Whales

FILE - In this September, 2017, photo, a minke whale is unloaded at a port after a whaling for scientific purposes in Kushiro, in the northernmost main island of Hokkaido. Japan says it is leaving the International Whaling Commission to resume commercial hunts but says it will no longer go to the Antarctic to hunt. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018, that Japan's commercial whaling will be limited to its territorial and economic waters.(Kyodo News via AP, File)
December 26, 2018 - 9:26 am
TOKYO (AP) — Japan announced Wednesday that it is leaving the International Whaling Commission to resume commercial hunts for the animals for the first time in 30 years, but said it would no longer go to the Antarctic for its much-criticized annual killings. Japan switched to what it calls research...
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FILE - In this September, 2017, photo, a minke whale is unloaded at a port after a whaling for scientific purposes in Kushiro, in the northernmost main island of Hokkaido. Japan says it is leaving the International Whaling Commission to resume commercial hunts but says it will no longer go to the Antarctic to hunt. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018, that Japan's commercial whaling will be limited to its territorial and economic waters.(Kyodo News via AP, File)
December 20, 2018 - 12:34 am
TOKYO (AP) — Japan is considering leaving the International Whaling Commission to resume commercial hunts after unsuccessfully campaigning for decades to gain support for the cause. The Fisheries Agency said Thursday officials haven't made a final decision but are considering the step. Japan's...
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This Jan. 6, 2010 photo provided by CNRS-UBO-IUEM Geosciences Ocean, shows a fin whale, foreground, and tabular drifting iceberg near Antarctica. Climate Change is more than rising thermometers, wildfires, droughts and storms; it even has a hand in altering whale songs, flowering plants and civil war. Near Antarctica, whales are singing in deeper tones to cut through the noise of melting icebergs. (Jean-Yves Royer/CNRS-UBO-IUEM Geosciences Ocean via AP)
December 01, 2018 - 8:49 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Near Antarctica, whales are singing in deeper tones to cut through the noise of melting icebergs. In California, a big college football rivalry game was postponed until Saturday because of smoky air from wildfires. And Alaskan shellfish were struck by an outbreak of warm water...
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November 30, 2018 - 4:29 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Friday authorized use of seismic air guns to find oil and gas formations deep underneath the Atlantic Ocean floor, reversing Obama administration policies and drawing outrage from critics who say the practice can disturb or injure whales, sea turtles...
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In this photo released by New Zealand Department of Conservation, the department's workers clear perished pilot whales after a stranding in Owenga, Chatham Islands, New Zealand, Friday, Nov. 30, 2018. Fifty-one pilot whales died Friday in another mass stranding in New Zealand, less than a week after 145 pilot whales and nine pygmy killer whales perished in two other, unrelated stranding. (New Zealand Department of Conservation via AP)
November 30, 2018 - 3:22 am
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Fifty-one pilot whales died Friday in a mass stranding in New Zealand, less than a week after 145 pilot whales and nine pygmy killer whales perished in two other unrelated strandings. In the latest stranding, up to 90 pilot whales beached themselves late Thursday at...
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November 29, 2018 - 3:57 pm
HONOLULU (AP) — In a story Nov. 26 about a decline in Hawaii humpback whale sightings in Hawaii, The Associated Press reported erroneously that a researcher published data about the latest decline in whale sightings. The researcher has published peer-reviewed papers about this population of...
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FILE - In this Oct. 3, 2009 file photo, boaters and fishermen watch as a group of up to six humpback whales feed on herring near Ketchikan, Alaska. Over the past several years researchers have noticed a decline in the number of North Pacific humpback whales showing up in their traditional breeding grounds around Hawaii. The missing humpbacks migrate each autumn from Alaska, where they feed during the summer months, to Hawaii, where they mate and give birth during the winter. (Tom Miller/Ketchikan Daily News via AP, file)
November 28, 2018 - 3:56 pm
HONOLULU (AP) — Research into the decline of humpback whale sightings in Hawaii points to a food chain disruption likely caused by warmer ocean temperatures in the whales' feeding grounds in Alaska, federal officials have said. U.S. and international researchers, wildlife managers and federal...
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Veterinarians and assistants cut the body of a whale into pieces at the De Haan beach on Belgium's North Sea shore, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2018. A dead fin whale was pulled ashore on the Belgian coast, drawing onlookers undaunted by the putrid smell, it was two decades since a similar whale hit the Belgian beaches. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
October 25, 2018 - 9:08 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — A dead fin whale has been pulled ashore on Belgium's North Sea coast, drawing onlookers undaunted by the putrid smell. It has been two decades since a similar whale has hit the Belgian beaches. Fin whales, which can weigh up to 45,000 kilograms (49 tons), are the second-largest...
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A beluga whale swims in the River Thames off Gravesend, near to London, Wednesday Sept. 26, 2018. Animal welfare group RSPCA said Wednesday the beluga whale seems “able to move fast in the water and dive” it appears to be feeding properly and swimming strongly, and officials hope it will return to the open sea. (Victoria Jones/PA via AP)
September 26, 2018 - 9:44 am
LONDON (AP) — British officials say the beluga whale spotted in the River Thames seems to be feeding properly and swimming strongly. The animal welfare group RSPCA said Wednesday the whale is "able to move fast in the water and dive." Officials hope it will return to the open sea. The beluga whale...
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September 25, 2018 - 2:41 pm
LONDON (AP) — A beluga whale was spotted in the River Thames outside the British capital on Tuesday, officials said. The unusual sighting happened in the Gravesend area about 30 miles (50 kilometers) east of London. It was reported to be feeding near a number of barges. TV news helicopters filmed...
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