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How Whale Rescuer Was Killed by Whale He'd Just Freed

'He probably didn't feel anything'

(Newser) - "He was really happy at his very last moment," Philip Hamilton tells the CBC . "I take some comfort in that." The research scientist was the only person not employed by Canada's Fisheries and Oceans department to witness the July 10 death of volunteer whale rescuer... More »

Whale Kills Fisherman Who Rescued It

Canada's Joe Howlett had spent the past 15 years saving whales in trouble

(Newser) - Joe Howlett had just tapped into his extensive knowledge of knots to free yet another whale off the coast of New Brunswick on Monday, part of his job with Canada's Campobello Whale Rescue Team, and then: "Some kind of freak thing happened and the whale made a big... More »

Baby Humpback Whales 'Whisper' to Their Moms

And that could be a sign of high intelligence

(Newser) - Baby humpback whales "whisper" to their mothers, according to a paper published Tuesday in Functional Ecology . And that could speak volumes about the intelligence of these aquatic giants. NPR reports scientists—for the first time ever—attached recording devices directly to humpback calves. "It's like a squeaky... More »

'Rare' Whale Spotted Near Statue of Liberty

Coast Guard issues warning to boaters

(Newser) - Planning to sail around the Statue of Liberty? Watch out for whales. The Coast Guard issued a warning to boaters saying as much after a whale was spotted near Liberty Island on Thursday, the AP reports. "We have no confirmation on what type of whale it is and we... More »

Southern California Plagued by Rotting 22-Ton Whale

Officials have given up on towing Wally out to sea

(Newser) - Wally the dead whale has apparently been washing up on beaches in southern California a lot more reliably than the swallows now return to Capistrano . The body of a dead humpback whale that turned up in Encinitas, northern San Diego County, is believed to be the same whale that has... More »

Whale Fossil Provides Clues on Human Origins

Discovery sheds light on when uplift of African continent began

(Newser) - An ancient whale with a bad sense of direction is helping researchers figure out when the landscape of Africa changed in a way that drove the evolution of humans. The beaked whale in question apparently took a wrong turn into a river and swam into modern-day Kenya about 17 million... More »

This Could Be World's Most Endangered Animal

Newly identified Gulf whale species lives in single canyon

(Newser) - A new species of whale has been identified in an underwater canyon in the Gulf of Mexico, but scientists fear they won't have long to get to know it: There are only about 50 of the unique species of Bryde's whale left in waters off the Florida Panhandle,... More »

Rare White Whale Spotted Off Australia

Migaloo is migrating to warmer waters for breeding: researchers

(Newser) - A celebrity albino humpback whale has been spotted for the first time this year off the coast of Australia. The famous Migaloo—who, until 2011, was the only documented all-white whale in the world—has been seen making his way north past Sydney on the country's east coast over... More »

Rotting Whale Might Not Explode After All

It's deflating, and museum says it will take it away

(Newser) - Residents of a Newfoundland town can breathe a sigh of relief: It looks like the carcass of a blue whale that washed up on the shores of Trout River might not explode after all. Officials feared it would , as gases swelled the creature's 81-foot-long body, but the whale has... More »

Whale Explodes All Over Researcher

Trapped gas inside causes biologist to get doused in gunk

(Newser) - Doesn't it just suck when you're trying to slice open a dead sperm whale, and it ends up exploding right in your face? That's what happened to biologist Bjarni Mikkelsen in Denmark's Faroe Islands this week, the New York Daily News reports. What was Mikkelsen doing... More »

Whale Stays by Trapped Buddy Until She's Rescued

And then performs spectacular jump when she's freed

(Newser) - Shortly into a whale-watching trip off the coast of Nova Scotia Sunday, tour guides learned of a whale in distress. The humpback, known as Foggy, was tangled up in fishing line and couldn't lift her tail, so Pirate's Cove Whale and Seabird Cruises called the Campobello Whale Rescue... More »

Whale Smacks Surfer Unconscious With Tail

Unexpected guest at Bondi beach makes a splash

(Newser) - Well-known surfing hazards: riptides, wipeouts, rocks, and newbies. Lesser known surfing hazards: whale tails. When a 32-foot whale decided to join the hordes of other tourists at Sydney's Bondi Beach, surfer Bishan Rajapakse learned about that one the hard way. Another surfer reportedly warned Rajapakse, 38, not to get... More »

Malibu Tows Rotting Whale Carcass Out to Sea

Smell bothered millionaires

(Newser) - Malibu's version of a nightmare is over: A tugboat has towed the carcass of a 20-ton fin whale some 20 miles out to sea and away from the beach where it was decomposing , reports the AP . The tugboat crew was hired by a homeowners' association that took matters into... More »

20-Ton Whale Carcass Rotting on Malibu Beach

Officials not sure what to do, as whale carcass too weak to move

(Newser) - There's something rotten on one of the most exclusive beaches in Malibu—and it looks a lot like a 40,000-pound, 40-foot-long fin whale carcass. The remains are decaying close to homes owned by Barbra Streisand and Bob Dylan, and officials are at a loss about what to do,... More »

South Korea Ditches Whaling Plans

Outcry prompts shift to non-lethal study

(Newser) - South Korea has backed off its plan to resume lethal Japanese-style "scientific" whaling expeditions in its coastal waters, in the face of an international outcry, the Guardian reports. Instead, it will use non-lethal methods to study the massive mammals. The International Whaling Commission banned commercial whaling in 1986, but... More »

Scientists Spot Earth's Rarest Whale for 1st Time

2 spade-toothed beaked whales beach selves in New Zealand

(Newser) - Scientists have come face-to-face with the rarest whale on the planet. Two spade-toothed beaked whales beached themselves in New Zealand in 2010, and a new paper describes researchers' identification and analysis of the creatures. "Up until now, all we have known about the spade-toothed beaked whale was from three... More »

Dead 50-Foot Whale Found in Boston Harbor

Cause of death still unknown

(Newser) - A rare and unwelcome sight in the Boston Harbor: A dead finback whale was discovered floating in the harbor yesterday, and authorities are waiting for it to wash up on shore so they can examine the body and then dispose of it. The whale, more than 50 feet long, may... More »

Whale Graveyard Puzzles Experts

Paleontologists ponder: Why are the fossils found together?

(Newser) - A newly discovered graveyard of ancient whales in Chile has scientists wondering how on Earth the bus-sized mammals all ended up dying in the same place. "That's the top question," says the director of a nearby museum. Their current location—the middle of a highway under construction... More »

Whale Does 'Thank-You Dance' After Rescue

Humpback seems to show its appreciation for freedom

(Newser) - This will bring a smile to whale fans: A humpback freed from fishing nets performed what one rescuer could only describe as a "thank-you dance." Again and again and again. A group from the Great Whale Conservancy freed the whale off the coast of Baja California, Mexico. Afterward,... More »

Whale Won't Leave Calif. River

Killer whale noises fail to frighten mama back to sea

(Newser) - A gray whale wandered up the Klamath River in northern California almost a month ago and isn't being swayed by increasingly strong hints that it's time to go. The 40-ton whale arrived with its calf in late June. Though the calf weaned itself from the mother and returned... More »

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