Whales

Two Dozen Pilot Whales Die After Tragic Beaching

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 17.05.2016 | UK

Two dozen pilot whales have died after becoming beached in Mexico, despite hours of desperate rescue efforts by residents and the military. The 24 wha...

Wild Whale Encounters - Not a Tank in Sight

Catherine Capon | Posted 24.03.2016 | UK
Catherine Capon

By Catherine Capon The news that SeaWorld is ending their orca breeding program implies that hopefully whales in captivity will soon be a thing of t...

A Whale Of A Problem

Frontier | Posted 03.03.2016 | UK
Frontier

Already some of the most endangered species, whales have, in recent years, seemed to come up against two more frequent threats which are slowly but su...

What the Whales Are Trying to Tell Us: Strandings - What They Mean and How to Respond

Mark Simmonds OBE | Posted 19.02.2016 | UK
Mark Simmonds OBE

There are few more distressing sights than the body of a dying whale being rolled around in powerful surf. Sadly, in the last few weeks, we have witnessed just this as a number of magnificent sperm whales have stranded on North Sea coasts. Not surprisingly, questions are being asked about why this happened, and also whether we could have helped them.

Lucky Whale Evades Death After 'Thrashing' In Shallow Waters Off Norfolk Coast

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 09.02.2016 | UK

The search to find a stranded whale "thrashing" in shallow waters off the Norfolk coast has been called off. On Tuesday, rescuers launched an opera...

Beached Norfolk Whale Dies After Unsuccessful Rescue Attempt

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 04.02.2016 | UK

The whale found stranded on a Norfolk beach has died, rescuers have confirmed. The British Divers Marine Life Rescue said the giant mammal died at ...

Why Do Whales Strand?

Steve Backshall | Posted 03.02.2016 | UK
Steve Backshall

The recent beaching of sperm whales on our east coast, and simultaneously in Europe, has once again called attention to undersea soundscapes. Sperm whales are very special creatures, possibly more dependent on acoustics, and more sensitive to it than any other animal in the sea.

Beached Whales Cut Up And Taken To Landfill During Removal

The Huffington Post UK | Eve Hartley | Posted 28.01.2016 | UK

The carcasses of the three dead sperm whales have been removed from the beach at Skegness, and have been taken to landfill sites around the country. ...

Now Someone Is Accused Of 'Cutting Teeth' From Dead Skegness Whale

Huffington Post UK | Eve Hartley | Posted 26.01.2016 | UK

People are being warned to stay away from five dead sperm whales that have washed up on Skegness beach after pictures appeared to show a man trying to...

Reflecting on Significant Events for Animals, and What 2016 Holds...

Philip Mansbridge | Posted 12.01.2016 | UK
Philip Mansbridge

It's a New Year, and it's always at this time that people like me get all pensive - thinking about the year just gone and the year ahead. Although many will be thinking of a host of resolutions and changes, new jobs, new diet and the like, for me and many like me my thoughts always relate to animals...

What? Japan Has Decided to Resume Whaling in Antarctica

Mark Simmonds OBE | Posted 02.12.2015 | UK
Mark Simmonds OBE

Today Japan's whaling boats have taken to the high seas of the Southern Ocean to resume their kill of Antarctic minke whales after a pause of only one year.

Four Days of Hell

Sharon Bull | Posted 24.11.2015 | UK
Sharon Bull

So many times I have seen where charities, groups and movements fighting the same cause, wanting identical results refuse to pull together through differing opinions, politics and egos, but sadly, no matter what the issue, unless we can unite for what we are fighting for, world leaders and governments will always have the upper hand.

Why Whales Are Not Monsters

Mark Simmonds OBE | Posted 23.11.2015 | UK
Mark Simmonds OBE

Together with 11 other conservation and welfare organisations, HSI recently launched a petition urging the UK government to do just this. If you care about the whales and you are a UK citizen or live in the UK, please sign and share the petition to get your voice heard.

SeaWorld To End Orca Shows, But Activists Say 'Don't Be Fooled' By The Move

The Huffington Post UK | Eve Hartley | Posted 21.12.2015 | UK

Animal rights activists are calling for further measures to shut down remaining orca shows at SeaWorld parks after the company announced that its cont...

Five Dead After Whale-Watching Boat Capsizes Off Canada

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 27.10.2015 | UK

Update: Five Britons Confirmed Dead In Whale-Watching Boat Tragedy At least five people have died after a whale-watching boat carrying 27 passenger...

A Huge Dead Whale Washed Up On A Beach In Kent

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 14.10.2015 | UK

A 36ft dead minke whale washed up on a Kent beach on Wednesday. The huge carcass was discovered in Botany Bay, on the seafront at Foreness Point in...

Beautiful Video Footage Of Whales Swimming Under The Northern Lights

The Huffington Post UK | Eve Hartley | Posted 09.10.2015 | UK

A cameraman has captured the awe-inspiring scenes of the Northern Lights, twinned with a group of ocean giants swimming beneath. Feeding humpback ...

Drone Captures Beautiful Footage Of Whales Dwarfing Paddle Boarder

The Huffington Post UK | Eve Hartley | Posted 07.10.2015 | UK

A filmmaker has captured mesmerising footage showing the sheer scale of whales compared to humans in Esperance, Western Australia. Jaimen Hudson, ...

Bringing Big Blue Home

Steve Backshall | Posted 06.09.2015 | UK
Steve Backshall

The undoubted highlight of my recent summer filming whales in California for the BBC, was the moment we captured a blue whale live on camera for the very first time... If we want humpbacks lunge feeding and breaching off our coast, we need their food fish back in huge quantities, and that will only happen with protection; which ultimately benefits EVERYONE, including fishermen and fish eaters... So what can we as Brits do, to make our blue spaces better places? Here's my top suggestions.

Travel Eye: Why the WILD Side of New Zealand Should Be on Your Travel List

Karen Edwards | Posted 21.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Karen Edwards

At New Zealand's southern most point in the Catlins region, the Arctic winds have started to pick up. As temperatures plummet from the 23 to four degrees, I find myself on a beach, looking out for the rare and endemic Yellow-Eyed penguin.

Touching Moment Whale Surfaces So Fisherman Can Remove Stuck Plastic Bag

The Huffington Post UK | Eve Hartley | Posted 13.08.2015 | UK

A whale entangled in plastic shopping bags and fishing line has been saved after swimming up to a fishing boat in an apparent call for help. Luck...

This Is Why You Shouldn't Use A Selfie Stick Next To A Massive Whale

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 18.05.2015 | UK Tech

Nobody really likes selfie sticks. They're being banned in museums, art galleries and even sports grounds. Well it turns out that the animal ki...

Travel Eye: Whale-Watching in Eco-Friendly Kaikoura, New Zealand

Karen Edwards | Posted 23.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Karen Edwards

It's not only sperm whales that are found in Kaikoura's waters. Other species include Blue, Minke, Southern Right, Beaked and Pygmy Sperm whales. Vicky tells us about their migrating cycles, the way they feed and bring up young. I'm genuinely bowled over by how much the team know.

A Compassionate Voice

Sharon Bull | Posted 05.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sharon Bull

I lost my job as a top sales executive with a British brand leader, my company car, wardrobe of designer clothes and shoes, credit cards, my home and consequently my self-respect, because I placed all this material stuff above everything else.

Whaling: Japan Asks the Questions!

Mark Simmonds OBE | Posted 19.04.2015 | UK
Mark Simmonds OBE

Japan should note that the commitment of those peoples and nations that see no place for whaling for profit in the modern world remains strong and, if anything, the current Japanese inquisition will be causing them to sharpen up their arguments and resolve against commercial whaling.