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

There are a couple of areas which are popular for whale watching. In regards to whale watching tours, orcas are frequently considered the chief attraction. You’re going to be presented with a lot of choice for your own whale watching experience. When you happen across whales, you may generally tell when they’re friendly, when they’re busy feeding or travelling. There is a wide array of whale watching operations around. Hydrophone-equipped to follow the absolute most vocal whales on earth.

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This year we’ll celebrate 16 years of viewing wild mammals inside their normal habitat. It’s the 2nd biggest whale within the world 2nd only to the Blue Whale. Whale watching season varies based on species. If you use snorkelling gear, you’ll be able enough to fulfill these amazing creatures in their own normal habitat. Known for its rugged beauty, it’s also a great place for viewing pilot whales within the summer. In addition, There are various special birding binoculars which are especially utilized to observe birds.

The greatest mammal on earth. Bryde’s Whale is among the more unusual species that’s seen easily in a few areas. Based on the province you’re located in there are quite a few excellent locations where famous birds could be spotted. Although one boat isn’t likely to cause major disturbance simply by watching whales, repeated violations of the whale watching guidelines will probably lead to substantial disturbance of cetaceans. There is a lot of environmental news and information of course available on the internet, including on the BBC website – use a VPN and you can even catch the BBC World News streaming.

If you’re an adventure enthusiast, then you certainly can’t miss an opportunity to do a little bit of skiing, river rafting and also as taking a stroll down picturesque streets. Summer is the greatest time to visit New Brunswick since it offers you the chance to not just watch whales but likewise the other Canadian marine animals together with the community wild life like birds and seals. Vancouver has plenty of other regional inhabitants that could provide an enjoyable alternative! Our aim on our tours will be to observe whales and marine life responsibly inside their natural environment and also to share that experience alongside you. At $45 to $60 per person-with important discounts for kids and family groups-whale watching is among the most inexpensive adventures around.

The endangered northern right whale may be the huge draw here. It’s home to a big population of Orca’s also referred to as killer whales. Up to 19 species are recorded here. This helps provide an abundance of statistical information for future together with present bird watchers.

Churchill is the top place on the planet to find belugas. In the event that you also want to watch birds you ought ton’t miss this fantastic opportunity to discover the famous Bald Eagle. Belugas are extremely social and make a large selection of sounds.

Most summer days we also understand where to discover Minke whales. We think this is the greatest place on the planet to view the incredible Orcas (Killer Whales)! On the opposite phase of the island it really is orcas that are the major attraction. Read on to learn when the various species inhabit Canadian waters. By abiding By the Be Whale Wise Guidelines you’re helping to diminish the impact of your own vessel on marine mammals.

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Whale watching is an excellent solution. Next whale watching spread through the country like wild fire. Various places are for seeing many distinct species, excellent hot spots.

Whales in these areas can change considerably in size. You might see a substantially smaller Harbor Porpoise or substantial Blue Whales.

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Whale watching most typically happens up and down the East coast. Throughout the mating seasons, Brazil has plenty . Southern Right Whales may be watched in the coast.  It’s easy to keep up with the movements with lots of specialized web sites available online, especially in places like the USA and linked from the BBC in the UK.  To access the BBC iPlayer application from the USA, this may help.

The whale watching season in new England starts through the month in the mid springtime. It’s also a typical event to determine the North Atlantic Right Whale feeding in seaports in cities, like nyc.

The west shore of the usa as well as Canada have extraordinary whale watching throughout the spring as well as summer. The most effective places in these states are the San Juan Islands, British Columbia, as well as Alaska. The most familiar species of whale in these types of regions are the Orca. The Farallon Islands offer Gray Whales, Humpback Whales, and Blue Whales. Baja California Sur have greatly populated whale breeding grounds within their lagoons. These breeding grounds are their habitat throughout the months of March and February. Tadoussac in the state of Quebec offers substantial amounts of Beluga Whales. In the Bay of Fundy, Humpback whales can usually be observed in the maritmes.

Dvao Gulf, over thirty species, in the Philippines may be found. There isn’t any certain whale watching season, although the summer is usually the most effective time to whale watch in the Philippines. In Hervey Bay, Queensland, Australia the Southern Humpback whale is often found through August to the finish of November. Additionally Sydney, Eden, Port Stephens, Byron Bay are exceptional areas during May

Whale Watching is an experience that’s informative and interesting at the same time. Go whale watching now and create memories that’ll endure for an eternity.

John Jenkins

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The whales have been putting on a significant show as people flocked to observe them which was causing major traffic congestion.
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For a nation that still hunts whales in the late spring as well as summer, it was interesting to see how Norwegians stayed fascinated by the huge creatures, and appeared to value them as whale watchers are around the planet. Authorities needed to send patrols out to the street along the Kaldfjord, to clear up the congestion from motorists attempting to monitor the whales and shoot pictures.

The whales began arriving in the place two weeks ago and they were still soaring from the water and making huge bellyflops over the weekend. The whales were anticipated to carry on to feed in the herring for a while longer before heading back out to sea that was open and continuing their journey.

There are a number of TV stations and media sites who are on there way to the location.  Particularly some of the companies who have a reputation of nature programs like National geographic and the BBC. To access these broadcast you might need to change your IP address slightly for instance for the BBC iPlayer you’ll need some sort of British proxy

For other locations and to pick up even more documentaries and Whale related information it’s worth investing in a tool to switch your IP address at will.

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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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Exciting news for Scottish Whale watchers, as a report on the BBC news site is stating a large group of whales has been spotted by the Firth of Forth.  The total number is unclear but it is estimated around 15 and experts say that they are likely to be Sperm whales.  The pictures of the whales where taken from the sky but it is possible to identify them from the tail flukes, their dorsal fins and the distinctive plumes of spray the Sperm whales demonstrate.

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The first sighting was on Thursday last week, when they were spotted near the Isle of Fidra only about a mile offshore from the mainland.  From this point they moved direction and headed towards Fife.  The idenitification was made by members of the Scottish Natural Heritage who had the knowledge to positively identify the breed.

It is very rare to see sperm whales in that area of Scotland and to see such a large pod travelling together even more unusual.  You occasionally see single whales and indeed last year one was beached at Canty Bay last year.  They are normally found in much deeper waters as one of their main foods is squid.

The pod where also spotted very near the Scottish Seabird centre and is a great iillustration of the wildlife that can be found around the coast of Scotland. If you want to keep up to date with news on Scottish Whales then the BBC News and Wildlife website is probably one of your best options.  Some of the news reports and nature programmes will not be accessible outside the United Kingdom though unless you invest in a proxy server – like this site – http://www.uktv-online.com/ or watch this video about accessing Iplayer online.

There is an important initiative been started now in Scotland by Sea Watch, who are embarking on a survey of whales and dolphins off the North coast.  They are particularly concerned about the area where extensive offshore energy installations are to be sites.

 

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There have been lots of sightings of Whales over the last month in Oregon.  There have even be some sightings of the usually rarer humpback whales recorded by some of the officials from the Whale Watch Centre.

The increase is probably due to the calm and sunny conditions recently.  Firstly you are able to see the whales more easily, particularly due to the smaller waves size.  The calm is also good for the Whales too, calm conditions are much better for plankton and other food to grow much more quickly.

The numbers are really quite impressive, in fact on September 20th – ten whales were spotted.  Nearly every day through September at least 5 per day were spotted.

So how do you go about watching these whales.  Well the best places to see them are from promontories with lighthouses.  Try Neahkahnie Mountain up on the North Coast or Yaquine head on the central coast. Remember that the number of sightings can vary enormously with the seasons.  Also the type of whale will vary with the seasons too, one of the best times is through the end of March when lots of sightings are usually made.

It’s a very good time to see the Grays which migrate towards the end of March and they travel in large groups which makes them easier to spot.  Also the 14 foot blow helps spot them too.  If you want to get more information on whales further afield then check out the environmental and nature site on the BBC website.  You might need to use this technique to get access – http://www.proxyusa.com/bbciplayerabroad2012 which demonstrates how to use the website.

More great footage on YouTube and CTV – Try this

 

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