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The whale museum in the town of Taiji, Wakayama Prefecture, has withdrawn from the national aquarium industry body in protest at its ban on accepting dolphins captured in drive hunts, museum officials said Tuesday.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

Taiji dolphin culls dealt setback

Apr 25, 2015

Taiji dolphin culls dealt setback

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The world’s leading zoo organization announces it has lost patience with Japan’s continued use of dolphins from the fisheries drives at Taiji, Wakayama Prefecture, and suspends its Japanese member from its roster.

Beached dolphins feared dead

Apr 11, 2015

Beached dolphins feared dead

Nearly half of about 150 dolphins stranded on a beach in Ibaraki Prefecture died while 45 were put back in the sea, a local official said Saturday. “We have yet to find out why they beached,” said Hitoshi Igawa of the Industrial Affairs Division ...