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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This summer my wife and I went to Victoria British Columbia and one of the things she wanted to do was to go whale watching. I was hesitant because I didn’t want to pay a lot of money and end up seeing nothing, which is possible when you set out to find whales. However, my fear was unfounded as we had a great time and saw lots of whales.

We decided to use the company called Five Star Whales because they had boats where you could sit inside and be shielded from the wind. This turned out to be a good choice as it was a 1 hour high speed ride to and from the whales which would have been freezing cold had we chosen another company with smaller boats where you sit lower and are exposed.

The journey to the whale area was comfortable and the two guides were there to give you all the information you needed. If you are looking for summer good jobs for 18 year olds or college students in Victoria and you have marine wildlife training or knowledge, this type of work could be great if you can get it. It looks fun and it surely is exciting when you get to the whale area.

After the approximate 1 hour ride our boat slowed down to a crawl for the next hour and everyone rushed outside. There were over 30 other boats in the area and all of them were moving slowly with crowds of people on them.

The whales were luckily there that day and the guide told us there were over 50 of them comprising three different families. We watch as they surfaced quickly and went back under. None of them ever jumped fully out of the water but it was still amazing to be that close to real wild whales. We even saw a baby whale traveling on its mother’s back.

While we were in the whale area almost a full hour, it seemed much shorter. Before no time the boat sped up again and retraced its journey back home. It was a beautiful day and we were very fortunate that the weather and the whales all cooperated to make our experience one we will never forget. It was definitely worth the $100 per person we spent for the 3 hour ride.

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