Dolphin & Whale News

June 2014

Killer whale "Springer" (A73) and 1.5-year-old calf (A104), Fitz Hugh Sound, BC, June, 2014/Vancouver Aquarium

•  Japan Kills 30 More Minke Whales in Resumed “Research” Hunt (RT, 6/14/14). Read more here.

 Can a Dolphin Commit Suicide? (Huffington Post, 6/13/14).

Rehabbed, Released, Wild Orca Springer Spotted with New Calf (eCanadaNow, 6/12/14).

Two Spotted Dolphins Beach, Die in Ft. Myers, FL — See Photos & News Report (Fox 4, 6/12/14).

Why Japan Will Resume Whale Hunt (The Washington Post, 6/10/14).  Read more here.

M.H. Lovatt Admits to Sexual Relationship with Dolphin Peter during 1960s Cohabitation Experiment — See Photos & Video (Daily News 6/10/14).

Cruise Ship Speed Limits Imposed to Protect Whales in Glacier Bay (USA Today, 6/10/14).

BBC Documentary Tells Story of Whaling in South Georgia — See Photos (The Telegraph, 6/7/14).

Brazil Bans Catfish Fishery that Uses Endangered Pink Dolphin (Boto) as Bait (The Wire, 6/5/14).

Researchers Capture Rare Footage of Leaping Fin Whale — See Video (The Wire, 6/5/14).

Hawaiian Senator Thinks State Spends Too Much Protecting Whales, Turtles   — See Video of Speech (Huffington Post, 6/3/14).

May 2014

Study: Dolphins Taste Only Salt (The Wire, 5/31/14).

Two Belugas, Adult & Youngster, Found Dead on Cook Inlet Beach (Alaska Dispatch, 5/27/14).

Sei Whale Struck, Killed, Dragged Up Hudson River by Cruise Ship (The Guardian, 5/24/14). Read more here.

Good Eating Has Whales Swarming, Thrilling Whale-Watchers Off Massachusetts Coast — See Video (Boston Globe, 5/22/14). See more video here.

Young Adult Humpback Finally Freed from Buoys, Lines that Almost Sever Its Fluke — See Photos (San Jose Mercury-News, 5/22/14). See video here. Learn more here and here.

103-Year-Old Orca, “Granny” (J2) Spotted Near Vancouver Island (CBC News, 5/13/14). Learn more here and here.

Japan Resumes Whaling in Northwest Pacific — See News Report (, 5/9/14). Learn more here.

Snorkelers, Gray Whales Have Very Close Encounter Off Laguna Beach CA — See Photos (NBC 4 Los Angeles, 5/6/14).

New Map Lets Whale-Lovers Follow Whales around Hawaiian Islands (Huffington Post 5/5/14). Try it out here.

Sighting of Mother Minke with Newborn a First for Whale-Watchers Off San Juan Island — See Photos (San Juan Islander, undated).

February 2014

Unidentified  bottlenose dolphin/istock, The Boston Globe

Puerto Rico Investigating if 4 People Harassed Whale & Calf (AP, 2/19/14).

Cat Virus Identified in Arctic Belugas (Escapist Magazine 2/15/14).

Japanese, Icelandic Whale Meat Passes through Canada (The Vancouver Sun, 2/13/14)

Scientists Count Southern Right Whales by Satellite (BBC News 2/12/14). Read study here. Listen to radio segment here. Learn more here.

Study: Eel Trackers Suggest Pilot Whales Hunt Them in Deep Atlantic (Nature World News, 2/10/14). Find study here.

Study Suggests More Humane Way to Euthanize Beached Whales that Can’t be Saved (National Geographic 2/5/14)

Orcas Hunt Dolphins Off British Columbia — See Photo & Video (CTV News 2/4/14)

More than 400 Dead Dolphins Found on North Coast of Peru (NBC News, 2/4/14)

Unusually High Number of Whales Beaching in Florida (Sun Sentinel, 2/3/14)

Rare Sighting of Blue Whales Off New Zealand — See Video & Photos (, 2/3/14)

• Author Justin Gregg Discusses Are Dolphins Really Smart? (The Boston Globe 2/2/14)

January 2014

January 30, 2014

Rare Beaked Whale Washes Up on Cornwall Beach (Western Morning News, 1/30/14)

January 28, 2014

Scientists Decry Barbaric New Method of Killing Dolphins in Taiji — See Graphic Video (CNN 1/28/14).

Gray Whales Court Off Dana Point, CA — See Video (NBC Southern California 1/28/14)

January 27, 2014

NRDC, Other Groups Sue NMFS for Failure to Protect Dolphins, Whales against Impact of Navy Exercises (LiveScience, 1/27/14). Read more here.

4th Annual Whalefest Monterey Includes Inflatable, Walk-Through Humpback (Monterey Herald News, 1/27/14)

January 24, 2014

New Species of River Dolphin ID’d in Brazil, Already Endangered (National Geographic, 1/24/14). Read the study here.

January 23, 2014

Pilot Whales Led Back to Sea off Naples Restrand, Die Off Marco Island, FL (, 1/23/14). Read more, see images here.

January 22, 2014

Rare Albino Dolphin Captured in Taiji Roundup (Take Part, 1/22/14). Learn more about “Angel” and see video here.

January 21, 2014

Japan Defends Annual Taiji Dolphin Slaughter —See Graphic Video (AP, 1/21/14). Read more here. See more graphic video here. Watch a CNN news report hereRead about Ambassador Caroline Kennedy’s expression of concern here.

January 20, 2014

Can Scientist/Oil Company Collaboration Reduce Oil Exploration Impact on Whales? (Weather Underground, 1/20/14).

Now, Pilot Whales Strand in Ft. Meyers, Florida (U-T San Diego, 1/20/14). See news reports here and here. Read more follow-ups here 

January 19, 2014

Pilot Whales Led Back into Deep Water Restrand in New Zealand (, 1/19/14). Read more here and here.

January 16, 2014

More Pilot Whales Strand in New Zealand (CNN, 1/17/14). Read more here.

Kayaker Has Close Encounter with Sperm Whale as Orcs Circle  — See Photos & Video (MailOnline, 1/16/14).

January 15, 2014

Study: Powerful Flukes Secret of Dolphin’s Swimming Speed (National Geographic, 1/15/14).

Researcher Fined for Feeding Wild Killer Whales (Los Angeles Times, 1/15/14)

January 14, 2014

Volunteers Try to Save Stranded Pilot Whales in New Zealand — See Video (Paige Diana, YouTube, 1/14/14).

January 13, 2014

Two Lucky Blokes Find Hunk of Ambergris on North Wales Beach (BBC News, 1/13/14).

January 11, 2014

DNA Analysis Reveals Two Distinct Dolphin Species Mated, Gave Rise to Third  (National Geographic 1/11/14).

January 10, 2014

• Sperm Whale Washes Up on Boca Raton Beach — See News Report (ABC Action News, 1/10/14). See drone video here.

Label for Stedji's whale beer / Anchorage Daily News

• Icelandic Beer Brewed with Ground Fin Whale Bone Angers Conservationists (Anchorage Daily News, 1/10/14).

January 8, 2014

Spotted dolphins in purse-seine tuna net, Pacific Ocean, undated/NOAA, SWSFC, / Click to go to NRDC report "Net Loss: The Killing of Marine Mammals in Foreign Fisheries"

Report: 650,000 Marine Mammals Hurt, Killed Each Year in Foreign Fisheries (National Geographic, 1/8/14). Read the NRDC report here.

January 7, 2014

Conjoined gray whale calves, deceased (heads submerged at bottom of image), Ojo de Liebre Lagoon, Baja, CA / Farah Castillo, Facebook, Guerrero Negro Verde, / Click image to see and read more.

Conjoined Gray Whale Calves, Deceased, Found in Lagoon (, 1/7/14). Read more here. See video footage here.

More News:

Sea Shepherd Claims to Have Japanese Whalers on the Run (CNN, 1/7/14).

January 6, 2014

39 Pilot Whales Beach in New Zealand, 12 Die, Rest Shot (CNN, 1/6/14).

More News:

January 3, 2014

Claim that Dolphins Get High on Pufferfish Toxin a Bunch of Hooey? (NBC News, 1/3/14). See more video here.

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