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Monday 6 February 2023 Dublin: 1°C

# whales

Last year
# Stranded
Rescue efforts underway as 230 whales beached in Tasmania
The pod appears to be pilot whales and at least half are presumed to still be alive.
World’s whales facing increasing threats along migration ‘superhighways’
WWF calls for action to protect the blue corridors through the oceans used by the marine mammals
All time
# tasmania
Lone whale rescued from among hundreds of carcasses in Australia's worst mass beaching
The country’s largest-ever mass stranding saw around 470 pilot whales become stuck in Tasmania.
# tasmania
70 whales rescued from Australia's worst mass beaching as 380 carcasses to be removed
Another 20 whales could potentially still be saved today and vets are considering euthanising another four.
# Australia
200 more whales found on Australian coast with death toll from mass stranding expected to rise
It the largest mass stranding ever recorded in the island state of Tasmania.
# Rosnowlagh Beach
Six bottlenose whales die after mass stranding on Donegal beach
The northern bottlenose whales were found stranded earlier today.
# blasket islands
20 years on, first two humpback whales recorded by Irish group are still swimming together
They were first spotted off the coast of Cork in 1999.
# 30-year ban
Japan resumes commercial whaling despite extinction fears
The move has drawn widespread criticism.
# Sea of Okhotsk
Russia to release 100 illegally captured whales from 'jail'
Celebrities, including actor Leonardo DiCaprio and TV star Pamela Anderson, had called for their release.
# Retirement
Two 'showbiz' whales from Shanghai aquarium moved to sanctuary in Iceland
The whales, Little White and Little Grey, were sold to Changfeng Ocean World aquarium some 10 years ago.
# deep cover
Beluga whale found in Norwegian waters 'may have been trained by Russian navy'
The whale was wearing a harness bearing the words “Equipment of St. Petersburg”.
# streedagh strand
Activists say latest case of whale washing ashore on west coast of Ireland is a 'concern'
A local councillor in Sligo said appropriate measures will be taken to investigate the matter and remove the whale.
# hunting
Japan is going to start hunting whales for commercial purposes again
The International Whaling Commission, established in 1946 to conserve and manage the world’s whale and cetacean population, introduced a moratorium on commercial whaling in 1986.
# observe programme
Leatherback turtle and beluga whale spotted in Irish waters
Over the course of two years the obSERVE Programme, a government initiative, collected data through two projects.
# Rockabill
Two killer whales spotted off the coast of Dublin
The pair were filmed by a crew on board a fishing vessel on Saturday.
# washed up
Tánaiste orders Department to assist with investigation into beaked whale deaths
Since the beginning of August, a minimum of 19 Cuvier’s beaked whales washed up dead on the Irish coast.
Deep Atlantic: 'If you can’t stand up, what's the difference between two and two thousand metres'
Ireland’s Deep Atlantic sees underwater cameraman Ken O’Sullivan embark on a series of voyages out into the open North Atlantic in search of large whales, sharks and cold water coral reefs.
# Perth
Rescuers struggle to save survivors after mass beaching of 135 whales in Australia
There are fears that the carcasses may attract sharks.
# Dingle
Two killer whales spotted off the coast of Kerry
The whales were spotted just off Dingle Bay
# Imitation games
Listen to these Orca whales imitate human speech
The whales are able to say simple phrases like ‘hello’ and ‘bye bye’.
# record number
56 dolphins and whales have washed up on Irish beaches so far this year
This is the highest number at this stage of the year since records began.
# Survivors
New Zealand beached whale crisis 'over' say rescuers
Many volunteers gathered on the shoreline broke down in tears on hearing the latest strandings appeared to be over.
# golden bay
Hundreds of whales die after becoming stranded on New Zealand beach
Hope is fading for the around 100 whales still alive on the beach.
# blackfish
SeaWorld to phase out killer whale shows as protests grow
SeaWorld has seen attendance go down in recent years – in part as a result of revelations in the 2013 documentary Blackfish.
# well hello there
Incredible drone footage shows paddle-boarder meeting up with two friendly whales
The footage was taken by a drone enthusiast off the south coast of Australia
# Clifden
PHOTOS: Irish Air Corps spot whales off Galway coast
Not a bad day at the office.
Column: Do we really need another pet, or are we running out of wild animals?
‘Dusty’ the dolphin has been in the headlines again this summer. But what makes a dolphin ‘solitary’ – and how do we manage them?
# Beached
Three whales washed up on a Kerry beach and one may not survive
Two were safely re-floated, but a third looks unlikely to survive, the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group says.
# food science
Japan is going to have one more go at proving its whale kills are scientific
The highest court of the UN ruled in March of last year that the research was a fig leaf for commercial hunting.
# time running out
"We're trying to keep the rest alive": 100 whales die on New Zealand beach
There are fears that another 90 whales will suffer the same fate.
# Stranded
An orca washed up on a Waterford beach yesterday
It is the first since 2010.
# Idiot
Guy decides it would be a good idea to surf a whale carcass surrounded by hungry sharks
Get him the Darwin Award.
# whale tale
Whale gently lifts kayakers out of water in incredible video
Whale I never.
# Beached
Five pilot whales die after pod gets stranded on Donegal beach
The pod of pilot whales have become stranded for a second time today.
# majestic
Awe-inspiring footage of huge whale and dolphin 'stampede' off California
Also a newborn humpback whale snuggling with its mum.
# hook head
Your baby dolphin making the most of the Wexford winter sunshine pics of the day
The southeast coast is the place to be for whale and dolphin watchers at this time of year…
# whales
Sonar mapping for oil killed Madagascar whales: study
One hundred whales died suddenly off the coast of Madagascar in May 2008.
# north of disko
Irish adventurers return from Arctic with stunning photos, mild sea-sickness
The eleven person team – ranging in age from their early 20s to early 60s – are back on dry land after an epic voyage to Greenland and a turbulent return sea journey that “put manners on everybody”…
# swim away!
Diver has luckiest escape ever after whale almost eats him
We’re going to need a bigger… everything.
# whalemail
This is definitely the most embarrassing voicemail you'll hear today
When the whale voice comes in you may lose it.