dead gray whale washed ashore in California, the fifth dead whale found in the San Francisco Bay Area since March and the third since Friday. The Marine Mammal Center said the whale was reported Tuesday and a necropsy was planned. Scientists said human-caused injuries...

The Latest: More dead whales found in San Francisco Bay Area

May. 18, 2018 7:55 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on two dead whales being found in the San Francisco Bay Area (all times local): 4:35 p.m. A second dead whale has been found in the San Francisco Bay Area, and experts will try to determine what killed the animals discovered Friday. Five dead whales have been found in the...

Maine senators support audit of Canadian whale protections

May. 2, 2018 11:57 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's U.S. senators say they support a push from a group of other lawmakers in the Northeast to make sure Canada is doing enough to protect endangered right whales. A group of Democratic senators from Delaware to New Hampshire signed on to a letter from Massachusetts Democratic...