Latest Whales News

Stranded whale in Mobile Bay euthanized

Nov. 25, 2020 6:03 PM EST

MONTROSE, Ala. (AP) — Veterinarians on Wednesday euthanized a sperm whale that had been stranded in Mobile Bay and was no longer able to swim, a conservation group announced. The Dauphin Island Sea Lab Marine Mammal Research Program said the whale was sedated and euthanized Wednesday morning....

Prognosis poor for stranded sperm whale

Nov. 23, 2020 10:18 AM EST

MONTROSE, Ala. (AP) — The prognosis for a sperm whale that has stranded itself in Mobile Bay is poor, said experts who urged the public to stay away to avoid further stressing the animal. The Alabama Marine Mammal Stranding Network team continues to monitor the sperm whale in coastal Alabama waters,...

Scientists study cause of endangered whale calf's death

Nov. 22, 2020 4:29 PM EST

CAPE LOOKOUT, N.C. (AP) — The National Park Service says scientists are trying to discover the cause of death of a whale calf belonging to “one of the rarest marine mammals” on earth after it was found stranded on a beach on North Carolina’s Outer Banks. Biologists performed a necropsy...

Whale with mangled tail traveled from Russia to California

Nov. 18, 2020 8:36 PM EST

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A whale watching crew in Southern California has discovered a humpback whale with a disfigured tail that matched one previously seen in Russia. The whale watchers spotted the animal earlier this month off Catalina and sought photos to help tell its story and maybe reveal how its...

FILE - In this Nov. 16, 2018, file photo, fresh Dungeness crabs fill a tank at the Alioto-Lazio Fish Company at Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco. California wildlife regulators have postponed the start of the commercial Dungeness crab season to protect whales and sea turtles from becoming entangled in fishing gear. The Department of Fish and Wildlife announced Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020, that it's pushing back the scheduled Nov. 15 start of the season to Dec. 1. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

California Dungeness crab season delayed to protect whales

Nov. 4, 2020 10:36 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California wildlife regulators on Wednesday postponed the start of the commercial Dungeness crab season to protect whales and sea turtles from becoming entangled in fishing gear. The Department of Fish and Wildlife announced that it was pushing back the scheduled Nov. 15 start of the...

An adolescent Humpback whale designated

Young whales looking to dine flock to waters off NYC

Oct. 8, 2020 10:54 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — If you're young and hungry, the place to go is New York City — even if you weigh 25 tons and have a blowhole. Whale watch captains and scientists around America's most populous city say recent years have seen a tremendous surge in the number of whales observed in the waters around...

Seismic search for oil in Atlantic Ocean looks dead for now

Oct. 4, 2020 12:11 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Seismic exploration for oil and gas off the south Atlantic coast is unlikely to proceed this year because permits expire Nov. 30, federal officials and company representatives told a federal judge Thursday. The testing shoots blasts of air, using the vibrations to map where oil and...

UK boats try to move whales away from huge naval exercise

Oct. 1, 2020 6:03 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Marine wildlife experts will try Thursday to move a pod of bottlenose whales from Scottish coastal waters where Europe’s largest naval exercise is about to begin. Exercise Joint Warrior is due to start Saturday on Gare Loch, one of a chain of sea lochs on the west coast of Scotland....