Dolphins & Whales 2013

December 31, 2013

Dolphin chewing puffer fish, undated/John Downer Productions, The Sunday Times

Filmmaker Claims to See Dolphins Get High on Puffer Fish Toxin, Act Stoned (The Verge, 12/31/13). See  segment on BBC documentary Spy in the Pod here. Read more and see more images here and here.

December 30, 2013

Whales off Palos Verdes, CA, 2010/Mike Nelson, EPA, Landov,

Whales, Whales and More Whales Gather Off Southern California — Listen to Report (, 12/30/13).

Humpback whales, location & date unknown/

Should North Pacific Humpbacks Come Off Endangered Species List? (, 12/30/13).

December 29, 2013

North Atlantic Right Whale, undated/NOAA,

Federal Rule Slowing Ships to Protect Right Whales Made Permanent (, 12/29/13). Read more here.

December 26, 2013

Humpback whale injured by ship strike, Hawaii, undated/E. Lyman, NOAA, Humpback Whale Sanctuary, MMHSRP, permit #932-1905.

Study: More Whale-Watching Boats = More Injured Whales (Science Magazine, 12/26/13). Read the whole study here.

December 22, 2013

Karen Pallone of Tampa and other protesters outside SeaWorld Orlando, Dec 22, 2013/Jacob Langston, Orlando Sentinel

• Demonstrators Protest Orca, Dolphin Captivity at SeaWorld Orlando (Orlando Sentinel, 12/22/13). Read about the protest at SeaWorld San Diego here.

Members of Virginia Aqaurium Stranding Response Team examine dead dolphin, Norfolk, summer 2013/Dorothy Edwards, The Virginian-Pilot, AP, The New York Times

Record Number of Dolphin Deaths Along U.S. East Coast Alarms Scientists (The New York Times, 12/22/13).

Japanese whaling ship with dead whale, undated/Reuters, BBC News

Australia to Send Plane to Monitor Whaler-Protester Skirmishes in Southern Ocean (BBC News, 12/22/13).

December 20, 2013

Still from CNN report about SeaWorld's full-page ads defending captivity/CNN

SeaWorld Takes Out Full-Page Ads Defending Captivity as Bands Cancel Appearances and School Cancels Visit — See News Report (CNN, 12/20/13).

December 19, 2013

Right whale in foreground, whale-watching boat in background, Peninsula Valdes, Argentina, December 2013/Justin Hofman, Mirror News

Whale-Watchers Above, Whales Below, Diver with Camera Captures Both — See Photos (Mirror News, 12/18/13). Learn more about the images here.

Where do British Columbia’s Resident Orcas Go in Winter? Researchers Gather Clues (The Globe and Mail, 12/18/13).

December 18, 2013

SeaWorld Rattled by Bands Canceling after Blackfish (CBS News, 12/18/13).

December 16, 2013

Martina McBride, Wynn Las Vegas, Dec 3, 2010/Chris Trotman, Getty, CNN

Martina McBride Joins Artists Canceling SeaWorld Orlando Dates after Blackfish (CNN,  12/16/13).

December 15, 2013

Dolphins and USS Halsey off Southern California, undated/James R. Evans, U.S. Pacific Fleet, NBC News

Navy to Increase Sonar Testing Despite Evidence of Harm to Dolphins, Whales (NBC News, 12/15/13).

December 13, 2013

REO Speedwagon, undated/Orlando Sentinel

REO Speedwagon Joins Artists Canceling SeaWorld Orlando Concert Dates (Orlando Sentinel, 12/13/13). Read more here.

Georgia Aquarium Launches PR Campaign to Overcome Opposition to Importing Wild Belugas (Georgia Aquarium).

December 12, 2013

Trisha Yearwood, NYC, Dec 9, 2010/CNN

Trisha Yearwood, Cheap Trick Join Bands Canceling SeaWorld Appearances after Blackfish (CNN, 12/12/13).

Isaac Scott, 12, addresses Select Committee, New Zealand Parliament, Dec 12, 2013/Kent Blechynden, Fairfax NZ News

12-Year-Old Boy to NZ Parliament: Stop Japanese Whaling in Southern Ocean (, 12/12/13).

December 10, 2013

Marineland Antibes, undated/Arnaud 25 and Jean Loup P, Wiki Commons, Digital Journal

Sad Day II: Another Orca Born Captive in France (Digital Journal 11/22/13).

Joan Jett performs in Sacramento, CA, undated/Tim Mosenfelder, Getty , Rolling Stone

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts 4th Band to Cancel SeaWorld Orlando Appearance (Rolling Stone 12/10/13). Then she tells SeaWorld: Stop Blasting My Music at Captive Orcas ( 12/11/13).

December 8, 2013

Nancy Wilson of Heart/Dimitrios Kambouris, Getty, Buzzfeedcom

Heart Becomes Third Band to Cancel SeaWorld Orlando Appearance after Anti-Captivity Doc Blackfish (BuzzFeed, 12/8/13). Read more here.

December 6, 2013

Takara and her new female calf, SeaWorldSan Antonio, Dec 7, 2013/San Antonio Express News

Sad Day: Another Orca Born into Captivity at SeaWorld San Antonio (San Antonio Express-News, 12/7/13). Read more here.

Willie Nelson and unidentified accompaniest, location and date unknown/Josh Withers,,

Willie Nelson Follows Barenaked Ladies, Cancels SeaWorld Orlando Appearance after Anti-Captivity Doc Blackfish (, 12/6/13). Read more here.

December 5, 2013

Boaters try to herd pilot whales out of dangerously shallow waters off Everglades National Park, Florida, Dec 5, 2013/USA Today, USA Now

Rescuers Try to Drive Pilot Whales to Deeper Water, Prevent More Strandings Off Everglades — See Photos & News Report (USA Today, USA Now, 12/5/13). See NBC News report here. See raw AP footage here. Follow ongoing coverage here (whales still too close to shore ) here (11 more found dead), here (all 11 females and calves) and here (survivors move off and disappear).

December 3, 2013

Some of an estimated 51 pilot whales in danger of stranding off Highland Beach, Everglades National Park, FL, Dec 3, 2013/NBC 6, News Channel 5,

51 Pilot Whales Near Stranding Off Everglades National Park — See Video Report (News Channel 5,, 12/3/13).

Orcas, Liberty Bay, Poulsbo, Washington, July 18, 2013/Meegan M. Reid, Kitsap Sun, AP, CTV News

Study: Boat Noise May Seriously Disrupt Transient Orca Hunting Strategies (CTV News, 12/3/13).

December 2, 2013

Shamu Stadium, SeaWorld Orlando, Dec 3, Ricardo Ramirez Buxeda, Orlando Sentinel

SeaWorld Orlando Will Suspend Orca Shows to Refurbish Pool — See Slideshow (Orlando Sentinel, 12/2/13).

November 30, 2013

Relaxation Station, Freshwater Oasis, Discovery Cove, Orlando, FL, July 12, 2012/Red Huber, Orlando Sentinel

SeaWorld Loses Customers, Raises Prices, Comes Out Ahead (Orlando Sentinel, 11/30/13).

November 29, 2013

12-year-old Rose McCoy Steps Out to Protest SeaWorld Float in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, NYC, Nov 28, 2013/PETA, Gothamist

12-Year-Old Girl Protests SeaWorld Float in Macy’s T’Day Parade — See Video & Images (Gothamist, 11/29/13). Read more and see more images here and here. Read more about Barenaked Ladies’ decision not to perform at SeaWorld Orlando after seeing the documentary Blackfish here and here.

November 27, 2013

SeaWorld's "Sea of Surprises" Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Float, Moonache, NJ, Nov 19, 2013/Mel Evans, AP, The Wenatchee World

Macy’s Keeps SeaWorld Float in T’Day Parade Despite Growing Protest (The Wenatchee World, 11/27/13). Read more here. Voice opposition here. Read about Barenaked Ladies withdrawing/being dropped from SeaWorld Orlando appearance after viewing SeaWorld orca-captivity exposé documentary Blackfish here.

November 26, 2013

Female Minke, dead of ship strike, Cromer East Beach, Norfolk, UK, Nov 21, 2013/PoppylandNature,

Two Minkes Killed by Ship Strike Wash Up in 1 Week on UK Beach (The Guardian 11/26/13). Read more here.

November 24, 2013

Come and Get it! Huge Anchovy Shoals Draw Sea Lions, Sea Birds, Humpbacks, Orcas, Whale-Watchers to Monterey Bay — See Video (The New York Times, 11/24/13).

November 23, 2013

Right whale, location and date unknown/

Right Whale Celebration in New Bedford, MA Sunday 12/1 (WDC, 11/23/13). Buy tickets here.

November 18, 2013

PETA protests SeaWorld Plan to Put Float in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Macy's, Herald Square, NYC, undated/Shannon Stapleton, Reuters,The Christian Science Monitor

News of  SeaWorld Float in Macy’s T’Day Parade Sparks Protest (The Christian Science Monitor, 11/18/13). Tell Macy’s “No SeaWorld Float!” here. Read more here. Read about SeaWorld’s planned Rose Bowl Parade float here.

November 16, 2013

Unidentified captive beluga observes yoga class, Vancouver Aquarium, undated/Lana Gunlaugson, eCanada Now

Vancouver Aquarium Yoga Class in Front of Captive Beluga Tank Sparks Protest (eCanada Now, 11/16/13). Read more here.

Rescuers free young humpback entangled in fishing gear off Manasquan, NJ, Nov 15, 2013/Marine Mammal Stranding Center, Asbury Park Press

Rescuers Free Young Humpback Tangled in Fishing Gear Off New Jersey (Asbury Park Press, 11/16/13).

November 11, 2013

Members of 19-strong orca pod seen feasting on sea lions, Monterey Bay, Nov 8-11, 2013/ Jodi Frediani, Monterey Bay Whale Watch, San Jose Mercury News

Hunting Orcas Thrill Whale-Watchers in Monterey Bay — See Photos (San Jose Mercury News, 11/11/13). See more photos here.

November 9, 2013

Unidentified captive orca and trainer/John Gastaldo, U-T San Diego

SeaWorld Appeals OSHA Ban on Close Contact Between Orcas, Trainers (U-T San Diego, 11/9/13). Read more here and here and here.

November 8, 2013

Bottlenose dolphins off Islamorada, Florida Keys, undated/Michael Newman, Florida Keys News Bureau, AP, NBC News

Dolphin-Killing Virus Hits Florida, Record 753 Dolphins, Few Whales Already Dead (NBC News, 11/8/13). Read more here and here.

November 7, 2013

Researchers Film Rarely-Seen Beaked Whales Leaping Off Canaries (M.E.E.R.e.V., 10/22/13, Marmam Digest, 11/7/13).

November 6, 2013

Pacific white-sided dolphins outside Nanaimo Harbour, Vancouver Island, B.C., Oct. 26, 2013/Jonathan Hayward ORG XMIT, JOHV101, The Canadian Press, The Vancouver Sun

Extraordinary Year for Dolphin, Whale Sightings Off Vancouver (The Vancouver Sun, 11/6/13).

Russian Orcas, location and date unknown/Tatiana Ivkovich , Far East Russia Orca Project, Whale and Dolphin Conservation, Outside Magazine

Report: Wild Killer Whales Captured Off Eastern Russia to Stock Overseas Marine Parks (Orlando Sentinel, 11/6/13). Read more here.

Decomposing whale carcass, western Ghana, undated/AFP, The Raw Story

Ghana Sees Sudden Increase in Dead Whales Washing Up Along Coast (The Raw Story, 11/6/13).

October 29, 2013

Humpback dolphin, location and date unknown/Wildlife Conservation Society, American Live Wire

New Species of Humpback Dolphin ID’d off Australia (, 10/29/13). Read about and see photos of another new Australian dolphin species discovered two years ago here.

October 28, 2013

Southern resident killer whale son and mother L-79 (left, now missing) and L-22, undated/Center For Whale Research, The Islands' Sounder

B.C.’s Southern Resident Orca Numbers Dwindling, Reproductive Outlook Not Great (The Islands’ Sounder, 10/23/13).

October 24, 2013

Northern resident killer whales off British Columbia, undated/still from news report,

BC’s Northern Resident Orcas Go Quiet, Researchers Wonder Why — See News Report (The Canadian Press, 10/24/13). Read more here.

Tilikum, SeaWorld Orlando, undated/The Daily Beast

Director of Blackfish: Making Film Opened My Eyes to Barbarity of Killer Whale Captvity (The Daily Beast, 10/24/13).

October 23, 2013

Francisco Mayoral, a.k.a. Don Pachico, undated/

Rest in Peace, Don Pachico: Fisherman, Guide, Defender of Gray Whale Refuge Dies at 72 (ABC News, 10/23/13). Read more here.

Unidentified diving whale, possibly gray whale, location and date unknown/The Vancouver Sun

Study: Endangered Whales in B.C. Being Assaulted, Stressed by Increasing Ocean Noise (The Vancouver Sun, 10/23/13). Read more here.

October 22, 2013

Humpback calf tangled in shark net off Mona Vale beach, Sydney, Australia, Oct 22, 2013/AAP, The Guardian

Humpback Whale Calf Dies in Shark Net Off Sydney, Australia (The Guardian, 10/22/13). Read more here.

Kasatka and male calf, Makani, SeaWorld San Diego, Feb 14, 2013/CTV News

OSHA Refusing to Release SeaWorld Protocols for Orca-Trainer Interactions (CTV News, 10/22/13). Read more here.

October 20, 2013

Dolphin being skinned, Peru, undated/Asociacion Mundo Azul, Los Angeles Times

Group Says Peruvian Fisherman Killing Thousands of Dolphins, Government Says It Will Investigate (Los Angeles Times, 10/20/13).

October 17, 2013

Killer whales (Orcas), location and date unknown/Roger Pitman, AP, The Guardian

Research Study: Does Killer Whale Menopause Benefit Family Survival? (The Guardian, 10/17/13). Read more here. Learn more about the study here and here. Learn about an earlier study here.

October 16, 2013

Stejneger's beaked whale found on Venice Beach, CA, Oct 16, 2013/Nick Fash, Heal the Bay, Los Angeles Times

Rare, Subarctic-Dwelling, Saber-Toothed Whale Washes Up on California Beach (Los Angeles Times, 10/16/13).

October 11, 2013

Bottlenose whale, Spry Bay, NS, Oct 11, 2013/ CBC News

Rare Bottlenose Whale Shows Up Again Off Nova Scotia — See Photos & Video (CBC News, 10/11/13)

October 9, 2013

False killer whales and bottlenose dolphins off New Zealand, undated/Mazdac Radjainia, ABC Science

New Zealand Study: False Killer Whales and Bottlenose Dolphins Form Tight Bonds (ABC Science, 10/9/13). Find the study here.

October 7, 2013

Snorkeler and humpback, Tonga, undated/Scott Portelli, HotSpot Media, Daily Mail

Scott Portelli Swims with Humpbacks, and You Can, Too — See Photos & Video (Daily Mail Online, 10/7/13). Learn more and see more videos here. Watch short video profile of Portelli here.

October 4, 2013

Adult pilot whale supporting dead juvenile, La Gomera, Canary Islands,August 2/Volker Smit, M.E.E.R. e.V.

Researchers Observe Pilot Whale Supporting Dead Juvenile — See Photos (M.E.E.R. e.V., 9/5/13, Marman, 10/4/13). Learn more here.

Public Flyer Requesting Help Locaiting, Identifying Missing Right Whales/still from CBCNews report, 10/4/13

Right Whales Missing from Bay of Fundy, Where’d They Go? — See News Report (CBCNews, 10/4/13).

October 2, 2013

Unidentified belugas, location and date unknown/Tyson Paul, Getty,

Georgia Aquarium: We Need to Keep Putting Belugas in Tanks (Where They Die) to Save Them (TakePart, 10/2/13).

September 26, 2013

Crittercam Reveals Humpbacks Don’t Just Bubble Net, They Bottom Feed, Too — See More Video (NOAA, National Marine Sanctuaries, 9/26/13).

Orcas and whale-watchers, Puget Sound, undated/Center for Whale Research,

Court to Navy: Plan to Protect Marine Mammals from Sonar Is Insufficient (Reuters, 9/26/13). Learn more here. Read ruling here.

Panama and tailless Winter, Clearwater Marine Aquarium, March 2010/Jim Damaske, Tampa Bay Times

Panama Dies at Clearwater Aquarium, Officials Blame Age — See News Report (Tampa Bay Times, 9/26/13).

September 25, 2013:

Residents try to help melon-headed whales stranded in mangrove channels, Loza Lagoon, Madagascar, March 2008/Tim Collins, WCS, IWC

Report: Sonar Oil Exploring Caused Stranding of 100 Melon-Headed Whles in Madagascar (, 9/25/13). Learn more herehere and here. Read the report here.

September 24, 2013

Humpbacks Heading South Pause to Feed Off Rockaways — See News Report (CBS News, 9/24/13). See more video here.

September 22, 2013

Right whale mother and calf with surfers, Middleton, AU. Sept 21, 2013/Mike Hardy, NewsForce,

Southern Right Whale Mom and Calf Check Out Australian Surfers (, 9/22/13).

September 20, 2013

Bryde's whale, undated/Ports of Aukland "Hauraki Gulf Transit Protocol for Commercial Shipping," Aukland Council

Auckland Port Takes Steps to Protect Endangered Bryde’s Whales from Ship Strike (Scoop Independent News, 9/20/13). See the protocol here.

September 16, 2013

Wax ear plug from beached blue whale, undated/Stephen Trumble, Baylor University, NBC

Scientists Learn about Dead Blue Whale’s Life from Waxy Ear Plug — See Photos (NBC News, 9/16/13). Learn more here, here and here. Find the study here.

September 13, 2013

Illustration of True's beaked whale/Dorling Kindersley, Getty, Irish Times

Researchers 90% Sure They Saw Extremely Rare Toothed Whale Off Ireland (Irish Times, 9/13/13).

September 10, 2013

Bowhead whale off Greenland, undated/Kate Stafford,

Study: Long-Lived, Near Extinct Bowheads Sing 66 Different Songs — See Photos & Hear Radio Report  (, 9/10/13). Read more and listen to remarkable whale-song recording here. See the full study here.

September 5, 2013

Dead whale, Ghana, undated/BBC News

Environmental Group Says Oil Exploration Killing Whales Off Ghana (BBC News, 9/5/13). Read more here and here.

September 4, 2013

Humpback whale, location & date unknown/

• British Navy Killed 3 Whales, Thinking They were Subs, in Faulkland War (, 9/4/13).

September 3, 2013

North Pacific Humpback, off Maui, Hawaii, January 23, 2005/Reed Saxon, AP, Global News

• Hawaiian Fishermen Want North Pacific Humpbacks Taken Off Endangered List (AP, Global News, 9/3/13).

Beluga whale, Cook Inlet, Alaska, August 27, 2013/Lauren Holmes, Alaska Dispatch

Critically Endangered Cook Inlet Belugas Show Up Near Anchorage — See Photos (Alaska Dispatch, 9/3/13).

August 30, 2013

Dolphins surf bow wave of USNS Alan Shephard, location & date unknown/U.S. Navy, KPBS

Navy Admits Training Exercises Will Kill Hundreds, Harm Thousands of Marine Mammals (KPBS, 8/30/13). See the Navy reports here and here.

Blue whale, Sea of Cortez, undated/Flip Nicklin, Minden Pictures, FLPA, New Scientist

Study: Whales Tan, Too (New Scientist, 8/30/13). Read more here. See the full study here.

August 28, 2013

NOAA says Morbilla Virus Likely Cause of Continuing Dolphin Deaths (CBS News, 8/28/13).

Roxanne, the Rehabbed Risso’s Dolphin, Released Off Long Island — See Photos & Video (ABC Local, Long Island News 8/28/13). See a longer video report here.

August 27, 2013

Big Orca Swim-by Gives Humans Big Thrill on Galiano Island, BC (Global News, 8/27/13).

Dolphins & Blue Whales Surf Together Off Dana Point, CA (,  See more Dolphin Safari whale-watching videos here.

Officials examine dead dolphin, Long Island, NY, August 9, 2013/Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation, Reuters, The Washington Post

Measles-Like Virus Believed to be Cause of Worse Dolphin Die-Off in 25 Years — See Photos & Video (The Washington Post, 8/27/13). See NBC Nightly News report here.

August 25, 2013

KSAT reports death of 4-year-old beluga, Bella, at SeaWorld San Antonio, August 25, 2013/

Captive-Born Beluga Bella Dies at Age 4 at SeaWorld San Antonio — See News Report (, 8/25/13). Read more here. See photos of Bella as a newborn here.

• Big Orca Swim-by Gives Humans Bit Thrill in Aptly Named Active Pass, Galiano Island, BC (

August 21, 2013

Staffer performs necropsy on dead dolphin, Virginia Aquarium Marine Animal Care Center, Virginia Beach, VA, August 6, 2013/L. Todd Spencer, The Virginian-Pilot, AP

Scientists Seek Cause of Mounting Dolphin Deaths Along Mid-Atlantic Coast (WTOP, 8/21,13).

August 20, 2013

Kayaker Has Close Encounter with Humpback in Monterey Bay (San Jose Mercury News, 8/20/13).

Researcher videotapes humpback whale in Hawaii, undated/Louis Herman, Science Now

Study: Young Male Humpbacks Sing with Adult Males, Helping to Call Females and Learning Song — See Video of Singing Whale (Science Now, 8/19/13). Access the study here.

August 18, 2013

Belugas captured in Sea of Okhotsk, undated/

Advocates Want Belugas Captured in Russia for U.S. Import Returned to Sea (Take Part, 8/18/13). See the petition here.

August 16, 2013

Killer whale, location & date unknown/Andy Foote, Science Now

North Atlantic Orcas May (or May Not) Be Branching into 2 Species (Science Now, 8/16/13). Access the study here.

August 15, 2013

Dead dolphin, Virginia coastline, undated/Dorothy Edwards, The Virginia Pilot, AP, Quartz

Dead and Dying Dolphins Washing Up on Mid-Atlantic Beaches (Quartz, 8/15/13). See news report here.

August 14, 2013

Dwarf minke whale, location & date unknown/The Raw Story

Scientists Tag 4 Dwarf Minkes Off Great Barrier Reef in First Effort to Track Migration (The Raw Story, AFP, 8/14/13). Learn more about the long-term Minke Whale Project, see photos and follow sightings here.

August 13, 2013

Fossilized ambergris, aka sperm whale poo, southwestern Umbria, Italy, undated/Federico Famiami,

• First-Ever Find of Fossilized Ambergris (Sperm Whale Poo) May Mark Site of Ancient Die-Off  (, 8/13/13). Access the study here.

August 12, 2013

Mike DeForest, WKMG Local 6, reports on ruling in SeaWorld's favor, August 12, 2013/ClickOrlando WKMG Local 6

Judge Says SeaWorld Making “Good Faith” Effort to Keep Orca Trainers Safe — Watch News Report (Click Orlando WKGB Local 6, 8/12/13).

August 11, 2013

Researcher Jim Bruck with captive dolphin, Brookfield Zoo, Broofield , IL, August 12, 2013/Jim Schulz, Chicago Zoological Society, Chicago Tribune

Captive Bottlenose React to Whistles of Tank Mates Not Seen in 20 Years (Chicago Tribute, 8/11/13). Red more here. See video report here.

August 9, 2013

"Blindfolded" captive Bottlenose dolphin named Tanner mimics trainer Wade Davey at Dolphin Research Center, Grassy Key, FL, undated/ Wilfredo Lee, AP

Study: Blindfolded Bottlenose Can Use Sound to See, Copy Human Behavior  — See Photos (USA Today, 8/9/13). Watch video here.

August 8, 2013

Beluga whales in Chukchi Sea, July 1 2008/Laura Morse, NOAA

NOAA Decides Georgia Aquarium Cannot Import Wild Belugas! (NOAA, 8/6/13). Learn more herehere and here.

July 28 – August 8, 2013

Close up w:Little Gash

GNN is away.

July 24, 2013

Video of  Nonresponse to Stuck Pilot Whale + Critical Doc Blackfish = More Bad Publicity for SeaWorld (Take Part, 7/24/13). See the 7/27 ABC News report here. Learn more about Blackfish here.

July 22, 2013

Divers Have Really Close Encounter with Feeding Humpbacks (USA Today, 7/22/13).

Bottlenose dolphins, Dana Point, CA, undated/David McNew, Getty,

Study: Dolphins React to Hearing their Signature Whistles Much as Humans Do when Someone Calls their Name — Listen to the Broadcast, Hear a Whistle (, 7/22/13). Access the study here.

July 20, 2013

Orcas in Norton Sound off Nome, Alaska, July 18, 2013/National Park Service, Alaska Dispatch

National Park Service Snaps Orcas Hunting Gray Whale Mother & Calf — See Photos (Alaska Dispatch, 7/20/13).

July 18, 2013

SeaWorld Orlando curator of animal training Kelly Flaherty Clark and vice president of veterinarian services Christopher Dold with four of the orcas they feel fine about keeping in tanks, SeaWorld San Diego,undated/ Sandy Huffaker, The New York Times

SeaWorld Attack on Anti-Captivity Doc Blackfish Raises Eyebrows, Increases Interest in Film (The New York Times, 7/18/13).

July 17, 2013

Va. Beach Fishermen See Right Whale Swim By Wrapped in Rope, One Jumps In, Cuts It Free (The Telegraph, 7/17/13). Read more here.

July 16, 2013

Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve's updated Whale Waters map, July 12, 2013/National Park Service

Park Service Issues Cruise-Ship Speed Limits, Guidelines to Protect High Numbers of Humpbacks in Glacier Bay (USA Today, 7/16/13). Learn more here.

July 15, 2013

Unidentified whale, possibly fin whale, location and date unspecified/Wolfgang Kaehler, Corbis, Discovery News

Filmmaker, Scientist to Search for Mystery Whale with Distinctive Call (Discovery News, 7/15/13). Learn more about the film and see photos and illos here.

July 13, 2013

Captive killer whale, possibly Tilikum, undated/John Warden, Getty Images,

Death at SeaWorld Author Refutes SeaWorld Attack on Anti-Captivity Documentary Blackfish (, 7/13/13). Read more about the film and filmmaker here. Read more about the argument here.

July 12, 2013

Sperm whales, location, date unknown/

Co-Discoverer of Humpback Whale Song to Study Effects of Deepwater Horizon Spill on Gulf of Mexico Sperms (, 7/12/13).

July 11, 2013

Springer and baby, British Columbia. undated/Graeme Ellis, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, National Geographic

Rescued, Rehabbed, Released Orca Springer Spotted with Calf (National Geographic, 7/11/13).

July 10, 2013

Must-See Video: Winnepeg Artists Serenade, Commune with Wild Belugas (CBC News Manitoba, 7/10/13). Read more here.

Dolphin-Whale Advocate Says Documentary Blackfish Proves “Keeping Whales in Captivity is Insane (, 7/10/13).

Unidentified Bottlenose dolphin/Brian Branstetter,

Can Dolphins “See” a Pregnant Woman’s Fetus? Expert Thinks “Yes (, 7/10/13).

July 8, 2013

Blue whale off southern Sri Lanka, April 5, 2013/Joshua Barton, Reuters, The Washington Post

Study: Navy Sonar Disrupts Natural Behavior of Endangered BlueWhales (The Washington Post, 7/8/13). Read the full study here.

July 7, 2013

Right Whale Flicks Tail, Knocks Surfer Unconscious — See Photos (SkyNewsHD, 7/7/13). Read more & see more photos here.

July 3, 2013

• Killer Whales Strand Off Australia’s Fraser Island (The Guardian, 7/3/13). See more video here. Read more and see more video and photos here and here.

July 1, 2013

Seagull pecks whale off Patagonia, undated/CENPAT-CONICET Institute, PhysOrg

Seagull Attacks Disrupt Right Whale Nursing, Causing High Calf Mortalities Off Patagonia (PhysOrg, 7/1/13).

June 27, 2013

Type D Killer Whales, sub-Antarctic, undated/Jean-Pierre Sylvestre, National Geographic

Odd-Looking Southern Ocean Orcas (Small Eye Patch, Bulbous Heads) Identified as New Species (National Geographic, 6/27/13).

Southern right whale courtship group & adult bottlenose dolphin off Port Fairy, Victoria, Australia, undated/M. Watson, DEP-VIC., ABC South East SA

Victoria, AU Residents Cheer Return of Endangered Southern Right Whales (ABC South East SA, 6/27/13)

Migaloo, the white humpback, off Australia's Gold Coast, Sept. 27, 2012/Sea World Whale Watch, The Guardian

Migaloo, the White Humpback, & 2nd White Whale Spotted Off New South Wales (The Guardian, 6/27/13). Read more and see more photos here.

June 26, 2013

Dolphin Mega-Pods Off Mission Bay, CA Give Whale-Watchers a Thrill (ABC 10 News, 6/26/13). See more video here.

Proposed Admiralty Inlet Pilot Tidal Project location in relation to land- and boat-based sightings of endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales/Email sent by Orca Conservancy and allied groups to Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), 5/23/13Orca Groups Say Puget Sound Turbine Project Threatens Endangered Killer Whales (Daily Caller, 6/25/13). Learn more here.

June 23, 2013

Sea Shepherd activists and Japanese whaling vessel Shonan Maru 2, January 2012/Reuters, The Sydney Morning Herald

• Australia Pushing to Ban Japanese Whaling in Antarctic (The Sydney Morning Herald, 6/23.13). Read more here.

June 21, 2013

Pilot whales, undated/Flip Nicklin, Minden Pictures, National Geographic, New Scientist

Pilot Whales Stick Close in the Murky Deep (New Scientist, 6/21/13). Access the study here.

Chinese white dolphin, a.k.a. pink dolphin, undated/Laurent Fievet, AFP, Getty, ABC News

Hong Kong’s White Dolphin Population Down to 61 and Dwindling (ABC News, 6/21/13).

June 17, 2013

Whalers flay fin whale, Iceland, 2009/Halldor Kolbeins, AFP, Getty, The Guardian

Iceland Resumes Fin Whale Hunt after 2-Year Lull (The Guardian, 6/17/13). Read more here.

June 16, 2013

SeaWorld Orcas in Spain: 10-Month-Old Baby, Rejected by Too-Young Mom, Dies at Loro Parque (Digital Journal, 6/16/13). Read more here and here.

Dolphin near Round Island, Indian River Lagoon, FL, undated/Chris Zuppa, Tampa Bay Times

Something’s Killing Dolphins, Everything in Indian River Lagoon — See News Report (Tampa Bay Times, 6/16/13).

June 15, 2013

Right whale mother and calf, location unknown, 2005/NOAA, Alaska Dispatch

Threatened with Suit, Feds Finally Act to Save Near-Extinct North Pacific Right Whales (Alaska Dispatch, 6/16/13).

June 14, 2013

Sperm whales dive off the coast of Sri Lanka, April 2013/Joshua Barton, Reuters, Christian Science Monitor

How Can Sperm Whales Dive So Deep for So Long? Blood Protein Offers Clue (The Christian Science Monitor, 6/14/13). Learn more here and here. Access the study here.

Shepherd's beaked whales off Kangaroo Island, Australia, undated/International Fund for Animal Welfare, ABC News Australia

Researchers Luck into Rare Sighting of Elusive Shepherd’s Beaked Whales (ABC News Australia, 6/14/13).

June 10, 2013

Orcas, Bremerton, WA, June 5, 2013/Larry Steagall, Kitsap Sun, AP, Ottawa Citizen

Researchers Learn More about Wild Orcas Lives by Studying Causes of Death (Ottawa Citizen, 6/10/13). Learn more here. Read the full study here.

June 8, 2013

Researcher Denise Herzing Discusses Efforts to Communicate with Wild Dolphins at TED (, 6/6/13).

June 7, 2013

Unidentified dolphins, location unknown, undated/,

Dolphin-Brain Researcher, Rights Activist Lori Marino to Do Radio Interview, Take Questions Monday, June 10 (BlogTalkRadio, RadioFreeRescue)

June 6, 2013

Orca Network Celebrates Orca Month/

OrcaResearcher Erich Hoyt Speaks in West Seattle Saturday, June 8 to Help Celebrate Orca Month (

June 5, 2013

Unidentified captive belugas, MarineLand Canada, July 2012/Tara Walton, Toronto Star

Toronto Paper Reports Deaths of  Two Captive-Born Belugas, Ages 3 Years & 7 Month, at MarineLand Canada  (Toronto Star, 6/5/13).

June 3, 2013

Fifty-eight foot sperm whale & Chris Lynch of Newstalk ZB, south of Greymouth, NZ, June 2, 2013/Chris Lynch, Newstalk ZB,

3 Whales of 3 Different Species Wash Up on West Coast of New Zealand  in 3 Days (The New Zealand Herald, 6/3/13).

Humpback calf Mozart, photo taken as calf brushed photographer with right pec/Bryant Austin, studio: cosmos, HereandNow,

Photographer Bryant Austin Publishes New Book, Beautiful Whale — See Slideshow, Listen to Radio Interview, Read Excerpt (HereandNow, 90.9, 6/3/13). Order the book here. Learn more and see more images here.

Marine Mammal Protection Act at Age 40: Yes, It Has Helped Protect Dolphins & Whales — Yes, It Could Do Better (Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, May, 2013/, 6/3/13).

May 31, 2013

Unidentified captive beluga & human visitor, Vancouver Aquarium, British Columbia, Canada, undated/Chris Cheadle, Getty, National Geographic

Nat Geo Writer Explains Why Georgia Aquarium Bid to Import Russian Belugas Should be Denied (National Geographic, 5/31/13).

Unidentified whale and ship off California, undated/John Calambokidis, Cascadia Research Collective,

California Shipping Lanes Will Shift to Reduce Whale Strikes (, 5/31/13).

Japanese Coast Guard Video Hundreds of Dolphins on Move, Possibly Fleeing Hunting Orcas (ITN, YouTube, 5/31/13). See raw video here.

May 30, 2013

Whalers cut up Fin whale aboard whaling boat owned by Hvalur, Icelandic company that sells whale meat to Japan, undated/ Halldor Kolbeins, AFP, Getty, The Guardian

Japanese Company Bows to Pressure, Drops Dog Treats Made from Fin Whales (The Guardian, 5/30/13).

Veterinarian Jennifer Langan & Zoopkeeper Beth Miller take ultasound of 10-year-old Spree's fetus, Brookfield Zoo, undated/Paige Fumo Fox, Chicago Tribune

3 Brookfield Zoo Bottlenose Dolphins Pregnant, 3 More Babies Condemned to Captivity (Chicago Tribune, 5/30/13).

May 29, 2013

Unidentified dolphins, probably captive, undated/Stuart Westmorland, Getty, Time Magazine

Dolphin-Assisted Birth: Couple’s Hawaiian Plans Draw Criticism (Time, 5/29/13). Read more here. See videos and comments here.

May 28, 2013

Whalers flay fin whale caught off Iceland, 2009/AFP,

• Japanese Company Turns Fin Whales into Dog Treats (, 5/28/13).

May 24, 2013

SeaWorld Orlando orca pools (left) and lakes, undated/Google map

 Journal Report: Mosquito-Borne Illnesses Killed 2 SeaWorld Orcas Weakened by Other Conditions of Captivity (MARMAM Digest, Vol 94, Issue 16, 5/24/13). Read more here. Read the journal report here.

May 23, 2013

Freshly stranded beaked whale, Canary Islands, September, 2002/“Gas and Fat Embolic Syndrome” Involving a Mass Stranding of Beaked Whales (Family Ziphiidae) Exposed to Anthropogenic Sonar Signals," Veterinary Pathology, Sage Publishing

Journal Letter: No Mass Dolphin, Whale Strandings in Canary Islands since 2004 Navy Sonar Ban (MARMAM Digest, Vol 94, Issue 15, 5/23/13). Access the letter here. Read comments on it here. Read an earlier study by the lead author on how sonar kills whales here.

May 22, 2013

Captive dolphins and audience, SeaWorld San Diego, Dec 9, 2005/Ezra S F,,

India Joins Costa Rica, Hungary, Chile in Banning Captive Dolphin Shows, Swim Programs (, 5/21/13).

May 21, 2013

Right whale Eg3911 entangled in fishing gear off Jacksonville, Florida, Dec 2010-Jan 2011/EcoHealth Alliance, Science Daily

Study of Entangled, Freed Right Whale Proves the Obvious — Entanglement Can Kill (, 5/21/13).

May 19, 2013

Young orca, missing dorsal and right pec, off Port Elizabeth, South Africa, undated/ Rainer Schimpf, Mail Online

Orca Missing Dorsal, Pec, Can’t Hunt but Still Alive — Because Pod Members Feed & Protect?  — See Photos (, 5/19/13). Read more here.

Blue whale off New Zealand, still from video/TVNZ One News

Blue Whales Seen Congregating in N.Z. Waters Pegged for Mineral Exploration — See News Report (TVNZ One News, 5/19/13). Learn more here and here.

May 18, 2013

Location of collision between breaching Humpback and boat, Johnstone Strait, B.C./Global News

More Humpbacks in B.C. Lead to Breaching Whale-Boat Collision, Injury to Man & Whale — See Video Report (Global News, 5/18/13).

May 17, 2013

Late 19th century Howell Torpedo of type trained Navy Bottlenose dolphins located off Cornonado, CA/

Navy Dolphins Find Torpedo from Late 1800s Off Coronado (Los Angeles Times, 5/17/13).

May 15, 2013

Members of J Pod, including Granny, believed to be 100 years old (individual IDs unclear), San Juan Islands, off Washington State, May 15, 2013/Astrid van Ginniken, Center for Whale Research, Seattle PI

• All Members of J Pod Present in First Spring Sighting, Including Granny, Believed 100 Years Old (Seattle PI, 5/15/13). Learn more here and here.

Sperm whales in Gulf of Mexico, southeast of Mississippi, March 20, 2011/Daniel Mueller, Greenpeace, Environmental News Service

NOAA, BOEM Will Assess Risks to Dolphins, Whales of Allowing Seismic Blasting in Gulf (Environmental News Service, 5/15/13).

May 13, 2013

ORRCA members with stranded dolphin, Australia, undated/The Northern Star, 5/14/13

Australian Group to Teach Public Right/Wrong Ways to Help Stranded Dolphins (The Northern Star, 5/14/13). Learn more here.

May 11, 2013

Happy Mother’s Day? Not for Captive Orca Babies & Moms — See Photos & Videos (Seattle PI, 5/11/13).

Fin whale (top) & blue whale (bottom), second largest and largest animals on the planet/Marc Nowlin, The Seattle Times

Scientists Use Seafloor Recordings to Learn about Big, Loud, Talkative, Fast-Swimming, Mysterious Fin Whales (The Seattle Times, 5/11/13).

May 9, 2013

Southern right whale mother and calf off Patagonia, undated/G. Harris, Wildlife ConservationSociety,

Southern Right Whale Calves Dying off Patagonia from Attacks by Gulls (, 5/9/13).

May 8, 2013

Pierce Brosnan, NRDC Seek Halt to Navy Exercises Harmful to Whales, Dolphins Off U.S. Coasts (NRDC, 5/8/13). Read more here. See a longer video here. Send an email to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel here.

May 7, 2013

Unidentified captive beluga whale, Georgia Aquarium, undated/Jennifer Skidmore, NOAA Fisheries

NOAA Yet to Rule on Georgia Aquarium Bid to Import 18 Captured Belugas (NOAA Fisheries, 5/7/13).

May 6, 2013

Pink dolphins off Lantau, Hong Kong, undated/AFP, The Raw Story

Conservationists Warn Pollution Could Doom Remaining Chinese White (aka Pink) Dolphins (Bangkok Post, 5/6/13).

Transient killer whale rams common dolphin, Monterey Bay, CA, 2013/Jodi Frediani,

Photographer Snaps Orcas Ramming, Tossing, Eating Dolphin – See Photos (Wired, 5/6/13).

May 4, 2013

humpback breach

Hawaiian Fisherman Say North Pacific Humpbacks Should Come Off Endangered List (New Zealand Herald, 5/4/13).

May 1, 2013

Dive Couple Films Orcas Surfing in Boat Wake in Baja (Toronto Star, 5/1/13). Learn more and see news report here.

April 29, 2013

North Atlantic Right Whales Return to Cape Cod, Boaters Urged to Watch Out, Slow Down  (CBS Boston, 4/29/13). Read more, see more photos & video here. Watch right whales breaching in video above. See more videos here and here.

Southern Right Whales, New Zealand, undated/3 News New Zealand

New Zealand Officials Ask Public to Help Track, Count Southern Rights during May-Oct Migration (3 News New Zealand, 4/29/13).

Southern right whale, New Zealand, undated/ 3 News New Zealand

Old Whaling Logs Help Researchers Identify, Protect Southern Right Whale Habitats (3 News New Zealand, 4/29/13).

Sperm Whales, Firth of Forth, Scotland, April 25, 2013/Denis McCormack, East Scotland Microlights, BBC News

Sperm Whales Spotted in Scotland’s Firth of Forth for First Time in 10 Years (BBC News, 4/29/13). Read more here.

April 26, 2013

Trainer rubs orca, SeaWorld Orlando, April 26, 2013/, Seattle PI

SeaWorld Fighting, Ignoring Order to Keep Trainers Away from Killer Whales – See News Report (Seattle PI, 4/26/13). Read more here.

Tilikum, SeaWorld Orlando March 30, 2011, undated/Gerardo Mora, Getty, CNN

SeaWorld Goes Public, PETA Buys Stock to Educate Shareholders on Cruelty of Captivity (CNN Money, 4/24/13).

April 25, 2013

Lolita & unidentified trainer, Miami Seaquarium, undated/The Sunday Times

Advocates Want Long-Captive Lolita Declared Member of Endangered Population, Returned to Family in Wild (Miami Herald, 4/25/13). Read more here and here.

Humpback whales, location & date unknown/Hemera Stuart Westmoreland, Corbis, Istockphoto, Discovery News

Humpbacks among NonHuman Species that Develop, Pass On New Behaviors  (Discovery News, 4/25/13). Read more here, here and here.

April 24, 2013

Volunteers and Stranded Long-Finned Pilot Whales, Portmahomack, Scotland, April, 2013/BBC News

Royal Navy Changes Exercises Off N.E. Scotland to Avoid Area where Pilot Whales Stranded — See Video (BBC, 4/24/13). See another video here.

April 23, 2013

Tim Gunn & Beluga, undated/

Tim Gunn to Atlanta Gay Community: Don’t Party at Atlanta Aquarium, Have Compassion for Captive Belugas (Eonline, 4/23/13). Learn more here.

Marine Biologist Admits Doing Wrong during Whale-Watching Trips (Dept. of Justice, 4/23/13). Read more here.

April 22, 2013

Mz Blue, Great Whale Conservancy's Lifesized, 90-Foot, Inflatable Blue Whale, Washington, D.C., 4/22/13/NRDC

Mz Blue at Earth Day Rally to Move CA Shipping Lanes, Save Blues (, 4/22/13). Learn more here.  See video here.

April 21, 2013

Filmmaker Documents Orca Attack on Sperms from Above, Below Surface (YouTube, 4/21). See video interview & underwater footage here. See great above & below surface photos here and here. Learn more about this natural phenomenon here.

April 19, 2013

Conservation Group to Conduct Dolphin, Whale, Shark Survey Off Western Scotland (BBC, 4/19/13). Learn more, see more photos and videos here.

April 18, 2013

Groups Ask Gov to Extend Regs Protecting Right Whales from Ship Strike in Breeding Areas (The Hill, 4/18/13). Read more here. See more photos & video here.

Each June-July Only, Dwarf Minkes Interact with Humans Off Queensland (Seattle PI, 4/18/13). Learn more about expeditions here.

April 17, 2013

Unidentified whale/Florida Today

 Report: Proposed Sonic Blasting Threatens Dolphins, Whales Off  S.E. Coast (Florida Today, 4/17/13). Read more here and here.

April 15, 2013

Tilikum & Kelly Flaherty Clark, director of animal training, SeaWorld Orlando, undated/SeaWorld, AOL

Documentary Blackfish Says Captivity Turned Born-Free Orca Tilikum into Killer – See Trailer (, 4/15/13). Read more here.

April 9, 2013

Bowhead whale/Martha Holmes,, BBC Nature News

Study: Bowheads Survived Last Climate Change by Moving to Arctic, Nowhere Left to Go (BBC News, 4/9/13). Read more here.

Minke whale, undated/Vania Kam, Flickr, Seattle PI

Norway Still Killing Whales, Shipping Whale Meat to Japan —See Video (Seattle PI, 4/9/13). Read Animal Welfare Institute report here.

April 8, 2013

Sea Shepherd ship Bob Barker collides with refueling tanker for Japanese whaling vessels, Anarctic Sea, Feb 25, 2013/Institute of Cetacean Research, AP USA Today

Japanese Blame Sea Shepherd for Record-Low Whale Kills (USA Today, 4/8/13).

April 5, 2013

Pygmy Blue Whale, location & date, unknown/Jason Isley, Scubazoo, KQED QUEST

Navy Exercises Off California Coast Threaten Dolphins  & Whales — Listen to Radio Report (KQED Quest, 4/5/13). Read more here.

April 4, 2013

Researchers Track Rare Antarctic Blue Whales with Sound Buoys — Watch Expedition Video (EnjoyHollywoodNews, 3/27/13). Read more and see photos here and  here.

Whale Exhibit from New Zealand at American Museum of Natural History in NYC — See Video (American Museum of Natural History, 3/26/13). See more photos, videos and learn much more about the exhibit and whales here. Read more here.

April 3, 2013

Unidentified trainers with Tilikum before Dawn Brancheau's death, SeaWorld Orlando, undated/OSHA, Take Part

SeaWorld Pushing to Put Trainers in Water with Orcas Despite Fatal Attack (Take Part, 4/3/13).

April 2, 2013

Gulf spill, May 24, 2010/NASA, Discovery News

Report: Dolphins in Gulf Still Dying in High Numbers 3 Years after Spill (Discovery News,  4/2/13). Get the report here.

March 28, 2013

Sperm whales begin a deep feeding dive, Gulf of Mexico, 2002/Jonathan Gordon, USDI, AP, Sun Herald

Sperms Near Mouth of Mississippi Judged Unique, May Get Extra Protections (Sun Herald, 3/28/13). Read more here.

March 23, 2013

Minke Whale Composite/Bryant Austin, Santa Cruz Sentinel

Bryant Austin’s “Beautiful Whale” Exhibit at Museum of Monterey to Sept 2 (Santa Cruz Sentinel, 3/23/13). See more photos here and here. Watch a beautiful video about Austin, his work and the whales he has known here.

March 19, 2013

2 Gray whales check out small boat and boaters, Dana Point, California, March 17, 2013/

Gray Whales Check Out Small Boat & Boaters — See Video (WIVB 4, 3/19/13).

March 14, 2013

Pilot whale mass stranding, northeast Tasmania, 2008/DPIPWE Marine Conservation Program, Science Daily

Study Blows Theory that Pilot Whales Strand in Family Groups (Science Daily, 3/14/13). Read the full study here.

March 13, 2013

Divers Have 2 Underwater Encounters with Humpback Whales – See Videos (, 1/26 & 3/13/13). See and read about the first, longer encounter here snfthe second, shorter one here. Listen as you watch, and you’ll hear whale sounds.

Entangled male humpback moments before being freed by rescuers operating knife on pole (right), near Lahaina, Hawaii, March 11, 2013/HIHWNMS | NOAA MMHSRP permit #932-1905, OurAmazingPlanet

Entangled Humpback Sighted, Tracked, Freed Off Hawaii (Lahaina News, 3/21/13). See more photos here.

Ukrainian Official Says Reports of AWOL Military Dolphins Are False (Fox News, 3/13/13).

March 12, 2013

Gray whale, Gulf of California, undated/Christopher Swann, The Telegraph

Meet Christopher Swann, Seeker, Photographer of Dolphins & Whales (The Telegraph, 3/12/13). See more of Swann’s exquitie photographs here.

Military dolphin and handler, Sebastopol, Ukraine, undated/Rex Features, The Voice of Russia UK Edition

Three Dolphins in Ukrainian Military Program Go Missing — See Photos and News Video (The Voice of Russia UK Edition, 3/12/13). Read more here, here and here.

March 8, 2013

Unidentified whale, undated/Orange County Register

• California Panel Nixes Navy Training Plan, Says: Prove It Won’t Kill Whales (Orange County Register, 3/8/13). Read more here. Watch video and learn a lot more here.

March 7, 2013

SeaWorld Entrance in Fog, undated/Matthew Belanger, Reuters,

Agency Cites SeaWorld Orlando for Conditions Hazardous to Orca Health (Take Part, 3/7/13). See the report here.

Bottlenose dolphin, Sarasota Bay, FL, undated/2 News

• Researcher Says Only Humans & Dolphins Have, Use Names  — See Video   (2 News, 3/7/13).

Feb 28, 2013

Denise Herzing speaks at TED 2013, Long Beach, CA, Feb 28, 2013/James Duncan Davidson, TED

Denise Herzing Discusses Efforts to Communicate with Wild Dolphins at TED (TED, 2/28/13).

Awesome: Orcas, Surfers, Seals Share Waves Off Tofino, B.C. — See Video (Toronto Star, 2/28/13). Read more here. Watch a Canadian news report here.

Feb 27, 2013

Sea Shepherd ship Bob Barker interferes with refueling of Japanese factory whaling ship/ABC News Australia

• Japanese Official Says Japanese Will Never Stop Hunting, Eating Whales — Watch News Segment (ABC News Australia, 2/27/13). See more footage of Sea Shepherd Messing with Japanese Whalers here.

Feb 25, 2013

• Blue Whales Make Earliest Known Winter Showing Off California — See Photo and Videos (Orange County Register, 2/25/13).

Feb 22, 2013

Sperm whale off northwest Scotland, undated/Nick Davies, Sea Watch, AOL Travel

Rare Winter Sighting of Sperm Whales Off N.W. Scotland Linked to Climate Change — See Photos (AOL Travel, 2/22/13). Read more here.

Feb 19, 2013

Bottlenose dolphins, place, date unknown/Borat Furland, Getty, Discovery News

Bottlenose Dolphins Call Close Associates by “Name” (Discovery News, 2/19/13). Read more here. Read the full study here.

Feb 18, 2013

Whale Watchers Off San Diego See Thousands of Dolphins Going Somewhere Fast — See Video (Los Angeles Times, 2/18/13). Read more and see a great photo here.

• Fossils of Four New Whale Species Found during California Highway Dig (Wired, 2/18/13).

Feb 15, 2013

So Beautiful, So Sad: Wild-Born Kasatka Gives Birth to Another Calf Conceived Via A.I. at SeaWorld San Diego — See Video (Huffington Post, 2/15/13). Read more here. See more video here and here.

Polar Bears, Human Hunters Kill, Feast on Belugas Trapped in Ice — See Photos (Nunatsiaq Online, 2/14/13). Read more here.

Feb 13, 2013

Humpback surfaces to breathe off Dominican Republic, undated/Salvatore Cerchio, Wildlife Conservation Society, EurekAlert!

Gene Studies Give Scientists Truer Sense of  N. Atlantic Humpback Numbers Pre-Whaling (EurekAlert!, 2/13/13).

Feb 12, 2013

Ten-year-old Sunnie & female calf, Sea World Gold Coast, AU, January 21, 2013/Sea World Gold Coast,

Young Bottlenose of Unclear Origin Gives Birth at Sea World Gold Coast AU (Travel Blackboard, 2/12/13).

Feb 5, 2013

Humpback whale breaches near boat, Sea of Cortez, Mexico, undated/Gillian Panasweicz, NBC, KPNX

Speeding Boat Hits Whale, Keeps Going, Whale Breaches Near 2nd Boat  — See Photos & Video (NBC/KPNX, 2/5/13).

Feb 4, 2013

Gray Whales Get Early Start on Mating Off California as Bottlenose Observes — See Video (Orange County Register, 2/4/13).

Groups Appeal Ruling that Lets Navy Build Training Range in Right Whale Waters (Navy Times, 1/30/13).

Dolphins & Fishermen Work Cooperatively in Brazil, Have For Decades — See Video (, 1/31/13). See more video here

British Man Finds Hunk of Sperm-Whale Puke, aka Ambergris, Worth $180K — See Video (Huffington Post, 1/31/13).

Writer Bases Story of Very Old Whale on Evidence Some Whales Can Live to 200+  (Anchorage Daily News, 2/2/13).

Illustrated Children’s Book Tells Story of Girl Who Realizes Dolphins & Whales Don’t Belong in Tanks (Digital Journal, 2/3/13). Learn more and see the book cover here.

• So Sad: Reporter Promotes Casino’s New Way to Exploit Captive Dolphins— Train Them to Paint, Charge to Participate, Sell Results (Las Vegas Review-Journal, 2/3/13).

Jan 26, 2013

North Atlantic right whale "Equator" & new calf off Cumberland Island, GA, Jan 21, 2013/Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, ABC News

Three Endangered Right Whales Freed from Fishing Line in ’99, ’08, ’10 Have New Babies (ABC News, 1/24/13).

Lone Common Dolphin Dies in Brooklyn’s Filthy Gowanus Canal (The New York Times, 1/26/12). Read more here. View hard-to-watch videos here and here.

Villagers Break No-Kill Pact, Slaughter 1,000 Dolphins in Solomon Islands (Earth Island Journal, 1/25/13). Read more here and here.

Jan 23, 2013

Gray whale near Long Beach, undated/Gina Ferazzi, Los Angeles Times

Whale-Watchers Treated to Rare Sight of Large Group of Migrating Grays (Los Angeles Times, 1/23/13).

Two Arnoux’s Beaked Whales, Mysterious Oceanic Species, Strand in NZ (The Southland Times, 1/23/13).

Saturday, Jan 19, 2013

Tilikum, SeaWorld Orlando, undated/"Blackfish,"

 “Blackfish,” Documentary about SeaWorld Orca Tilikum’s Fatal Attack on Trainer, Screening at Sundance ( See a short clip here. Watch a video interview with the filmmaker and learn why she made the film and how it changed her here.

Two Humpbacks Pay Gentle, Thrilling Visit to Whale-Watchers in Raft — See Video (, 1/19/13).

Jan 18, 2013

Bottlenose dolphin with spinal deformity interacts with sperm whales off the Azores, 2011/Alexander D.M. Wilson, Aquatic Mammals, AAAS Science Now

• Sperm Whales Adopt/Tolerate, Bottlenose Dolphin with Spinal Deformity (AAAS Science Now, 1/18/13).

Jan 17, 2013

Migrating Gray Whale Pauses to Play with Pacific White-Sided Dolphins (Captain Dave’s Dolphin & Whale Safari, 1/15/13). Learn more here. See silent video here. See video of a similar 2010 encounter here.. (P

4 Responses to Dolphins & Whales 2013

  1. Laura squires says:

    I think I found ambergris, and can not find anyone to comment if it is or not?


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