Aug 8, 2014

California cargo ships to slow for whales under new program

The massive container ships passing through the Santa Barbara Channel off the coast of Southern California will be paid a bonus of $2,500 per trip to slow down, in an effort to cut off-shore air pollution and reduce collisions with whales. The four-month pilot ...

More whales being hit by ships along U.S. East Coast

May 24, 2014

More whales being hit by ships along U.S. East Coast

A cruise ship heading for New York this month struck and killed a whale and dragged it into the Hudson River, part of a higher-than-usual rate of strikes along the Eastern Seaboard for this time of year, a federal agency said. There were three ...

Oct 8, 2013

Report links sonar to whale stranding

by Lenny Bernstein

The mysterious stranding of about 100 melon-headed whales in a shallow Madagascar lagoon in 2008 set off a rapid international response — a few of the 3-4-meter-long marine mammals were rescued, necropsies conducted, a review panel formed. Did they follow prey into the lagoon? ...

Taiji plans park to swim with, not spear, dolphins

Oct 7, 2013

Taiji plans park to swim with, not spear, dolphins

The town of Taiji, Wakayama Prefecture, made infamous by the Oscar-winning documentary “The Cove” about its annual dolphin slaughter, will open a marine mammal park where visitors can swim with dolphins, but will not end its annual kill, an official said Monday. The town ...

Seagulls winning the war against whales in Argentina

Jul 23, 2013

Seagulls winning the war against whales in Argentina

It’s a weird, lopsided fight if ever there was one: seagulls divebombing to attack and feed on the fat of 50-ton whales and their babies. And the birds are winning. The battle, new in recent years, is playing out in the South Atlantic off ...