Despite the recent sighting, the center clarified that the North Atlantic right whales are still critically endangered. The center encourages boaters to travel under 10 knots to avoid fatal collision.
Japan continues to hunt minke whales annually in the name of science.
One of Moby Dick's inspirations – the true to life sinking of the Nantucket ship Essex in 1820 – is a story that’s steeped in horrific events like starvation, cannibalism and the crew slowly driven mad by their tragic circumstances.
Following a ruling by the International Court of Justice in 2014, saying that Japan had unlawfully claimed to be doing scientific research while whaling in the Antarctic, Japan's government recently announced that the country will resume whaling in Antarctica.
Scientists from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution have made the first-ever field observations of Omura's whales, which occured off the coast of Madagascar. This study sheds light on the rare species' behavior and habitat preferences.
Gray whales could soon be the targets of tribal whale hunts as the NOAA currently considers making the practice legal once again.
Japan announced Tuesday that it plans to cut its annual whaling quota in the Antarctic by two-thirds in a bid to convince international opponents that this practice is for scientific purposes.
Countries will clash over Japan's controversial whaling program after announcing its intention to continue hunting in the Antarctic next year, despite a ruling by the top UN court.
Whale hunts in the name of "scientific research" will resume in 2015, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced Monday at a press conference - a declaration that is in direct opposition to a ruling from the UN's International Court of Justice (ICJ) earlier this year.