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2006-07-25 13:47:05

KOMMETJIE BEACH, South Africa (Reuters) - South African conservationists are to burn the carcass of a 15-meter (47-foot) whale that washed ashore near Cape Town, officials said on Tuesday. The dead 34-tonne southern right whale washed up onto the quiet Kommetjie beach 40 kilometers (25 miles) south of Cape Town on Friday, but it was still unclear how it had died. "After discussions ... it's now been decided to burn the carcass," Table Mountain National Park spokeswoman Janine...

2006-07-08 19:45:00

By Alexandria Sage LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Whales and other marine mammals will be better protected during military training exercises using sonar now that the U.S. Navy has agreed to increased safety measures in Hawaiian waters, an environmental group said on Saturday. The Navy has agreed not to use mid-frequency sonar during training within a 25-mile buffer zone surrounding the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Marine National Monument, an area rich in marine life, in a settlement with the...

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2006-03-30 00:05:00

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent WASHINGTON -- Tests of blood and urine, sampling of stomach contents and checks for damage caused by sonar have all left scientists puzzled by a mass stranding of whales off the North Carolina Coast last year. Several of the animals appear to have been ill, but others were healthy, and there is not enough evidence to blame sonar used by nearby ships, a team of U.S. government researchers said on Wednesday. Last year, the United Nations...

2005-12-21 01:15:00

WELLINGTON -- More than 100 pilot whales stranded on a beach at the top of New Zealand's South Island were refloated by volunteers on Wednesday and conservation officials in boats herded the mammals out to sea. Hundreds of volunteers, including tourists, refloated the beached whales just before high tide at around 2 p.m. (2000 EST), about 24 hours after they were stranded. A handful of the whales tried to swim back and ground themselves again about three hours later, but rescuers formed a...

2005-12-20 22:30:00

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - Hundreds of volunteers refloated more than 100 pilot whales stranded on a beach at the top of New Zealand's South Island on Wednesday and conservation authorities prepared to herd the mammals out to sea to keep them from returning. The volunteers, who included tourists, refloated the beached whales just before high tide at around 2 p.m. (0100 GMT), about 24 hours after they were stranded. "Once we've got them refloated, there'll be some boats used to try to herd them...

2005-12-20 21:55:00

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - Hundreds of volunteers, including tourists, struggled on Wednesday to save around 120 pilot whales stranded on a beach at the top of New Zealand's South Island. In New Zealand's biggest whale beaching in 12 years, 19 whales had died since the pod were stranded on Tuesday on Puponga Beach, about 150 km (93 miles) northwest of the city of Nelson, local media reported. Volunteers washed the whales with water, trying to keep them cool and prevent their skin drying out. They...

2005-12-12 11:45:00

BOSTON -- Animal protection workers were investigating on Monday the mass stranding and death of 24 pilot whales and 15 dolphins during a winter storm on Cape Cod in Massachusetts. Strong winds and tidal surges during a powerful storm on Friday likely trapped the mammals, leading to the biggest mass stranding of whales on Cape Cod in three years, said Kristen Patchett of the Cape Cod Stranding Network. Most of the dolphins and whales died Saturday. Animal welfare workers euthanized seven of...

2005-11-24 04:48:02

Please read in first paragraph ... oceans are a new factor among many threatening ... instead of ... are threatening ... A corrected story follows: By Nita Bhalla NAIROBI (Reuters) - Naval maneuvers and submarine sonars in oceans are a new factor among many threatening dolphins, whales and porpoises that depend on sound to survive, the United Nations and marine experts said on Wednesday. A U.N. Environment Program (UNEP) report included underwater sonar and military maneuvers as...

2005-11-23 10:50:00

By Nita Bhalla NAIROBI -- Increased naval military maneuvers and submarine sonars in the world's oceans are threatening dolphins, whales and porpoises that depend on sound to survive, a United Nations report said on Wednesday. According to the report, the use of powerful military sonar is harming the ability of some 71 types of cetaceans -- whales, dolphins and porpoises -- to communicate, navigate and hunt. "While we know about other threats such as over-fishing, hunting and pollution, a new...

2005-10-27 04:35:00

SYDNEY -- The death of about 110 stranded whales in the southern Australian state of Tasmania was probably caused by the animals becoming disoriented in confusing coastal waters, officials said on Thursday. The long-finned pilot whales died after two separate strandings on Tuesday and Wednesday in the Marion Bay area, on the southeastern coast of the island state. Mark Pharaoh, the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service official in charge of the incident, said the most likely reason for the...


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2006-07-12 13:21:43

Bryde's Whales are the least known and in many ways the most unusual of the rorquals(Baleen Whales). They are small by rorqual standards"”no more than about 25 tons. They prefer tropical warm waters to the polar seas that other whales in their family prefer. They are largely coastal whales and their diet is composed almost entirely of fish. There appear to be two species, and some confusion between the two exists. Bryde's Whales are very similar in appearance to Sei Whales and almost as...

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