This year has been an excellent start for conservationists and killer whales alike, as one famous pod off the coast of Washington State has so-far welcomed four newborns into the family after more than two years. Now some experts think the endangered animals are seeing a mini baby boom - offering new hope for the struggling species.
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As the five year anniversary of the infamous BP oil spill approaches, a new report has revealed that 20 species of wildlife are still dealing with the damage from the disaster's aftermath, with dolphins dying in high numbers and abnormal fish being born.
Gray whales could soon be the targets of tribal whale hunts as the NOAA currently considers making the practice legal once again.
North Atlantic right whales are a critically endangered species, and so federal officials proposed that they receive 39,655 square miles of critical habitat along the East Coast in order to save them from extinction.
Nearly 200 whales became stranded on a beach in New Zealand on Friday, and time is running out as rescuers try to save them.
The 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon were absolute tragedies, taking the lives of nearly 3,000 innocents that day. However, recent research has revealed that there was a silver lining to that incredibly dark storm cloud. Whales around American waters were reportedly far less stressed after the attacks, and now researchers are explaining why.
Despite their fame as movie stars and entertainers, orca whales were first and foremost known as the "wolves of the sea." After all, they aren't called "killer" whales just for fun. Recently, scientists from the NOAA were reminded of this after coming upon a gruesome scene, where a pod of orcas absolutely decimated their prey until there was little left. Some forensic sleuthing has now revealed just what the victim was, and it came as something of a surprise.
In a stroke of good luck, a group of Canadian beachgoers has caught on camera orcas exhibiting rare beach-rubbing behavior, which still eludes scientists.
The US Navy is seeking permits to deploy sonar-emitting devices off the Pacific Coast, and this is raising concerns among conservationists that it could threaten marine life, according to reports.
New research has revealed that baleen whales, a group that makes up some of the largest animals on Earth, hear their surroundings and one another in a rather unique way. Their bones, it appears, can resonate with low frequencies, capturing sound and directing it to their ears, enabling supersensitive hearing that can stretch for miles.
The NOAA's Southwest Fisheries Science Center has just confirmed that footage taken by members of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society does indeed feature a pod of rare, "Ecotype D" orcas - a type of killer whale never before captured live on film.
Eight sperm whales became mysteriously stranded on the South Australian coast over the weekend, resulting in the death of seven of them - nearly the entire pod. It is thought that this may be the first instance of a mass beaching of the species ever seen in this part of the world.
The corpse of a rarely seen deep-diving whale was recently discovered on the Australian coast.