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A blue whale breaches the surface. (NOAA)

Study Shows California Blue Whale Population Has Recovered To Pre-Whaling Levels

New research suggests there are as many blue whales living off the coast of California as there were before humans started hunting them to near extinction 110 years ago.

09/06/2014

In this handout photo provided by SeaWorld San Diego, mom and baby killer whale swim together at SeaWorld San Diego's Shamu Stadium February 14, 2013 in San Diego. (Mike Aguilera/SeaWorld San Diego via Getty Images)

Amid SeaWorld Controversy, Researcher Concludes Killer Whale Captivity Is Inappropriate

Since the release of the film, “Blackfish”, SeaWorld has seen a drop in attendance and a plummet of its stock price. One journalist researched killer whales in captivity and has drawn his conclusions in a book.

08/20/2014

A California humpback whale breaches the surface of the water. (NOAA)

Feds Warn Boaters To Stay Away From Whales Off Of Northern California Coast

Marine officials are warning ships, small boats and people on the water to stay well away from federally protected whales that have been spotted feeding close to the San Francisco shoreline.

08/06/2014

Kayakers Karen Hatch and Giancarlo Thomae encountered a humpback whale in Monterey Bay. (Giancarlo Thomae, Sanctuary Cruises)

Boaters Warned To Steer Clear Of Humpback Whales Feeding In Monterey Bay

Boaters on Monterey Bay are being warned to keep their distance from humpback whales and other marine wildlife feeding on shore, according to the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

08/01/2014

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Top 5 American Whale-Watching Tours

You don’t have to travel the world to enjoy fabulous whale watching. Here are five of the best U.S. whale watching tours.

08/01/2014

The fluke of a gray whale emerges from the water. (Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)

Bay Area Boaters Warned To Avoid Migrating Gray Whales

Bay Area boaters are being urged by a federal wildlife agency to watch out for and steer clear of gray whales, which are now beginning their annual migration past the Golden Gate to feeding grounds in the Arctic.

03/06/2014

A California humpback whale breaches the surface of the water. (NOAA)

‘Whale Spotting’ App Seeks To Reduce Ship Strikes Off California Coast

Marine scientists looking for new ways to reduce the number of whales struck and killed off California’s coast by massive commercial ships have turned to a familiar tool: mobile devices.

09/18/2013

Kayakers Karen Hatch and Giancarlo Thomae encountered a humpback whale in Monterey Bay. (Giancarlo Thomae, Sanctuary Cruises)

Kayakers On Monterey Bay Encounter Massive Humpback Whales

A pod of 80,000 pound humpback whales got up close and personal with a group of kayakers on Monterey Bay last week.

08/26/2013

A blue whale breaches the surface. (NOAA)

New California Shipping Lanes Meant To Protect Whales To Take Effect

Large vessels traveling to ports on the California coast will begin using new traffic lanes on Saturday that were developed to protect endangered whales from ship collisions.

05/31/2013

A blue whale breaches the surface. (NOAA)

California Regulators Reject Navy Sonar Training Over Threat To Whales

The California Coastal Commission has rejected a Navy explosives and sonar training program that critics said could harm endangered blue whales and other sea life.

03/08/2013

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