Whales

About 500 pilot whales became beached on a sandbar in what is the largest mass stranding in Australia's history.
A whale filmed playing with a rugby ball is Hvaldimir, the beluga in Norway some speculate escaped from the Russian military.
“Dinner is served,” a researcher said as dozens of octopuses and fish munched on the carcass.
Beachgoers battled to help a pod of pilot whales refloat back into the sea, after coming too close to the shore in the US state of Georgia. Rescuers were able to push six back into deeper waters, but three died.
Scientists and volunteers on the west coast of the US are asking private beach owners to lend their land - so grey whales can decompose there. With a large amount having washed ashore so far this year, experts are calling it an “unusual mortality event”.
Japan has restarted commercial whaling for the first time in 31 years. It is the first commercial hunt since 1988, after commercial whaling was banned by the International Whaling Commission. It still killed several hundred whales each year through a loophole allowing “scientific” whaling expeditions in the Antarctic Ocean. The catch quota for the end of this year is set at 227 whales.
Another dead gray whale has washed up on a San Francisco beach. It's the ninth whale found dead in the Bay Area since March. Researchers say, the 41ft-long adult female was hit by a ship. The Marine Mammal centre said three previous whales died from ship strikes and four from malnutrition. But they suspect warming ocean conditions might also be a factor linked to their deaths.
At least 50 pilot whales died after becoming stranded on a beach in the Chatham Islands, about 800 kilometres east of New Zealand. This is the third stranding of pilot whales in the region in one week.
There are hundreds of whales swimming through the waters close to Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean. Tourists are arriving in droves, keen to swim with them, but some are getting too close for comfort. A mother whale hit a swimmer with her fins when he got too close. Local marine conservationists are trying to educate the visitors on how to enjoy the whales without causing them distress.