Whales Make Waves Off Manomet Point
Humpback whale lunge feeding off Manomet Point Credit:John Chisholm/MA Sharks Update July 25th, 2022: On Sunday, July 24th, a humpback breached and landed on the front of a small vessel. The operator reported no injuries and no major damage that affected the seaworthiness of the vessel. Plymouth Harbormaster is working with the Massachusetts Environmental Police to…Read More
Elusive whale seen alive for the first time
Using DNA evidence, scientists have been able to officially confirm the first live sightings of the Sato’s beaked whale. Up to now the only Sato’s whales seen have been the few that have washed up dead and some unconfirmed reports from whale hunters. As a result, we know very little about their lives, habits, where…Read More
Fin whales return to old feeding grounds in Southern Ocean
An exciting discovery by researchers in the waters around Antarctica suggest that fin whales are starting to return to their former feeding grounds. During the first part of the 20th century, commercial whaling decimated whale numbers in the region as whalers reduced populations to a fraction of their original figure. By the time it become…Read More
Confirmed! There is a New Southern Resident Orca Calf from K Pod!
CONFIRMED! On July 9th, 2022 the Center for Whale Research confirmed the newest member of the Southern Resident orca community! See photo above ©Center for Whale Research Center for Whale Research designated this newborn as K45 and reports “K45’s sex is unknown at this time. Its size and shape are typical of a calf in…Read More
River dolphins observed playing with anaconda
Researchers in Bolivia recorded an unusual interaction between local rivers dolphins and an anaconda snake last year in the Tijamuchi river. The two species would not normally interact but on this occasion a group of dolphins, some of which appeared to be juveniles, were seen carrying the snake through the water. At times the dolphins…Read More
Give whales a ‘high five’ and donate $5!
We are celebrating how amazing whales and dolphins are by giving whales a high five! By donating just $5, you will help WDC continue our ongoing work to protect whales and dolphins through outreach, policy, and science. 735 Help us reach our goal of $2,000 by giving whales a high $5 GIVE WHALES A HIGH…Read More
A New Calf Provides Hope for Endangered Southern Resident Orcas
Sara Hysong Shimazu (Hysazu Photography) GOOD NEWS – A new baby orca! On March 1st, observers with Washington State-based Center for Whale Research and Orca Behavior Institute were watching members of J pod of the Southern Resident orca community off San Juan Island and spotted a tiny dorsal fin amongst the more familiar orcas. The…Read More
Enter to win a copy of “We Are All Whalers”
Synopsis of “We Are All Whalers” Relating his experiences caring for endangered whales, a veterinarian and marine scientist shows we can all share in the salvation of these imperiled animals. The image most of us have of whalers includes harpoons and intentional trauma. Yet eating commercially caught seafood leads to whales’ entanglement and slow death…Read More
Newly discovered whale species – introducing Ramari’s beaked whale (Mesoplodon eueu)!
Ramari Steward and nihongore skeleton Credit: Tanya Cumberland New species of whale includes “traditional” naming by carrying an Indigenous name and the name of a woman scientist. When a pregnant beaked whale stranded in New Zealand in 2011, an external examination identified her as a True’s beaked whale. Very little is known about beaked whales,…Read More
Rescuers search for orca family after saving stranded calf
An orca calf is receiving medical care in New Zealand after becoming stranded near Wellington yesterday. The whale has been moved to a segregated harbour area while rescue teams search for the juvenile orca’s pod. It is hoped the rest of the calf’s family are still in the area and they can be reunited. According…Read More