Stop the Bloody Whale Slaughter on the Faroe Islands

On a group of islands just north of Europe, the traditional bloody whale and dolphin slaughter takes place every year. The Faroe Islands are a part of Denmark, where whaling is banned, but they have laws that are independent of Denmark's laws, so they are allowed to continue with this mass execution. Year after year, thousands of pilot whales, beaked whales and dolphins are chased into the bay by boats, where they are slaughtered.

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Whale tourists need realistic expectations

Tourists who visit Tonga's northern Vava'u island to swim with whales need to have realistic expectations about what will happen.

That's according to underwater photographer Tony Wu, who visits the island regularly to document the way humpback whales use the area to breed.

He says he managed to count 48 whale calves born in Port of Refuge harbour this last season, which is a lot.

But Mr Wu says the Tongan whale watching industry needs to make sure not to promise tourists that the whales will come close to them or touch them.

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Court rejects efforts to strip beluga whale protections

A federal judge this week rejected an attempt by Alaska to strip Cook Inlet beluga whales of Endangered Species Act protections. Last spring, the National Marine Fisheries Service designated critical habitat for the whales despite state’s lawsuit.

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End comes closer for whaling ban

The opponents of whaling fear a return to commercial hunting is virtually inevitable within the next few years.

Conservation groups at the annual meeting of the International Whaling Commission believe the 1986 whaling moratorium cannot last much longer.

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PETA lawsuit alleges SeaWorld enslaves killer whales

Can killer whales sue SeaWorld for enslavement?

A lawsuit filed Wednesday by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and other "next friends" of five SeaWorld killer whales takes that novel legal approach.

The 20-page complaint asks the U.S. District Court in Southern California to declare that the five whales -- Tilikum, Katina, Corky, Kasatka, and Ulises -- are being held in slavery or involuntary servitude in violation of the 13th Amendment.

A PETA statement said the lawsuit is the first of its kind in contending that constitutional protections against slavery are not limited to humans.

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A pod of pilot whales, seen off the Essex shore in shallow waters, has swum back to deeper waters with one discovered dead on mudflats.  Forty whales were seen in the shallow channels among the Blackwater Estuary sandbanks on Tuesday.


A juvenile female was discovered dead in the mudflats, in line with the British Divers Marine Life Rescue.  There were anxieties the whales could become beached on sandbanks when pilot were seen about a mile between Brightlingsea and Jaywick.

Essex Wildlife Trust said the creatures appeared “distressed and disorientated”.

A police chopper was utilized to help manage the operation to support the whales to reform and head for deeper water and to keep other boats away.   There are numerous organisations and of course media operations following the developments.  Probably the best way to keep up to date and watch media streams is through the various web sites – you might need to use a proxy like these from outside the UK.
“There definitely was a threat of two groups beaching on the sandbanks, but we moved them away from danger.”
“The [living] whales are in deeper water, but not far out, and two groups are not showing signals of confusion.
“They’re feeding on herring, which they haven’t been doing, so it reveals they’re doing something natural.   “The pod only must go farther out and then they will be all right, however they were seen near Osea Island this morning, so they could enter shallow waters again.”

A post mortem assessment in the juvenile that is dead is supposed to be carried out by the Zoological Society of London.  The pod was seen off the Norfolk and Suffolk shore last week and at the weekend near Kent.

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There was a very sad end to the story of the whale that got washed up on a beach in Cornwall.  It happened at Carylon bay and the 65 foot long fin whale got stranded.  There was a crowd of about 300 people but thankfully they were cordoned off so as to limit th stress on the poor creature.

An attempt was made to rescue the animal by the British Divers Marine Life Rescue team however after examining the whale it was determined that it was already to sick to be saved.  It was simply too ill to be refloated and any attempt would have simply caused the animal further distress.  The animal was incredibly undernourished and an extremely high breathing rate which means it was extremely ill.

The poor thing also had a gash on it’s belly, an eye injury to add to it’s woes of being stranded on an outgoing tide.  The whale was so ill it would have been crueler to put the whale back at sea anyway.  Fortunately the whale passed on fairly quickly although it was clearly in a distressed state.  There’s lots more information on whales and some wonderful documentaries more uplifting than this sad tale on the BBC website.  If you are outside the United Kingdom you can use this technique to help watch all the programmes.  It’s perfectly straight forward and just involved hiding your real IP address so that you don’t get blocked.

There are some more clips on YouTube and various media archives


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