Posts Tagged ‘North atlantic right whale’
Success! Court stops US government attempt to block whale protection lawsuit
A federal court in the US has dismissed attempts by Joe Biden’s administration to halt a lawsuit against the government filed by WDC and other groups, which seeks to create stronger rules to protect rare North Atlantic right whales from collisions with ships. Together with Defenders of Wildlife, Humane Society of the US, Center for Biological Diversity…Read More
Are right whales ‘whispering’ to avoid predators?
A new study published in the journal Biology Letters, has revealed that North Atlantic right whales alter their calls to their young in order to protect them from predators. Normally right whales use a rising call or ‘whoop’ sound to communicate with each other but, according to the latest research, right whale mothers will ‘whisper’ to…Read More
What would you say to the remaining few North Atlantic right whales?
North Atlantic right whales are on the brink of extinction. Fewer than 450 are left. They never recovered from the intensive hunting of the past and their situation is dire. But it’s only too late to save them when we stop trying. Executive director of WDC North America, Regina Asmutis-Silvia has spent her working (and…Read More
The Winding Way of Whales & Wind Farms
I recently attended a two-day workshop on Long Island on offshore wind development projects. You could say I was “blown away” (I’m a sucker for a good pun) by the number of people involved in the workshop-over 180! While we were primarily focusing on the wind farms planned for development off the coast of New…Read More
Six North Atlantic right whales found dead in a matter of days
Concern for the future of the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale have dramatically increased after six were found dead in recent days in the waters of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, Canada. The first three carcasses were reportedly found drifting between the Magdalen Islands and New Brunswick, on June 6, 18 and 19, with the remaining…Read More
Two endangered north atlantic right whales die in fishing gear
WDC is extremely concerned after two North Atlantic right whales were found dead and a third had to be rescued after getting caught up in fishing gear in recent days. Only around 500 of the endangered creatures survive so to lose two, one of which was just reaching breeding age, is devastating. One of the…Read More
Landmark protections designated for whale habitats thanks to the collaborative efforts of conservationists
Today’s historic announcement by President Obama to create the first Marine National Monument in the Atlantic Ocean is the second time this year when protections for whale habitats on the US east coast have been established. Nearly 5,000 square miles of the newly designated Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument further enhances protections to…Read More
Are North Atlantic right whales headed towards extinction?
Enter your email address: Powered by Feedio A recently released article in the journal Frontiers in Marine Science ‘casts doubt’ on the future existence of critically endangered North Atlantic right whales, a species of which fewer than 500 individuals remain. According to right whale researchers, the calving rate for this beleaguered species has declined by 40% since 2010. Why are fewer calves being born? It appears to…Read More
In-depth study into the whales of New York to begin
A whale population that frequents the waters around New York in the US is to be fully analysed for the first time. Scientists are hoping that new information about this little know population will help protect them. The whales live in, feed and travel through the New York Bight – a stretch of water spanning…Read More
RIP: The tragic loss of a newborn endangered North Atlantic right whale
On May 5, 2016 hundreds of researchers, managers, conservationists, and educators mourned the loss of a critically endangered North Atlantic right whale as word spread that Punctuation’s newborn, less than six months old, was found dead off a Cape Cod beach. The 9th child of an adult female named Punctuation had already been somewhat of…Read More