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2010-05-24 06:05:00

A group of conservationists and other experts said Sunday that whales and dolphins should get "human rights" to life and liberty because of growing evidence that they are highly intelligent beings. Participants at a conference at the University of Helsinki said more and more studies are showing the giant marine mammals have human-like self-awareness, an ability to communicate and organize complex societies, which makes them similar to great apes. "We affirm that all cetaceans as persons...

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2010-05-11 06:30:00

Conservationists were shocked to see a gray whale which appeared off the coast of Israel on Sunday. Gray whales are thought to be extinct across the Atlantic Ocean, so this appearance made within the Mediterranean Sea was a major surprise. The whale could have inadvertently traveled a huge distance from its natural habitat thousands of miles away in the Pacific Ocean. However, questions are now being raised about the possibility that gray whales have returned to former haunts in the...

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2010-04-12 10:35:00

After being removed from the endangered species list in 1994, the California gray whale has drawn thousands of fans to watch the peaceful goliaths make their way down the coast to their spawning grounds in Baja. But recently, whale-watching boat captains have become alarmed after sightings of the whales have dropped from 25 a day in good years to only five a day this year. Conservationists and officials are now worried about the future of the species based on the figures. The monitoring of...

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2010-03-17 08:50:00

Tourists wanting to watch and swim with dolphins are now being urged to keep their distance in a bid to protect both the animals and the local communities whose livelihoods depend on them. A study of bottlenose dolphins living off the coast of Zanzibar has found that the many tourist boats operating in the area are harassing the animals, preventing them from resting, feeding and nurturing their young. The research, led by Dr Per Berggren of Newcastle University, also highlights swimming with...

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2010-03-05 10:35:00

Australia and Japan failed to strike a deal on Thursday to end a dispute on whaling, but the U.S. negotiator said the nations would continue to seek compromise. Key players on whaling fought for a compromise in a three day meeting at a Florida beach resort to allow Japan, Norway and Iceland hunt whales openly despite a 1986 moratorium on commercial whaling. In the agreement, the whaling nations would have to put their activities under the close supervision of the 88-nation International...

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2009-12-17 08:50:57

Conservation success depends on understanding feeding behavior Scientists in Scotland, Canada and the US have proposed a new method to identify priority areas for whale conservation. The team's findings, published in Animal Conservation, suggest that even small protected areas, identified through feeding behavior, can benefit highly mobile marine predators such as killer whales. "There are enormous challenges associated with setting conservation priorities for such mobile and migratory...

2009-11-19 10:15:00

LONDON, Nov. 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) is urging Japan's new government to recall its whaling fleet which is heading to Antarctica to cruelly hunt almost 1,000 whales. In defiance of global pressure and a number of international laws, the government of Japan's whaling fleet has left harbour and is now en route to the pristine Southern Ocean Sanctuary to harpoon up to 935 minke whales and 50 endangered fin whales. Despite a worldwide ban...

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2009-10-14 09:00:00

DNA from more than 1,500 whales examined After 15 years of research in the waters of the South Atlantic and Indian Oceans, scientists from the Wildlife Conservation Society, the American Museum of Natural History, and an international coalition of organizations have unveiled the largest genetic study of humpback whale populations ever conducted in the Southern Hemisphere. By analyzing DNA samples from more than 1,500 whales, researchers can now peer into the population dynamics and...

2009-10-02 13:49:00

LONDON, Oct. 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Iceland is being urged to abandon its commercial whaling as 26 countries issued a statement condemning the cruel and unnecessary killing of more than 200 endangered fin whales and minke whales so far this season. The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), called on the Icelandic government to heed the international criticism and support responsible whale watching as a humane and profitable alternative to the cruelty of whaling. The...

2009-09-30 12:33:01

Federal officials say they are considering giving killer whales in Washington state's Puget Sound a broader protective zone. Boats are now required to stay 100 yards away from the whales. The proposed National Marine Fisheries Service regulations would double that and would also close off a half-mile channel off San Juan Island between May and September, The Seattle Times reports. The rules would apply to whale-watching boats and recreational boaters but not to commercial fishermen, cargo...


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Southern Right Whale, Eubalaena australis
2013-06-22 16:13:36

The southern right whale (Eubalaena australis) is a species of baleen whale that can be found in different regions in the summer and winter seasons. During the summer, it can be found in the Southern Ocean, possibly near Antarctica. During the winter, populations disperse into many warmer areas to breed, including waters near Chile, Argentina, New Zealand, South Africa, Peru, Namibia, Brazil, Australia, and Madagascar, among other areas. Right whales were first classified by Carolus...

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2006-07-17 18:08:49

The Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) is a mammal, which belongs to the baleen whale suborder. It is a large whale: an adult usually ranges between 40"“50 ft (12"“16 m) long and weighs approximately 79,000 pounds (36,000 kilograms, or 36 tons. It is well known for its breaching (leaping out of the water) and its unusually long front fins. The Humpback Whale lives in oceans and seas around the world, and is regularly sought out by whale-watchers. Feeding The Humpback Whale...

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2006-07-12 15:07:29

The Minke Whale or Lesser Rorqual is a marine mammal belonging to the suborder of baleen whales. The Minke Whale was first identified by Lacepede in 1804. Taxonomy Most modern classifications split the Minke Whale into two species; the Common or Northern Minke Whale and the Antarctic or Southern Minke Whale. Taxonomists further categorize the Common Minke Whale into two or three subspecies; the North Atlantic Minke Whale, the North Pacific Minke Whale and Dwarf Minke Whale. All Minke...

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