Latest Whales News

Right whales begin annual migration into New England waters

Apr. 6, 2020 12:06 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Endangered North Atlantic right whales are beginning their annual migration to New England's waters, aquarium officials in Boston said Monday Philip Hamilton, a research scientist at the New England Aquarium, said sightings of the whales have increased along the Massachusetts coast in recent...

In this March 11, 2006 photo provided by the New England Aquarium, a whale swims off the coast of Georgia with fresh propeller cuts on its back. The whale is assumed to have died from its injuries, as it was never seen again. Ship strikes are one of the biggest causes of mortality for large whales, and scientists say the problem is getting worse because of the warming of the oceans.  (Brenna Kraus/The New England Aquarium via AP)

Whales face more fatal ship collisions as waters warm

Mar. 28, 2020 12:14 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Climate change is imperiling the world's largest animals by increasing the likelihood of fatal collisions between whales and big ships that ply the same waters. Warming ocean temperatures are causing some species of whales in pursuit of food to stray more frequently into shipping...

New England Aquarium debuts improved right whale catalog

Mar. 24, 2020 2:30 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — An aquarium in Boston has upgraded its directory of more than a million images of one of the world's rarest whales. The New England Aquarium keeps a database of photographs and physical details called the North Atlantic Right Whale Catalog. There are only about 400 of the whales left in the...

Sanctuary: Hawaii had 9 whale, boat collisions last season

Mar. 12, 2020 9:25 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — There were at least nine collisions between humpback whales and boats last season, a marine sanctuary said. The Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary found the mammals suffered various injuries in the collisions, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Tuesday. Most of...

Ecola State Park's closure may impact more than park

Mar. 4, 2020 4:42 PM EST

CANNON BEACH, Ore. (AP) — Ecola means “whale” in the Chinook Wawa trade language — and, much like a whale, sections of Ecola State Park are heading out to sea. The park remains closed indefinitely after a February landslide that damaged the primary entrance road and sent a portion of a...

Man sentenced after killing polar bear, wasting its meat

Feb. 29, 2020 11:11 AM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska whaling captain was sentenced to three months in federal prison, a year of parole and a $4,500 fine after he fatally shot a polar bear and left the carcass to waste in his yard. Christopher Gordon, 36, pleaded guilty in December to shooting the bear and leaving its body...

Illegal net snares humpback in endangered porpoise refuge

Feb. 24, 2020 12:34 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Rescuers in Mexico were partially able to free a humpback whale that became entangled in a fishing net illegally set inside a refuge for the critically endangered vaquita porpoise in the upper Gulf of California, a conservationist group said Monday. In a statement, the Sea Shepherd...

4 hospitalized after wave slams Virginia whale-watching boat

Feb. 24, 2020 7:47 AM EST

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — Fourpeople were taken to a hospital over the weekend after a rogue wave hit their whale-watching boat during a Virginia Aquarium tour. The incident happened after the vessel left the Virginia Beach Fishing Center at 10 a.m., Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center spokesman...

Navy taking public comment on Gulf of Alaska exercises

Feb. 21, 2020 12:26 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Navy will collect public comment about its proposal for permits to again use the Gulf of Alaska for training exercises, a spokeswoman said. “Any time the Navy wants to do any sort of action, they have to go through an Environmental Impact Statement,” said...

This Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, photo provided by Captain Dave's Dolphin and Whale Watching Safari shows an unidentified passenger on a whale-watching cruise pets a 35-foot (11-meter) gray whale that surfaced near the boat off Southern California. The curious whale appeared near the surface of the water Monday, near Dana Point, Calif., the Orange County Register reported. (Heather Smith/Captain Dave's Dolphin and Whale Watching Safari via AP)

Whale gets close enough to pet off Southern California

Feb. 12, 2020 6:25 PM EST

DANA POINT, Calif. (AP) — A delighted passenger on a whale-watching cruise was able to pet a 35-foot (11-meter) gray whale that surfaced near the boat off Southern California. The curious whale approached the boat Monday near Dana Point, the Orange County Register reported. “Oh my gosh,...