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The International Whaling Commission banned the hunting of blue whales in 1966. Photo credit: Wall Street OTC

California Blue Whales Make A Splash

(OCEAN CONSERVATION/WHALES) CALIFORNIA — California’s blue whale numbers are as high as they were before whale hunting became more common throughout the 20th Century, according to a recent study. The region’s blue whale population may have faced extinction if precautions were not taken to protect the endangered species. But thanks to strict monitoring, blue whales have made a grand recovery. Read on to learn about the great success story of California’s blue whales. — Global Animal

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Steve-o, an animal rights activist, poses in front of the SeaWorld freeway sign Photo credit: Discoversd.com

Steve-O Says, “SeaWorld Sucks”

(CELEBRITIES/SEAWORLD) The SeaWorld culprit is out! Steve-O, best known for his appearance on the MTV show and film series, Jackass, released a video on Wednesday of himself changing the SeaWorld exit sign on the San Diego Freeway. Steve-O changed the lettering of the sign from “SeaWorld Next Exit,” to “SeaWorld Sucks.” Although he completed the […]

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PETA is calling for orca whales to be placed in large-scale ocean sanctuaries. Photo Credit: Chris Gotshall/AP Photo

Bigger Tanks Do Not Mean Better Homes For SeaWorld Whales

(SEAWORLD/WHALES/CAPTIVE ORCAS) In response to the criticism SeaWorld received after the release of the documentary film, Blackfish, SeaWorld San Diego announced its plans to expand the park’s orca whale enclosures. The new orca environment will double in its size— spanning 50 feet deep and 350 feet in length. However, animal activists argue that enlarging the orca enclosures will do very little to improve orca health. When not in captivity, orca whales enjoy swimming as deep as 1,000 feet into the ocean. Therefore, an enclosure that is merely 50 feet deep would still not provide the whales with a proper environment. Read on to learn about why these intelligent creatures deserve lives free from captivity. — Global Animal

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Blue whales encounter ships in the Gulf of California. Photo credit: Robert Harding

Ships Strike Whale Populations

(OCEANS/BLUE WHALES) CALIFORNIA — Blue whales are sadly facing threats to their population numbers once again. Blue whales commonly swim in waters, or “hot spots,” off of the coasts of Los Angeles and San Francisco—areas that intersect with busy United States shipping lanes.

Whales are hit by large commercial ships that overlap with whale “hot spots,” resulting in fatal accidents. With the blue whale population currently at numbers as low as 2,500, even the death of a single whale is critical. Experts in the field are hopeful that new satellite tracking data will help minimize crashes between whales and ships in the area, however, rerouting the ship traffic away from the whales would pose numerous challenges. Read on to learn more about protecting the blue whale population. — Global Animal

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Misleading Animal Names (GALLERY)

(ANIMAL NAMES) While some animal species are humorously named after celebrities such as Beyonce, George Bush, and Star Wars character Yoda, other animal names seem to make no sense at all. I wonder if the scientists who named these animals were just trying to pull our legs… — Global Animal

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The whale habitat will expand by over 45,000 square miles. Photo credit: NewBedfordGuide.com

Endangered Whale Population In Deep Water?

(OCEANS/WHALES) In a recent lawsuit against the National Marine Fisheries Service, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) seeks to vastly expand the protected habitat of North Atlantic right whales. North Atlantic right whales are currently the world’s most endangered large whales and are in major threat of extinction. Expanding the whale habitat to include nursery, breeding, and feeding areas would profoundly improve the preservation of this species. After repeated efforts from scientists and animal activists to expand the whale habitat, the National Marine Fisheries Service continues to neglect their duty to protect these at-risk creatures. Right whales will continue to live in an unsafe and harmful environment until their habitat is properly managed. Read on to learn more about the Humane Society’s lawsuit against the National Marine Fisheries Service, and how activists are working to save the endangered whale population. — Global Animal

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Australia’s Whale Of A Plan Proves Deadly

(WHALES/SHARKS) Adding insult to injury, authorities in Western Australia contemplated using dead whales to catch and kill great white sharks under their controversial shark culling policy. If the plan had been carried out, Western Australia would have essentially used a protected species to kill another protected species. While such a plan should not be a surprise to anyone who has kept up with Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s environmental policy, it does raise eyebrows considering Australia brought Japan to court over its whaling operation. Read below to find out more about this whale of a plan. — Global Animal

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The concert will feature performers Heart, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts among others. (CELEBRITIES/WHALES)

Celebrate Earth Day With Orca Concert’s Killer Lineup

 

(CELEBRITY ACTIVISM/OCEAN CONSERVATION) This Earth Day, why not celebrate with famous artists at the Kiss the Sky! Orca Freedom Concert?The concert will feature musical guests Heart, Graham Nash and Jami Sieber, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Arielle, Country Joe McDonald, and Andrew Morse. The event will also be emceed by Norman B. — Global Animal

 

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