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Peter Flood mom and calf

Emergency Petition Seeks to Shield Right Whale Moms, Calves From Vessel Strikes

For Immediate Release, November 1, 2022 WASHINGTON-Conservation groups filed an emergency rulemaking petition with the...
The Yushin Maru catcher ship of the Japanese whaling fleet injures a whale with its first harpoon attempt, and takes a further three harpoon shots before finally killing the badly injured fleeing whale. Finally they drowned the mammal beneath the harpooon deck of the ship to kill it.  Southern Ocean.  07.01.2006

Moves to overturn whaling ban rejected

Last week, the 68th meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC, the body that regulates...

Nearly 500 whales die in New Zealand

The number of pilot whales that have died following a mass stranding in New Zealand...

200 pilot whales killed in latest Faroese slaughter

More than 200 pilot whales have been slaughtered in Sandagerði (Torshavn) in the Faroe Islands....

New discovery of old whales

Scientists at a university in New Zealand say that they have uncovered five new species of ancient whale that will help fill in some gaps in our knowledge of where the whales of today come from.

A team at Otago University have been studying new fossil specimens of whales that may have grown up to 6m in length, and probably looked like a mixture between today’s toothless baleen whales and a more intimidating toothed, primitive ancestor.

The fossil specimens have enabled the researchers to piece together how the ancient species may have looked and how they then changed into the whales we know and see today.

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