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Japanese whalers complete first commercial hunt in 31 years

Oct. 4, 2019 8:57 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese whaling ship returned home to the country’s southwest Friday after almost meeting its annual quota, ending its first commercial whaling season in 31 years. Operator Kyodo Senpaku Co. said its main factory ship Nisshin Maru returned to its home port of Shimonoseki, Prime...

Scientists link 21 beached pilot whales dead in Georgia, SC

Sep. 30, 2019 4:52 PM EDT

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — Scientists say they have linked four pilot whales found dead on the coast of South Carolina with 17 whales of the same species that died days earlier after beaching themselves in Georgia. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources said in a news release Monday that photographs of...

15 pilot whales dead in Georgia's 2nd stranding since July

Sep. 26, 2019 5:19 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Roughly two dozen pilot whales beached themselves on and near a Georgia barrier island, leaving 15 dead in the whale species' second mass stranding along the state's coast since July, wildlife officials said Thursday. Scientists are performing necropsies on the dead whales found on...

Mississippi researchers nurse, study rare injured whale

Sep. 17, 2019 2:48 PM EDT

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — Veterinarians say a rare whale with shark bite wounds found stranded along the Mississippi coast is showing signs of improvement. News outlets report fishermen spotted the melon-headed whale Thursday near Cat Island. Institute for Marine Mammal Studies researchers say the juvenile...

Dead endangered whale found south of Long Island

Sep. 17, 2019 10:50 AM EDT

BABYLON, N.Y. (AP) — Federal ocean officials say a whale found dead south of Long Island is a member of a declining, endangered species. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says it received reports of a dead North Atlantic right whale floating four miles south of Fire Island Inlet off Long...

Lobster fishing group withdraws support of whale agreement

Sep. 4, 2019 3:45 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — An organization that represents Maine's lobster fishermen is pulling its support of a proposed plan to protect endangered whales. The subject of North Atlantic right whale conservation has been a major source of contention for the lobster fishery in Maine, which supplies by far the...

Groups sue over rules they say could harm belugas in Alaska

Sep. 4, 2019 3:09 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Conservation groups are suing a federal agency over rules they say could harm beluga whales and other marine mammals in Alaska's Cook Inlet. An attorney for the Center for Biological Diversity, which is challenging the rules along with Cook Inletkeeper, said the lawsuit was filed...

The Latest: Whale calf found dead in Hawaii mass stranding

Aug. 30, 2019 12:22 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on whales stranded on a beach in Hawaii (all times local): 4:20 p.m. Authorities say one whale calf has been found dead on a beach on the Hawaii island of Maui near where 10 other whales were found stranded alive. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Regional Marine...

5 whales dead after mass stranding on Maui beach

Aug. 30, 2019 12:20 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Five whales died, including four that were euthanized, after a mass stranding Thursday on a beach on the Hawaii island of Maui. Ten melon-headed whales were found stranded alive early in the morning on Sugar Beach in the coastal resort community of Kihei. Hours later, a whale calf believed...

California sound system tries to keep whales and ships apart

Aug. 16, 2019 3:17 PM EDT

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Scientists have installed an underwater sound system they hope will reduce collisions between whales and ships in the Santa Barbara Channel off Southern California. A listening station on the channel floor is able to capture whale calls as far away as 30 miles (48 kilometers),...