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In-depth study into the whales of New York to begin

A whale population that frequents the waters around New York in the US is to be fully analysed for the first time. Scientists are hoping that new information about this little know population will help protect them.

The whales live in, feed and travel through the New York Bight – a stretch of water spanning New York to New Jersey and have to navigate one of the busiest shipping areas in the world.

Ancient sperm whale found in landfill site

Remains of an ancient, fossilized sperm whale have been found in a landfill site in the US.

Parts of the skull, a jawbone, a flipper and 18 teeth from the whale were uncovered at the site in Orange County, and are thought to be 10 to 12 million years old.

Back then, the landfill site would have been submerged under an ancient warm ocean that the whale (measuring around 40 feet) would have been swimming through.

Opposition continues to Arizona dolphin facility

Concern continues to grow over the construction of a new captive dolphin facility in the Arizona desert, Dolphinaris, that is due to open in September.

In a region renowned for its extreme summer heat, the plan to open the facility, which will hold up to 12 dolphins and offer swim-with interactions, has received widespread criticism, including from many people who live in the local town of Scottsdale who are opposed to the marine park.

Rescuers attempt to disentangle blue whale

A rescue team attempted to removed fishing gear from around a blue whale on Monday. According to local reports, the whale, thought to be around 80ft long, appeared to be tired when spotted by a local whale-watching company off Dana Point in California.

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