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Humpback Whale Seems to Swallow Kayakers
Humpback Whale Seems
to Swallow Kayakers
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Humpback Whale Seems to Swallow Kayakers

It was 'in my face, literally,' says Liz Cottriel

(Newser) - The kayakers were out on the water to see whales. They did not expect to swim with them. But that's what happened near California's Avila beach on Monday when a humpback whale breached the water's surface—immediately below Liz Cottriel and Julie McSorley. The friends from San...

Whale's Deep Dive Stuns: 'Not Supposed to Be Able to Do This'

Cuvier's beaked whale goes under for a record 3 hours, 42 minutes without coming up for air

(Newser) - It's a mystery how Cuvier's beaked whales go so long without a gulp of air. Based on its body size and metabolism, scientists originally thought the whale would need to resurface every 33 minutes. But one beaked whale just went seven times as long underwater—3 hours, 42...

380 Whales Dead in One of World's Worst Strandings

50 were saved in Tasmania; hope remains for 30 more

(Newser) - There's more bad news from Tasmania, Australia, where 380 whales have now died in one of the largest strandings ever recorded, reports the BBC . Hundreds of long-finned pilot whales have been found stranded on sand bars in a few areas off the island's west coast since Monday. An...

Rescuers Rush to Save Hundreds of Stranded Whales

90 have already died off southern Australia

(Newser) - At least 90 pilot whales have died in a mass stranding off of Australia, and crews are racing to save another 180 from the same fate. The whales were found Monday at three sites off the west coast of the island state of Tasmania, which also saw the stranding of...

Orcas Are Acting 'Crazy' Off Spain

'I thought they could capsize the boat'

(Newser) - Orcas are curious mammals who sometimes play with boats. But playing doesn’t quite describe what endangered pods have been doing in the Strait of Gibraltar, a major shipping route, this summer. Boaters say hard-hitting whales have spun their vessels up to 180 degrees and caused extensive damage. For more...

Whales Face a New Threat
Whales Face a New Threat

Whales Face a New Threat

There's a reason why ship strikes are on the rise, scientists say

(Newser) - Climate change is imperiling the world's largest animals by increasing the likelihood of fatal collisions between whales and big ships that ply the same waters, the AP reports. Warming ocean temperatures are causing some species of whales in pursuit of food to stray more frequently into shipping lanes, scientists...

Project Goes Higher to Keep an Eye on Whales

The plan is to monitor and protect them

(Newser) - An aquarium and an engineering firm in Massachusetts are partnering on a project to better protect whales by monitoring them from space. New England Aquarium of Boston and Draper of Cambridge say whale conservation needs new, higher-tech solutions to protect whales from extinction. So, the pair is working together using...

Your TGIF Minute: A Whale Playing Fetch
Your TGIF
Minute: A
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Your TGIF Minute: A Whale Playing Fetch

'It's crazy, yeah'

(Newser) - Get ready for what TMZ calls a minute "of awesome." The Guardian posted a video Thursday of a boat said to be near the North Pole, with South African rugby fans aboard, next to a beluga whale. That's not what makes the encounter awesome, however: It's...

Satellites May Be Powerful Tool for Whale Strandings
Satellites May Be Powerful
Tool for Whale Strandings
NEW STUDY

Satellites May Be Powerful Tool for Whale Strandings

Researchers say high-resolution images can 'revolutionize' detection

(Newser) - In 2015, scientists described the largest known mass stranding of whales off the coast of Chile. Surveyors who used boats and planes to explore the remote beaches of Patagonia in the months after the deaths said at least 343 great whales, mostly endangered sei whales, had washed up. It turns...

What&#39;s a Whale Worth? More Than You Might Think
What's a Whale Worth?
More Than You Might Think
new analysis

What's a Whale Worth? More Than You Might Think

Team of economists with the IMF do the math

(Newser) - Whales are actually cash cows, or so suggest economists with the International Monetary Fund. A team helmed by Ralph Chami took a look at the economic benefit provided by whales when it comes to carbon sequestration and ecotourism and arrived at a big figure: $2 million apiece. Their analysis hasn'...

Beachgoers Save a Pod of Stranded Whales

Volunteers help professionals in Georgia rescue

(Newser) - When Georgia Natural Resources workers arrived at a beach on St. Simons Island, they thought the group of people in the water was putting on some sort of dolphin show for beachgoers. "As we got closer, we couldn't believe what we saw," a spokesman said, per CNN...

Happy News for a Clan of Endangered Whales

Researchers say baby orca around Puget Sound is a girl

(Newser) - Researchers watching a clan of endangered whales that visit the waters off Washington state saw a welcome sight last week: a baby female calf. The Center for Whale Research already knew of the orca calf's birth in May, but the sighting in July revealed its gender, along with confirmation...

6 Endangered Whales Found Dead in a Month

Worse, females were among the half-dozen North Atlantic right whales discovered

(Newser) - A half-dozen North Atlantic right whales have died in the past month, leading scientists, government officials, and conservationists to call for a swift response to protect the endangered species, per the AP . There are only a little more than 400 of the right whales left. All six of the dead...

First Whales Caught as Japan Resumes Commercial Hunt

2 minke whales are taken, and more than 200 are expected to follow

(Newser) - Japanese whalers returned to port Monday with their first catch after resuming commercial whaling for the first time in 31 years, achieving the long-cherished goal of traditionalists despite slowing demand for the meat and changing views on conservation. A fleet of five boats left the northern Japanese port of Kushiro...

Russia Is Closing Down Illegal 'Whale Jails'

100 whales will be returned to the wild, deputy PM says

(Newser) - Russian officials have launched an operation to release nearly 100 illegally captured whales whose confinement in Russia's far east has become a rallying cry for environmentalists. A state TV reporter made the announcement during President Vladimir Putin's annual live call-in show on Thursday, saying that by "coincidence"...

Out of Canada, 'News to Splash a Fin At'

'Free Willy' act, which would bar holding whales, dolphins in captivity, about to become law

(Newser) - "Breaking: Victory!" That was the exuberant message from Canada's Green Party on Monday, when the country's House of Commons passed a bill aimed at protecting marine life there. CNN reports on the "Free Willy" bill—named for the 1993 flick in which a boy "...

Off the West Coast, Gray Whales Are Starving to Death

At least 53 have washed up so far this year

(Newser) - Gray whales are starving to death in alarming numbers off the West Coast—and researchers aren't entirely sure why. So far this year, at least 53 dead gray whales have washed up on shores from San Diego to Washington state, a number only rivaled by a die-off in 1999...

A Whale Rubbed Against a Boat. It Wore a Harness

Officials speculate harnessed beluga whale found off Norway escaped from Russian military facility

(Newser) - A beluga whale found with a tight harness that appeared to be Russian-made has raised the alarm of Norwegian officials and prompted speculation that the animal may have escaped from a Russian military facility. Joergen Ree Wiig of the Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries says "Equipment St. Petersburg" is written...

3 Endangered Whale Calves Have Made 'Perilous' Journey

3 of 7 North Atlantic right whales in this year's 'baby boom' have arrived in New England

(Newser) - An endangered species of whale is experiencing a mini-baby boom in New England waters, researchers on Cape Cod tell the AP . The North Atlantic right whale is one of the rarest species of whale on the planet, numbering only about 411. But the Center for Coastal Studies in Provincetown, Mass....

Fossil of 4-Legged Whale Found in Peru

Scientists believe it swam like an otter

(Newser) - What's 13 feet long and has webbed feet with small hooves? It's a whale, according to researchers examining a 42.6-million-year-old fossil found near Peru's Pacific coast. The four-legged early whale, which could apparently move on land as well as in the sea, is the most complete...

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