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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.
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NATIONAL
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.
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.
OPINION
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
NEWS
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
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