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  • 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
    CBSLA.com) ^ | February 10, 2014 1:00 PM
    RANCHO PALOS VERDES (CBSLA.com) — 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 · 19 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
    PHYS.org ^ | 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
    mynorthwest.com ^ | Feb. 21, 2012 | Josh Kerns
    Animal rights activists have launched a new campaign after discovering the Seattle-based Amazon.com 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. "Amazon.com 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
    http://news.discovery.com ^ | 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!
  • Video of Penguin Barely Escaping the Jaws of a Killer Whale

    05/23/2010 7:04:29 PM PDT · by Tom Hawks · 20 replies · 1,141+ views
    ChicoER Gate ^ | 5/23/10 | Chuck Wolk
    Why not take a break and enjoy this cool video, it will make for a nice end to the weekend This is a video of a penguin being chased by three or four Orca killer Whales. After about a minute of going to and fro to escape the clutches of their jaws, the penguin decides to take his chances with the humans instead. So before they know it, the people in the raft have a guest and he does not seem to be in too much of a hurry to jump back into the water. Eventually the whales decides...
  • Whales and dolphins deserve 'human rights' because of their intelligence

    05/23/2010 10:34:26 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 45 replies · 747+ views
    Whales and dolphins deserve 'human rights' because of their intelligence Whales and dolphins should get "human rights" to life and liberty because of mounting evidence of their intelligence, a group of conservationists and experts in philosophy, law and ethics have argued. Published: 6:01PM BST 23 May 2010 Japan, Norway and Iceland, the main whaling nations, oppose arguments that would outlaw hunting or even keeping the mammals in marine parks. They have long said there is no real evidence that they are smarter, for instance, than cows or pigs. But participants at a University of Helsinki conference said a growing number...
  • Scientists stunned as grey whale sighted off Israel

    05/12/2010 1:11:25 AM PDT · by Plumberman27 · 20 replies · 602+ views
    AFP ^ | Wednesday, May 1
    JERUSALEM (AFP) - – The appearance of a grey whale off the coast of Israel has stunned scientists, in what was thought to be the first time the giant mammal has been seen outside the Pacific in several hundred years.
  • Scientists stunned as grey whale sighted off Israel (Jonah?)

    05/11/2010 8:51:49 PM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 26 replies · 933+ views
    AFP via Yahoo ^ | 05/11/2010 | Staff
    JERUSALEM (AFP) - – The appearance of a grey whale off the coast of Israel has stunned scientists, in what was thought to be the first time the giant mammal has been seen outside the Pacific in several hundred years. The whale, which was first sighted off Herzliya in central Israel on Saturday, is believed to have travelled thousands of miles from the north Pacific after losing its way in search of food. "It's an unbelievable event which has been described as one of the most important whale sightings ever," said Dr Aviad Scheinin, chairman of the Israel Marine Mammal...
  • Report: Save the Whales and They'll Save Us from Global Warming (ROFL)

    04/27/2010 1:35:53 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 29 replies · 406+ views
    American Thinker ^ | April 27, 2010 | Marc Sheppard
    Need more proof that Global Warming is the problem to environmentalists’ solutions?  Take a whiff of this.  Researchers from the Australian Antarctic Division have announced that increased whale excrement in our oceans could help fight global warming by encouraging the growth of carbon dioxide-consuming algae.  It seems the iron-rich droppings help spark blooms of phytoplankton, which in turn help regulate the oceans’ carbon sink capabilities.    Researcher Steve Nicol claimed that a larger population of baleen whales in the Southern Ocean would do the trick, but admitted that just how much excrement it would take to have any significant...
  • Whale Poo Fights Global Warming

    04/26/2010 10:06:38 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies · 508+ views
    NBC11 ^ | 4/26/10 | ROB MAYEDA and LORI PREUITT
    Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home had many convinced that whales could save the world. Now, a new study gives that science fiction premise some scientific proof. It's not the whales themselves, but their poo that is apparently very beneficial to the environment because it helps produce oxygen and it helps fight carbon dioxide. The timing for the study couldn't be better. This is the time for great whale watching up and down the coast of California as the annual migration process gets into full swing. All those whales we see are using the ocean as a toilet along the...
  • Environmentalists' fury at global watchdog's call to legalise whaling

    04/26/2010 5:23:28 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies · 294+ views
    DailyMail ^ | 23rd April 2010
    Environmentalists have reacted with fury today after the International Whaling Commission proposed allowing the first legal commercial whale hunts in 25 years. The move would end an outright ban that had many exceptions. Japan, Norway and Iceland continued whaling under those exceptions. The proposal released late last night would replace the ban with strict quotas and would let the group strictly monitor all whaling. The proposal is an attempted compromise between whaling nations and others such as the U.S. and Australia, which have long been staunchly opposed to whaling. But it will not please environmentalists, who have already criticised the...
  • Researchers Say Dead Gray Whale Filled With Garbage

    04/20/2010 2:39:07 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 56 replies · 1,259+ views
    KIRO TV ^ | April 19, 2010
    Researchers said a dead gray whale discovered on West Seattle’s Arroyo Beach last Wednesday was filled with a variety of debris, reported KIRO 7 Eyewitness News. Cascadia Research Collective, which has performed hundreds of whale necropsies, said it has never seen so much debris in the stomach of a gray whale. Researchers said items found inside the gray whale included small towels, sweatpants, plastic bags, surgical gloves, a golf ball and small bits of plastic. Though the volume of junk was unusual, scientists said the debris was probably not what killed the whale. The cause of the whale's death is...
  • Japan whaling fleet brings home catch below target (Whale Wars)

    04/12/2010 2:18:35 PM PDT · by Dengar01 · 45 replies · 858+ views
    Forbes.com ^ | 04.12.10, | MARI YAMAGUCHI
    TOKYO -- Japan's biggest whaling ship returned to Tokyo on Monday bringing home only half its catch target after its expedition to the Antarctic Ocean was disrupted by anti-whaling protesters. The Nisshin Maru, the main harpoon ship of the five-vessel fleet, docked in the Tokyo harbor with harvests from the five-month season that began in November. The rest of the fleet returned over the past few weeks, including a ship that brought back an environmental activist who brazenly boarded it to protest the hunt. The fleet killed 506 minke whales and one fin whale during its expedition, fulfilling more than...
  • Peter Bethune Held In Solitary Confinement (Sea Shepherd anti-whaler)

    03/29/2010 7:30:28 PM PDT · by aMorePerfectUnion · 12 replies · 504+ views
    Scoop World Independent News ^ | March 17,2010 | Gary Thomason
    Peter Bethune Held In Solitary Confinement In Tokyo Without Communication Rights Gary Thomason arrived in Tokyo on Sunday 14th March less than 48 hours after Peter Bethune was arrested by the Japanese Coast Guard in Tokyo harbor, to lend support to Peter and understand the local situation. Peter Bethune, an anti-whaling activist from New Zealand, was brought back to Tokyo by the whaling ship, the Shonan Maru 2, after he boarded the ship in the southern Antarctic on Feb. 15. Meetings were held with staff of the Japanese Coast Guard (JCG) and Tokyo Prison where Peter is being held and...
  • AFP raids anti-whaling boats - for Japan

    03/06/2010 3:14:26 AM PST · by myknowledge · 25 replies · 797+ views
    Nine News ^ | March 6, 2010 | Kym Agius and Paul Carter
    The Australian Federal Police have raided two boats owned by the anti-whaling group the Sea Shepherd at the behest of Japanese authorities. Both the Steve Irwin and the Bob Barker were raided by AFP officers as they docked in Hobart on Saturday. Their arrival marked the end of their summer campaign, chasing and clashing with the Japanese whaling fleet in the Southern Ocean. The Steve Irwin arrived to Princes Wharf about 8.30am (AEDT) - engine problems had cut short this season's campaign. It was greeted by a crowd of well wishers but federal police officers were also there - armed...
  • Extreme Terrorist Group, "Sea Shepherd" Takes Financial Hit With the Sinking of their Batmobile Boat

    02/10/2010 10:38:54 AM PST · by OneVike · 106 replies · 2,276+ views
    There is a war going on in the Antarctic, a war over the whales. This fish war has become increasingly dangerous for those involved, as more then just nasty words during a protest are being exchanged lately. This war has tempers flaring, nations accusing each other of maleficence, and boats crashing into each other like what happened when the Yushin Maru 3 crashed into the more aggressive Bob Barker this past Sunday on February 7th. This on the heels of the activist group's pride speed boat the Ady Gil being sunk just last month on its maiden voyage. In...
  • War of words between Sea Shepherd and Japanese Whalers (new)

    02/06/2010 2:54:04 PM PST · by aMorePerfectUnion · 32 replies · 915+ views
    News.com Australia ^ | 2-7-10 | News Desk
    ANTI-WHALING activists have described how Japanese whaling ships circled their protest vessel "like sharks" before ramming it off Antarctica. Sea Shepherd founder, Captain Paul Watson, said the Japanese harpoon ship rammed the conservationists' ship the Bob Barker and tore a 90cm gash in the hull above the water line. The incident happened about 300 kilometres off Cape Darnley, in the Australian Antarctic Territory, about 3pm (AEDT) yesterday. No-one was injured in the incident. .... "Four Japanese ships circled the Bob Barker like sharks," he said. "Then one of them, the Yushin Maru 3, did a quick turn and rammed a...