Latest Whales News

Georgia beachgoers help pilot whales from stranding on shore

Jul. 17, 2019 3:57 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A summer afternoon at the beach quickly became a scramble to save a pod of disoriented pilot whales, as vacationers on a popular Georgia island joined lifeguards and state wildlife crews in the water to stop dozens of the large marine mammals from beaching themselves. Officials were...

The Latest: Biologist: Whales moving away from Georgia coast

Jul. 17, 2019 3:24 PM EDT

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — The Latest on efforts to keep a group of pilot whales from beaching themselves in Georgia (all times local): 3:20 p.m. A state biologist in Georgia says dozens of pilot whales appear to be heading back to sea a day after many of them came perilously close to swimming ashore...

Governor pushes back at feds on protection for rare whales

Jul. 12, 2019 12:34 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A directive for new protections for endangered right whales represents an "absurd federal overreach" that places an unfair burden on Maine's signature lobster fishery, Gov. Janet Mills said. She ordered the state Department of Marine Resources to draft an alternative plan that would...

Canada announces new protections for rare right whales

Jul. 9, 2019 3:09 PM EDT

The Canadian government is announcing new protections for endangered North Atlantic right whales following a string of deaths and entanglements involving the marine mammals. Six of the whales have died in Canadian waters in the last several weeks, and necropsies show three of them appear to be due to vessel...

Dead gray whale found floating in Budd Inlet near Olympia

Jul. 9, 2019 8:55 AM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A nonprofit that works with marine mammals says a 40-foot (12-meter) gray whale was found dead near Olympia. The Olympian reports after the adult male whale was found near West Bay Marina over the weekend, it was towed to an undisclosed beach and examined Sunday, according to Jessie...

Russia's whale release plan called success despite criticism

Jul. 4, 2019 4:55 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian scientists said Thursday that an effort to put nearly 100 illegally captured whales back in open water has been successful so far, but some environmentalists claimed it was badly organized. The condition of 97 belugas and orcas kept in cramped conditions in Russia's far east has drawn...

Whale meat fetches 'celebration prices' after Japanese hunt

Jul. 4, 2019 6:22 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Chunks of meat from the first whales caught since Japan resumed commercial whaling this week fetched "celebration prices" at auction Thursday. The fresh meat sold for up to 15,000 yen ($140) per kilogram (2.2 pounds), several times higher than the prices paid for Antarctic minkes, at a...

Scientists sound alarm after 6 rare whale deaths in a month

Jul. 3, 2019 2:42 PM EDT

A half-dozen North Atlantic right whales have died in the past month, leading scientists, government officials and conservationists to call for a swift response to protect the endangered species. There are only a little more than 400 of the right whales left. All six of the dead whales have been found in the Gulf...

Japanese whalers bring home 1st commercial catch in 31 years

Jul. 1, 2019 8:39 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese whalers returned to port Monday with their first catch after resuming commercial whaling for the first time in 31 years, achieving the long-cherished goal of traditionalists that is seen as largely a lost cause amid slowing demand for the meat and changing views on conservation. A...

Baby lobster numbers spell trouble for shellfish population

Jun. 30, 2019 8:29 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Baby lobsters are continuing to appear in high numbers off some parts of Canada while tailing off in New England, raising questions about what the valuable shellfish's population will look like in several years. University of Maine scientist Rick Wahle has documented trends in baby...