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Japan to redesign Antarctic whale hunt after UN court ruling

In this Tuesday, April 15, 2014 file photo, Japan's Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi speaks during the 26th whale meat tasting event in Tokyo. AP

Japan said Friday it would redesign its controversial “research” whaling mission in the Antarctic after a United Nations’ court ruled it was a commercial hunt masquerading as science.

Posted: April 18th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Stranded melonhead whale in shallow Lubang waters dies

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Rescuers try to usher a stranded melonhead whale to deeper water off a coastal village on Lubang Island. Photo courtesy of Michael Dennis Mendoza

A melonhead whale stranded itself in shallow waters and died after four unsuccessful rescue attempts near the coast of Lubang Island in Occidental Mindoro, a fishery officer said Wednesday.

Posted: August 14th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Whale knocks surfer unconscious in Australia

Surfers at Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/Joel Gene Brinas

A Sydney surfer had a lucky escape on Sunday when he was hit by a whale frolicking off Bondi Beach and knocked unconscious.

Posted: July 7th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Japan Spring whaling haul at record-low

In this Aug. 14, 2008 file photo provided by John Calambokidis, a blue whale is shown near a cargo ship in the Santa Barbara Channel off the California coast. AP FILE PHOTO/Cascadia Research, John Calambokidis

Japanese whalers hunting the mammals in the northwestern Pacific caught a record-low 34 minke whales this Spring, the fisheries agency said Thursday, blaming bad weather.

Posted: June 6th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Anti-whalers say Japanese fleet heading north

In this Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013 photo provided by Marina Lacasse, killer whales surface through a small hole in the ice near Inukjuak, in Northern Quebec. Mayor Peter Inukpuk urged the Canadian government Wednesday to send an icebreaker as soon as possible to crack open the ice and help the pod of about a dozen orcas find open water. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans said it is sending officials to assess the situation. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Marina Lacasse) MANDATORY CREDIT

Militant anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd said Japan’s entire harpoon fleet had left the Antarctic whale sanctuary Saturday and was heading north, suggesting that their annual hunt may have come to an end.

Posted: March 2nd, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Whaling activists: Boats collide near Antarctica

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An activist group says a Japanese whaling boat has collided with two anti-whaling ships and a refueling boat near Antarctica.

Posted: February 20th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Locals say shifting sea ice frees trapped whales

In this Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013 photo provided by Marina Lacasse, killer whales surface through a small hole in the ice near Inukjuak, in Northern Quebec. Mayor Peter Inukpuk urged the Canadian government Wednesday to send an icebreaker as soon as possible to crack open the ice and help the pod of about a dozen orcas find open water. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans said it is sending officials to assess the situation. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Marina Lacasse) MANDATORY CREDIT

About a dozen killer whales trapped under sea ice appeared to be free after the ice shifted, village officials in Canada’s remote north said, while residents who feared they would get stuck elsewhere hired a plane to track them down.

Posted: January 11th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Rare whale beaches in Compostela, dies

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A “super rare” ginkgo-toothed beaked whale (Mesoplodon ginkgodens) beached in Maco, Compostela Valley, on Wednesday but later died due to its failure to digest garbage and other debris it had eaten, a conservationist here said on Saturday.

Posted: December 23rd, 2012 in Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Wounded whale rescued off Lubang Island

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A stranded baby whale is being measured by local authorities on Lubang Island. Photo by Lubang Tourism Office

A wounded whale was rescued twice Wednesday by local residents of Lubang Island in Occidental Mindoro.

Posted: March 14th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Coast Guard, fishermen find dead whale a weighty problem

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The Philippine Coast Guard and fishermen here found a dead whale, literally, a weighty problem. So enormous was the sea mammal that the PCG on Friday asked local officials in Panganiban town, some 56 kilometers from here, to secure a dynamite so that its decomposing remains, found by a village official near the seashore of Barangay Cagradao on Wednesday, could be finally be disposed of.

Posted: March 2nd, 2012 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Whale dies near island in Zambales

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Caretakers of an island in Candelaria, Zambales, found an unknown specie of whale on Saturday but it died early morning Sunday, a report from the provincial government said. The 4.2-meter long whale was first seen by the caretakers of Potipot Island at 1 p.m. on Saturday and drove the mammal away to deeper waters. The [...]

Posted: October 10th, 2011 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Australian boy knocked unconscious by whale’s tail

CANBERRA — A humpback whale has hit a dinghy with its tail off Australia’s coast, knocking a 13-year-old boy unconscious and breaking his collar bone. Drew Hall says he was fishing with his parents in a dinghy off the north coast of New South Wales state on Sunday morning when the whale breached nearby. He [...]

Posted: June 27th, 2011 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Two injured as whale hits boat in Australia

BRISBANE – Two people were injured and their boat suffered extensive damage after it collided with a humpback whale off the Brisbane coast, marine rescue officials said on Monday. The incident happened when a 10-metre (32-foot) marine rescue vessel with four people on board was called out to assist another boat on Sunday evening and [...]

Posted: June 20th, 2011 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

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