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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...

2009-06-26 14:25:00

MADEIRA, Portugal, June 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The sixty-first annual meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) closed here today after welcoming a week that saw controversial issues largely put off to subsequent meetings and a host of new commitments from a broad range of countries for international whale conservation efforts. "The IWC continues its migration from commercial whaling to whale conservation," said Patrick Ramage, whale program director for IFAW (International...

2009-06-25 14:35:00

A national park established to protect groups of dolphins and whales - recently discovered mingling and feeding off East Timor - may soon be funded by the young Asian country's own government, AFP reported. However, some foreign assistance will be required to preserve the area and develop eco-tourism in one of the few places in the world with such a wide variety of large sea mammals, officials said. Officials in Dili said aerial surveys of the hotspot from scientists at the Australian...

2009-06-23 06:55:00

MADEIRA, Portugal, June 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new report released today by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW -- www.ifaw.org) documents massive growth in the global whale watching industry over the past decade. The new report, Whale Watching Worldwide, comes as more than 80 countries debate the future of whaling and whale conservation at the 61st annual meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) in Madeira, Portugal. The new, country-by-country economic...

2009-06-19 08:51:49

The governments of Norway and Japan are using taxpayer money to subsidize their unprofitable whaling industries, according to a first-time analysis of the economics of whaling. Sink or Swim: The Economics of Whaling Today found that Norway and Japan provide commercial whalers with huge government subsidies"”even though killing whales is unlikely to ever be profitable without taxpayer support. "In this time of global economic crisis, the use of valuable tax dollars to prop up what is...

2009-06-09 11:33:00

BOSTON, June 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Two weeks before the annual Meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC), taking place from 22nd to the 26th of June in Madeira, Portugal, European whaling nations provoke the international community with an increase of whaling quotas and granting export permits for whale meat to Japan. In response WDCS, the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society, calls "Europe: Whale Enemy No.1" and launches its campaign to request immediate action taken by the US...

2009-05-26 14:21:13

Tuesday marked the beginning of Iceland's whaling season, despite protests from animal rights groups and international calls to reduce whaling quotas, AFP reported Iceland is one of only two countries in the world that allows commercial whaling. The country's whaling season, which usually runs from May to late September, will have a set maximum quota of 100 minke whales that can be killed during that time. Gudmundur Haraldsson, one of the whalers on board the Johanna AR vessel, told AFP his...

2009-05-19 10:07:00

WASHINGTON, May 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW; www.ifaw.org) - together with Congressman Eni F.H. Faleomavaega (D-AS) and Congressman William Delahunt (D-MA) - is championing new legislation to mitigate threats to whales and their habitats worldwide. Additional original co-sponsors of the bill include Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo (D-Guam) and Congresswoman Mazie Kirono (D-HI). The International Whale Conservation and Protection Act of 2009...

Latest Whale watching Reference Libraries

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...

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...

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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