Dolphin & Whale News

July 2018

Lack of Salmon, Toxins, Stress, Disease Killing Off Pacific Northwest’s Last Surviving Southern Resident Orcas — See Photos (The New York Times, 7/9/18).

Indigenous Community Hunts, Eats Belugas in Alaska (Anchorage Daily News, 7/8/18).

Experts: Dolphins, Humans Could Both Suffer from Too Much Contact in Destin, FL — See Photos & Video (Santa Rosa’s Press Gazette, 7/7/18).

Baby Blue Whale Inspects Boat Off San Diego — See Photo & Video (BNQT, 7/5/18).

June 2018

Study: Right Whales Could be Gone in 30 Years (Futurity, 6/29/18).

Drone Captures Footage of Mother Blue & Calf Off San Diego — See Video (DroneDJ, 6/29/18).

Iceland Starts 1st Whale Hunt in 3 Years by Slaughtering 67′ Endangered Fin — See Photos (The Dodo, 6/26/18). Thanks to Denise Herzing for this item.

Researchers Report Assumed Death of 23-Year-Old Male Southern Resident Orca L92, aka Crewser — See Photo (The Seattle Times, 6/16/18). Read more, see more photos here and here.

Rare Pygmy Sperm Whale Washes up on Massachusetts Beach — See Photo (, 6/14/18).

Rare, Beautiful Right Whale Dolphin Washes Up on Oregon Beach — See Photos (Oregon Live, 6/14/18). Read more here.

Researchers Record Clicks, Calls of Arctic Narwhals — Listen to Recordings (The New York Times, 6/13/18).

Study: Humpback Moms in Hawaii Stick to Shallow Waters While Calves Are Young — See Photos (Science Trends, 6/13/18).

Study: Short-Finned Pilot Whales, Risso’s Dolphins Seem to Know Which Orca Calls Signal Danger, Which Don’t — See Photos & Hear Recordings (Science, 6/12/18). Read more, see more photos and video, listen to more recordings here.

Humpback Breaches Almost Too Near Whale-Watching Boat In Australia, Passengers Thrilled, Soaked — See Video (Mashable, 6/11/18).

Male Dolphin Buddies in Shark Bay, Australia Strengthen Ties with Calls, Synchrony, Touch — See Videos (National Geographic, 6/7/18). Read more, see more photos and video here.

Study: Evidence Keeps Mounting that Dolphins Mourn Their Dead — See Photos & Videos (Daily Mail, 6/6/18). Read more here. See more video here.

May 2018

Right Whales Return to Nova Scotia, No Calves in Sight — See Video (The Daytona Beach News-Journal, 5/29/18).

Humpback’s Spiraling Breach Thrills NJ Whale Watchers — See Video (Fox News, 5/29/18).

Finding: Japan Slaughtered 122 Pregnant Fins in Latest Antarctic Whaling Season — See Photo & Video (Newsweek, 5/29/18).

Sea Shepherd Forces Australian Government to Release 2008 Footage of Illegal Japanese Whaling in Antarctic — See Video (EcoWatch, 5/29/18).

Finding: Sperm Whales in Mediterranean Being Killed by Eating Plastic — See Photos (EcoWatch, 5/24/18).

Stranded White-Sided Dolphins Rescued from Cape Cod Beach — See Video (WCBV 5, 5/20/18). Read more, see more photos here.

Photographer Captures Images of Dolphins Attacking Smaller Porpoise in Scotland — See Photos (BBC News, 5/18/18).

US Fisheries Puts Last 100 Taiwanese Humpback Dolphin on Endangered List, Freeing U.S. to Help in Conservation — See Photo (EcoWatch, 5/9/18).

Researchers See More Whales Missing Flukes from Gear Entanglement — See Photos & Video (National Geographic, 5/7/18)

Grays Migrate, Orcas Attack, Humpbacks Interfere in Monterey Bay — See Photos & Video (The Mercury News, 5/7/18).

Right Whales Thrill Whalewatchers in Cape Cod Bay — See News Report (WCVB5, 5/4/18)

Study: 2 Species of Amazon River Dolphin, Boto & Tucuxi, Disappearing (Phys.Org, 5/2/18). Read the study here. Read more, see photos and video here.

Outa My Way! Surfing Dolphin Bumps Paddle Boarder Off Board — See Video (The Washington Post, 5/1/18). Read more, see more video here.

Humpbacks Having Lots of Babies in Southern Ocean (The New York Times, 5/1/18). Read more, see a photo here.

Good News/Bad News: 117 Rights Still in Cape Cod Bay/Lobster Season Postponed until They Leave — See Photos & News Report (NBC Boston, 5/1/18).

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).