(WHALING) Bethune was given a two-year sentence, suspended for five years, by a Tokyo court. It is expected the 45-year-old New Zealander will be released today after already serving five months in detention in Tokyo while his case was being heard. — Global Animal
(SHARK NEWS) Over the years, Discovery Channel's Shark Week has gained millions of viewers and even stretched across seas. Most tune in for the thrill, but animal activists are worried if this negatively depicts our fish while straying from the terrible reality that humans kill tens of millions of sharks per year. Humans are rarely threatened by sharks, but a lot of the episodes from Shark Week largely focus on the aggressive nature of Great Whites, a type of shark that seldom mistakes humans for seals. While MythBusters does a fantastic job reminding us we are more likely to die from a Black Friday stampede or even a hotdog than from a shark attack, this is just one episode competing amongst 160 other. Read on to learn more about how the series could help sharks by highlighting the dangers we put them through. — Global Animal
(WHALE WARS) VIDEO & PICTURES – Loyal fans found good company on Friday night at a special premiere screening of Whale Wars on the world-famous Santa Monica Pier. Animal Planet, along with Los Angeles Times' lifestyle magazine Brand X, hosted the screening as part of an ongoing series of films to be shown on the pier. Sitting over the water looking out to the ocean, fans agreed that this Whale Wars viewing party was perfect. Where will you be watching the show tonight?
(VIDEO) Japan — Tourists and seemingly, the other dolphins, were shocked when a dolphin propelled himself over the side of his tank. Notice the concerned response of the other dolphins who crowded the edge to watch. It's painful to watch – and safe to say there's a sobering message from these captive creatures with what we pretend are smiles on their faces. — Global Animal
(OCEANS) A bottlenose dolphin recently found himself stuck with a hook and a fishing line in his pectoral fin. Fortunately, the clever mammal knew how to ask for help. The dolphin continued swimming around a group of divers who were on a night swim off Kona on January 11, until they took notice of his condition and helped him. The divers were watching manta rays feeding on plankton when the dolphin started circling around them. Read on to learn more about the amazing story and watch the video of the dolphin rescue. — Global Animal
Tissue samples from whales make it possible to research disease in the giants of the sea, and eventually, find solutions and save lives. Until now, tissue sampling was injurious and invasive. Flying snot, trapped with a toy helicopter, has changed all of that. Sounds more fun, no?
(SHARK CONSERVATION) Shark fishing and finning account for more than 70 million shark deaths per year. People are a threat to sharks, but thanks to conservation efforts around the world, that is changing. Read on to learn more about the efforts being made to save sharks and what countries are leading the charge. — Global Animal
(WHALING) Anti-whaling activist Peter Bethune has been given a two-year prison sentence, suspended for five years, by a Japanese court. — Global Animal