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Vancouver Parks bans cetaceans at aquarium

It has been a contentious issue for several years at marine parks around the world.  Protesters have long been saying, whales and porpoises should not be kept in the small pools of such parks, and not be used for entertainment.» 

Animals, Environment, International, Science and Technology

Technology gives new insight into whale behaviour

We know a little about whales, but often have more questions than answers. Traditional observation done by following whales and pods in boats, gives only limited knowledge of behaviour at the surface and may in fact disturb them thereby possibly» 

Animals, Society

Non-profit scouts Canadian coasts for whale sanctuary

A non-profit organization has explored the coast of Nova Scotia in eastern Canada to find a suitable site for a sanctuary for whales, porpoises and dolphins. The Whale Sanctuary Project is looking for a site about the size of 40» 

Animals, Environment, International, Science and Technology

Where have the whales gone, and why?

Researchers tracking the Atlantic Right whale have been somewhat concerned that the whales are not showing up in their usual summer feeding grounds in and around the northeastern US and eastern Canada. They are now using sophisticated technology to try» 

Animals

Whales fight whales, sparing sea lion

A pod of humpback whales fought off some killer (orca) whales trying to eat a sea lion off the western coast of Canada, reports CBC. It’s not clear whether they were trying to save the sea mammal or simply defending» 

Animals, Environment, Science and Technology

The belugas of St Lawrence: serious decline

This week the federal government officially recognized the continuing decline in numbers of the white whales  of the St Lawrence estuary by changing their status. Previously labelled as “threatened” the beluga are now listed in the more worrisome category of» 

Animals, Society

Unusual whale behaviour scares fisherman

Norman Strickland said he “was really, really scared” when five or six orca whales surrounded and bumped his small boat off Canada’s eastern shore on Saturday. The boat is 5.5 metres long and the whales, he estimates, were over four» 

Economy, History, International, Science and Technology, Society

History: June 27, 1854-The Canadian inventor who saved the whales

 Some 160 years ago, whales were being actively slaughtered by the thousands in the quest for things like their baleen, used in women’s garments, and for things like fishing rods, umbrella stays, buggy whips, etc. but especially sought after was» 

Animals, Economy, Environment, Indigenous, International, Politics, Science and Technology

Seismic ocean exploration, U.S. scientists and Canadian Inuit say no!

Controversy continues: ocean seismic tests and effects on marine life In 2011 a consortium of Norwegian oil companies applied for seismic exploration of the seabed off the coast of Canada’s Baffin Island. The cross-hatched area indicates zones to be extplored» 

Animals, Environment, International, Science and Technology

Where are the whales?

They were once legion, but now there are only about 500 left.  Scientists don’t know where the North Atlantic right whales have gone and so have expanded a mobile phone app so citizens can help them locate the huge creatures.»