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Wayward whale that swam 400 kms upriver to Montreal found dead

Jun 10, 2020 - 3:35 PM

The giant creature had been seen last week swimming in the Saint Lawrence river, diving against the backdrop of the Montreal skyline

The body of a young humpback whale is lifted out of the water during the evening of June 9, 2020 in Sainte-Anne-de-Sorel (90 km east of Montreal), Quebec, where it was towed after being found east of Montreal in the morning hours. The mammal was left lying on the shore, cordoned off by the police. A necropsy is due to take place on June 10. The young humpback whale that swam up one of Canada's major rivers, delighting Montrealers who packed the shores for a glimpse of the first of the species in local waters, is believed to have died, wildlife officials said June 9. Eric THOMAS / AFP

Wayward whale takes city break in Montreal

Jun 06, 2020 - 9:39 PM

The giant creature has been swimming in the St Lawrence river against the backdrop of the Montreal skyline – hundreds of kilometers from the waters it usually calls home

VISITOR. This handout picture courtesy of Reseau Quebecois d'Urgences pour les Mammiferes Marins (RQUMM) shows the tail of a humpback whale swimming in the water by Montreal on May 30, 2020.  Handout/Reseau Quebecois d'Urgences Mammiferes Marins/AFP

Whale sharks return to Camiguin, gov't asks tourists, locals to let them be

Jan 08, 2020 - 8:04 AM

The whale sharks' newfound presence gives high hopes that these gentle marine giants are back to stay and will repopulate

A diver tags a whale shark off the coast Donsol as part of the local population count. 104 new whale shark individuals were identified in Donsol from January until June of 2019. Photograph © Jurgen Freund

Dead sperm whale in Camarines Sur had fractured jaw – BFAR

Oct 10, 2019 - 12:49 PM

The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources in Bicol says the results of the necropsy on the young female sperm whale showed it had a jaw fracture 'attributed to a single, high-energy impact which is unknown as of this time'

NECROPSY. The carcass of the young female sperm whale in Caramoan, Camarines Sur. Photo courtesy of BFAR Bicol

‘Largest number in years’: Over 100 new whale sharks spotted in Donsol

Aug 30, 2019 - 11:20 AM

The sighting of 'very young' whale shark juveniles 'suggests that Ticao Pass may be a pupping ground for whale sharks, further increasing the ecological significance of the area,' says the World Wide Fund for Nature

SIGHTED. A diver tags a whale shark off the coast Donsol as part of the local population count. Photo by Jurgen Freund

Green sea turtle, whales found lifeless on Bicol shores

Aug 23, 2019 - 11:34 AM

Local residents bury the carcasses with the supervision of environment officials

DEAD. A 15-year-old green sea turtle is found dead in the shoreline of Barangay Calayucay in Sto Domingo, Albay. Photo courtesy of Andy Magdregalejo

Stranded juvenile whale shark dies in Masbate

Aug 09, 2019 - 11:58 PM

Officials say a local saw the butanding trying to swim back after being beached but the low tide had set in fast, preventing it to go back to the waters

BEACHED.  A juvenile whale shark is seen beached on the shoreline of Sitio Laao, Barangay Pawikan, Cataingan town in Masbate. Photo courtesy of Nonie Enolva/BFAR

Whales die in new mysterious Iceland stranding

Aug 04, 2019 - 12:11 AM

Scientists are mystified as to why such a large number of whales should get stranded at the same time

STRANDED WHALES. A handout picture released by Reykjavik Helicopters and taken on July 18, 2019 shows stranded whales on the Longufjorur beach in the Snaefellsnes peninsula area in north-western Iceland. Photo by David Schwarzhans/Reykjavik Helicopters/AFP

Mystery deaths of dolphins, whales off Tuscany

Aug 03, 2019 - 8:43 AM

Autopsies suggest they had been hit by a virus, possibly measles

Whaling ships set sail as Japan resumes commercial hunts

Jul 01, 2019 - 12:34 PM

Five ships from whaling communities around the country leave port in northern Japan's Kushiro with their horns blaring and grey tarps thrown over their harpoons

BACK TO WHALING. Whaling ships depart from a port in Kushiro, Hokkaido Prefecture, on July 1, 2019, as the country resumea commercial hunts for the first time in decades after withdrawing from the International Whaling Commission. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi / AFP

Right whale likely died off Canada after collision with ship, says official

Jul 01, 2019 - 9:54 AM

Preliminary findings on one of the dead whales are 'highly compatible with death due to blunt trauma, consistent with vessel strike,' says Fisheries and Oceans Canada

CRITICALLY ENDANGERED. Experts peg the current population of North Atlaintic right whales to less than 500. Photo from Wikimedia Commons

6 dead endangered right whales found in Canadian waters

Jun 28, 2019 - 9:00 AM

Conservation officials say that North Atlantic right whales are among the most threatened species in the world

THREATENED. File photo of a North Atlantic Right Whale (Eubalaena glacialis) in the Bay of Fundy Nova Scotia Canada. Shutterstock Image

Dwarf sperm whale found dead in southern Cebu town

Jun 03, 2019 - 9:11 PM

The young whale is found in Samboan, one of the 42 municipalities along the Tañon Strait Protected Seascape

Photo from SMARTSeas PH fb page

The week in photos: March 16-22, 2019

Mar 23, 2019 - 2:36 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

PARADE READY. Nudists stand in front of a cafe before the start of the Nude Love Parade in San Francisco, California on March 17, 2019. Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

Dead whale in Compostela Valley had 40 kilograms of plastic in stomach

Mar 18, 2019 - 6:58 PM

'This whale had the most plastic we have ever seen in a whale,' says American biologist Darrell Blatchley

DEATH BY PLASTIC. Authorities conduct a necropsy on a dead Cuvier's beaked whale in Mabini, Compostela Valley. Photo from D'Bone Collector Museum's  Facebook page

For some whales, sonar may provoke suicidal behavior– study

Jan 31, 2019 - 1:59 PM

How could the ocean's most accomplished deep-sea diver wind up with nitrogen bubbles poisoning its veins? Short answer: beaked whales – especially one species known as Cuvier's – get really, really scared.

VULNERABLE. The Cuvier's beaked whale listed as 'vulnerable' on the IUCN Red List of endangered species, and is thought to have a global population of 5,000 to 7,000. Shutterstock phot

Climate change pushing killer whales to migrate north

Jan 28, 2019 - 4:35 PM

'In the long term, they're going to move even further north. If the stocks were to diminish it would be an environmental catastrophe for whales, orcas, sea birds and cod,' warns the Undersea Soft Encounter Alliance

Japan bolts whaling commission, but tensions may ease

Dec 28, 2018 - 9:48 AM

Japan forges ahead with full-fledged commercial hunts off its coast, but stops its annual expeditions to the Antarctic

WHALE IN JAPAN. Huge tail of humpback whale in Keramashoto, Okinawa, Japan. File photo from Shutterstock

Japan to resume commercial whaling after IWC withdrawal

Dec 26, 2018 - 3:21 PM

Japan says it is withdrawing from the International Whaling Commission 'in order to resume commercial whaling in July next year'

145 whales die on remote New Zealand beach

Nov 26, 2018 - 10:02 AM

Half of the whales are already dead and due to the condition of the remaining whales and the remote, difficult to access location, the decision is made to euthanize the remainder

DEAD WHALES. This handout photo taken and released on November 26, 2018 from the New Zealand Department of Conservation shows dead pilot whales on a remote beach on Stewart Island in the far south of New Zealand. Handout photo by the New Zealand Department of Conservation/AFP

Dead sperm whale in Indonesia found with 6 kilograms of plastic in stomach

Nov 21, 2018 - 2:25 PM

The exact cause of the whale's death is not yet known but there are signs that 'plastic waste might have triggered it,' WWF Indonesia marine species conservation coordinator Dwi Suprapti says

A SPERM WHALE'S DEATH. This picture taken on November 19, 2018 shows a dead sperm whale that washed ashore that had nearly 6 kilograms (13.2 lbs) of plastic waste in its stomach, in Wakatobi National Park in Sulawesi province. Photo by La Ode M. Saleh Hanan/AFP

IWC vote backs aboriginal whale hunts – with new quotas

Sep 13, 2018 - 2:27 PM

The vote confirms a long-standing commitment to so-called aboriginal subsistence whaling for nutritional and cultural reasons – an exception to the decades-old ban on commercial whaling

WHALES. This undated handout photo released by the Australian Customs Service on February 7, 2008 shows a whale (front) and another (partly seen at right) being dragged on board a Japanese ship after being harpooned in Antarctic waters. File photo by Australian Customs Service/AFP

Pro-hunting nations block whale sanctuary bid

Sep 12, 2018 - 3:37 PM

Pro-whaling Japan has voted against the project, backed by commercial whaling states Iceland and Norway, as well as Russia

RESEARCH. This undated handout picture released from the Instutute of Cetacean Research on November 18, 2014 shows a minke whale on the deck of a whaling ship for research whaling at Antarctic Ocean. Photo from The Institute of Cetacean Research / AFP

Bitcoin 'whales' pulling cryptocurrency strings

Jun 13, 2018 - 2:06 PM

Bitcoin 'whales' – a word popularly used for big money players in financial markets – 'literally control the currency,' says Bob McDowall, an expert in cryptocurrencies

Whale dies in Thailand after swallowing 80 plastic bags

Jun 02, 2018 - 7:02 PM

The pilot whale vomited up 5 bags during the rescue attempt before it died, says Thailand's Department of Marine and Coastal Resources

Bowhead whales not only singers, but avid composers too

Apr 04, 2018 - 10:50 AM

Bowhead whales, in turns out, are far more versatile and would appear to improvise new songs all the time

SINGERS AND COMPOSERS. A study shows that over the course of 4 winters, not only were bowhead song types never repeated between years, each season had an entire set of new songs. File photo from Wikipedia

Japan whalers return from Antarctic hunt after killing 333 whales

Mar 31, 2018 - 6:55 PM

A fleet of five whalers set sail for the Southern Ocean in November, as Tokyo pursues its "research whaling" in defiance of global criticism

RESEARCH. This undated handout picture released from the Instutute of Cetacean Research on November 18, 2014 shows a minke whale on the deck of a whaling ship for research whaling at Antarctic Ocean. Photo from The Institute of Cetacean Research / AFP

More than 130 pilot whales die in mass Australia beaching

Mar 23, 2018 - 1:51 PM

Western Australia state's Parks and Wildlife Service says its staff are on site and assessing the health and well-being of the 15 still alive

BEACHING. This handout from the Western Australia Department of Biodiversity Conservation and Attractions taken and released on March 23, 2018 shows short-finned pilot whales beached en masse in Hamelin Bay, Western Australia. Handout photo c/o Western Australia Department of Biodiversity Conservation and Attractions/AFP

Swimming with whale sharks in Mexico

Dec 30, 2017 - 12:53 PM

These massive creatures with a Latin name Rhincodon typus come close to shore, to the delight of tourists who converge on the area in boats carrying 10 people

BOATMEN. A file photo of the coastal village of Yelapa Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco is Mexico. Photo by Daniel Slim/AFP

A whale of a tale in Bais

Dec 11, 2017 - 9:00 AM

The Philippines is home to 30 types of whales and dolphins. Gregg Yan travels to Bais to look for one of the rarest species of all – the pygmy sperm whale.

The week in photos: November 11-17, 2017

Nov 18, 2017 - 2:06 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) delegates watch the performance of the Philippine Ballet dancers during the Opening Ceremony of the 31st ASEAN Summit in Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) in Manila on November 13, 2017.World leaders are in the Philippines' capital for two days of summits. / AFP PHOTO / AFP PHOTO AND POOL / NOEL CELIS

Lions, chimps, sharks get added protection under UN convention

Oct 28, 2017 - 8:28 PM

Host country the Philippines lobbies for the inclusion of the whale shark, which has become a major tourist attraction

ADDED PROTECTION. Whale sharks are among the animals that received added protection at the Conservation of Migratory Species held in Manila. File photo by Gonzalo Araujo

Dead whale shark spotted in Cavite waters

Sep 09, 2017 - 11:17 PM

The dead whale shark is found in the vicinity of Tanza Bay in Cavite province on Saturday September 9

Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

World-famous island in Bohol gets 24-hour electricity supply

Sep 05, 2017 - 7:10 PM

Balicasag an island in Bohol province famous for diving snorkelling and whale and dolphin watching used to have power only from 6 pm to 11 pm

DIVING DESTINATION. Aerial shot of Balicasag Island, located off the western coast of Panglao Island in Bohol. Photo courtesy of Philippine Coast Guard-Panglao

Philippines to host international wildlife conference

Aug 08, 2017 - 7:40 PM

This is the first time that the Philippines will host a meeting this huge This is the first COP that will be held in the Philippines says Environment Undersecretary Ernesto Adobo Jr

France bans captive breeding of dolphins, killer whales

May 07, 2017 - 4:35 PM

Animal rights activists hail the ban as a historic French advance

Swimming with whale sharks? Don't copy these snorkelers!

Apr 19, 2017 - 11:05 AM

A viral video reminds us why it s wrong to touch whale sharks and how we can be better stewards of these gentle giants

CROWDED. A screengrab of a viral video showing snorkelers in Malaysia crowding around a whale shark.

Japan kills 333 whales in annual Antarctic hunt

Mar 31, 2017 - 2:42 PM

The country s Fisheries Agency describes the mission as research for the purpose of studying the ecological system in the Antarctic Sea

WHALING. Japan's Fisheries Agency describes the mission as 'research for the purpose of studying the ecological system in the Antarctic Sea.' File photo by Sea Shepherd Australia Ltd./Glenn Lockitch/AFP

New Zealand beached whale crisis 'over' say rescuers

Feb 12, 2017 - 3:39 PM

The news comes as a relief for the hundreds of exhausted volunteers who has spent 3 days comforting the stranded animals and keeping them cool while waiting to refloat them on the high tide

This picture taken on February 11, 2017 shows pilot whales lying on a beach during a mass stranding at Farewell Spit. Marty Melville/AFP

Hundreds of whales wash up dead on New Zealand beach

Feb 10, 2017 - 11:05 AM

It is the 3rd biggest mass stranding on record in New Zealand

This handout from Radio New Zealand taken and released on February 10, 2017 shows pilot whales which beached themselves overnight at Farewell Spit in the Golden Bay region at the northern tip of New Zealand's South Island. More than 400 whales were stranded on the New Zealand beach on February 10, with hundreds already dead as volunteers tried to refloat the survivors, the Department of Conservation said. / AFP PHOTO / RADIO NEW ZEALAND / Tracy NEAL / - New Zealand OUT / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / RADIO NEW ZEALAND / TRACY NEAL" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS - NO ARCHIVES

Under fire, Japan defends whale hunts for 'science'

Oct 27, 2016 - 6:49 PM

Japan denies claims at the 66th meeting of the International Whaling Commission IWC that it was abusing an exemption to a 30 year old whaling moratorium which allows kills for science

A delegation from Japan attends the 66th International Whaling Commission (IWC) meeting in Portoroz, Slovenia, on October 24, 2016. Photo by Jure Makovec/AFP

Japan, West clash over 'cultural' whale hunts

Oct 26, 2016 - 11:10 PM

We are just asking for a small quota based on science and of particular species in particular water That s it Japanese official Joji Morishita tells the International Whaling Commission

Protestors hold up a placard reading 'It's time to take whale meat off the menu' as they demonstrate during the 66th International Whaling Commission (IWC) meeting in Portoroz, Slovenia, on October 24, 2016. More than 80 nations will discuss the fate of the world's remaining whales, which are facing a multitude perils from meat hunters and ship strikes to getting snared in fishing gear. / AFP PHOTO / Jure MAKOVEC

VIRAL: Does Cebu town mayor really want whale sharks killed?

Jun 23, 2016 - 8:00 AM

Dumanjug Mayor Nelson Garcia won t be in the position to make good on his threat

IN PHOTOS: Dozens of whales stranded on coast of Indonesia, 8 dead

Jun 16, 2016 - 2:00 PM

At first there were just one or two whales swimming near the shore and the nature of whales is that if they are sick they will come near the shore

DEAD. Residents and officials gather pilot whales who got stranded in the coast of Probolinggo, East Java. ANTARA/Zabur Karuru

WATCH: Bughaw, the blue whale, swims along Dumaguete coast

May 28, 2016 - 3:56 PM

The blue whale also known as the largest mammal in the world is one of the 26 cetacean species found in the Philippines

Japan fleet kills 333 whales in Antarctic hunt

Mar 24, 2016 - 7:02 PM

Under the International Whaling Commission to which Japan is a signatory there is a moratorium on hunting whales since 1986 Japan persists in the practice using a loophole in the ban that allows for lethal research

DEAD WHALES. A handout image by Sea Shepherd Australia made available on January 7, 2013 shows three dead, protected Minke Whales on the deck of the Japanese Ship, Nisshin Maru in the Southern Ocean, Antarctica, January 5, 2013. File Photo by Tim Watters/Sea Shepherd/EPA

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Mar 18, 2016 - 7:27 PM

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SeaWorld to stop breeding killer whales

Mar 17, 2016 - 11:50 PM

SeaWorld currently holds 7 orcas in Orlando Florida; 5 in San Antonio Texas; and 11 in San Diego California

ORCAS. At approximately 9:22 am, Tuesday, December 21, 2004, a baby killer whale was born at SeaWorld San Diego. Kasatka, a 28-year-old whale, gave birth after a little more than two hours of labor. File Photo by EPA

Every shark counts

Jan 10, 2016 - 3:24 PM

Whale sharks also known as butanding are protected by Philippine law

Australia 'disappointed' at Japan whaling – Turnbull

Dec 18, 2015 - 3:53 PM

While Turnbull s first visit to key ally Japan on Friday will cover a broad range of topics including defense cooperation and trade the controversial whale hunt is also on the agenda

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull (L) and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe (R) attend a tea ceremony hosted by Sen Soshitsu (unseen), the Grand Tea Master, at the Tokyo headquarters of the Urasenke school of tea ceremony in Tokyo, Japan, December 18, 2015. Photo by Eugene Hoshiko/EPA