Cetaceans http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/28070/all en Dead dolphin removed from toxic New York City canal http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130126/dead-dolphin-removed-toxic-new-york-city-canal <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Jonathan Allen</p> <p>NEW YORK, Jan 26 (Reuters) - The carcass of a dolphin that died after becoming mired in a notoriously toxic New York City canal has been removed and will be sent for a necropsy, a marine research group said on Saturday.</p> <p>The animal, a common dolphin, was first spotted in Brooklyn's Gowanus Canal on Friday morning, where it was described as looking disoriented and unwell as it struggled to avoid getting bogged down in the canal's muddy floor.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130126/dead-dolphin-removed-toxic-new-york-city-canal" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cetaceans Disaster Geography of New York Oceanic dolphins Thomson Reuters Sat, 26 Jan 2013 22:15:14 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5739985 at http://www.globalpost.com Young dolphin lures pod to safety in Australia http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130203/young-dolphin-lures-pod-safety-australia <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A young dolphin has been used to lure a pod of 100 to 150 others to safety after they were in danger of stranding themselves, Australian officials said Sunday.</p> <p>Western Australia's Department of Environment and Conservation said the dolphins were milling in shallow water at Whalers Cove near Albany on the south coast and in danger of a mass stranding when found on Saturday.</p> <p>One dolphin had already died.</p> <p>Local conservation leader Deon Utber said wildlife experts moved a juvenile dolphin by boat to deeper waters at high tide on Saturday to entice the others to follow.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130203/young-dolphin-lures-pod-safety-australia" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cetaceans Dolphin Oceanic dolphins AFP Sun, 03 Feb 2013 14:16:09 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5744386 at http://www.globalpost.com New Zealand dolphin faces extinction, group warns http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130214/new-zealand-dolphin-faces-extinction-group-warns <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Scientists have urged New Zealand to take immediate action to protect the critically endangered Maui's dolphin, amid warnings the marine mammal could become extinct by 2030.</p> <p>The animal, the world's smallest dolphin sub-species, is only found in waters off the North Island's west coast and experts estimate the adult population has dwindled to just 55, the US-based Society for Marine Mammalogy (SSM) said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130214/new-zealand-dolphin-faces-extinction-group-warns" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cetaceans Mammals of New Zealand New Zealand Oceanic dolphins Technology AFP Thu, 14 Feb 2013 19:26:15 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5755967 at http://www.globalpost.com Japan vows to keep whale hunt after activist clash http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130220/japan-vows-keep-whale-hunt-after-activist-clash <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Japan vowed on Thursday to continue its whale hunt in the Southern Ocean after clashes with the militant conservationist Sea Shepherd group, which claimed Tokyo had been forced to end the programme.</p> <p>"We are keeping our whaling programme," an official at Japan's Fisheries Agency told AFP, denying a report that Japan was forced to suspend its whale hunt after collisions with boats crewed by anti-whaling campaigners.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130220/japan-vows-keep-whale-hunt-after-activist-clash" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Cetaceans Environment Hospitality Law Politics Whaling AFP Thu, 21 Feb 2013 04:00:41 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5761718 at http://www.globalpost.com Japan will not stop whaling: minister http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130226/japan-will-not-stop-whaling-minister <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Japan's fisheries minister said Tuesday the country will not stop hunting whales, despite fierce criticism from other countries and violent clashes at sea with militant conservationists.</p> <p>"I don't think there will be any kind of an end for whaling by Japan," Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi told AFP in an interview.</p> <p>Hayashi, who took the ministerial post overseeing the country's whaling programmes in December, said the criticism of the practice is "a cultural attack, a kind of prejudice against Japanese culture".</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130226/japan-will-not-stop-whaling-minister" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Animal rights movement Cetaceans Whaling AFP Tue, 26 Feb 2013 09:16:27 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5766722 at http://www.globalpost.com Chile says 20 beached whales die in Strait of Magellan http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130226/chile-says-20-beached-whales-die-strait-magellan <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Twenty killer whales died and 25 others were rescued after becoming stranded along the Strait of Magellan by an unusually low tide, Chile's National Fishing Service said Tuesday.</p> <p>Fishermen and Chilean navy personnel struggled to save the orcas after they ran into trouble near Susan, a village on the strait that links the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans at the southern tip of South America, officials said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130226/chile-says-20-beached-whales-die-strait-magellan" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cetaceans Megafauna Zoology AFP Tue, 26 Feb 2013 15:37:35 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5767320 at http://www.globalpost.com Beached whale in Spain dies from ingesting plastic waste http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130307/beached-whale-spain-dies-ingesting-plastic-waste <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A 4.5 tonne sperm whale that washed ashore in southern Spain died from ingesting large amounts of plastic sheets used in greenhouses on farms in the region, a scientist said Thursday.</p> <p>The whale, which came ashore last year on a beach in Andalusia, had over 17 kilogrammes (37 pounds) of garbage blocking its stomach, including some 30 square metres (36 square yards) of plastic canvas, said Renaud de Stephanis, a marine biologist at the Donana Biological Station, which is run by the Spanish National Research Council.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130307/beached-whale-spain-dies-ingesting-plastic-waste" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cetaceans Megafauna Renaud de Stephanis Technology Zoology AFP Thu, 07 Mar 2013 18:46:00 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5776385 at http://www.globalpost.com Mass whale strandings not a family affair: study http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130315/mass-whale-strandings-not-family-affair-study <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Whales that beach themselves in large groups are not all members of the same family, a study has found, undermining long-held assumptions about the cause of mass strandings.</p> <p>An international team of scientists studied 12 mass strandings in Australia and New Zealand to examine the theory that healthy whales beach themselves while trying to help sick or disorientated family members who have run aground.</p> <p>After examining the DNA of 490 whales they concluded the so-called "caregiving model" did not stand up, as most of the whales were not related.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130315/mass-whale-strandings-not-family-affair-study" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Biology Cetaceans Technology Zoology AFP Fri, 15 Mar 2013 07:00:18 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5784211 at http://www.globalpost.com Seven pilot whales die in mass stranding on S.Africa beach http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130324/seven-pilot-whales-die-mass-stranding-safrica-beach <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Nineteen pilot whales washed up on a Cape Town beach in South Africa Sunday and seven of them died, sea rescue officials said, prompting a frenzy to save the remaining giant mammals.</p> <p>"We don't know what might have caused the mass whale stranding, unfortunately seven have died," said Craig Lambinon, the spokesman for the National Sea Rescue Institute.</p> <p>He said efforts were under way to release the surviving whales back into the sea and to dispose of the seven carcasses.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130324/seven-pilot-whales-die-mass-stranding-safrica-beach" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Beached whale Cetaceans Oceanic dolphins Technology AFP Sun, 24 Mar 2013 15:01:28 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5792537 at http://www.globalpost.com World's biggest creature tracked by its song http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130327/worlds-biggest-creature-tracked-its-song <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>An Australian-led group of scientists has for the first time tracked down and tagged Antarctic blue whales by using acoustic technology to follow its songs, the government said Wednesday.</p> <p>The blue whale, the largest animal on the planet, is rarely spotted in the Southern Ocean but a group of intrepid researchers were able to locate and tag some of the mammals after picking up on their deep and complex vocals.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a 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<p>The work was carried out by researchers from Germany, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Chile, the United States, France, Norway, the United Kingdom, South Africa and New Zealand, all of whom are participating in the ongoing Antarctic Blue Whale Project to study the world's largest animal.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.efe.com" class="button wire efe"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#efe"><span>Copyright EFE, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/130327/scientists-use-new-technology-record-whale-songs-antarctica" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Baleen whales Cetaceans Technology Zoology Agencia EFE Wed, 27 Mar 2013 19:01:22 +0000 Agencia EFE 5795609 at http://www.globalpost.com Japan's whale 'research' is flashpoint in global dispute http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130404/japans-whale-research-flashpoint-global-dispute <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The Institute of Cetacean Research can be found in a nondescript white-brick office building in Tokyo's port district.</p> <p>Down a hallway and through an unmarked door is a small lobby with a model ship, a poster showing various whale species, and a sign that reads "Keep Out".</p> <p>Japan says the research that goes on behind the locked security door is crucial for studying whale populations, but critics slam the practice as a loophole to get around an international ban on commercial whaling.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130404/japans-whale-research-flashpoint-global-dispute" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cetaceans Environment Technology Whaling AFP Fri, 05 Apr 2013 02:31:19 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5802424 at http://www.globalpost.com Japan whaling haul at 'record low' http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130405/japan-whaling-haul-at-record-low-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The haul from Japan's whaling fleet in the Southern Ocean was a "record low" this year, a government minister said Friday, blaming "unforgivable sabotage" by activists.</p> <p>The hunt netted just 103 Antarctic minke whales, less than half its tally last year and no fin whales, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi said, adding it was the lowest total since "research whaling" began in 1987.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130405/japan-whaling-haul-at-record-low-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cetaceans Megafauna Whaling AFP Fri, 05 Apr 2013 06:16:14 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5802491 at http://www.globalpost.com Dolphins are born free, but everywhere in pools http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130412/dolphins-are-born-free-everywhere-pools <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Asianet </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p></p><P> Twenty thousand Turks so far have signed an online petition launched by writer Buket Uzuner, who also defines herself as a “friend of dolphins,” to ensure that authorities do not allow the Kas Dolphinarium in Antalya to reopen.</p><P>Dolphins are intelligent creatures and although they seem to enjoy human company, it is a known fact that they don't thrive in captivity. They suffer tremendously, and they don't survive more than a couple of years.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130412/dolphins-are-born-free-everywhere-pools" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Animal welfare Biology Business Cetaceans Asianet Fri, 12 Apr 2013 19:07:19 +0000 Asianet 5814066 at http://www.globalpost.com Australia 'hopeful' of Japan whaling ruling this year http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130528/australia-hopeful-japan-whaling-ruling-year <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Australia is hopeful of a final judgement in its international court case against Japan's whaling programme by the end of this year, before the next harpoon season, a senior official said Tuesday.</p> <p>Donna Petrochenko, Australia's principal representative to the International Whaling Commission, said she was "very positive" about the legal challenge due to start in the International Court of Justice on June 26.</p> <p>"We're hoping for a judgement by the end of the calendar year," Petrochenko told a Senate hearing.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130528/australia-hopeful-japan-whaling-ruling-year" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cetaceans Oceans Whaling AFP Tue, 28 May 2013 11:21:00 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5847342 at http://www.globalpost.com