Latest Pilot whale Stories

2008-11-30 14:25:00

Australian authorities reported on Sunday that at least 150 whales have died after being stranded on Tasmania's west coast. The long-finned pilot whales were discovered on Saturday, badly injured by jagged rocks. The body count was affirmed on Sunday to be 150, double the original estimate of 80 on Saturday. An official said that rescuers did managed to save 30 whales, which were trapped in shallow reefs, by using a small safety boat to steer them to deeper water. Whales pass Tasmania as they...

2008-11-24 08:40:00

Australian wildlife rescuers announced Sunday that they effectively released a group of pilot whales back to the ocean following a large stranding of the mammals in Tasmania. Chris Arthur, who led the rescue attempt, stated that 11 of the 64 animals discovered to be stranded on the island's north coast Saturday were freed after a strenuous endeavor that included moving them to another beach. "We have successfully released 11 animals out to sea," Arthur said. "The last one went out less than...

2008-05-15 11:40:00

Under the sea, predatory pilot whales take part in high-speed chases as they track down their prey.The cetaceans have been observed reaching such high speeds that scientists have likened their hunting technique to that of the cheetah, according to researchers in the Journal of Animal Ecology.Their findings may dispel the common notion of whales as large slow creatures.The research is the first to document the remarkable "burst-speed" of the pilot whale."As far as we know, no other whale has...

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...

2005-10-27 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...

2004-11-30 13:35:00

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- A total of 115 whales and dolphins died after swimming onto beaches on two southern Australian islands, authorities said Tuesday as the search continued for more pods in danger. The stranding coincided with the beaching of 75 pilot whales in recent days on the coast of New Zealand. The mass deaths in Australia began when 97 animals - 72 pilot whales and 25 bottlenose dolphins - perished Sunday on King Island between the mainland and the southeast island state of...

Latest Pilot whale Reference Libraries

2006-07-30 14:38:55

The right whale dolphins, the Northern Right Whale Dolphin (Lissodelphis borealis) and the Southern Right Whale Dolphin (Lissodelphis peroni), are two of the easiest cetaceans to be identify at sea. Both these oceanic dolphins are colored black and white and have no dorsal fin. Despite scientists being long acquainted with these dolphins surprisingly little is known about them in terms of life history and behavior. Physical description Both species have slender bodies, small, pointed...

2006-07-30 14:00:40

The Pilot Whale is one of two species of cetacean in the genus Globicephala. The genus is part of the oceanic dolphin family (Delphinidae) although their behavior is closer to that of the larger whales. The two species are the Long-finned Pilot Whale and the Short-finned Pilot Whale. The two are not readily distinguished at sea and are typically just known simply as Pilot Whales or Calderón in Spanish. They and other large members of the dolphin family are also known as blackfish....

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