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If only it didn’t stink. If only it didn’t stink. Don Bradshaw and NTV

What do you do with a whale that won’t explode?

The residents of Trout River in Newfoundland, Canada have a stinking whale of a problem. What to do with the 81-feet-carcass of Balaenoptera musculus on their shore? While such an occurrence is not uncommon…
It’s loud out there! We’re just beginning to understand how our noise affects whales' ears. It’s loud out there! We’re just beginning to understand how our noise affects whales' ears. Sam Scholes

Too much noise in the ocean for whales' sensitive ears

We might only notice whales when they appear in our world, but beyond the scopes of whale watchers, whales and dolphins live rich - and noisy - lives. In fact scientists are only just beginning to understand…
Best served chilled: Antarctic krill (Euphausia superba) Best served chilled: Antarctic krill (Euphausia superba) Uwe Kils/BAS

A view to a krill: warming seas may leave predators hungry

Although it is far from the power stations, roads and flight paths of the populated world, the Southern Ocean is already responding to climate change. Average sea temperatures in some parts have risen…
Australia brings its last case against the Japanese whaling program. Australia brings its last case against the Japanese whaling program. AAP Image

Whaling in the Antarctic: New Zealand intervenes, Australia concludes

Australia had its second (and last) chance this week to argue against Japan’s whaling program in the International Court of Justice (ICJ). But before it did, New Zealand appeared before the Court to provide…
Are whales sacred? That’s what Japan wants to know this week in the International Court of Justice. Are whales sacred? That’s what Japan wants to know this week in the International Court of Justice. Flickr/fugm10

Whaling in the Antarctic: Week 2 – Japan responds

Dispatches from The Hague: Tony Press, CEO of the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre at the University of Tasmania, is in The Hague for four weeks of hearings at the International…
Hearings have opened: is Japan’s whaling scientific, or just hunting? Hearings have opened: is Japan’s whaling scientific, or just hunting? International Court of Justice

Whaling in the Antarctic: Australia v. Japan - week one

Dispatches from The Hague: Tony Press, CEO of the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre at the University of Tasmania, is in The Hague for four weeks of hearings at the International…
Science or slaughter? Science or slaughter? EPA/Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert

On law, science and whales: the case of Australia v Japan

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) meets this week to begin hearing its most prominent case in years. It pits two heavyweights, Australia and Japan, against each other in a legal and political dispute…
People love to be close to whales. People love to be close to whales. AAP

Watching whales makes more economic sense than hunting them

Whales have become a synecdoche for nature in contemporary society’s debate over how to use the resources of the planet. This has only escalated in recent years with the hotting up of debate between Australia…
In 2009, more than 190 whales and dolphins stranded themselves on King Island. In 2009, more than 190 whales and dolphins stranded themselves on King Island. AAP

Explainer: What do we know about why whales strand themselves?

Whales are a highly specialised group of mammals which left their terrestrial ancestors for the ocean about 50 million years ago. They have become so well adapted to the marine environment that they can…
Just how vulnerable and defenceless are whales? Just how vulnerable and defenceless are whales? Flickr/Guarda La

Whaling may be over, but don’t be smug

There are several reasons why Australians should welcome the imminent demise of Japanese whaling in the Southern Ocean. But none of them relate to the triumphal claims recently expressed by the likes of…

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Research Briefs (16)

Noise from shipping stresses whales

Researchers analysed noise levels in Canada’s Bay of Fundy during a period of reduced ship traffic following September 11…

Humpback whale numbers on the rise

The number of humpback whales in the North Pacific Ocean could be higher than previously thought. 2008 estimates placed the…