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UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 26, 2018, 7:23 p.m.

Clues sought for decline in Hawaii humpback whale sightings

Researchers are convening this week to compare clues about a significant decline in the number of sightings of North Pacific humpback whales in their traditional breeding grounds off Hawaii.


UPDATED: Wed., April 18, 2018, 9:38 a.m.

Puget Sound scientists rescued this whale. Now they need your help finding it.

The fish-ecology division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is asking for the help of boaters or whale watchers to find the gray whale, whose gender and age …


Maine whale biologist says whale protected her from shark

A marine biologist believes a humpback whale shielded her from a 15-foot tiger shark in the South Pacific.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 3, 2017, 6:42 p.m.

Environmental group sues California over whale-killing gear

An environmental group sued the state of California on Tuesday for allegedly not doing enough to keep Dungeness crab fishery gear from killing protected whales.


UPDATED: Tue., July 25, 2017, 12:52 p.m.

SeaWorld’s last orca calf born in captivity has died

The last killer whale born in captivity under SeaWorld’s former orca-breeding program died Monday at the company’s San Antonio park, SeaWorld said.


Canadian fisherman killed saving tangled whale recalled as longtime advocate

Members of the marine community in the U.S. and Canada said Thursday that a Canadian fisherman who died freeing a whale from fishing gear was a longtime whale advocate who …


Study: Orcas’ failed pregnancies linked to scarce food

Improving salmon runs could help the endangered killer whales that frequent the inland waters of Washington, according to a new study that found the orcas cannot find enough fish to …


Washington man pleads guilty to trafficking ivory

Authorities say a man living in southwestern Washington has pleaded guilty to trafficking whale, elephant and walrus ivory.


UPDATED: Wed., April 19, 2017, 9:37 p.m.

SeaWorld announces birth of last baby orca bred in captivity

The last orca has been born in captivity at a SeaWorld park in San Antonio, Texas, just over a year after the theme park decided to stop breeding orcas following …


More than 200 whales swim away after New Zealand stranding

Whale lovers in New Zealand finally got some good news after more than 200 stranded whales managed to refloat themselves overnight and swim away, while volunteers managed to save another …


SeaWorld: Tilikum, orca that killed trainer, has died

Tilikum, an orca that killed a trainer at SeaWorld Orlando in 2010 and was profiled in a documentary that helped sway popular opinion against keeping killer whales in captivity at …


Oldest Puget Sound orca, ‘Granny,’ missing, considered dead

The oldest member of the small population of endangered Puget Sound orcas has been missing for months and is now likely dead, bringing the toll of dead or missing whales …


Ailing humpback whale stuck in New York bay is euthanized

An ailing 25-foot humpback whale that became grounded on a sandbar off New York has been euthanized.


Grounded whale in Long Island bay appears to be ailing

A 25-foot-long humpback whale that has become grounded on a sandbar off the coast of Long Island appears to be ill.


Humpback whale in cleaner Hudson River may be chasing a meal

A humpback whale seen swimming in New York’s Hudson River in recent days may be chasing a meal.


Whale sighting near Statue of Liberty; boaters told use care

NEW YORK – The Coast Guard says it’s received reports of a whale near the Statue of Liberty. Petty Officer Frank Iannazzo-Simmons says the whale was spotted around 8 a.m. …


With three orcas missing, scientist calls for breaching Lower Snake River dams

Researchers who track the endangered population of orcas that frequent Washington state waters said Friday that three whales are missing or believed dead since summer.


Gray whale bones to become new exhibit in Port Townsend

The bones of a dead gray whale have been moved to a greenhouse to dry and are destined to become a new exhibit at the Port Townsend Marine Science Center.


Alaska whale-watchers rescue swimming deer in distress

An Alaska whale-watching cruise turned into a rescue mission for an unusual aquatic species – a distressed, swimming deer.


Dead whale towed off Los Angeles beach ahead of holiday

Updates with whale towed out to sea. With AP Photos. AP Photo LA117, LA114, LA116, LA101, LA102, LA104


Necropsy completed on whale found on bow of Alaska cruise ship

A necropsy has been completed on a 50-foot fin whale discovered Sunday on the bow of a cruise ship entering an Alaska port.


Workers begin cutting up whale carcass at surfing area

Workers on Thursday began the process of cutting up and carting off a 40-foot whale carcass that washed up at San Onofre State Beach in Orange County earlier this week, …


Dead whale in surf spot poses removal quandary

The massive carcass of a whale was rotting Tuesday at a popular California surfing spot while authorities were deciding whether to tow it out to sea or cut it into …


Orca tagging stops after dead whale found with fragments

Federal biologists have temporarily stopped tagging endangered killer whales in Washington state’s Puget Sound after a dead orca was found with pieces of a dart tag lodged in its dorsal …


Gray whale spotted in Seattle’s Ballard locks

Officials say a gray whale has been spotted in and around Ballard locks in Seattle in the past couple weeks.


Gray whale puts on show at Southern California beach

A Pacific gray whale put on a show at Southern California’s Redondo Beach, popping its huge head out of the waves and rolling around in the surf.


SeaWorld: Orca that killed trainer is ill

SeaWorld officials say the killer whale responsible for the death of a trainer is very sick.