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A group of little-known killer whales have been identified as big hunters of the sea

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Swimming deep in the Pacific Ocean, a group of little-known killer whales that eat large sea mammals including grey whale calves has been found, researchers say. In a recently-published catalog, researchers from the...

Incredibly rare ‘megapod’ of more than 100 humpback whales surrounds boat off coast of Australia

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A "megapod" of more than 100 humpback whales has been filmed surrounding a boat off the coast of Australia -- an incredibly rare event an expert says has only ever been captured once before in the country's waters. ...

Norway to proceed with sound experiment on whales, despite protests

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A group of international scientists has called on Norway to halt plans for acoustic experiments on minke whales. A research team is intending to capture a dozen juvenile minke whales off the Norwegian coast and use ...

Right whales are smaller than they used to be, in part due to commercial fishing and changing oceans, study says

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Scientists have found that, even though right whales are protected from direct catch, they are significantly shorter compared to 40 years ago due in part to commercial fishing, according to a new study. The study -...

Shrinking giants: North Atlantic right whales getting tinier

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The younger generation of critically endangered North Atlantic right whales are on average about three feet (one meter) shorter than whales were 20 years, drone and aircraft data show in a study in Thursday’s journal...

An Australian destroyer arrived in San Diego with 2 dead endangered whales stuck to its hull

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Two dead endangered whales dislodged from the hull of an Australian destroyer after the warship docked in San Diego last weekend, according to the Royal Australian Navy. The whales were found near HMAS Sydney, which...

Killer whales attack fishing boat near Spain

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By October of last year, there were 33 bizarre "revenge" attacks by killer whales off the coast of Spain and Portugal and it seems they’re not done yet. At first, the crew "heard a strange noise and rushed t...

Four gray whales have been found dead in California’s Bay Area within eight days

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Gray whales are visible just twice a year in California as they migrate from the southern tip of the West Coast up toward Alaska and back again. They delight residents as they appear briefly in coastal waters before...

How do whales defy the odds of getting cancer? The answer is in their genes, new study says

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Cancer should be a near certainty for whales, the longest-living and largest mammals there are -- but scientists are finding that cetaceans are excellent at protecting themselves against the deadly disease. Just ho...

Nearly 100 whales die in mass stranding in New Zealand

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Nearly 100 pilot whales have died in a mass stranding on the Chatham Islands, New Zealand's Department of Conservation said Wednesday. Some 97 whales and three dolphins died in the stranding, which conservation depa...

Sri Lanka rescues 100 beached whales after mass stranding

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Sri Lankan rescuers have returned 100 whales to sea after a mass beaching on Monday, the country's navy has said. Scores of short-finned pilot whales began coming ashore at Panadura, 25 kilometers (15 miles) south ...

Tasmania finds another 200 pilot whales that may all be dead in mass stranding

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Rescue teams in Tasmania were already frantically working this week to save about 270 pilot whales stranded in a harbor. Up to a third of the animals were believed to be already dead, with the clock ticking to save ...

Australian officials are racing to save hundreds of stranded pilot whales. A third have already died

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Marine experts and government officials are racing to save hundreds of pilot whales after a mass stranding in Australia, with dozens of the animals already dead. About 270 pilot whales are stranded in Strahan, a sma...

Hundreds of whales are stranded on a sandbank in Australia

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Hundreds of pilot whales are stranded on a sandbar in Tasmania, an island off the southern coast of Australia. A rescue mission is underway but it is not clear how many of the whales might already be dead, local wil...