Some unknown terrible person shot a defenseless pilot whale last month, leaving it to swim the Atlantic in agony for weeks before it finally beached itself on the New Jersey shore and died. Authorities are still looking for the shooter. The bullet wound caused a fulminant infection in the whale's jaw that prevented it from eating, so it basically starved to death. This was determined during a necropsy, an autopsy for animals.
Along with sympathy for the poor creature, this debacle aroused an interesting question: How does one autopsy a whale? With four-ton meat hooks, whaling knives and bone saws, actually. Michael Moore, a veterinarian and whale biologist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, does it all the time.
UPDATE: The Sea Shepherd website and various news reports state that the speedboat "Ady Gil" has apparently sunk.
A record-setting stealth boat ended up with a smashed bow during a violent encounter with a Japanese whaling vessel. The stunning collision was captured on film from the Japanese ship, as environmentalists attempted to harass the whaling fleet in Antarctica. A second video taken by the ship Bob Barker shows a different view of the crash.
The cetaceans aren't to blame for declines in fish populations, according to new reports by conservation groups.
By Dawn StoverPosted 06.26.2008 at 6:19 pm 6 Comments
Whalers in Japan, Norway and Iceland claim that whales are eating fish that might otherwise provide food for humans. Killing whales means more fish for people to eat—in fact, it's a matter of food security for developing countries, the argument goes.
A pro-whaling group discovers the green benefits of hunting whales—but do they miss they overarching point?
By Gregory MonePosted 03.04.2008 at 11:49 am 2 Comments
A Norwegian pro-whaling group released a study concluding that farming livestock is worse for the environment than hunting giant whales. The groups argument is that the process of tracking and harpooning the mammals requires less fuel than farming livestock—the boats burn less fuel, and release less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.