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.

Go to: http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/pacbeat/stories/201111/s3373429.htm

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.

Go to: http://summitcountyvoice.com/2011/11/22/court-rejects-efforts-to-strip-beluga-whale-protections/

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.

Go to: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/3911651.stm

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.

Go to: http://articles.cnn.com/2011-10-26/justice/justice_killer-whale-lawsuit_1_killer-whales-orcinus-sea-world-trainers?_s=PM:JUSTICE

The year 2014 was an excellent one for marine wildlife viewing, and 2015 is apparently starting off using a bang. Visitors and residents happen to be seeing gray whales from coast daily.

Gray whales really are a mottled grey and white, generally with spots and noticeable scars of barnacles. Gray whales do not have a dorsal fin that is prominent, but instead have a knobby hump along the spinal column, which can be seen when they dive and surface.

Gray whales are baleen whales, meaning as human fingernails, the mouth is lined with layers of feel, exactly the same makeup and keratin plates instead of teeth. They’ve nose and a narrow head, and the upper jaw is somewhat longer than the lower. As its huge mouth shuts, mud and the water spill out, while the food is trapped on the baleen plates. A final swipe of the baleen using a 100-pound tongue as well as a swallow finish the meal.

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Conservation efforts have resulted in a species recoil to about 20,000. although the whales were once considered extinct While a smaller population migrates across the shore of eastern Asia many gray whales travel along the West Coast of North America.

All the North American whales spend the summer feeding in the Chukchi and Bering Seas, they move around extensively and could be viewed from Alaska to California, although. Subsequently, they turn around and head north again through May.  There will be media coverage (hopefully) on local news and TV stations, to access online content though from outside the US you’ll need something like a VPN or this Smart DNS solution demonstrated here.

Annually, researchers from the Southwest Fisheries Science Center of NOAA spend March through May at the Piedras Blancas Light Station, watching the northward gray whale migration. In 2014, 431 gray whale calves were counted by researchers.

“That is a very large amount.”

Their mothers s as well as those calves are observable from coast as they finish the last leg of the 3,000-mile southbound journey.

Calm seas and clear skies result in excellent whale watching states. Search for strikes about two thirds of the way to the horizon. Most whales are going in groups that are free, thus try to find others in case you see one setback. The whales are travelling, and you might be in a position to tell they’re headed, when you see to get a brief while. Most are going now, but in two or a month, we ought to have the ability to see them heading north. Those people who live on the shore are lucky to really have a front row seat at this annual event that is amazing. That is cause for celebration!

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