New baby orca starts prison sentence

On the 18th September an orca calf was born at Marineland, Niagara Falls, Canada. At the moment the sex is unknown. The mother 'Kiska' is one of 7 orcas (not including the calf) at Marineland. However, the last calf born at Marineland survived only 11 days. The last calf was born to another whale Nootka on May 27th 1998. We will have to wait and see whether the new calf will survive, the first 30 days are crucial.

Keiko adds to Icelandic economy

September 16, 1998

Local Fish Factory Supplies His Food

WESTMAN ISLANDS, Iceland, Posted 9:13 p.m. September 16, 1998 -- It's been a week since Keiko arrived in his new home and many things are different from his former home at the Oregon Coast Aquarium, including how he's fed.

KOIN 6 News reports a fish factory will keep Keiko fed until he's able to hunt for all his food. Oregon's orca is snapping up about 100 pounds of fish a day. That's more than a ton a month. Herring is his favorite food, and he also loves capelin.

Norwegian MP calls for Keiko to be Killed (WDCS headline)

Norwegian MP calls for Keiko to be Killed (WDCS headline)

FREE WILLY should be turned into meatballs according to a Norwegian politician.

STEINAR BASTESEN says spending millions on preparing Keiko for freedom is "a lunatic waste of money".

Oslo rejects plea to sell whale blubber to Iceland

OSLO, Sept 14 (Reuters) - Norway turned down an application to export whale blubber to Iceland on Monday, saying the time was "not quite right" to resume the controversial international trade in whale products.

The Fisheries Ministry said it had rejected an application by Bastesen Fishing Corp AS to export up to 100 tonnes of minke whale blubber to Nordic neighbour Iceland.

Norway resumed commercial whaling in 1993, defying a worldwide moratorium banning the practice. Oslo justifies whaling as part of domestic coastal traditions.

Norway refuses to allow export of whale blubber

14 September 1998: The High North Alliance Web Page today reported that the Norwegian Ministry of Fisheries has refused an application for an export licence of up to 100 tonnes of minke whale blubber from Norway to Iceland.

The High North Alliance goes onto say, 'The export application was submitted by Bastesen Fishing Corp., which partly belongs to Member of Parliament and former chairman of the Whalers' Union, Steinar Bastesen. "I do not accept it," he says to the Norwegian News Agency NTB. Bastesen claims that the Ministry has no legal basis to refuse export.'

Whales not to blame for falling fish stocks!

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Sept 9 (Reuters) - Fish-eating beluga whales appear to be blameless in the recent sockeye salmon disasters that have struck southwestern Alaska's Bristol Bay region, scientists from the National Marine Fisheries Service said.

The scientists found that there has been no dramatic increase in the number of Bristol Bay beluga whales, and there appears to be no correlation between beluga population and harvest failures, contrary to some fishermen's accusations that whale predation has caused two years of poor salmon fishing.

Whale freed from tangled lines

Provincetown, Massachusetts. September 13th

Rescuers, including the Coast Guard were heroes for an endangered right whale who got himself in a tangled mess. The whale became ensnared in some lines and buoys off Provincetown, Massachusetts. The whale was successfully released and headed back out to sea.

Keiko update - Happy in his new home!

This morning the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society received a Keiko update from a colleague representing the Earth Island Insititute who is in Iceland:

"Keiko is here. He's healthy. He's doing fantastic!

By 1:30, Keiko was in the sea pen. The minute he hit the water, he gave a huge splash with his tail and dove to the bottom and swam the whole perimeter of the pen. He explored for about 15 minutes, then came up and started eating immediately.


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