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.

Go to: https://secure.peta.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=911

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

Two brothers were quietly fishing off the north western coast of Ieland recently when they got a bit of a shock.  Out from the water rose a pair of killer whales, very close to the boat.  The lucky fisherman are Pat and John Cunningham who were trawling for Pollock in their slamm 20ft rowing boat.  They were only half a mile from the shore near to the town of Glencomcille when they had their incredible experience.

“We had come across dolphins earlier… and they were jumping around our boat,” said John (50). But then there was a splash, which I knew straight away wasn’t a dolphin. Then the two killer whales rose from the water. I’ve only ever seen them in the North Sea when I was commercial fishing up there,” John explained.”

Here’s a great video of some Orca Whales captured about a year ago, not very far away.

 

Some of the Whale watching groups in the area have speculated that the pair may have been the same spotted off Mizen Head in Cork on the 11th June and a little later off the coast of Cork.

You can find a full report of the sighting on the Irish Indepent site, plus on the BBC archives and iPlayer site – this link will help outside UK.  There’s frequent whale sightings all across the coasts of Ireland and they seem to be increasing.  A good source of information is on Ireland’s National Broadcaster RTE which often features stories and news reports about whale sightings.  You can only access the International version if you’re based outside Ireland, although you can get the full site using this method – RTE player from UK or USA.

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