Experts have determined that the cause of the recent death of 30 whales in the Valdés Peninsula, in the Argentine province of Chubut, was a harmful algal bloom also referred to as “red tide.” The findings of the dead mammals took place between late September and early October.
A study released this week in the peer-reviewed African Journal of Marine Science, would show that killer orcas are behind the finding of eight white sharks dead off the coast of Gansbaai, in western South Africa in 2017.
Happy World Whale Day! Giants of the ocean are celebrated on World Whale Day, 20 February, which aims to raise awareness of these magnificent creatures, their beauty as well as their ecological value to the planet.
Iceland will end commercial whaling by 2024, announced Fisheries minister Svandis Svavarsdottir in a piece published in the Reykjavik daily Morgunbladid. The lawmaker representing the ruling coalition led by the Left Greens said, there are few justifications to authorize the whale hunt beyond 2024, adding there is little proof that there is any economic advantage to this activity.
Regional officials on the northeastern Indonesian island of Madura said on Friday at least 45 pilot whales that stranded themselves on a beach there have died, while rescuers managed to push three back out to sea.
Australian officials were focusing on the grim task of disposing of almost 400 whale carcasses on Thursday, while attempts to rescue the few remaining survivors of one of the world’s worst mass strandings were expected to extend another day.
A team led by the British Antarctic Survey has just returned from the sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia, as the last of three expeditions to investigate the recovery of whales a century after they were heavily exploited. After 30 years of protection, large numbers of whales appear to be returning to the region.
About 1,000 people rushed to a New Zealand beach over the weekend to try to save a pod of whales that stranded overnight, overwhelming conservation workers who were appealing for specialist assistance.
The last whales held in a notorious facility dubbed the whale jail in Russia's Far East were released on Sunday, the institute overseeing the operation said.
A new technique for analyzing satellite images may help scientists detect and count stranded whales from space. Researchers tested a new detection method using Very High Resolution (VHR) satellite images from Maxar Technologies of the biggest mass stranding of baleen whales yet recorded. It is hoped that in the future the technique will lead to real-time information as stranding events happen.