Latest Whales News

Maine will keep pressure on about threats to right whales

Sep. 14, 2021 13:23 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine will continue pressuring the federal government with the message that an endangered species of whale faces numerous threats that have nothing to do with Maine’s lobster fishing industry, the head of the state's fisheries department said Tuesday. ...

Egypt team identifies fossil of land-roaming whale species

Sep. 14, 2021 05:22 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian scientists say the fossil of a four-legged prehistoric whale, unearthed over a decade ago in the country's Western Desert, is that of a previously unknown species. The creature, an ancestor of the modern-day whale, is believed to have lived 43 million years ago. ...

Shark tourism grows on Cape Cod, 3 years after attacks

Sep. 06, 2021 01:01 AM EDT

CHATHAM, Mass. (AP) — There’s no ominous music, no telltale fin breaking the surface as the powerful silhouette of a great white shark glides alongside the small tour boat off Cape Cod in Massachusetts. Michael Simard crouches low and points a finger in the direction...

Lobster fishing will face restrictions to try to save whales

Aug. 31, 2021 18:37 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — America's lobster fishing industry will face a host of new harvesting restrictions amid a new push from the federal government to try to save a vanishing species of whale. The new rules, which have loomed over the profitable lobster industry for...

Mystic Aquarium requests to resume research; whale improving

Aug. 31, 2021 18:28 PM EDT

Officials at Mystic Aquarium are asking that they be allowed to resume research on four beluga whales, which was halted following the death of the fifth whale imported this spring from Canada. The request is part of a three-page report made public Monday by the...

Official: Dead whale on New Jersey beach likely hit by ship

Aug. 30, 2021 06:34 AM EDT

BARNEGAT LIGHT, N.J. (AP) — A 54-foot male fin whale likely died and washed up on a New Jersey beach after being hit by a ship, an official said. The carcass washed ashore Sunday. An examination revealed a large impact on its right side, likely...

Fin whale that died in Delaware had underlying conditions

Aug. 29, 2021 17:07 PM EDT

LEWES, Del. (AP) — A necropsy has found that an endangered fin whale that died after it became beached along the Delaware coast had multiple underlying conditions. The Marine Education Research and Rehabilitation Institute said its necropsy determined the whale had...

Endangered fin whale beached along Delaware coast dies

Aug. 28, 2021 15:14 PM EDT

LEWES, Del. (AP) — A 50-foot endangered fin whale found stranded along the Delaware coast has died, officials said. The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control said in a Facebook post Friday that scientists were taking measurements and...

Fin whale beached at Delaware state park

Aug. 27, 2021 14:09 PM EDT

LEWES, Del. (AP) — A 50-foot fin whale found stranded on a sandbar off Cape Henlopen State Park and was later beached on the ocean side of The Point, Delaware officials said. The whale was first found stranded on a sandbar Thursday morning, news outlets report. Natural...

Concern about endangered whales cited in suit over wind farm

Aug. 25, 2021 16:51 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The construction of dozens of wind turbines off the coast of Nantucket threatens the survival of a dwindling number of endangered Northern Atlantic right whales that inhabit the waters, a group of residents on the affluent resort island in Massachusetts argue in a federal...