Thousands of whale images are being combed through by researchers in order to help conserve a calving spot off the coast of Western Australia

Thousands of whale images are being combed through by researchers in order to help conserve a calving spot off the coast of Western Australia

Thousands of whale images are being combed through by researchers in order to help conserve a calving spot off the coast of Western Australia that was severely affected by the whaling industry. The researchers believe Geographe Bay, off the coast of south-west Western Australia, is an important calving ground that needs to be protected, and […]

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New rules could further slow ship speeds to protect right whales

New rules could further slow ship speeds to protect right whales

Federal authorities spent the past few years analyzing rules for the shipping industry and are now close to releasing fresh guidelines to help protect a vanishing species of whale. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has been reviewing the speed regulations it uses to protect North Atlantic right whales, and according to spokesperson Allison Ferreira, […]

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Even slow-moving boats likely to kill endangered right whales in a collision, study finds

Even slow-moving boats likely to kill endangered right whales in a collision, study finds

For North Atlantic right whales, collisions with large cargo vessels are one of the deadliest threats to an endangered population. But new research from Canada has found even under the government’s current maritime speed restrictions, strikes are likely to be fatal. In a new paper published in Marine Mammal Science, biologists found that collisions between […]

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North Atlantic right whales now officially ‘one step from extinction’

North Atlantic right whales now officially ‘one step from extinction’

With their population still struggling to recover from over three centuries of whaling, the North Atlantic right whale is now just “one step from extinction”, according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The IUCN last week moved the whale’s status on their Red List from “endangered” to “critically endangered” – the […]

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