Picture by Gareth and Amanda Doherty

August 8th, 2018. NAVAL sonar could have caused the deaths of whales that washed ashore in Co Donegal, it has been claimed. Read More…

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A mother orca carries her dead newborn. Several species of whales show signs of mourning. Photograph by Robin Baird, Cascadia Research

August 8th, 2018 (Brett Cihon, Simone Del Rosario). FRIDAY HARBOR, Wash. — A southern resident orca mother is still carrying her dead and decomposing calf, more than two weeks after she was first spotted holding on to her offspring. Read More…

Biologists say orcas mourn the loss of newborns as any family would. On Wednesday, J35 was still carrying her dead calf for the second day straight. In 2010, L20, photographed in Haro Strait, did the same thing with her dead newborn in a behavior biologists say is a common expression of grief. (Robin W. Baird/Cascadia Research Collective)

July 25th, 2018 (Linda V. Mapes). For two days she has grieved, carrying her dead calf on her head, unwilling to let it go. Read More…

Rescuers, including members of the public, try to help the baby whale. (ABC News : Nick Rheinberger)

July 4th, 2018 (Nick McLaren). Efforts are underway to re-float a beached whale at an Illawarra beach, with authorities concerned for its welfare. Read More…

Posted by: The ocean update | May 30, 2018

Icelanders divided over their support of whaling

Whaling company Hvalur has a quota of 191 kills as Iceland announced it would resume hunting the endangered fin whale this summer. Photograph : Adam Butler/AP

May 30th, 2018. A new survey conducted by MMR (Ed Sibylline : what was the sampling strategy ? Really representative of the population ?) shows that approximately the same number of people are for and against whaling. Read More…

A humpback whale found tangled in ropes off Sydney’s Bondi Beach. Whale watching Sydney.

May 30th, 2018 (Jenny Noyes). A humpback whale has been found stuck in ropes off Bondi Beach, near the Australian city of Sydney. Read More…

The oil slick left by the decomposing whale carcass at Cheynes Beach. Matt Smith/RJS PhotographsPicture: Matt Smith/RJS Photographs

Tuesday, May 29th, 2018 (Liam Croy). A hulking whale has met a rotten end at a small coastal settlement east of Albany. Read More…

Those who arrived to help the beached calf pilot whale at the mouth of the Sigatoka River.

May 30th, 2018 (Ranoba Baoa). A calf pilot whale that was found early yesterday beached at the Sigatoka River mouth is believed to have reu­nited with its mother thanks to the locals who helped. Read More…

Posted by: The ocean update | May 30, 2018

Whales found ‘shot in head’ in Tonga

Locals call their deaths “terrible” and are seeking justice. Photo credit: Kolianita Feke

Tuesday, May 29th, 2018. The discovery of four washed-up dead whales (Ed Sibylline : dolphins) has shocked Tonga after witnesses claimed all the whales had been shot in the head. Read More…

Japan’s whaling fleet killed 333 minke whales in the South Ocean last year, including 122 pregnant females. Credit : Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert / Alamy

May 29th, 2018 (Christopher Castano). JAPAN (Circa) – Of the 333 minke whales killed in Japan’s annual “scientific” summer hunt last season, 122 were pregnant females, reports The Independent. The killings have prompted calls for action on the part of the international community. Read More…

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