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Tuesday 3 October 2023 Dublin: 16°C

# whales

This year
Concern mounting for safety of three bottlenose whales who have spent over a week in Bantry Bay
The three Northern bottlenose whales, normally seen in deep seas, arrived into the bay 10 days ago.
45 whales beached in Australia euthanised after efforts to save them failed
The pod of long-finned pilot whales stranded themselves on Tuesday on Cheynes Beach.
More than 50 pilot whales die as nearly 100 are beached in western Australia
The whales were first spotted swimming near the city of Albany in Western Australia yesterday morning.
Taoiseach wants to 'see an end' to whaling and will raise the issue with Icelandic PM
Iceland, Norway, and Japan are the only countries that still hunt whales commercially.
Last year
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
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.
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.
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.
Six bottlenose whales die after mass stranding on Donegal beach
The northern bottlenose whales were found stranded earlier today.
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.
Japan resumes commercial whaling despite extinction fears
The move has drawn widespread criticism.
Russia to release 100 illegally captured whales from 'jail'
Celebrities, including actor Leonardo DiCaprio and TV star Pamela Anderson, had called for their release.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
Two killer whales spotted off the coast of Dublin
The pair were filmed by a crew on board a fishing vessel on Saturday.
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.
Rescuers struggle to save survivors after mass beaching of 135 whales in Australia
There are fears that the carcasses may attract sharks.
Two killer whales spotted off the coast of Kerry
The whales were spotted just off Dingle Bay
Listen to these Orca whales imitate human speech
The whales are able to say simple phrases like ‘hello’ and ‘bye bye’.
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.
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.
Hundreds of whales die after becoming stranded on New Zealand beach
Hope is fading for the around 100 whales still alive on the beach.
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.
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
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?
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.
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.
"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.
An orca washed up on a Waterford beach yesterday
It is the first since 2010.
Guy decides it would be a good idea to surf a whale carcass surrounded by hungry sharks
Get him the Darwin Award.
Whale gently lifts kayakers out of water in incredible video
Whale I never.
Five pilot whales die after pod gets stranded on Donegal beach
The pod of pilot whales have become stranded for a second time today.
Awe-inspiring footage of huge whale and dolphin 'stampede' off California
Also a newborn humpback whale snuggling with its mum.
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…