Dolphin & Whale News

July 2015

Kayakers Celebrate Whales on National Whale Day in Australia — See News Report (BBC, 7/26/15).

Icelandic Whaling Honcho thinks Australia Should Kill Humpbacks — See Photos (The Sydney Morning Herald, 7/26/15).

Rarely-Seen Sowerby’s Beaked Whale Washes Up in Plymouth, MA — See Photo (The Boston Globe, 7/25/15). Read more, see more photos here and here.

Ken Balcomb, Center for Whale Research, Share Beautiful Footage of Orca Family in San Juan Islands — See Video (One Green Planet, 7/25/15).

Humans Care for Female Orca Trapped on Rocks in British Columbia until Tides Rise — See Photos (One Green Planet, 7/24/15). Learn more, see more photos here.

Florida Wildlife Managers Monitoring Dolphin Horribly Sliced by Boat Propeller off Madiera Beach, FL — See Graphic Photo (The St. Petersburg Tribune, 7/22/15).

Study: Male Dolphins Try to Kill Newborn Calf off Savannah — See Video (The Island Packet, 7/23/15). Read more, see more photos and video here. Read the full study, see photos, video and diagrams here.

Southern Right Whale Off Sydney Beach Looks Pregnant — See Video (ABC.net.au, 7/23/15).

Report: Researchers Concerned about High Toxin Levels in Meterranean Whales — See Photos (PBS News Hour, 7/22/15).

New Endangered Southern Resident Killer Whale Count: 81, including 4 Babies — See Photos & Video (Komo News Network, 7/22/15). Read more here.

Study: Dolphin’s Can Dive Deep Because of Collapsible Lungs (Discovery News, 7/20/15).

Dolphins Distract British Rowing Team — See Video (9MSN, 7/2015).

Researcher says Tired, Migrating, Half-Asleep Whales Getting Caught in Shark Nets off Australian Beaches — See Photos & Video (Daily Mail, 7/19/15).

Member of Emergency Whale-Detangling Team Talks about Work — See Video (The Province, 7/17/15).

Pacific Northwest Southern Resident Orcas’ 4 New Babies All Thriving — See Photos (San Juan Islander, 7/17/15). Read more, see more photos and video here.

Pygmy Sperm Mom, Calf Strand, Die Near Myrtle Beach — See Photos & News Report (WPDE.com, 7/16/15).

Study: Japanese Falsified Sperm Whale-Kill Numbers in ’60s, Throwing Off Population Estimates, Recovery Efforts (The Guardian, 7/15/15). Read the full study here.

Research Question: Dolphin atop Humpback — Just Play? — See Photo & Video (Mother Nature News, 7/14/15).

Young Transient Orca Rescued in 2013 Spotted with Family — See Photos (CBC News, 7/13/15).

Researchers Think, Hope Dolphin Die-Off along U.S. East Coast is Over (The Post and Courier, 7/1415).

Dolphins Surf with Surfers in South Africa — See Photos  (New York Post, 7/13/15).

Researchs Lose 2 Entangled Humpbacks Spotted in Cook Strait, NZ — See Photos (stuff.co.nz, 7/13/15).

2 Entangled Humpbacks Evade Human Help in Nova Scotia Waters — See Photos (CBC News, 7/13/15).

Researchers Free Entangled Humpback Bitten by Great White — See Photo & Videos (The Boston Globe, 7/12/15).

Humpbacks, Blues and Fins All Feeding off Farallons — See Photos (SF Gate, 7/13/15). Read more here.

Researchers Concerned by Deaths of 9 Fin Whales in Alaskan Waters in 2 Months (Alaska Dispatch News 7/10/15).

Kayaking Couple Expect Feeding Humpbacks to Watch Out for Them? Not! — See Video (The Telegraph, 7/10/15).

12-Foot Minke Makes 6th Dead Whale to Wash Up in Long Island This Year — See News Report (Eyewitness News, 7/9/15).

Researcher Lori Marino & Colleagues Discover Whole New Level of Dolphin Brain Complexity (Marmam, 7/8/15). Read the entire study here.

Rare Whale, Possible Antarctic Minke, Trapped in Lagoon off Great Barrier Reef — See Photo (The Guardian, 7/7/15).

Lots of Whales of All Kinds off Ireland — See Photos & Videos (Irish Central, 7/7/15).

Migaloo, the White Humpback, is Back off New Zealand!— See Photos (Radio New Zealand, 7/6/15). Learn more, see news report here.

Drone Camera Captures Beautiful Footage of Humpbacks Fishing and Their Calls —See Video (One Green Planet, 7/6/15). See More feeding humpback footage here.

Denver Photographer Runs “Swim with Sperm Whales” Tours off Dominica — See Photos (Mirror, 7/6/15).

“Swim with the Humpbacks” Tours Offered off Queensland, AU for 2nd Year — See Photos & Video (ABC.net.au).

June 2015

Sea Shepherd Documents Annual Faroe Islands Whale Slaughter — See Graphic Photos & Video (IB Times, 6/30/15). Read more, see more graphic photos and video here and here. Read more, see more photos and video here.

Dolphin Lands in Boat off California, Injures Woman, Self — See Photo, Video (The Orange County Register, 6/30/15).

Migrating Humpbacks Thrill Whalewatchers Off Australia — See Photos & Video (Daily Telegraph, Manly Daily, 6/30/15). Read more here.

Dead Whales Wash Up in Hamptons, Fire Island — See Photo (Long Island Press, 6/30/15).

Third Entangled Humpback in 1 Week Freed off BC Coast— See News Report (CTV Vancouver, 6/29/15).

New IMAX Humpback Whales 3D Opens at California Science Center (NBC Los Angeles, 6/29/15).

Iceland Begins Another Whaling Season despite Protests, 1986 Ban — See Photo (The Guardian, 6/29/15).

Faroe Islands Tourist Law: Report Dolphin, Whale Sightings so We Can Hunt Them or Face Fines, Jail Term — See Photo (Takepart, 6/29/15).

Underwater Photographer Gets Gorgeous Pics of Dolphins, Birds, Seals Feasting on Sardines off South Africa — See Photos (Daily Mail, 6/28/15).

Antarctic Orcas Don’t Stay Put as Thought, Some Travel to New Zealand—See Photos (Stuff.co.nz, 6/27/15).

Of Orcas and Men excerpt: Should Orcas be Considered Persons? (Salon, 6/27/15).

Canadian Expert Discusses International Problem of Humpback Whale Entanglement —Listen to Interview (CBC News, 6/27/15).

Sea Shepherd Pays Japan $2.5 Million in Court Settlement (One Green Planet, 6/22/15).

Researchers Document First Known Incident of Polar Bears Eating Dolphins — See Photos (Huffington Post, 6/12/15). Read the fully study here.

New Documentary Joins Effort to Save Endangered Vaquita (Marmam, 6/4/15). See a film clip here. Learn more here.

May 2015

TEDx Talk: Naomi Rose on Orca Family Bonds and Why Captivity Must End Now — See Video (TEDx, YouTube, 5/25/15).

Curious Orca Takes Taste of Paddle Boarders Board — See Video (NBC News, 5/20/15).

Study: Increase in Dolphin Deaths Caused by Gulf Spill (Huffington Post, 5/20/15). Read the full study here.

Study Confirms: Orcas Die Young in Captivity (Hakai Magazine, 5/12/15).

Last Remaining Gulf of Mexico Bryde’s Whales May Get Protection (Star Tribune, 5/10/15). Read more here.

April 2015

Right whale, undated / Virginia Chapter Sierra Club, NOAA NMFS / Click to learn more.

Pressure Building for Japan to End Annual Dolphin Slaughter (Fox News, 4/30/15).

Sperm Whale and Human Friend, Andrew Armour, Twirl Together in Dominica — See Beautiful Video (Caters TV, 4/27/15).

Do Dolphins Talk? Can We Converse? Denise Herzing, Other Researchers Discuss Goals, Progress  (National Geographic, May Issue, available online 4/15/15).

Western (or Eastern) North Pacific Gray Whale Makes Record-Breaking Journey from Russia to Mexico (USA Today, 4/15/15). Read more, see map of swimming route here. Find the study here. Read more, see more images here.

Sperm Whale Investigates Deep Sea Rover 1,962′ Below Surface at Site of BP Spill —See Video (E/VNautilus, YouTube, 4/14/15). See more E/V Nautilus expedition videos here.

Virginia Chapter Sierra Club Campaign: Stop Oil Exploration in Endangered Right Whale Waters (Sierra Club, 4/1/15).

Marine Mammal Advocates Win Suit against NMFS for Approving Naval Sonar, Explosives in Hawaiian, Southern California Waters (NRDC via Marmam, 4/1/15). Read more here.

March 2015

Old but Noteworthy: Underwater Photographer Captures First Moments of Newborn Sperm Whale’s Life — See Video (WetPixel.com, 9/2014). See edited YouTube version here.

Study: Older Female Killer Whales Function as Repositories of Knowledge (The Register 3/7/15). Read the full study, see images and film footage here.

February 2015

Almost 200 Pilot Whales Strand in New Zealand (National Geographic, 2/13/15).

Orcas Enjoy Rubbing Beach as Humans Watch from Close By — See Amazing Video (OneGreenPlanet.org, 2/4/15). You can also find the video here.

Study: Atlantic Spotted Dolphins Mourn their Dead (Smithsonian.com, 2/2/15). Read more here. Find the study here.Thanks to the Wild Dolphin Project for this item.

January 2015

Obama to Allow Oil, Gas Drilling off  S.E. Coast — at What Cost to Whales, Other Marine Life? (National Geographic, 1/29/15).

Study: Deep-Diving Marine Mammals Endure Irregular Heartbeat (Science Times, 1/19/15). Learn more here.

• Beneath the Waves Film Festival Issues Calls for Submissions (Marmam, 1/16/15). Learn more about the festival here. Find a list of previous festival film archives here. View the beautiful 2014 short film In Harmony with Whales here.

How Champion-Diver Cuvier’s Beaked Whale, Other Deep-Diving Sea Creatures Do What They Do —See Photos & Diagram (BBC Earth, 1/15/15).

Orcas Take Very Close Look at Inflatable Boat, Human Occupants — See Video (1/14/15 BT.com)

Bowheads Beat Humpbacks for Diversity of Song — Hear Recordings (BBC Earth, 1/13/15).

Activist Ric O’Barry Sees Public Turning Against Captivity (AP, SFGate, 1/12/15).

60-Foot-Long Fin Whale Found Dead on Beach in Cornwall — See Photo (The Independent, 1/12/15).

Pygmy Sperm Whale Strands in Port Reyes (Perfect Science, 1/9/15). Read more here.

Familiar Orca Family Returns to California Coast — See Slide Show (Orange County Register, 1/9/15).

Foundation Filming, Raising Funds for Doc on Saving Ganges River Dolphin (Marmam 1/8/15). See trailer here.

Navy Holds Public Hearings on Assessed Impact (Draft 2) of Proposed Northwest Training and Testing (Marmam, 1/6/15).

Birth of Baby  Orca Gives Researcher Some Hope for Endangered Pod’s Survival (Discovery News, 1/6/15).

Long-Lived Bowhead’s Genome May Offer Clues to Extending Human Lifespan  (IBTimes, 1/4/15). Read more here.

Researcher Thinks Orca Grandma May Have Helped with New Baby’s Birth — Listen to Radio Segment (NPR, 1/3/15).

White Bottlenose Dolphin Spotted in Florida’s Indian River Lagoon — See Photo (Florida Today, 1/2/15). See video footage here.

Whale, Dolphin Sightings Off California Coast Breaking Records (The Daily Breeze, 1/2/15).

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