Whales

FILE - In this June 26, 2010 file photo, Plaquemines Parish Coastal Zone Director P.J. Hahn rescues a heavily oiled bird from the waters of Barataria Bay, La., which are laden with oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Ten years after the nation's biggest offshore oil spill fouled its waters, the Gulf of Mexico sparkles in the sunlight and its fish are safe to eat. But scientists who have spent $500 million dollars from BP researching the impact of the Deepwater Horizon disaster have found much to be concerned about. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)
April 20, 2020 - 1:20 am
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Ten years after a well blew wild under a BP platform in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 men and touching off the nation’s worst offshore oil spill, gulf waters sparkle in the sunlight, its fish are safe to eat, and thick, black oil no longer visibly stains the beaches and...
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In this March 11, 2006 photo provided by the New England Aquarium, a whale swims off the coast of Georgia with fresh propeller cuts on its back. The whale is assumed to have died from its injuries, as it was never seen again. Ship strikes are one of the biggest causes of mortality for large whales, and scientists say the problem is getting worse because of the warming of the oceans. (Brenna Kraus/The New England Aquarium via AP)
March 28, 2020 - 12:14 pm
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Climate change is imperiling the world's largest animals by increasing the likelihood of fatal collisions between whales and big ships that ply the same waters. Warming ocean temperatures are causing some species of whales in pursuit of food to stray more frequently into...
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FILE - In this Jan. 5, 2016, file photo, Guy Runco, director of the Bird Treatment and Learning Center, releases a common murre near the Anchorage small boat harbor in Anchorage, Alaska. Hundreds of thousands of common murres, a fast-flying seabird, died from starvation four winters ago in the North Pacific, and a new research paper attempts to explain why. (AP Photo/Dan Joling, File)
January 15, 2020 - 2:06 pm
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Common murres look like skinny penguins but fly like F-15 fighter jets. The North Pacific seabirds can quickly cover hundreds of miles searching for schools of small forage fish. Their powerful wings let them dive more than 150 feet (46 meters) under water to gorge on...
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FILE - In this Jan. 18, 2014, file photo, endangered orcas from the J pod swim in Puget Sound west of Seattle, as seen from a federal research vessel that had been tracking the whales. An aquarium and an engineering firm in Massachusetts are partnering on a project to better protect whales by monitoring them from satellites in space. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
January 05, 2020 - 6:42 pm
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — An aquarium and an engineering firm in Massachusetts are partnering on a project to better protect whales by monitoring them from space. New England Aquarium of Boston and Draper of Cambridge say whale conservation needs new, higher-tech solutions to protect whales from...
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This image released by Discovery Channel shows Icelandic ocean rower Fiann Paul blowing a horn in a scene from “The Impossible Row," documenting endurance athlete Colin O’Brady and his crew's crossing of the treacherous icy waters of The Drake Passage by row boat. Located between the Southern tip of South America and the edge of Antarctica the Drake Passage is considered one of the most terrifying and dangerous sea paths in the world. They finished crossing the Drake Passage in 13 days. (Discovery Channel via AP)
December 28, 2019 - 10:45 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — As freezing water thrashed their rowboat in some of the most treacherous waters in the world, six men fought for 13 days to make history, becoming the first people to traverse the infamous Drake Passage with nothing other than sheer manpower. They dodged icebergs, held their...
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This undated photo provided by the Duke Marine Robotics and Remote Sensing Lab shows two humpback whales in the Antarctic. Whales are big, but why aren't they bigger? A new study released on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019 says it's basically about how many calories they can take in. (Duke Marine Robotics and Remote Sensing Lab via AP)
December 14, 2019 - 9:00 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Whales are big, but why aren't they bigger? A new study says it's basically about how many calories they can take in. That's the conclusion of researchers who used small boats to chase down 300 whales of various species around the world. They reached out with a long pole to attach...
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FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2019, file photo Mac's Mission animal rescue founder Rochelle Steffen holds a 10-week-old golden retriever puppy with a small tail growing between his eyes, in Jackson, Mo. The dog, named Narwhal the Little Magical Furry Unicorn, that drew international attention because of a tail-like growth on his face, and also drew some unwelcome attention, including death threats, will remain with Steffen, the founder of a group that rescued him. (Tyler Graef/The Southeast Missourian via AP, File)
December 03, 2019 - 1:35 pm
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) — A dog who was dubbed the unicorn puppy because of tail-like growth between his eyes will remain with the founder of the Missouri rescue group, despite more than 300 offers to adopt him. The beagle-mix puppy, named Narwhal the Little Magical Furry Unicorn, was rescued in...
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This May 3, 2009, photo taken in Point Hope, Alaska, provided by the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, shows the entrance to an ice cellar, a type of underground food dug into the permafrost to provide natural refrigeration used for generations in far-north communities. Naturally cooled underground ice cellars, used in Alaska Native communities for generations, are becoming increasingly unreliable as a warming climate and other factors touch multiple facets of life in the far north. (Mike Brubaker/Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium via AP)
November 25, 2019 - 9:22 am
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — For generations, people in Alaska’s far-north whaling villages have relied on hand-built ice cellars dug deep into the permafrost to age their subsistence food to perfection and keep it cold throughout the year. Scores of the naturally refrigerated food caches lie beneath...
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This Nov. 5, 2019 photo provided by Oregon State University shows whale bones from a 78-foot blue whale that washed near Gold Beach, Ore. The carcass of the giant blue whale that's been submerged off the Oregon coast for more than three years was hauled to the surface so it can be reassembled, studied and put on public display, scientists with Oregon State University said Friday, Nov. 22, 2019. The dead whale, which was about as long as two school buses, washed ashore near Gold Beach in 2015. (Michelle Klampe/Oregon State University via AP)
November 22, 2019 - 8:42 pm
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The carcass of a giant blue whale that has been submerged off the Oregon coast for more than three years was hauled to the surface so it can be reassembled, studied and put on public display, scientists with Oregon State University said Friday. The dead whale, which was about...
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August 29, 2019 - 6:11 pm
HONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on whales stranded on a beach in Hawaii (all times local): 12:05 p.m. Authorities have euthanized four small whales after 10 of the animals were stranded on a Maui beach. Two others might also be euthanized. Officials said Thursday that veterinarians determined four of...
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