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  • A Pizza Worker Rang a Gran to Call Her an 'Ugly *****' After She Left a One-Star Review Online

    01/09/2017 9:00:05 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    Wales Online ^ | 9 JAN 2017
    The conversation was caught on videoA pizza shop worker rang a gran to call her an “ugly *****” after she left a one-star review on Facebook . The staff member, who has not been named, telephoned the grandmother at home to rant at her after she posted the review. Her family videoed the conversation in which the pizza worker is heard ranting: “You ****ing ugly *****. I’m here 24-7. “It’s easy to talk on ****ing Facebook, next time you want to say something come down here and ****ing say it, ok?” The manager of the shop, The Square Pizza Company...
  • WATCH: Breathtaking Drone Footage Captures Whales Playing Below Boat

    09/07/2016 9:01:10 PM PDT · by rockinqsranch · 19 replies
    gcaptain ^ | September 7, 2016 | unknown to me
    Video of three whales below, and around a sportfishing boat off New Caledonia.
  • Humpback Whales Breaching Surprises Kayakers in British Columbia

    08/19/2016 8:53:35 PM PDT · by rockinqsranch · 18 replies ^ | Published on August 15, 2016 | Wildcoast Adventures
    Filmed in the vicinity of the Penn Islands of British Columbia, these three kayakers are lucky to have gotten such a close look. In fact, if they were any closer they might not have lived to tell their tale. “Humpbacks are marine mammals and you need to stay back 100M. As you can see in this Video they can close the distance very fast and they are unpredictable.
  • SeaWorld to STOP breeding killer whales and will not replace current generation in its care [tr]

    03/17/2016 6:39:16 AM PDT · by C19fan · 71 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 17, 2016 | Snejana Farberov
    SeaWorld announced on Thursday it would ends its killer whale breeding program, and those currently at its parks would be the last. The Orlando-based theme park has faced dwindling attendance and years of criticism over its treatment of the captive marine mammals as well as pressure from animal rights activists to end public exhibition of killer whales altogether. SeaWorld, which operates parks in San Diego, Orlando and San Antonio, said in November it would replace its signature 'Shamu' killer whale shows in San Diego with displays focused on conservation.
  • Major Evolutionary Blunders: Are Whales and Evolution Joined at the Hip?

    03/08/2016 10:42:26 AM PST · by fishtank · 35 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | Mar 2016 | Randy J. Guliuzza, P.E., M.D.
    Major Evolutionary Blunders: Are Whales and Evolution Joined at the Hip? by Randy J. Guliuzza, P.E., M.D. * Evidence for Creation National Geographic has a Little Kids First Big Book of… series on different topics. In its Little Kids First Big Book of Animals, pictures show giraffes, camels, bears, and whales.1 Young readers can see they all look different. Animals that live on land, like bears, have legs. But no one has seen a whale with legs. However, upon closer look, bears and whales do have some of the same traits. They both give birth to live young and nurse...
  • SeaWorld banned from breeding killer whales in San Diego – but is allowed to double the size of [tr]

    10/09/2015 6:18:46 AM PDT · by C19fan · 8 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | October 9, 2015 | Lydia Willgress
    The California Coastal Commission has banned SeaWorld from breeding captive killer whales in San Diego. The ban is one of the conditions SeaWorld must uphold as it doubles the size of the tanks used to hold the animals at the park. Animal rights activists praised Thursday's decision, which will see 11 orcas remain at the tourist attraction.
  • Judge Rules Sea Shepherd Wrongfully Sank Crippled ‘Whale Wars’ Vessel

    09/27/2015 2:15:44 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 15 replies
    Ecorazzi ^ | September 25, 2015 | MICHAEL DESTRIES
    The unfortunate drama surrounding the collision and sinking of the Ady Gil has finally reached a conclusion. An arbitrator last week ruled that the Sea Shepherd acted “wrongful” in their decision to scuttle the ship and not allow for proper salvage efforts. The trimaran, named for its benefactor and owner Ady Gil, a Hollywood TV businessman and animal activist, famously collided on January 7th, 2010 with a Japanese whaling vessel. The event, captured on film for Animal Planet’s “Whale Wars” reality series, drew international attention for both the conservation organization and its anti-whaling mission. While the Ady Gil was disabled...
  • Moment that desperate whale approached boat full of fishermen for help after getting a plastic [tr]

    08/13/2015 6:10:15 AM PDT · by C19fan · 20 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | August 13, 2015 | Martha Azzi
    A group of young fishermen have captured an incredible selfie with a whale after it swam up and seemed to ask them for help removing plastic bags caught in its mouth. The friendly whale nudged their boat as it made a surprise appearance in Middle Harbour, north of Sydney. The men soon noticed the whale, which circled the boat and swam underneath it, was asking for help and pulled out rubbish bags and fishing lines stuck in its mouth. Michael Riggio,17, took selfie snaps while his friend, Ivan Iskenderian, stretched over the boat to help the whale.
  • Sea Shepherd to Pay Millions to Whale Killers

    06/10/2015 4:00:36 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 187 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | June 9, 2015 | Taylor Hill
    Sea Shepherd Conservation Society agreed to pay $2.55 million to Japan's Institute of Cetacean Research on Monday as part of a settlement to resolve a long-standing legal battle over the anti-whaling group’s tactics against Japanese whaling ships in the Antarctic. The settlement came the same day the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear Sea Shepherd’s appeal of a federal court’s finding that the group was in contempt of a court order to stay clear of Japanese whaling ships. The activist group’s tactics at sea include throwing smoke bombs at Japanese whaling ships and using metal-reinforced ropes to damage propellers and...
  • Big Oil is Killing Whales (waaaah-bulance alert)

    04/17/2015 8:34:42 AM PDT · by Vigilanteman · 22 replies
    Sierra Club ^ | 17 April 2015 | Michael Brune
    Dear _________, When oil companies explore for oil, they force whales to endure a noise 100 times louder than a jet engine. Every ten seconds. For weeks at a time. Can you imagine? Seriously-can you? That's like standing next to 100 planes taking off at the same time, 8,000 times a day. Unbelievably, it looks like the Department of the Interior could approve this kind of sonic assault on whales any day now. If they do, whales could go deaf or even die. Yes, the seismic testing Big Oil uses is disruptive enough to kill a whale. For the 400...
  • Canadian woman dies after whale jumps on Mexican tour boat

    03/12/2015 8:59:19 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 59 replies ^ | 3-12-15 | AP Story
    CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO — Mexican authorities say a 35-year-old Canadian woman died from injuries suffered when a surfacing grey whale crashed onto a tourist boat. Authorities have not yet released her name or hometown. The Baja California Sur state prosecutor’s office says the collision with the whale less than two kilometres from the Cabo San Lucas resort tossed the victim into the water.
  • WATCH: Stand-up paddleboarder videos orca whales swimming under him

    01/21/2015 3:20:25 PM PST · by Osage Orange · 39 replies
    The Daily Oklahoman ^ | 1-21-15 | The Daily Oklahoman
    Paddle boarder Rich German, of Laguna Beach, Calif., heard tell of a pod of orcas in the area earlier this month and took to the waters himself in hopes of an encounter. He got his wish, along with some incredible footage of a pod of five killer whales interacting with him. "I always had this dream, and that was to see orcas," German said. The video below documents his dream come true.
  • Environmentalists sue to protect whales, dolphins from Navy war games

    11/11/2014 11:52:13 AM PST · by Bettyprob · 6 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 11, 2014 | Barnini Chakraborty
    WASHINGTON – Worried about collateral damage to whales, dolphins and other marine life, environmentalists are fighting the U.S. Navy in court in a bid to protect the creatures of the sea from war games in the Pacific Ocean. "The worst harm comes from the explosives going off," said David Henkin, an attorney for EarthJustice. U.S. Navy testing and war games are underway in American waters off the coasts of California and Hawaii. The drills amount to critical practice for the military and last through 2018, but environmental groups like EarthJustice say hundreds of marine mammals will die or get injured...
  • Sea World's profits fall $42MILLION below Wall Street's expectations after devastating Blackfish

    08/14/2014 5:29:19 AM PDT · by C19fan · 11 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | August 14, 2014 | Alexandra Klausner
    Shares of SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. (SEAS) fell Wednesday after the theme park operator reported second-quarter profit and sales that missed Wall Street expectations and cut its outlook for the year. The Orlando, Florida-based company also said it believes attendance during the period was hurt by negative publicity surrounding its treatment of killer whales, which are trained to perform tricks. A documentary last year called Blackfish suggested that the company's treatment of the killer whales provokes violent behavior from them, which in turn has led to the death of trainers.
  • Ancient Whale Graveyard Points to Genesis Flood

    05/15/2014 9:28:29 AM PDT · by fishtank · 35 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | May 2014 | Frank Sherwin
    Ancient Whale Graveyard Points to Genesis Flood by Frank Sherwin, M.A. * According to a recent evolutionary article, anywhere from 6.5 to 9 million years ago a catastrophic event occurred in what is now the Atacama region of Chile.1 Four distinct layers of fossil marine mammals were unearthed on the edge of one of the driest deserts on the planet, leading evolutionists to exclaim, “There has never been a find of this size or this diversity anywhere in the world.”2 Indeed, at least 40 baleen (water-filtering) whales—species including minke, fin, and the modern blue whales—were found, as well as seals,...
  • Cat parasite found in Arctic Beluga (global warming blamed!...?)

    02/15/2014 8:35:20 AM PST · by Seizethecarp · 17 replies
    BBC ^ | February 14, 2014 | Jonathan Amos
    The cat parasite Toxoplasma gondii, which can cause blindness in people, has been identified in Beluga in the western Arctic. The discovery by University of British Columbia scientists has prompted a health advisory to Inuit people in the region who eat the whale's meat. Researchers say it is an example of how the warming of the Arctic is allowing the freer movement of pathogens. Icier conditions in the past acted as an obstruction to infectious agents. Quite how the parasite got into the whales is a puzzle that scientists are now trying to solve. They suspect the influx of cats...
  • Scientists: Record Number Of Gray Whales Migrating South This Season

    02/10/2014 2:51:59 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 18 replies ^ | February 10, 2014 1:00 PM
    RANCHO PALOS VERDES ( — A record number of whales are migrating southbound through the waters off the Palos Verdes Peninsula, according to scientists with the American Cetacean Society Los Angeles Gray Whale Census and Behavior Report. Some 1,055 gray whales have been tracked southbound en route to nursing and calving waters off Baja California so far this season, compared to 704 at the same time last year. Scientists also said December was the highest month on record. This weekend marked the third highest count of southbound gray whales since the ACS/LA Gray Whale Census and Behavior Project began 31...
  • Whales, ostrich evolved in India

    12/09/2005 11:59:17 AM PST · by Red Badger · 25 replies · 556+ views
    The Times of India (Lucknow) ^ | 12/09/2005 | Staff
    LUCKNOW: "Do you know that the evolution of mighty whales took place in India around 55 million years before present. And, though the Ostrich is not found in India anymore, but according to scientists, the bird also evolved here about 12 million years before present. Interestingly, these facts are part of a science curriculum in the West, but Indian students are largely unaware of the same. This was revealed by Ashok Sahni, emeritus professor, Chandigarh University, in his lecture delivered at a seminar on "Northward Flight of India in the Mesozoic - Cenozoic: Consequences on Biotic Changes and Basin Evolution",...
  • Blackfish

    12/13/2013 8:33:00 PM PST · by DubbleBlubble · 10 replies
    This fascinating documentary examines the life of performing killer whale Tilikum -- who has caused the deaths of several people while in captivity -- and questions the safety and humaneness of confining these intelligent creatures.
  • Ear Wax From Whales Keeps Record Of Ocean Contaminants

    09/17/2013 9:23:10 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    NPR ^ | September 16, 2013 | RHITU CHATTERJEE
    How often do whales clean their ears? Well, never. And so, year after year, their ear wax builds up, layer upon layer. According to a study published Monday, these columns of ear wax contain a record of chemical pollution in the oceans. The study used the ear wax extracted from the carcass of a blue whale that washed ashore on a California beach back in 2007. Scientists at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History collected the wax from inside the skull of the dead whale and preserved it. The column of wax was almost a foot long. "It's kind...
  • US studies humpback whale endangered list removal

    09/01/2013 11:18:20 PM PDT · by deks · 8 replies ^ | Aug 31, 2013 | Audrey Mcavoy
    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has launched a review of whether it should take North Pacific humpback whales off the endangered species list. NOAA Fisheries is responding to a petition filed by a group of Hawaii fishermen saying the whale should no longer be classified as endangered because its population has steadily grown since the international community banned commercial whaling nearly 50 years ago. There are more than 21,000 humpback whales in the North Pacific, compared with about 1,400 in the mid-1960s.
  • Navy says own training, testing may kill hundreds of whales, dolphins

    09/01/2013 10:14:20 PM PDT · by Rabin · 39 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | August 30, 2013 | AUDREY McAVOY
    Off the East Coast, there could be 11,267 serious injuries and 1.89 million minor injuries like temporary hearing loss. The reports said the testing may kill 186 whales and dolphins, cause marine mammals to change their behavior - such as swimming in a different (the wrong) direction - in 20 million instances. Off Hawaii and Southern California, the reports said that the naval activities may cause 2,039 serious injuries, 1.86 million temporary injuries and 7.7 million instances of behavioral change.
  • Actress Tara Reid Explains Whale Sharks [Funny and sad video]

    08/09/2013 8:22:55 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 36 replies
    CNS News ^ | August 8, 2013 - 9:54 AM | Staff
    If her boobs were brains, she would be a genius....... Go to link and listen to her wisdom.............
  • "Awwww ... How Cute!" Baby Orca Spotted with Plastic Trash Bag in Its Mouth

    08/01/2013 8:12:39 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 11 replies
    LiveScience ^ | August 01, 2013 | Megan Gannon,
    Orca Spotted with Plastic Bag in Mouth Researchers snapped a picture of a baby killer whale in the Pacific Northwest holding a plastic bag in its mouth, just the latest example of plastic pollution in the world's oceans. Last month, scientists from the Center for Whale Research monitoring orcas in the Salish Sea say they spotted a calf playing with what at first looked like a small scrap of blubber. When the baby whale dropped the item from its mouth, they realized it was actually a plastic bag.
  • See the Scary Moment Two Humpback Whales Nearly Swallow a Group of Divers

    07/23/2013 8:34:22 AM PDT · by Errant · 37 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 23 July, 2013 | Liz Klimas
    The divers quickly take this as their clue to get out of the water. But it is unlikely that they could have become like a modern day Jonah, actually being swallowed into the whale’s belly if they were taken up.
  • Fishermen want humpback whales off endangered list (Hawaii0

    05/03/2013 10:41:01 PM PDT · by llevrok · 26 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 5/3/2013
    HONOLULU (AP) -- A group of Hawaii fishermen is asking the federal government to remove northern Pacific humpback whales from the endangered species list, saying the population has steadily grown since the international community banned commercial whaling nearly 50 years ago. Hawaii Fishermen's Alliance for Conservation and Tradition Inc., a coalition of fishing clubs and groups from across the islands, filed a petition to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration last month. There are more than 21,000 humpback whales in the North Pacific today, compared with about 1,400 in the mid-1960s. (snip) The fishermen say they don't want whaling to...
  • CA: Navy, coastal panel could clash over whales (Meeting in San Diego - Friday)

    03/07/2013 12:22:22 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 3 replies
    OC Register ^ | March 6, 2013 Updated: March 7, 2013 11:00 a.m. | By PAT BRENNAN / ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
    <p>The U.S. Navy and the California Coastal Commission might be heading for another conflict over offshore military training and potential harm to marine mammals – including the giants of the sea, blue whales.</p> <p>At a meeting Friday in San Diego, the commission will consider whether to request additional protections for marine mammals from the Navy, which can cause potential harm or disturbance with training activities that include the use of sonar and underwater explosives.</p>
  • (How's This For Strange?) Mysterious Mass Whale Graveyard Unearthed in the Chilean Desert

    12/11/2012 7:22:44 AM PST · by lbryce · 195 replies
    Mother Nature Network ^ | November 22, 2012 | Bryan Nelson
    While working on a highway-widening project in the middle of South America's Atacama Desert, Chilean workers unearthed an eerie scene that had no business being more than a kilometer away from the ocean: a mass fossil graveyard containing more than 75 ancient whales, reports MSNBC. Finding whale bones in the middle of the desert is strange enough, but scientists were quick to notice a deeper mystery. The fossils ended up right next to one another — some mere meters apart — as if to suggest that the whales all died at once, possibly during some cataclysmic tragedy. What could have...
  • Previously unseen whale species washes up on New Zealand beach

    11/06/2012 11:46:52 AM PST · by blueplum · 30 replies
    LA Times ^ | 05 Nov 12 | Jon Bardin
    Not one but two specimens of the world’s rarest known species of whale have been discovered on a New Zealand beach, according to a report published Monday in the journal Current Biology. The species, called the spade-toothed beaked whale, is so rare that before the find researchers weren't even sure if it still existed. The two whales washed up on Opape Beach in New Zealand’s Bay of Plenty. At first scientists thought they were examples of a much more pedestrian species, the Gray’s beaked whales, which are the most commonly beached whales in the region. But after undertaking a DNA...
  • Study: Male beluga whale mimics human speech

    10/22/2012 5:28:43 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 17 replies
    SAN DIEGO (AP) — It could be the muffled sound of singing in the shower or that sing-songy indecipherable voice from the Muppets' Swedish Chef. Surprisingly, scientists said the audio they captured was a whale imitating people. In fact, the whale song sounded so eerily human that divers initially thought it was a human voice. AUDIO
  • Argentines Plan to Shoot Gulls to Save the Whales

    08/29/2012 4:27:57 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 19 replies
    NY Times | AP ^ | 8/28/12
    <p>BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — What began as bizarre bird behavior has turned into something out of a horror film for threatened whales in Argentina, where seagulls have learned that pecking at the whales' backs can get them a regular seafood dinner.</p>
  • Endangered whales invade California waters

    08/21/2012 8:33:38 AM PDT · by Baynative · 8 replies
    Pasadena Star News ^ | 8/21/12 | Terence Chea
    Longtime observers say they've seen a sharp increase in endangered blue and humpback whales feeding near California shores, where they spend the spring and summer before heading to their winter breeding grounds off Mexico and Central America.
  • Corzine Steals Billions Sans Charges, Errant Whale Watcher Faces Prison

    04/16/2012 6:34:10 AM PDT · by radioone · 21 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | April 16, 2012 | Bill Frezza
    Justice may be blind, but who works overtime to make it deaf, dumb, and stupid? Which would you imagine might attract more aggressive enforcement from the Justice Department: the theft of $1.2 billion from supposedly segregated customer brokerage funds, or lying about an alleged incident of whistling to attract the attention of a whale so that whale watchers could get a better peep? If you said the latter, then you appreciate the extent to which federal law enforcement priorities have run off the rails. We know for a fact that enormous sums of money legally off limits have disappeared into...
  • Animal rights groups protest Amazon sales of whale bacon, endangered species meat

    02/22/2012 12:00:20 PM PST · by matt1234 · 6 replies ^ | Feb. 21, 2012 | Josh Kerns
    Animal rights activists have launched a new campaign after discovering the Seattle-based sells a variety of products made from whale meat on its Japanese website including bacon and jerky. More than 145 food products derived from whales, dolphins and porpoises are for sale on Amazon Japan, according to a new report by the non-profit British-based Environmental Investigation Agency. " has a clear policy of banning trade in endangered and threatened species but is turning a blind eye to commercial trade in whale products from endangered and threatened whales on its Japanese website," said Allan Thornton, president of the Environmental...
  • San Diego judge to decide future of whale 'slavery' case

    02/06/2012 2:36:03 PM PST · by SmithL · 17 replies
    AP via CoCo Times ^ | 2/6/12 | JULIE WATSON, Associated Press
    SAN DIEGO -- A federal judge heard arguments Monday in a case that could determine whether animals enjoy the same constitutional protection against slavery as human beings. Sea World asked U.S. District Judge Jeffrey Miller to dismiss the case filed by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Miller did not make an immediate ruling. PETA named five orcas that were captured in the wild as plaintiffs and claims they are treated like slaves when forced to perform daily at Sea World parks in San Diego and Orlando, Fla. PETA lawyer Jeffrey Kerr said it was a historic day.
  • Monterey Biologist Accused of Feeding Whale (Faces 20 Years in Federal Prison, Large Fines)

    01/09/2012 5:19:17 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 46 replies
    AP ^ | Monday, January 9, 2012 | JASON DEAREN
    Monterey biologist accused of feeding whale SAN FRANCISCO ---- A marine biologist who runs popular whale-watching tours on California's Monterey Bay has been indicted for violating federal laws that protect marine mammals. Nancy Black, a marine scientist whose work has been featured on PBS, National Geographic and Animal Planet, was charged Wednesday with four violations of the Marine Mammal Protection Act. Her attorneys countered the charges by arguing that her interactions with the creatures were legal scientific research. She was accused of feeding killer whales in 2005 during a research trip, and misleading investigators by editing video footage of her...
  • PETA Sues to Declare Orcas “Slaves” Under the 13th Amendment

    10/26/2011 2:16:54 PM PDT · by NYer · 29 replies · 1+ views
    First Things ^ | October 25, 2011 | Wesley J. Smith
    I have been warning anyone who will listen that ”animal standing” is one of the most potentially destructive animal rights agenda items. Animal standing advocates hope to change the law so that animals can sue their owners in their own names, which of course, is a farce since it would really be ideologues bringing cases in pursuit of their own beliefs. Animal standing has supporters in very high places, as in Cass Sunstein, President Obama’s “regulations czar,” who wrote in support of the concept before entering government service. Lawsuits have been brought in the name of a seal, all the...
  • Do SeaWorld's whales have constitutional rights?

    10/26/2011 5:11:02 AM PDT · by South40 · 19 replies
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | 10/25/2011 | Lori Weisberg
    SeaWorld's orcas have been illegally enslaved for years and should be freed under the Constitution's 13th amendment, asserts a lawsuit that will be filed Wednesday in San Diego. The legal action, which is being taken by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) following 18 months of preparation, specifically seeks a legal declaration that the five killer whales that perform at SeaWorld's San Diego and Orlando parks are being held as slaves in violation of the 13th amendment's ban on slavery. Further, the lawsuit asks that they eventually be released into their natural habitat under the supervision of...
  • Anti-whalers launch kamikaze operation (Sea Shepherd pumps up next season's show)

    10/03/2011 4:41:12 AM PDT · by tlb · 36 replies
    Herald Sun ^ | October 03, 2011 | Tamara McLean
    RADICAL anti-whaling operation Sea Shepherd is promising dramatic attacks against Japanese whalers in coming months, with volunteers warning they're prepared to die for the cause. The group has announced "Operation Divine Wind" against the Japanese whalers, who plan to begin their annual hunt in the Southern Ocean in December. Sea Shepherd leader Paul Watson promised on the group's Facebook page a "very dramatic and adventurous three months beginning in December". The Sea Shepherd has become increasingly successful in recent years at disrupting the Japanese fleet. Angered by the campaign, which reduced the catch, the Japanese government has injected $US27 million...
  • Orcas Snatch Calves from Humpback Mother

    07/26/2011 11:59:31 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 22 replies ^ | Mon Jul 25, 2011 08:21 PM ET | Analysis by Kieran Mulvaney
    Whale-watching tourists off western Australia saw more than they expected - and perhaps more than many of them wanted - last week. As two boats of observers took in the action, a humpback whale mother desperately and vainly tried to protect a calf from four predatory orcas. The video below, shot from a light aircraft that circled overhead as the action unfolded, isn't always easy to make out, but it shows the orcas circling as the humpback attempts to protect the calf by lifting it on to her back. (If you pause the video at about 12 seconds, you can...
  • Boy Knocked Unconscious by Whale

    06/27/2011 2:16:30 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    Daily Mercury ^ | 27th June 2011 | Rodney Stevens
    GETTING whacked on the head by a whale was the last thing young Drew Hall expected when he headed off fishing with his mum and dad yesterday. The Maclean family took their dingy out early yesterday morning to try their luck in waters off Redcliffe, just north of Brooms Head. The family noticed a large number of whales out further, happily keeping their distance. Drew's mum, Karen, said she was enjoying watching the display of the whales blowing air from their blowholes. Then, about 7am, the family began to slowly cruise along, looking for a better fishing spot when, without...
  • Rare Photos: Giant Squid Eaten by Sperm Whale

    09/25/2010 9:17:00 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    Saving It for Later? Eating on the run, a female sperm whale carries the remains of a giant squid off the Bonin Islands, about 621 miles (1,000 kilometers) south of Tokyo, on October 15, 2009. The whale almost certainly carried the giant morsel up from the dark depths of the nearby Osagawara Trench, a favorite hunting ground of sperm whales. The whales routinely dive for an hour or more to depths of up to 3,280 feet (1,000 meters) in pursuit of giant squid, which are thought to rarely venture higher than 1,000 feet (300 meters) below sea level. Battles between...
  • Whale meat back on school lunch menus (Japan)

    09/04/2010 6:37:58 PM PDT · by Ronin · 67 replies
    The Japan Times ^ | Sunday, Sept. 5, 2010
    WAKAYAMA (Kyodo) Whale meat has been slowly put back on school lunch menus since around 2005, according to a recent survey released Saturday, as the meat is being made available at low prices in a bid to expand consumption. Of about 29,600 public elementary and junior high schools nationwide offering lunches for students, 5,355 schools, or 18 percent, responded they had served whale meat in their lunches at least once in fiscal 2009 through March 2010, according to the survey conducted from June to August this year. The Institute of Cetacean Research, which carries out the government's whaling, provided whale...
  • Man Caught Cutting Beached Whale's Tail Off

    09/02/2010 11:01:27 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 52 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | Thu, Sep 2, 2010 | BRIAN HAMACHER
    Delray man in custody after hacking tail off for foodA Delray Beach man is in custody after he reportedly tried to cut the tail off a whale that washed ashore early Thursday morning. Florida Fish and Wildlife agents are questioning James Hogan after he was found hacking away at the tail end of the whale, estimated to be between 10 and 12 feet long, according to the Palm Beach Post. "I didn't know it was illegal," Hogan told the Post, before he was hauled away. Hogan said he was fishing early Thursday morning when a passerby told him about the...
  • Giant blue whales showing in record numbers

    08/31/2010 1:35:34 PM PDT · by Nachum · 33 replies · 1+ views
    The Daily Breeze ^ | 8/31/10 | Sandy Mazza
    Swells of calorie-rich planktonic krill have attracted more giant blue whales off the Palos Verdes Peninsula than local whale watchers can ever remember. Since last week, onlookers have been treated to a virtual whale playground. As many as 25 giants at once have been spotted from shore in recent days. This is extraordinary, considering that only 2,000 blue whales have been documented in the north Pacific Ocean. The blue whales' massive smooth backs, geyseral blows, and spade-like flukes have rushed the heartbeats of those who have witnessed the largest mammals ever known to A blue whale surfaces and exhales. (Scott...
  • Brutal Slaughter of Pilot Whales (Viewer Warning Graphic...)

    07/31/2010 8:45:19 AM PDT · by Dengar01 · 73 replies · 2+ views
    The UK Sun ^ | 6/30/10 | The Sun
    THE disembowelled bodies of brutally slaughtered whales line a dockside just 230 miles from Britain - as families with children wander among them. More than 200 protected pilot whales were hacked to death with knives and sharpened hooks by fishermen who trapped them in coves on the Faroe Islands. Disturbing images show deep gouges where whalers hacked at the animals to sever their spinal cords. Others show the bodies of unborn calves torn from their mothers' wombs. Crowds of islanders, including youngsters, gathered to watch the slaughter, known as "the grind". Anti-whaling activist Peter Hammarstedt, 28, exposed last week's killings...
  • Video of Killer Whale Doing What Killer Whales Do Best, Kills Pelican & Eats It (During Show)

    07/22/2010 4:31:59 PM PDT · by Tom Hawks · 27 replies · 1+ views
    I found this video of a pelican landing on the water at Sea World, during a live show. Before you realize what landed on the water, one of the Killer Whales chomps on the pelican and dives with it. The next thing you see is all the whales having a food fest on the remains in front of all the spectators. It's real funny, nature at it's finest. Here is the link, Orca Eats pelican During Show @ Sea World
  • Report: Toxins found in whales bode ill for humans (another crisis in the making alert)

    06/24/2010 8:23:39 PM PDT · by GLH3IL · 14 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 06/24/2010 | ARTHUR MAX
    A report released Thursday noted high levels of cadmium, aluminum, chromium, lead, silver, mercury and titanium in tissue samples taken by dart gun from nearly 1,000 whales over five years. From polar areas to equatorial waters, the whales ingested pollutants that may have been produced by humans thousands of miles away, the researchers said.
  • Obama Supports Commercial Whaling

    06/06/2010 10:27:48 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 21 replies · 78+ views
    WASHINGTON, June 6 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama is breaking a campaign promise as his administration backs an effort to lift a 24-year ban on commercial whaling, critics say. Environmentalists, already unhappy with the administration's allegedly lackluster response to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, say the president is going back on his campaign pledge to end the slaughter of whales, FOX News reported Sunday. The administration is leading a push within the International Whaling Commission to lift the ban on whaling against Japan, Norway and Iceland, the three countries in the commission still hunting whales, FOX News said....
  • Whale Wars Season 3 (Premieres now)

    06/04/2010 7:11:22 PM PDT · by Dengar01 · 37 replies · 910+ views
    Animal Planet ^ | 6/4/10 | Animal Planet
    Whale Wars Season 3 on Animal Planet now, let the stupidity begin! Watch hippies get shot with hoses, watch boats get smashed up! This makes the blackhawks loss much better for me!