Amazon Sells Whale Bacon?

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meat marine animals whales amazon exotic meat JapanEwwwww. And it is, of course, on Amazon's Japan website.

Blue Whales Reappearing Again

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BLUE whales, the world’s largest animals, are reappearing in parts of the oceans where hunting once wiped them out, signalling that they may finally be returning from the brink of extinction. Research also suggests that the Antarctic population of blue whales may now be growing at 6% a year. Tags: blue whales endangered species And here's some good news for today.

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South Korea to Become 4th Nation to Hunt Whales

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This announcement is considered a major blow to the campaign to end global whaling. whales South Korea Japan huntingIt sucks big time.

Palin's War on Beluga Whales

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Salon has a pretty good piece up about Sarah Palin's attempt to deny protection for beluga whales all for the sake of the oil industry. Tags: whales Palin

Whaling Compromises Of Little Use

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The packages, announced by IWC Chairman William Hogarth, would either phase out Japan's scientific whaling programme in the Southern Ocean in exchange for Japan being allowed to take a unspecified number of Minke whales off its own coast in the North Pacific or would allow Japan's scientific whaling programme to continue in the Southern Ocean if it adheres to annual limits set by the IWC's Scientific Committee. They also almost doubled their quota of Minke whales. ".

Killer Whale Kills Trainer at SeaWorld

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A trainer was killed by a killer whale at SeaWorld. Hopefully they won't take this out on the killer whale for acting like a killer whale. Tags: Seaworld killer whales And I don't mean that in a snarky way. It's a tragedy, but these are wild animals.

Whales in danger.

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We recently got an email about the dangers currently being faced by our whale population as a result of a recent proposal to legalize commercial whaling. As whale lovers, and people who hope to one day be able to see them in the wild, we wanted to share this information with you in case you would like to get involved. Thousands of whales die each year from commercial whaling, ship strikes, and habitat disruption. Whales in danger.

Garbage Found in Dead Whale

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A gray whale that died after stranding on a West Seattle beach had a large amount of trash in its stomach, ranging from a pair of sweatpants to a golf ball, said biologists who examined the animal. Scientists with the Cascadia Research Collective said the examination did not immediately determine why the 37-foot near-adult male died, but it was found to be in better nutritional condition than other gray whales that died recently. Tags: seattle whale marine life pollution

Japan's New Government Supports Whaling

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Japan's new center left Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama continues to support Japan's whaling operations. Japan's new government urged Australia on Tuesday to help prevent violent attacks by activists on Japanese whalers as it stood by the country's traditional support for whaling, an official said. Tags: sea shepherd Japan whaling

Labour Urges New Zealand to Support Australia's Call to End Whaling

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We just need to end this useless practice of whaling. Tags: australia whales new zealand whaling I hope they do it.

Right Whale Sighting in the Azores

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A brief story with two subjects I love, whales and the Azores. On 5th January 2009 a North Atlantic right whale (Eubalaena glacialis) was seen 5 miles south of Faial Island in the Azores by biologists from Whale Watch Azores and the University of the Azores (UA). Lisa Steiner of Whale Watch Azores and Monica Silva from UA were guided to the animal by a land based lookout and recorded the animal travelling in a westerly direction for just over an hour.

Sea Shepherd Busts Whale Meat Importer

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Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is just about ready to chalk up a win against a California seafood dealer who imported endangered whale meat from Tokyo and sold it to Califorian restaurants. Today, according to Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, Ginichi Y Ohira was charged in Los Angeles federal court with selling whale meat in violation of the Federal Marine Mammal Protection Act. sea shepherd california whales JapanFrom examiner.com.

Whales Share Some Human Traits, Study Shows

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As the future of whales once more comes under global debate, some scientists say the marine mammals are not only smarter than thought but also share several attributes once claimed as exclusively human. Self-awareness, suffering and a social culture along with high mental abilities are a hallmark of cetaceans, an order grouping more than 80 whales, dolphins and porpoises, say marine biologists. Tags: marine life marine animals whales From the AFP.

An End to Japanese Whaling?

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A major review of Japanese government spending could spell the end to whaling in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary, according to Greenpeace, after the review committee proposed massive cuts in subsidies to a body which funds the so-called scientific research programme. Tags: Japan hunting greenpeace whaling I seriously doubt it, despite the Greenpeace report in Wildlife Extra News. It's too much a matter of international pride. (I

Good News About Blue Whales

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Looks like blue whales may be coming back to Alaska. From the Associated Press: Blue whales are returning to Alaska in search of food and could be re-establishing an old migration route several decades after they were nearly wiped out by commercial whalers, scientists say. The endangered whales, possibly the largest animals ever to live on Earth, have yet to recover from the worldwide slaughter that eliminated 99 percent of their number, according to the American Cetacean Society.

Gruesome Photos of Japanese Whale "Processing"

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Almost One-Third of Japanese Whale Kill Was Pregnant

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Of 679 whales reported to have been killed during the 2008-2009 whale hunt in Antarctica, 304 were female. Four of the female whales were lactating, and 192 were pregnant at the time of death. Tags: whales Japan hunting whaling Leave it to the Japanese. Always classy. From Wildlife Extra. The Japanese government's "Cruise Report" gives gruesome details on the foetuses killed.

Japan Set for Whale Hunt Despite Earthquake and Tsunami

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The ABC reports five crews from the town of Ayukawa have joined the hunt, even though the tsunami destroyed Ayukawa Whaing's storage facility and carried its fleet of three whaling vessels hundreds of metres inland, where they remain. The disaster came shortly after Japan recalled its Antarctic whaling fleet a month early, citing the threat posed by the environmentalist group Sea Shepherd. sea shepherd marine animals whales Japan huntingNothing stops the Japanese whalers!

Beluga Whale Serenade!

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Whales Losing the Will to Live?

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The steeply declining number of whales in the world's oceans is causing the remaining creatures to suffer loneliness and 'lose the will the live', a leading expert has claimed. Tags: norway iceland whales Japan whaling endangered species I came across this British article from 2008. Very disturbing and sad hypotheses, especially in light of the unconscionable actions (or lack of) by CITES recently. From the Daily Mail.

Australian Youth Least Passionate About Ending Whaling

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New Zealand, Australia to Conduct Whale Research Too

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New Zealand and Australia are joining forces to carry out research on whales using non-lethal methods, in an attempt to challenge Japan's hunting programme. Eighteen scientists will set sail for Antarctica next month to study minke, humpback and blue whale populations. They will also be assessing the impact of climate change on the whales. The scientists hope their research will help to disprove Japan's claims that whales have to be killed if they are to be properly studied.

Dead Whale in Washington State Had Golf Ball in Stomach

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oceans whale State of Washington marine life marine animals pollutionIt's just another sign of the garbage we throw into the oceans. There was also some plastic and pieces of rope, but there's no determination of what may have actually killed it. It was not emaciated so it's still a mystery as to whether what it consumed played a factor in its death. Full story here in Washington Post.

National Security or Whale Protection? Supreme Court Says Whales Lose

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Sad Fate for Rare Whale in Olympia, WA

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A severely injured whale off the shores of Olympia has little chance of survival, an expert said Thursday. The animal is either a sei or Bryde's whale, said biologist John Calambokidis with Cascadia Research. The 40-foot whale is suffering from a large, deep gash on its back, probably caused by a collision with a fast-moving boat. State of Washington whales endangered speciesThis is really sad. Full story at mynorthwest.com.

Japanese Whaling Ship Found Guilty of Violating Environmental Agreement

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From Sea Shepherd: The Japanese whaling fleet supply ship Oriental Bluebird has been de-flagged and fined by the Panamanian Registry after being found guilty of: Using the ship for purposes it was not licensed for (i.e. The illegal operations of the Oriental Bluebird underscore the illegality of the entire Japanese whaling fleet. I'm surprised that nobody has ever put pressure on the Panamanians to not register whaling vessels in the first place. Tags: whaling

Orca Whale Article Appears in Salon

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US Considers Removing Humpback Whales from the Endangered Species List

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At Least Five Dead Whales Around Bay Area

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A bountiful crop of krill and busy shipping lanes are to blame for a rash of dead whales that have surfaced around the Bay Area within a few short months, according to scientists. At least five dead whales have been sighted or have washed ashore around the region since late July, not including a male fetus found near its 80-foot-long mother in Pescadero on Oct. Last year's krill population was also large, but it did not bring the same cluster of whale deaths. Really sad.

Palin Now Going After Endangered Whales

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First wolves, then polar bears, now beluga whales. At issue is the population of {the Cook Inlet beluga) whales, which were put under the protections of the Marine Mammal Protection Act eight years ago, which scientists argue hasn't sped their recovery: Palin begs to differ. The State of Alaska has worked cooperatively with the federal government to protect and conserve beluga whales in Cook Inlet," Palin said last week.

Pygmy Whale Befriends Jodie Nelson

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Half way into her journey got some unexpected company, a 30-foot pygmy whale that Jodie nicknamed Larry. Isn’t it great that Larry the pygmy whale helped a great cause?! Pygmy Whale Befriends Jodie Nelson originally appeared on 4 The Love of Animals on April 28, 2010. This is a truly amazing animal encounter!

Killer Whale Vs. Penguin

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This is one kick ass little penguin. H/t to Andrew Sullivan

Sea Shepherd "Escorts" Japanese Whaling Fleet From Sanctuary

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We did not actually expect them to follow our orders to quit the Whale Sanctuary but they have indeed exited and are now running outside the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary.” They have not killed a single whale since February 5th. We intend to turn four whaling free days into weeks.” Or they just decided to leave. “We

Bush Administration Lists Beluga Whale as Endangered, Palin Opposes Move

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Sarah Palin, who I am sure reads the latest science journals when she isn't perusing the latest issue of the Economist, doesn't believe beluga whales are declining. Tags: beluga whale Palin Fortunately, even the Bush Administration thinks they are. Or maybe there isn't enough money in killing off the rest. Either way, I'm glad that even the people that work for the worst president ever recognize that there is a problem.

Whale Wars is Quite the Hit

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We'll be watching episode 2 (season 1) of Whale Wars tonight. They work on whaling issues, rain forests, and a host of other good causes. As I am sure many of you know, it's already on to Season 2. I was kind of wondering how that makes Greenpeace feel (and I say that as someone who thinks they do a lot of good things). I would bet they aren't happy. Here is Paul Watson with his own show just like American Chopper or Mythbusters getting all the publicity he could ever want.

Sea Shepherd Attends Whaling Conference

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This makes for an entertaining read. First up, Paul Watson goes through Portuguese Customs: At one point the officer came into the room and asked if I had ever been in trouble in Portugal and then added, “Something about a Dutch ship about 10 years ago?” Hmmm, I don’t know anything about a Dutch ship 10 years ago,” I answered. A few moments later he returned and said, “Excuse me, did you do anything illegal in the 70’s in Portugal?” “I I don’t think so.

Whale Wars on Animal Planet

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Starts tonight.

Bob Barker Donates $5 Million to Sea Shepherd

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Dutch Whale Denied Freedom; Must Go to Spanish Amusement Park

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Morgan, a 4-year-old killer whale, has lost her bid for freedom Agriculture Secretary Henk Bleker ruled Wednesday that the orca, rescued last year ailing and emaciated from the Wadden Sea off the northern Dutch coast, should be transferred to an amusement park on the Spanish island of Tenerife. Unfortunate, but the court decided she would not survive being returned to the wild. Here's an excerpt from the online Boston Globe.

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