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Majestic fin whales

Icelandic whalers kill first fin whales in four years

As feared, whale hunters in Iceland have killed at least two fin whales, the first...
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Majority of Icelandic people think whaling harms their country’s reputation

A survey of Icelandic people has confirmed that the majority believe whaling damages Iceland's reputation. ...
A magnificent sei whale © Christopher Swann

Japan Begins Commercial Whaling Season

Sei whale © Christopher Swann Japanese whalers have left port to begin this year's annual...

Pumps and conveyor belts. How could more whales help save us?

University of Alaska Fairbanks Master's student, Dana Bloch, retrieves a CTD that is used to...

right whale calfWDC is following and documenting the progress of a newborn calf and mother in the waters of Plymouth harbor in the United States. The calf is estimated to be less than a few weeks old. This is the first sighting of a right whale mother and calf in Cape Cod Bay in 27 years, and possibly only the second calf born in the north east (they are typically born off Florida, Georgia, South Carolina).

Since WDC team members first saw the calf and mother, we have been actively monitoring them as they stick very close to the shoreline off Plymouth.  WDC is currently working with NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration – the US government agency that is responsible for the oceans), the State of Massachusetts authorities, the New England Aquarium and Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies.

More on North Atlantic right whales.

Photo by WDC under Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies NOAA permit #14063