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More ships slow down off California to avoid killing whales

May. 17, 2019 8:28 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A growing number of shipping companies are slowing down as they approach San Francisco and other California ports so they are less likely to injure or kill whales. Marine experts say four of the 10 gray whales found dead near San Francisco this year were killed by ships, the San...

Ninth dead whale found in San Francisco Bay Area

May. 6, 2019 6:49 PM EDT

SAUSALITO, Calif. (AP) — Marine mammal experts are concerned about the death of a gray whale that washed ashore in San Francisco. The whale found Monday on Ocean Beach was the ninth discovered in the San Francisco Bay Area since March. The Marine Mammal Center plans a necropsy to determine what killed the...

Enigmatic Beluga whale off Norway staying near humans

May. 2, 2019 6:15 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A beluga whale found in Arctic Norway wearing a harness that suggests links to Russia appears to be enjoying staying near humans. Joergen Ree Wiig, of the Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries, told The Associated Press "it was the first thing I saw" when looking out of his office...

Young humpback whale dies after 2 strandings in Alaska

Apr. 30, 2019 6:00 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A young humpback whale that twice beached in Alaska was found dead south of Anchorage. The whale on Sunday and Monday twice become stranded along Turnagain Arm, KTUU-TV reported . The second time, the whale was just south of Girdwood, a ski resort community at the southern boundary...

The Latest: Whale dies after beaching twice in Alaska

Apr. 30, 2019 5:31 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on a humpback whale stranding near Anchorage, Alaska (all times local): 1:30 p.m. A young humpback whale that had beached twice in Alaska has been found dead. Anchorage television station KTUU reports the whale was found Tuesday near the south end of Turnagain Arm. The...

Enigmatic Beluga whale off Norway so tame people can pet it

Apr. 30, 2019 11:51 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A beluga whale found in Arctic Norway wearing a harness that suggests links to a military facility in Russia is so tame that residents can pet the mammal on its nose. The white whale found frolicking in the frigid harbor of Tufjord, a hamlet near Norway's northernmost point, has...

A daunting task begins: Reducing lobster gear to save whales

Apr. 29, 2019 4:29 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Fishing managers on the East Coast began the daunting process Monday of implementing new restrictions on lobster fishing that are designed to protect a vanishing species of whale. A team organized by the federal government recommended last week that the number of vertical trap lines...

Beluga whale with Russian harness raises alarm in Norway

Apr. 29, 2019 2:57 PM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A beluga whale found with a tight harness that appeared to be Russian made has raised the alarm of Norwegian officials and prompted speculation that the animal may have come from a Russian military facility. Joergen Ree Wiig of the Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries says...

Correction: Endangered Whales-Gulf story

Apr. 29, 2019 2:09 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — In a story April 12 about Bryde's whales in the Gulf of Mexico being listed as endangered, The Associated Press erroneously identified the Natural Resources Defense Council as the National Resources Defense Council, and its attorney as Zac Smith rather than Zak Smith. A corrected version...

Team recommends reducing lobstering gear to save whales

Apr. 26, 2019 3:37 PM EDT

The amount of gear the East Coast lobster fishery puts in the water must be reduced in order to protect a dwindling species of large whale, a federal government team recommended Friday. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Team wrapped up several days of...