Oceanographer Robert Ballard and his team were exploring the Gulf of Mexico for E/V Nautilus, an expedition to map the Galapagos Rift and gain a better understanding of how life develops around hydrothermal vents on the ocean floor.Read more
Oceanographers exploring the sea floor in the Gulf of Mexico when a sperm whale decided to investigate their remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) 1,962 feet below the surface of the ocean.
Until now, it was believed there were two distinct groups of gray whale: the Eastern gray whale (EGW), found along the west coast of North America, and the critically-endangered Western gray whale (WGW), found along the coast of eastern Asia.Read more
The critically endangered Western North Pacific gray whales, one of two distinct groups of gray whale may actually be extinct as scientists track individuals swimming to and from Mexico.
The Japanese Government had submitted a plan named NEWREP-A for a revamped "research whaling" program killing a total of nearly 4,000 whales for review by an Expert Panel of the International Whaling Commission.Read more
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe last year re-committed the country to pursuing Antarctic whaling after the International Court of Justice decision banned the previous program.
Scientists have known that humpback whales have a trick or two when it comes to finding prey at the bottom of the ocean, but how they locate a meal at night with little or no light has remained a mystery.Read more
Whales 'sing' for their supper while mounting joint operations to locate food
The Cetacean Free and Safe Passage resolution outlines the ills of captivity and states that these magnificent beings ought to be protected in their environment, and resolves:Read more
The Cetacean Free and Safe Passage resolution, which was passed by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors last month states that whales and dolphins have the rights “to be free of captivity, and to remain unrestricted in their natural environment.
About 50 baleen whales live in an underwater canyon off the Florida Panhandle, making them the only resident baleen whales in the Gulf of Mexico, have long been classified as Bryde's whales Several other baleen species visit the Gulf, but this grRead more
Genetic testing has identified that small group of whales living off the coast of Florida could be a distinct subspecies of Bryde’s Whale, or they could potentially be a new species altogether.
To better understand where important whale habitat and shipping lanes overlap along the U.S. West Coast, scientists attached satellite tags to 171 whales off the coast of California during summer and early fall from 1993 to 2008.Read more
The endangered blue whale population has been slow to recover since they were protected in the 1960's. Scientists suggest that one reason may be ship strikes that injure or even kill whales.
The Vancouver Park Board has unanimously voted to allow the aquarium be allowed to keep cetaceans in captivity, but ordered an end to the breeding of most whales and dolphins.Read more
Demands stop short of phasing out cetacean program entirely. Two belugas, two Pacific white-sided dolphins and two rescued harbour porpoises currently reside at facility