Federal appeals court rejects Navy sonar-use rules

Jul 16, 2016

Federal appeals court rejects Navy sonar-use rules

A federal appeals court ruled Friday that the U.S. Navy was wrongly allowed to use sonar that could harm whales and other marine life. The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a lower court decision upholding approval granted in 2012 for the navy ...

Whale on California beach will be cut up, sent to landfill

Apr 28, 2016

Whale on California beach will be cut up, sent to landfill

Authorities say the rotting carcass of a 30-ton gray whale that washed up on a California beach will be cut up and trucked to a landfill. California parks officials made the decision Wednesday after deciding it would be impractical to tow the 40-foot (12-meter) ...

Jan 3, 2016

Humpback whales slow to arrive in Hawaii

December usually marks the start of humpback whale season in Hawaii, but experts say the animals have been slow to return this year. The giant whales are an iconic part of winter on the islands and a source of income for tour operators. But ...

Dec 10, 2015

Fossil of carnivorous whale named to honor 'Moby-Dick'

Don’t call me Ishmael. Call me “Albicetus.” Scientists on Wednesday said fossils unearthed in 1909 in Santa Barbara, California, that had been wrongly categorized for decades as belonging to a group of extinct walruses, were in fact the remains of a fearsome sperm whale ...

Over 300 whales wash up dead in Patagonia inlet

Dec 2, 2015

Over 300 whales wash up dead in Patagonia inlet

More than 300 whales have been found washed up in a remote inlet in Patagonia in southern Chile in one of the largest die-offs on record, researchers said Tuesday. “It was an apocalyptic sight. I’d never seen anything like it,” said one of the ...

Taiji Whale Museum quits aquarium body over dolphin hunt ban

Sep 8, 2015

Taiji Whale Museum quits aquarium body over dolphin hunt ban

The whale museum in the town of Taiji, Wakayama Prefecture, has withdrawn from the national aquarium industry body in protest at its ban on accepting dolphins captured in drive hunts, museum officials said Tuesday. The Taiji Whale Museum, which keeps around 40 live dolphins ...

May 28, 2015

Record-low 19 minke whales hunted off Tohoku coast

A nonprofit organization engaging in coastal whaling said it hunted 19 minke whales off the coast of Miyagi Prefecture this year, the lowest number since the whaling for research purposes started there in 2003. Toshihiro Mogoe, who led the whaling team, also said Wednesday ...