Marine mammals

Do whales have graveyards where they prefer to die?

On the northern tip of New Zealand's South Island, there is a long bar of sand called Farewell Spit. The area is famous, but for an undesirable reason. It's a hotspot of whale strandings

27 February 2015

Scientists Meet to Discuss the Future of Arabian Sea Humpback Whales

Abu Dhabi, 23 February 2015 - The survival of the humpback whale population in the Arabian Sea, the smallest and most endangered humpback whale population in the world, is threatened by human activities, particularly entanglement in fishing nets, shipping and coastal development.

23 February 2015

Evolution 'favours bigger sea creatures'

The animals in the ocean have been getting bigger, on average, since the Cambrian period - and not by chance.

BBC

20 February 2015

Farewell Spit in Neuseeland: 64 von rund 200 gestrandeten Grindwalen gerettet

Fast 200 Grindwale haben sich an die Küste Neuseelands verirrt. Mit der Hilfe von rund 500 Freiwilligen schafften es 64 von ihnen wieder ins Meer - doch die Sorge um sie ist noch nicht vorbei.

16 February 2015

New Zealand rescuers refloat 60 stranded whales

Whales ‘swimming into deep water’ after help from volunteers and conservation staff following mass stranding on Farewell Spit at top of South Island

14 February 2015

Out of the blue, on the edge of the world, killer whales converge to feast

In the first of a series of special reports on extraordinary marine environments under threat, Guardian Australia’s ocean correspondent visits a ‘pinprick’ in the Southern Ocean where, once a year,

13 February 2015

Mass whale stranding in New Zealand kills 24 with more fatalities expected

Almost 200 pilot whales became stuck on Farewell Spit in Golden Bay, prompting nearly 100 volunteers to help refloat them

13 February 2015

CMS Secretariat Statement on the Taiji Drive Hunt

The Secretariat has received a number of messages from around the world expressing concern at the Taiji dolphin drive hunts.

12 February 2015

San Diego: Special polar bear collar helps scientists understand the endangered species

Tatqiq, a 14-year-old polar bear at the San Diego Zoo in California, is helping scientists gain knowledge of her endangered species by simply wearing a specialised collar.

10 February 2015

Kommunikation im Meer: Finnwale hören mit den Schädelknochen

Lärm stört die Kommunikation von Walen, fürchten Forscher. Wie tiefe Töne zum Gehör der Tiere vordringen, war bislang jedoch nur bei einigen Arten bekannt.

02 February 2015