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“Big” News: New Whale Species Identified in the Gulf of Mexico

NOAA Fisheries A study led by NOAA Fisheries scientist Dr. Patricia Rosel confirms that a...
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Feds Sued to Force Them to Protect Endangered North Atlantic Right Whales From Vessel Strikes

Just over half of known or suspected right whale deaths since 2017 have been attributed...

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On average, a person who is currently employed in marine mammal conservation or research has...
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No More Salmon Net Pens in the Discovery Islands!

Breaking news from Canada: The Department of Fisheries and Oceans has announced the phase-out of Atlantic...

New record for gray whale migration

A gray whale in the Pacific Ocean has been recorded completing the longest ever migration for the species.

The female whale made a round-trip of 22,500 km (14,000 miles) during her journey from feeding grounds off Russia to Mexico and back, according to a report in Biology Letters.

It was thought until now that the two populations of gray whale found in the Pacific were entirely separate. This discovery of a whale from the feeding grounds of the western population migrating to breeding grounds used by the eastern population is a major concern. Critically endangered, until now it was thought there were less than two hundred Western gray whales left. The possibility that even some of these whales might in fact belong to the more numerous eastern population means that scientists must now re-evaluate just how many, if any, of the actual Western gray whale survive.

The subject of gray whale migration has been in the news recently after individuals were sighted in the Mediterranean (2010) and Atlantic (2013), leading to speculation about whether they might be able to recolonise the Atlantic as ice loss in the Arctic makes it easier for them to get through the north-west passage.