Tension thaws over whale plan between lobstermen, feds
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A group representing Maine's lobstermen says it's now willing to work with the federal government on a plan to protect right whales after withdrawing its support for the...
New Maine proposal to protect whales, spare lobster fishing
SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine fishery regulators are unveiling a new right whale protection plan they feel will satisfy federal requirements while also preserving the state's lobster...
Japanese whalers complete first commercial hunt in 31 years
TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese whaling ship returned home to the country’s southwest Friday after almost meeting its annual quota, ending its first commercial whaling season in 31 years.
Feds eye lobstermen’s concerns about plan to save whales
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The federal government says it’s considering the concerns of a lobster fishermen’s group about a plan to try to save an endangered species of whale.
Scientists link 21 beached pilot whales dead in Georgia, SC
BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — Scientists say they have linked four pilot whales found dead on the coast of South Carolina with 17 whales of the same species that died days earlier after beaching...
1 whale dies, 3 euthanized after beaching in South Carolina
EDISTO BEACH, S.C. (AP) — Biologists will perform necropsies on one whale that died and three that were euthanized after becoming stranded on a South Carolina beach.
15 pilot whales dead in Georgia’s 2nd stranding since July
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Roughly two dozen pilot whales beached themselves on and near a Georgia barrier island, leaving 15 dead in the whale species' second mass stranding along the state's coast...
Minke whale euthanized after stranding in Massachusetts
FAIRHAVEN, Mass. (AP) — Efforts to save a minke whale found stranded on the coast of Massachusetts have failed and the marine mammal has been euthanized.
Maine gov, delegation: Whale rules must protect lobstermen
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's most prominent politicians are calling for the federal government to take a new approach to saving an endangered species of whale so protections don't threaten the...
Maine to meet with lobstermen again about new whale rules
WISCASSET, Maine (AP) — Maine regulators are working on a new slate of meetings with the state's lobstermen to discuss potential new whale protection rules that could impact the fishery.
Mississippi researchers nurse, study rare injured whale
GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — Veterinarians say a rare whale with shark bite wounds found stranded along the Mississippi coast is showing signs of improvement.
Dead endangered whale found south of Long Island
BABYLON, N.Y. (AP) — Federal ocean officials say a whale found dead south of Long Island is a member of a declining, endangered species.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration...
Aquarium: Beached whale on Maryland coastline is dead
OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) — A beached whale that initially drew a large crowd of Maryland oceanfront onlookers is dead.
The National Aquarium in Baltimore sent a team to Ocean City on Sunday...
Feds press on with plan after lobstermen exit whale pact
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — An arm of the federal government says it's disappointed that a lobster fishing group is pulling its support of a proposal to help endangered whales, but will continue to...
Minke whale found dead in Massachusetts waters
SCITUATE, Mass. (AP) — Experts say another minke whale has been found dead in Massachusetts waters.
The New England Aquarium says the 22-foot, sub-adult whale was found dead rolling in the...
Whale entanglements along West Coast drop by nearly half
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A conservation group says the number of whales entangled in crab fishing gear along the West Coast dropped by nearly half this year after a lawsuit settlement ended...
Lobster fishing group withdraws support of whale agreement
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — An organization that represents Maine's lobster fishermen is pulling its support of a proposed plan to protect endangered whales.
Groups sue over rules they say could harm belugas in Alaska
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Conservation groups are suing a federal agency over rules they say could harm beluga whales and other marine mammals in Alaska's Cook Inlet.
The Latest: Whale calf found dead in Hawaii mass stranding
HONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on whales stranded on a beach in Hawaii (all times local):
Authorities say one whale calf has been found dead on a beach on the Hawaii island of...
5 whales dead after mass stranding on Maui beach
HONOLULU (AP) — Five whales died, including four that were euthanized, after a mass stranding Thursday on a beach on the Hawaii island of Maui.
Regulators delay meetings with lobstermen on right whales
WALDOBORO, Maine (AP) — Maine fishery regulators are postponing a round of meetings with lobstermen in the state aimed at preparing for potential new restrictions designed to protect endangered...
Regulators to meet with lobstermen again on right whale plan
WALDOBORO, Maine (AP) — Maine fishery regulators are planning a second round of meetings with lobstermen in the state to prepare for potential new restrictions designed to protect endangered...
California sound system tries to keep whales and ships apart
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Scientists have installed an underwater sound system they hope will reduce collisions between whales and ships in the Santa Barbara Channel off Southern...
Humpback whale stranded, euthanized south of Newport
WALDPORT, Ore. (AP) — Oregon officials say a juvenile humpback whale was euthanized after washing ashore southwest of Portland near Waldport.
Meetings about new whale protections come to Maine this week
SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Representatives of the federal government are in Maine this week to gather feedback about the possibility of new protections for endangered whales.
KENAI, Alaska (AP) — A wildlife monitoring group is seeking citizen scientists to help track beluga whales off the Alaska coast, officials said.
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REDINGTON BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Authorities and beachgoers came together to protect and transport five pilot whales trapped in shallow water along Florida's western shore.
Dead humpback whale found floating off Long Island
MONTAUK, N.Y. (AP) — Scientists will look into what killed a humpback whale found floating off the southeastern eastern tip of Long Island.
The Atlantic Marine Conservation Society says the...
Why did whales beach themselves in Georgia? No answers yet
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Examinations of the carcasses of three pilot whales yielded no immediate answers to why they swam ashore and died on a popular beach in Georgia, state wildlife officials said...
ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — Oregon wildlife officials have proposed new regulations to avoid entangling whales in commercial fishing gear used by the state's Dungeness crab industry.
Minke whale carcass washes ashore on Cape Cod
TRURO, Mass. (AP) — Experts are planning a necropsy on a minke whale carcass that washed ashore on Cape Cod over the weekend.
The Cape Cod Times reports that the 23-foot long whale was found...
RANDOLPH, Vt. (AP) — A new pair of whales' tails is back on a Randolph hillside where an earlier set spent a decade before being moved up Vermont's Interstate 89 to South Burlington.
A bad year for right whales: 2 more found dead off Canada
The Canadian government says two more rare North Atlantic right whales have been found dead in the country's waters, worsening a disastrous year for the marine mammals.
REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) — Tourists and a pilot on a helicopter sightseeing tour of Iceland have found dozens of dead whales on a remote beach in Iceland.
BOSTON (AP) — A patrol boat has helped escort a humpback whale swimming through the Cape Cod Canal.
The Wareham Department of Natural Resources says it's "highly unusual" for a humpback...
Georgia beachgoers help pilot whales from stranding on shore
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A summer afternoon at the beach quickly became a scramble to save a pod of disoriented pilot whales, as vacationers on a popular Georgia island joined lifeguards and state...
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — The Latest on efforts to keep a group of pilot whales from beaching themselves in Georgia (all times local):
CHICAGO (AP) — Officials with Chicago's Shedd Aquarium say a Beluga whale calf born less than two weeks ago is male.
The aquarium's animal care team confirmed the calf's sex during a recent...
Governor pushes back at feds on protection for rare whales
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A directive for new protections for endangered right whales represents an "absurd federal overreach" that places an unfair burden on Maine's signature lobster fishery, Gov....
Canada announces new protections for rare right whales
The Canadian government is announcing new protections for endangered North Atlantic right whales following a string of deaths and entanglements involving the marine mammals.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A nonprofit that works with marine mammals says a 40-foot (12-meter) gray whale was found dead near Olympia.
The Olympian reports after the adult male whale was found...
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian officials say a plan to put nearly 100 illegally captured whales back in open water has been successful so far, but environmentalists claim it was poorly planned.
Beluga calf born at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium
CHICAGO (AP) — A Beluga whale has given birth to a calf at Chicago's Shedd Aquarium.
The 38-year-old beluga, Mauyak (MY-yak), delivered Wednesday evening. Shedd officials say the mother and...
Whale meat fetches ‘celebration prices’ after Japanese hunt
TOKYO (AP) — Chunks of meat from the first whales caught since Japan resumed commercial whaling this week fetched "celebration prices" at auction Thursday.
Scientists sound alarm after 6 rare whale deaths in a month
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...
Japanese whalers bring home 1st commercial catch in 31 years
TOKYO (AP) — 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...
Changes to lobster fishery to help whales might arrive 2021
FREEPORT, Maine (AP) — Changes to the Maine lobster fishery designed to help a critically endangered species of whale might arrive in 2021 after a lengthy rulemaking process.