Latest Whales News

Science Says: Diet plays big role in how huge whales can get

Dec. 12, 2019 2:03 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Whales are big, but why aren't they bigger? A new study says it's basically about how many calories they can take in. That's the conclusion of researchers who used small boats to chase down 300 whales of various species around the world. They reached out with a long pole to attach sensors...

Alaska man to accept 4-month sentence for killing polar bear

Dec. 10, 2019 9:51 AM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska man has agreed to plead guilty to killing a polar bear without harvesting its meat, authorities said. Chris Gordon of Kaktovik reached a plea deal with prosecutors in which he will accept a maximum prison sentence of four months and a $4,500 fine, Alaska’s Energy...

Maine delegation wants more info before whale rules released

Dec. 5, 2019 11:01 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's congressional delegation wants more information from the federal government before ocean managers release a new plan designed to protect endangered whales. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is working on new rules to protect North Atlantic right whales, and...

‘Unicorn puppy’ will stay with Missouri rescue mission

Dec. 3, 2019 2:00 PM EST

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) — A dog who was dubbed the unicorn puppy because of a tail-like growth between his eyes will remain with the founder of a Missouri rescue group, despite more than 300 offers to adopt him. The beagle-mix puppy, named Narwhal the Little Magical Furry Unicorn, was rescued in November...

New crab pot could help reduce whale entanglements

Dec. 1, 2019 10:06 AM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon’s Dungeness crab season is coming up, but there’s a problem looming over this fishery. The ropes and buoys that allow crabbers to collect their crab pots from the seafloor can injure and even kill whales when they swim into them. Last year, 46 whale entanglements...

Teenage climate change activist determined to protect planet

Nov. 25, 2019 5:46 PM EST

STORRS, Conn. (AP) — Sena Wazer is a 15-year-old from Mansfield who, like many other young people around the world, is growing increasingly frightened and angry about what unchecked climate change could do to their future. The difference between Wazer and many of those frustrated teenagers is that this...

Failing ice cellars signal changes in Alaska whaling towns

Nov. 25, 2019 5:30 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — For generations, people in Alaska’s far-north villages have relied on hand-built ice cellars dug deep into the permafrost to age their whale and walrus meat to perfection and keep it cold throughout the year. Scores of the naturally refrigerated food caches lie beneath these...

Animal defenders, aquarium tussle over beluga importation

Nov. 23, 2019 2:51 PM EST

A proposal to import five whales to Connecticut has sparked a standoff between animal welfare groups and an aquarium that says the animals will contribute to its research. Mystic Aquarium wants to import the captive-born beluga whales from Marineland of Canada in Niagara Falls, Ontario. The Connecticut aquarium,...

Carcass of giant blue whale brought to surface for study

Nov. 22, 2019 8:44 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The carcass of a giant blue whale that has been submerged off the Oregon coast for more than three years was hauled to the surface so it can be reassembled, studied and put on public display, scientists with Oregon State University said Friday. The dead whale, which was about as long...

Correction: Tribe-Whaling story

Nov. 18, 2019 2:18 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — In a story Nov. 14 about the Makah Tribe’s effort to resume whaling in Washington state, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the Makah is the only tribe with a treaty right to hunt whales. While the Makah is the only tribe whose treaty specifically mentions a right to hunt...