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Japanese whaling ship catches a whale in the Southern Ocean.

Biologist Roger Payne heard about the stranded porpoise one night in 1964, while listening to a local radio station as he worked in a lab at Tufts University. Wanting to see for himself, he drove to nearby Revere Beach, north of Boston, and found the animal’s body. The porpoise had been mutilated...

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by Karen Lange

Whales are awe-inspiring giants of the sea.

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Illustration showing how right whales get entangled in the fishing lines of lobster ctraps.

Flying back and forth over Cape Cod Bay, a survey plane spotted a half dozen of the world’s rarest creatures: North Atlantic right whales. Such sightings are good news. The species hovers near extinction—by one estimate, fewer than 360 remain. Each time researchers locate a whale, they take pictures...

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By Karen E. Lange

WASHINGTON — Following media speculation last week, the Government of Japan has now confirmed that it is leaving the International Whaling Commission. It will cease whaling in the Southern Ocean but continue its whaling program in the North Pacific. By walking out of the IWC, Japan is leaving the...

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Wildlife and animal-protection groups submitted recommendations (PDF) today urging Canada’s fishery management agency to continue and expand protections for critically imperiled North Atlantic right whales. Following an unprecedented 12 right whale deaths in Canadian waters in 2017, Fisheries and...

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WASHINGTON—Conservation groups filed a rulemaking petition today seeking additional ship-speed limits along the Atlantic coast to protect critically endangered North Atlantic right whales. In June a baby right whale was found dead off the coast of New Jersey, with propeller wounds across his head...

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Conservation and animal-protection groups today sought action by the United States and Canada to prevent painful, deadly entanglements in fishing gear that threaten the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale. In letters to Canadian officials and the U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service...

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The Center for Biological Diversity, Defenders of Wildlife, Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC)

The public display industry keeps many species of marine mammals captive in concrete tanks, especially whales and dolphins. The Humane Society of the United States believes that these animals are best seen in their natural coastal and ocean environments instead of being held captive simply to...

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A federal judge ruled yesterday that the National Marine Fisheries Service’s authorization and management of the American lobster fishery violates the federal Endangered Species Act. The court held that the agency failed to protect critically endangered North Atlantic right whales and that its...

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WASHINGTON - With approximately 400 North Atlantic right whales remaining, and eight found dead this summer, time is running out for the species. The greatest threat to right whales is entanglement in the ropes associated with commercial lobster and crab traps in the U.S. and Canada. The National...

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As a result of a successful lawsuit by several environmental and animal organizations, a federal judge today ordered federal fishery managers to issue a new rule for critically endangered North Atlantic right whales no later than May 31, 2021. The Center for Biological Diversity, Conservation Law...

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Conservation and animal-protection groups today sued the National Marine Fisheries Service for failing to prevent critically endangered North Atlantic right whales from becoming ensnared by lobster trap lines and other commercial fishing gear.

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In a letter to President Obama dated March 31, 2016, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment and the Humane Society of the United States called for an end to Japan’s commercial whaling and urged the U.S. federal government to take additional steps to address this critical issue. “During the last several...

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This editorial originally appeared in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on November 14, 2005. The Georgia Aquarium will have its grand opening on November 23. Highlights include two whale sharks, the only exhibit of this species in North America, and its newest acquisitions, five beluga whales, two...

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Naomi A Rose, PhD
Fire flies in summer in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

You’re out for a walk in the woods. You turn a bend in the trail, and there stands a majestic deer. Or maybe there’s a bobcat, disappearing into the thicket. When it comes to these unexpected animal sightings, even the briefest moments are awe-inspiring. That’s why wildlife-watching vacations are so...

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Ruthanne Johnson

Together, we are making the ocean safer for those who call it home.

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The federal government has proposed a rule to help address longstanding threats to North Atlantic right whales, including death and serious injury from ship strikes and entanglement in commercial fishing gear. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued a proposed rule to revise and...

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Two more critically endangered North Atlantic right whales were confirmed dead in Canadian waters yesterday, bringing the death toll to four for 2019. While it is unclear what the cause of death for these four animals is, the two leading causes of deaths for North Atlantic right whales continues to...

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Today, the National Marine Fisheries Service released details of their final plan to reduce the number of North Atlantic right whales who become entangled in the heavy ropes used in commercial lobster and crab fishing gear. Only approximately 360 right whales remain in the ocean, due in large part...

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MASSACHUSETTS - As Massachusetts legislators prepare to hear testimony on September 10 for a bill to prohibit the sale of ivory and rhino horn, results from an undercover investigation by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and Humane Society International (HSI) highlight the unregulated...

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