December 9, 2012
Re "Malibu's great blight whale," Dec. 7 Once again we're reminded of the dangers that large whales face along the West Coast. Whales are forced to dodge ships traveling into port. Many don't make it. Ship strikes are one of the biggest remaining threats to the recovery of whales, and in the last decade they have become all too common. Our busy shipping lanes on the West Coast overlap with important foraging habitat for whales. The federal government, charged with protecting endangered species, needs to impose mandatory speed limits on vessels in whale habitats.
January 26, 2009 |
The U.S. is initiating a closed-door negotiation that could open new areas to whale hunting for the first time in decades, part of an attempt to end a long-standing impasse over whaling limits with Japan, the world's most avid whaling nation. The tentative plan, outlined in documents obtained by the Washington Post, seeks to achieve a breakthrough in the dispute that has raged since the International Whaling Commission voted in 1986 to ban commercial whaling.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 11, 2000
I'm convinced that the U.S. government has lost its collective mind. Forget election 2000. According to "We Need Sound Sensibility on California's Coast" (Commentary, Dec. 6), the U.S. Navy intends to deploy a sonar system described as "one of the loudest man-made sound sources ever deployed" that is "billions of times more intense than the level known to disturb large whales." Oh yeah, and whales are beaching themselves in the Bahamas, caused by a nearby "active" sonar Navy battle group.
February 10, 2008
Re "Navy's sonar challenge is rejected," Feb. 5 A federal judge has not allowed President Bush to trump the Constitution by declaring there is an "emergency" that bypasses her decision to protect whales, and you bury this news with the obits? Any time people and whales prevail against this man's attempt to ignore the law is huge and deserves more attention. That you seem to consider it a small story concerns me. Wasn't the original story in the front section? Why is it no longer as important when Bush loses?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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
December 4, 2013 |
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.
December 20, 1987 |
Training killer whales as dancing partners is a sensitive business, hovering somewhere on the cusp between science and art. Trainers say it takes the eye of a baseball player, the intuitions of a psychoanalyst and, occasionally, the nerves of a fighter pilot. Communication between animal and trainer occurs through a private vocabulary of gestures, posture, a quick sweep of a fin. A sudden leap or a sharp bump might signal affection or aggression.