Latest Whales News

Another death of rare whale confirmed off Massachusetts

Oct. 15, 2018 6:21 PM EDT

NANTUCKET, Mass. (AP) — The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says the third death of a rare North Atlantic right whale this year has been confirmed. NOAA and conservationists are keeping a close eye on the right whale population because of high mortality and low reproduction in recent years....

Life-sized plastic whale to raise ocean pollution awareness

Oct. 12, 2018 5:38 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Artists are putting the finishing touches on an 82-foot-long (24-meter-long) blue whale made from discarded plastic that will be on display near San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge to raise awareness about ocean pollution. The Monterey Bay Aquarium said Friday a blue whale can weigh...

Inupiat town mourns hunters killed as they towed whale home

Oct. 9, 2018 10:03 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Inupiat community in far northern Alaska is mourning the deaths of two whale hunters who died when their boat capsized while they were towing a bowhead whale home to help feed residents. Despite their grief, locals still had to butcher the animal when it reached Utqiagvik...

Humpback whale calf rescued from net off Australian beach

Oct. 9, 2018 8:29 PM EDT

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — A whale calf has been freed after becoming tangled in a shark net off the Australian east coast. Experts from the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries and Sea World Gold Coast worked for almost two hours on Tuesday morning to untangle the humpback calf from a net about 500...

Los Angeles dealer gets probation for selling illegal ivory

Oct. 9, 2018 4:15 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles antiques dealer has been sentenced to three years of probation after being convicted of selling ivory tusks in violation of state law. City Attorney Mike Feuer says Tuesday that Anthony James Buccola was also ordered to pay a $20,000 fine. Buccola's company, Antonio's Bella...

Japan to revise northern Pacific sei whaling program

Oct. 4, 2018 6:48 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese fisheries officials said Thursday they will revise one of the country's two main research whaling programs after an international organization said selling meat from killed sei whales violates a convention protecting endangered species, in a possible setback for Japan's ambition to...

Stranded humpback whale rescued in Argentina

Oct. 1, 2018 6:31 PM EDT

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Authorities say a humpback whale stranded on Argentina's coast has been sent back to the ocean safely after a round-the-clock rescue effort over the weekend. Dozens of people worked for 28 hours digging around the seven-ton whale using heavy machinery. The whale swam aground...

Japan to continue to push resumption of commercial whaling

Sep. 27, 2018 8:42 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A senior Japanese whaling negotiator said Thursday that Tokyo will continue to push for a resumption of commercial whaling despite the recent defeat of its proposal by the International Whaling Commission. Fisheries negotiator Hideki Moronuki said the IWC should represent both conservation...

Report says fishing rule might put whales at greater risk

Sep. 26, 2018 12:31 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A report by federal scientists about a critically endangered whale says some regulations intended to protect them aren't working and might have unintended consequences for the animals. The report is a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration technical memo and it concerns the...

Happy news: Beluga whale in Thames eating, swimming well

Sep. 26, 2018 10:45 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British officials say the beluga whale spotted in the River Thames seems to be feeding properly and swimming strongly. The animal welfare group RSPCA said Wednesday the whale is "able to move fast in the water and dive." Officials hope it will return to the open sea. The beluga whale...