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 ...

Modern technology aids whale research

| Jan 10, 2015

Modern technology aids whale research

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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 ...

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

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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 ...