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October 31, 1988
The outpouring of concern for the stranded whales in the Arctic was heartwarming. It shows that many people genuinely value wildlife. How wonderful it would be if our nation could tap this reservoir of compassion, concern and generosity by providing good prenatal care for all mothers and babies in our nation. There is something out of kilter when the richest and most powerful nation in the world consistently ranks highest in infant mortality among the industrialized nations. HELEN W. HARTLEY Pasadena
February 11, 1998
The 27th annual Festival of the Whales begins this weekend and will run for two weeks. Tour boats will head out to sea hourly during the festival, looking for pods of whales passing by Dana Point on their annual migration from Alaska to Baja California. Festival organizers have established a series of Internet links that connect to virtual reality sites, where Web surfers can swim with whales in cyberspace or log onto the most recent cetecean sightings.
December 4, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
Rescuers are trying to help dozens of pilot whales stranded on a beach in a remote area of the Everglades National Park in Florida. The whales, four of whom have already died, were first sighted about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday near Highland Beach. By Wednesday morning at least four boats with 15 people were heading to the beach area where about 10 whales were on shore and more than two dozen whales were stuck in shallow water, park officials told reporters. “This area of the park is probably the most challenging for something like this.
October 31, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
The Peninsula Valdes nature reserve is a remote mix of mud flats, cliffs and stony beaches so rich in wildlife that UNESCO named it a World Heritage Site in 1999. In these waters off the east coast of Argentina, southern right whales thrive and orcas snack on sea lions and baby elephant seals.  Travel outfitter Adventure Life organizes five-day sea kayaking and camping trips that take travelers to see penguins, sea lions, elephant seals and, of course, whales -- up close. The trip starts and ends in Trelew, Argentina, and spends two nights camping at El 39, a beach where southern right whales are studied.
October 28, 2011 | By Cathrine Hamm, Los Angeles Times Travel editor
Sure, the Santa Cruz County Conference & Visitors Council is in the business of promoting its wonders to visitors through words and pictures, but even the most brilliant spin doctor couldn't have arranged the photo above. On Tuesday, during a photo assignment for the council on Monterey Bay, photographer Paul Schraub captured this photo of a couple of humpback whales spy hopping (whale lingo for coming out of the water vertically and checking out the surroundings) next to a kayaker.
November 2, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Sometimes, even bucket-list trips go on sale. Travel company Antarctic Dream is offering half-off an 11-day trip to Antarctica in November and December that features close encounters with humpback whales, leopard seals and orcas on daily Zodiac raft excursions amid blue ice and glaciers. The small-ship expedition begins and ends in Ushuaia, Argentina, then spends two days crossing Drake Passage each way. Stops include Cuverville Island, known as a rookery for Gentoo penguins; Aitcho Island; Neko Bay; Pleanu on Petermann Island; and Deception Island.
December 16, 2013 | By Tony Perry
The Navy's five year-plan to use sonar in training exercises off Southern California and Hawaii was approved Monday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. But several environmental groups, represented by San Francisco-based Earthjustice and anticipating the approval, immediately filed a lawsuit in Hawaii federal court to block the training on grounds that the underwater noise poses an unacceptable threat to marine mammals. NOAA, after a review by its fisheries division, concluded that the promised mitigation measures by the Navy will "minimize effects on marine mammals.
February 3, 2012 | Michael Phillips
The success of last year's "Dolphin Tale" proved this theorem: Imperiled marine animals + true-ish story + workmanlike sincerity + happy ending = a hit. Will the equation hold for director Ken Kwapis' whale movie "Big Miracle"? Well. "Big Miracle" is surprisingly good, though the "surprisingly" part betrays certain low-bar expectations going in. So be it. Kwapis ("He's Just Not That Into You," "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants") exceeds those expectations handily while juggling an ambitious number of characters and agendas — and without demonizing any of them.
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