Baleen whales http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/35276/all en High tech helps scientists protect whales http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130223/high-tech-helps-scientists-protect-whales <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 are delving deep into the travels of whales -- thanks to high-tech tracking devices -- to try to help protect them.</p> <p>Except for a few species, global whale populations have been decimated over the last few hundred years. Many are at less than 10 percent of their original population size, following aggressive hunting in the 19th and early 20th centuries.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130223/high-tech-helps-scientists-protect-whales" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Baleen whales Biology Technology Zoology AFP Sun, 24 Feb 2013 02:00:58 +0000 5764662 at http://www.globalpost.com Gray whales find refuge on Mexico's coast http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/130313/gray-whales-find-refuge-mexicos-coast <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agencia EFE </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Guerrero Negro, Mexico, Mar 13 (EFE).- Gray whales have found a safe place to breed on Mexico's coast, where programs have been implemented to try to bring the marine mammals back from the brink of extinction.</p> <p>The programs have led to annual increases in gray whale numbers on the coast of Baja California Sur state, where the marine mammals enter warm shallow waters at this time of year to mate and give birth to calves.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/130313/gray-whales-find-refuge-mexicos-coast" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Baleen whales Megafauna Zoology Agencia EFE Wed, 13 Mar 2013 20:31:36 +0000 5782660 at http://www.globalpost.com Scientists use new technology to record whale songs in Antarctica http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/130327/scientists-use-new-technology-record-whale-songs-antarctica <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agencia EFE </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Sydney, Mar 27 (EFE).- Scientists have managed to capture up to 26,545 blue whale songs in the Antarctic in a study for which they used - for the first time - new acoustical detection and tracking techniques to locate and observe the huge cetaceans.</p> <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 5795609 at http://www.globalpost.com Five whale carcasses wash up in Ghana in a week http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130905/five-whale-carcasses-wash-ghana-week <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>Five whale carcasses have washed up on Ghana's coast in the last week, officials said Thursday, vowing to probe the reportedly unprecedented string of marine deaths in the area. </p> <p>Speculation has circulated widely in local media that Ghana's offshore oil installations are to blame, but an environment group and Ghana's Fisheries Commission said there was no available evidence to support such theories. </p> <p>The fisheries commission is "sending a team to investigate what is going on because it's not normal", Emmanuel Ohene Marfo, a regional officer with the commission, told AFP. </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/130905/five-whale-carcasses-wash-ghana-week" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Baleen whales Megafauna Zoology AFP Thu, 05 Sep 2013 18:15:42 +0000 5925640 at http://www.globalpost.com More humpback whales in B.C. but tankers, oil spills could threaten gains:study http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130911/more-humpback-whales-bc-tankers-oil-spills-could-threaten-ga <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Canadian Press </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>VANCOUVER - The number of humpback whales on the northern coast of British Columbia nearly doubled in eight years, but possible oil spills could seriously hamper recovery efforts involving the threatened mammals, a new study suggests.</p> <p>The acoustic animals known for their songs on breeding and feeding grounds were photographed and identified through unique markings on their massive flukes, or tails, around Gil Island, a summertime feeding destination for the migratory animals heading to Hawaii.</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.globalpost.com/terms-use#cp">Copyright 2013 Canadian Press.</a></p> <p>All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130911/more-humpback-whales-bc-tankers-oil-spills-could-threaten-ga" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Baleen whales Cetaceans Disaster Politics Technology Zoology The Canadian Press Wed, 11 Sep 2013 21:20:39 +0000 5931482 at http://www.globalpost.com Iceland ups 2014 whaling quotas http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131213/iceland-ups-2014-whaling-quotas <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>Iceland announced Friday it has increased its 2014 quotas for whaling in a move likely to intensify international condemnation of the practice.</p> <p>The country's fishing ministry said the hunting and killing of minke whales would be increased by six percent, from 216 in 2013 to 229 in 2014. The hunting quota for rorquals -- which includes blue whales, humpback whales and fin whales -- remains unchanged at 154.</p> <p>In 2013, Iceland's whalers did not reach the quotas permitted by their government, killing only 134 rorquals and 38 minke whales.</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/131213/iceland-ups-2014-whaling-quotas" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Baleen whales Megafauna Zoology AFP Fri, 13 Dec 2013 20:47:22 +0000 6019945 at http://www.globalpost.com Whale saved from fishing net in Mexican waters http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/131227/whale-saved-fishing-net-mexican-waters <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agencia EFE </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Mexico City, Dec 27 (EFE).- Personnel from government agencies and a tour company headed the rescue of a humpback whale found snared in a fishing net in the ocean near Baja California Sur, Mexico's Environment Secretariat said.</p> <p>The cetacean was sighted by the ship's crew of The Abyss, who reported they had seen a pair of humpback whales and that one of them was caught in a net off Punta Ballena, Baja California Sur state, the secretariat said in a communique.</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/131227/whale-saved-fishing-net-mexican-waters" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Baleen whales Humpback whale Megafauna Agencia EFE Fri, 27 Dec 2013 22:01:03 +0000 6030468 at http://www.globalpost.com 'Exceptionally rare' conjoined whales found in Mexico http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140107/exceptionally-rare-conjoined-whales-found-mexico <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>Fishermen have found two conjoined gray whale calves in a northwestern Mexican lagoon, a discovery that a government marine biologist described as "exceptionally rare."</p> <p>The four-meter (13-foot) long siamese whales were dead when they were found in the Ojo de Liebre lagoon, which opens to the Pacific Ocean in the Baja California peninsula.</p> <p>Officials from the National Natural Protected Areas Commission (CONANP) verified the discovery during a visit on Monday.</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/140107/exceptionally-rare-conjoined-whales-found-mexico" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Baleen whales Gray whale Pacific Ocean Technology AFP Wed, 08 Jan 2014 00:31:53 +0000 6037481 at http://www.globalpost.com Conjoined gray whale calves found in Mexican lagoon http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/140108/conjoined-gray-whale-calves-found-mexican-lagoon-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agencia EFE </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Mexico City, Jan 8 (EFE).- A pair of conjoined gray whale calves were discovered in a lagoon on Mexico's northwestern coast, the first such case documented in that region, the National Protected Natural Areas Commission, or Conanp, said.</p> <p>The whales, which did not survive, were found Monday in Laguna Ojo de Liebre on the coast of the northwestern state of Baja California Sur.</p> <p>"These were two newborn Siamese gray whales that were fused ventrally," biologist Benito Bermudez Almada, Conanp's regional director for the Baja California peninsula, told Efe Tuesday.</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/140108/conjoined-gray-whale-calves-found-mexican-lagoon-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Baleen whales Geography of Mexico Laguna Ojo de Liebre Agencia EFE Wed, 08 Jan 2014 23:30:51 +0000 6038380 at http://www.globalpost.com Conjoined gray whale calves found in Mexican lagoon http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/140108/conjoined-gray-whale-calves-found-mexican-lagoon <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agencia EFE </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Mexico City, Jan 8 (EFE).- A pair of conjoined gray whale calves were discovered in a lagoon on Mexico's northwestern coast, the first such case documented in that region, the National Protected Natural Areas Commission, or Conanp, said.</p> <p>The whales, which did not survive, were found Monday in Laguna Ojo de Liebre on the coast of the northwestern state of Baja California Sur.</p> <p>"These were two newborn Siamese gray whales that were fused ventrally," biologist Benito Bermudez Almada, Conanp's regional director for the Baja California peninsula, told Efe Tuesday.</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/140108/conjoined-gray-whale-calves-found-mexican-lagoon" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Baleen whales Geography of Mexico Laguna Ojo de Liebre Agencia EFE Wed, 08 Jan 2014 23:30:51 +0000 6038381 at http://www.globalpost.com Conservationists, big oil join forces to help whales http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140119/conservationists-big-oil-join-forces-help-whales <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>Conservationists have joined forces with a company working on one of the world's largest oil and gas projects to help limit the impact of seismic surveys on endangered whales.</p> <p>A group working to save the critically endangered western grey whales said Monday that it and the Sakhalin Energy Investment Company had drawn up stringent guidelines for carrying out surveys of the ocean floor in a way that would cause the least damage to the sound-sensitive mammals.</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/140119/conservationists-big-oil-join-forces-help-whales" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Baleen whales Business Megafauna Sakhalin Technology AFP Mon, 20 Jan 2014 00:46:21 +0000 6047392 at http://www.globalpost.com 1,000 Whales born in Mexican waters http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/140218/1000-whales-born-mexican-waters <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agencia EFE </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Mexico City, Feb 18 (EFE).- Nearly 1,000 gray whales have been born in Mexico since January, when the marine mammals began arriving in the country's coastal waters, the Environment and Natural Resources Secretariat said.</p> <p>A total of 981 sightings of gray whale calves born in Mexican waters were made between Laguna Ojo de Liebre and Laguna San Ignacio, both located in Baja California Sur state, the secretariat said in a statement.</p> <p>Some 1,438 adult gray whales have been sighted this season, which ends in April, the secretariat said.</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, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/140218/1000-whales-born-mexican-waters" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Baleen whales Disaster Megafauna Zoology Agencia EFE Tue, 18 Feb 2014 19:17:24 +0000 6074117 at http://www.globalpost.com Puerto Rican city holds whale festival http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/140330/puerto-rican-city-holds-whale-festival <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agencia EFE </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>San Juan, Mar 30 (EFE).- Rincon, a city in northwestern Puerto Rico, this weekend is holding a humpback whale festival to raise awareness about the species, which is threatened with extinction and is often seen by people off the coasts of the Caribbean island.</p> <p>The annual festival has been held for the past 11 years at the town's lighthouse because that is the spot from which the huge ocean mammals may best be seen, Rincon communications director Juan Carlos Perez told Efe.</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, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/140330/puerto-rican-city-holds-whale-festival" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Baleen whales Humpback whale Megafauna Agencia EFE Sun, 30 Mar 2014 20:19:36 +0000 6109109 at http://www.globalpost.com Humpback protections downgrade clears way for pipeline http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140422/humpback-protections-downgrade-clears-way-pipeline <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>Environmentalist activists on Tuesday decried Canada's downgrading of humpback whale protections, suggesting the decision was fast-tracked to clear a major hurdle to constructing a pipeline to the Pacific Ocean.</p> <p>The government however denied it is playing pipeline politics with the whales.</p> <p>Ottawa announced over the weekend the reclassification of humpback whales as a "species of special concern" rather than "threatened."</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, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140422/humpback-protections-downgrade-clears-way-pipeline" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Baleen whales Cetaceans Technology Zoology AFP Tue, 22 Apr 2014 22:04:45 +0000 6127903 at http://www.globalpost.com Ottawa ponders lifting threatened species status for Pacific humpback http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/140422/humpback-whales-bc-coast-removed-threatened-species-status <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Canadian Press </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>VANCOUVER - In the midst of the heated debate over oil tankers off the coast of British Columbia, the federal environment minister has proposed improving the status of North Pacific humpback whales from threatened to "special concern."</p> <p>The whales have played a starring role in the campaign against oil pipelines and opponents accused the federal government Tuesday of removing a hurdle to the proposed multibillion-dollar Northern Gateway (TSX:ENB) pipeline.</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.globalpost.com/terms-use#cp">Copyright 2014 Canadian Press.</a></p> <p>All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/140422/humpback-whales-bc-coast-removed-threatened-species-status" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Baleen whales Cetaceans Human Interest Oceans Politics Technology The Canadian Press Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:35:43 +0000 6127584 at http://www.globalpost.com