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July 23, 2019

Richard Branson Cuts Ties With Sea World

Last week Virgin Group founder Richard Branson announced in a blog post that Virgin Holidays will end the sales and promotion of tourism attractions that involve captive cetaceans, such as whales and dolphins. Branson stated that “We felt strongly this was the...

July 17, 2019

Dozens of Pilot Whales Saved From Beaching By Georgia Volunteers

On Tuesday, according to the Brunswick News, dozens of short-fin pilot whales emerged in the surf close to shore on St. Simons Island, Georgia and repeatedly attempted to beach themselves, as local citizens and then marine mammal stranding experts pushed them back in...

July 7, 2019

Japan Resumes Commercial Whaling, Joins Iceland and Norway

By Margaret Johnston and Monica Medina According to the Associated Press, Japanese whaling vessels returned to port with two minke whales last week — this is the first time Japan’s ships conducted a commercial hunt since an international moratorium on...

June 26, 2019

One Cool Thing: First Ever Recording of a Right Whale Singing

Researchers at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have recorded for the first time ever the “singing” by a rare and endangered North Pacific Right Whale.  Humpback whales are known for their songs, but no one has ever before...

May 7, 2019

Whale Watching On the Rise in Japan and Iceland

Whale watching is one of the fastest growing tourist activities in Japan, which is a marked shift in the way the Japanese people think of whales — as something to observe in the water rather than on a dinner plate.  The International Fund for Animal Welfare...

April 18, 2019

Marine Species in the Pacific Are Climate “Migrants”

The Pacific Coast of Northern California is finding a new sort of climate refugee washing up on its shores and inhabiting its bays and coastal waters — species that have shifted their migratory patterns and habitat due to warming ocean waters throughout the...

April 4, 2019

Japan Nears End of Scientific Whale Hunts

Japan’s last controversial “scientific” whale hunt in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary just concluded, Japan Today reported.  The government said they killed 333 minke whales, and of those, 122 of them were pregnant females.  Japan will no longer...

March 19, 2019

Whales Face Triple Threats: Plastic, Ship Strikes and Hunting

Whales around the globe face numerous threats as has become apparent in recent weeks.  Just this past weekend a young Cuvier’s beaked whale that was weak and vomiting blood washed up on the shore in Mabini, Philippines and eventually died.  When the government...