Scientific whaling is heavily subsidized by taxpayers and returns little in the way of scientific information, a new report says.
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Think globally, act locally. That environmental slogan popular in the eighties is still just as relevant as this author’s visit to Alaska really shows.
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South Korea announced it would begin whaling under the same loophole that allows Japan to continue whaling.
The South Atlantic Whale Sanctuary would have covered most of the Atlantic Ocean south of the equator, from the coast of South America to the coast of Africa. It would have joined with the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary and the Indian Ocean Whale Sanctuary.
The oceans make up about 70% of the Earth and support all life on the planet. There are so many issues of concern with the oceans today – overfishing, pollution, sea level rise – it’s hard to keep it all straight. This infographic packages all that into bite-size pieces.
The BP oil spill may have killed a baby whale, but there are much bigger problems for endangered whales around the world. Japanese, Norwegian and Icelandic whalers have been whaling unsustainably and illegally for years despite an international moratorium on whaling. Rather than address this problem with stronger laws and enforcement, the International Whaling Commission […]
Here is some very surprising and disappointing news. The Chair of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) announced a proposal this week that would endorse the killing of whales, including some endangered species. The proposal would also allow the killing of whales in their number one feeding ground — the Southern Ocean. This would reverse a […]
Two issues close to the hearts of many environmentalists (or even the average person now) — addressing climate change and protecting endangered whales — are now being seen as linked issues. Whales are huge! Blue whales are the largest creatures on Earth. An elephant, the largest animal that lives on land, could stand on a […]
Marine biologists have long been fascinated by whale songs, as scientists still don’t understand their function fully. Blue whales, in particular, have a “lonely song” that travels across entire oceans. Recently, scientists at the University of California, San Diego have noticed blue whale songs are changing as this endangered species population rebounds. Specifically, the pitch […]
Researchers have discovered that Cetacea, long thought to be “the most distinctive and highly specialized orders of mammals” actually exhibit characteristics of “personhood.”Â Like chimpanzees, whales and dolphins exhibit “considerable social complexity and individual distinction.”Â Scientists believe future research will prove Cetacean personhood will approach that of primates.Â Such research gives even more significance to […]
Hunting whales is part of the Japanese culture that comes under heavy criticism from environmentalists. Due to “disruptions by anti-whaling activists,” Japanese whale hunters killed fewer whales during their 2008-2009 Antarctic hunting season. 679 minke whales were killed short of the target of 850.Â Nearly one-third of those whales were pregnant.Â