Dolphin & Whale News

April 2018

North American Right Whales off Georgia Coast, 2/15/18 / Sea to Shore Alliance, The Brunswick News / Click for more.

Researchers Partially Remove Line Wrapped around Right Whale’s Jaw Off Provincetown — See Photo (The Washington Post, 4/14/18).

Researcher Welcomes Dolphins Back to Potomac — See Photo (The Washington Post, 4/13/18).

Sperm Whale Found Dead in Southern Spain with 64 Lbs of Trash in Digestive System — See Photos & Video (EcoWatch, 4/10/18).

Researchers Anticipate Extinction of North American Right Whales — See Photos (The Washington Post, 4/8/18).

Study: Belugas, Like Orcas, Have Culture — See Photo (Science Daily, 4/5/18).

Study: Mysterious, Long-Lived Bowheads Sing Complex, Jazz-Like Songs — See Photo, Listen to Recordings (National Geographic, 4/3/18). Read more, see more photos, listen to more recordings herehere and here. Find the study here.

Scientists Fighting to Save North American Right Whale May Soon be Out of Work (Boston Herald, 4/3/18).

Researchers Explore Connection between Indigenous Whale Hunters & Prey — See Photos (Hakai, 4/3/18).

Japan Kills 333 Minkes in This Year’s Illegal Whale Hunt — See Photos (EcoWatch, 4/2/18).

200 Dolphins Dead of Virus, Pollution in Once Pristine Sepetiba Bay, Brazil — See Photos & Video (The New York Times, 4/2/18). Read more, see more photos and video here.

Critically Endangered N.A. Right Whale Calving Season Ends with No New Babies Sighted — See Photo (The Brunswick News, 4/2/18).

Monterey Bay is Action Central for Whale Watchers in April — See Photo (San Francisco Chronicle, 4/1/18).

March 2018

Filmmaker Spends 5 Years Filming Faroe Island Whale Hunt — See Photos & Trailer (The Guardian, 3/29/18).

61 Common Dolphins Strand, 49 Die in Patagonia — See Photos & Video (Daily Mail, 3/26/18).

Residents Free 7 Dolphins from Harbor Ice in Heart’s Delight, Newfoundland — See Photos (The Packet, 1/23/18).

150 Pilot Whales Strand on Western Australia Beach — See Photos & Video (The Sydney Morning Herald, 3/23/18). Read more, see more photos and video here and here.

Scientific First: Researchers Witness First Orca Infanticide in B.C. — See Video (Global News, 3/22/18). Read more, see more photos and video here, here and here. Read the study, see more photos here.

A Little Bit of Heaven — Riding Horseback Off a Beach with Friendly Dolphins Swimming Close — See Video (Equine Development, YouTube). Special thanks to Marsha Wallace for sharing this.

Researchers Capture Beautiful Footage of Minkes in Antarctic — See Videos (CBC News, 3/21/18).

Groups Sue NMFS to Fulfill Requirements to Protect Endangered Pacific Humpbacks (The Orange County Register, 3/15/18). Learn more here.

Governor of Washington State Creates Taskforce to Save Endangered Orcas — See Photo & News Report (KIRO 7, 3/14/18). Read more here.

Photographer Captures Drone Footage of Rare Whale Off Dominica — See Video (National Geographic, 3/9/18).

Norway Increases Whale Kill Quota — See Photo (Independent, 3/7/18). Read more, see more photos here.

Washington State Considers Expanding Chinook Hatcheries to Help Feed Starving Orcas (Hakai, 3/2/18).

Study: Risso Dolphins Scan for Prey on Way Up from 1 Feeding Dive, May Be Deciding Where to Dive Next (COSMOS, 3/1/18). Read more here.

February 2018

Still No Right Whale Calves This Season, Experts Fear Species Extinction — See Photos (Independent, 2/27/18). Read more, see more photos and video here, here, here and here.

California Charterboat Operator Slammed for Letting Passengers Pet Friendly Passing Gray Whale — See Photos & Videos (Metro, 2/27/18).

3 Dead Baby Dolphins Wash Up on Mississippi Gulf Beach in 1 Week — See Photos & News Report (WAFB 9, 2/24/18).

Whale Watchers See Gray Whale with No Fluke, Fresh Wound  Off California — See Photo & Video (Mercury News, 2/23/18).

NOAA Declares “Unusual Mortality Event” for 3rd Atlantic Whale Species — See Photos (NRDC, 2/23/18).

Right Whales Return to Georgia Waters, but No Calves Seen Yet — See Photos (The Daytona Beach News-Journal, 2/21/18). Read more, see more photos here, here and here.

Study: Belugas in Arctic Dive Deeper, Longer for Prey as Sea Ice Disappears (Science Daily, 2/20/18).

Study: Greenland’s Narwhals Prefer Still Waters Near Stable Glaciers — See Photos (EarthSky, 2/18/18).

Study: Underwater Listening May Be Best Way to Detect, Protect Endangered Right Whales — See Photo, Hear Recording (Bangor Daily News, 2/15/18).

Study: Drop in Krill Could Threaten Whales, Other Antarctic Marine Life — See Photos (The Guardian, 2/14/18).

Advocates Sue Feds to Protect Right Whales from Entanglement in Lobster Traps, Fishing Gear (EcoWatch, 2/12/18).

Pygmy Whale Strands on DelRay FL Beach (, 2/11/18).

Gray Whale, Dolphins Frolic Off Oceanside CA — See Photos & Video (Daily Mail, 2/5/18).

Study: Ocean Microplastics Threaten Health, Welfare of Baleen Whales, Other Filter Feeders (The Guardian, 2/5/18).