Humpback whales mainly no longer endangered: NOAA

Apr 21, 2015

Humpback whales mainly no longer endangered: NOAA

The humpback whale has long been considered an endangered species, but the U.S. government said Monday that the population has rebounded in most areas and no longer needs protection. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration proposed a “more tailored conservation approach” that would reclassify ...

Modern technology aids whale research

| Jan 10, 2015

Modern technology aids whale research

by Mark Brazil

In my last column of 2014, “Twelve ways to spend 2015 with nature,” I mentioned the possibility of taking a whale-watching trip to the Ogasawara Islands. Ignore the international media hype about the country’s pelagic whaling industry — it’s a dying custom; instead, focus ...

Sand, sea and stars on idyllic Akajima

Jun 16, 2013

Sand, sea and stars on idyllic Akajima

by Hillel Wright

Back in 1972 when I first lived on Denman Island in the Georgia Strait of British Columbia between Vancouver and Vancouver Island, I was one of about 300 residents. By the time I left 25 years later for Japan, its population had just topped ...