SnotBot

“The SnotBot is a small drone that can hover over a whale and then collect samples of snot, or whale blow [which] can reveal information about the whale’s DNA, metabolism, health, hormones and stress. …
This kind of non-invasive research is in stark contrast to the whale research undertaken by Japan, whose vessels have just left port once again to kill whales so that they can be dissected and supposedly studied for scientific reasons.” http://uk.whales.org/news/2017/06/whale-snot-secrets-revealed-by-flying-robot

Whaling also blows.

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Dolphlirt

“The complex and strange behaviour includes posing with head and tail lifted from the water in what had been described as a banana position. Some males will also balance a sea sponge on their foreheads to attract females.” http://uk.whales.org/news/2017/06/dolphins-pose-and-flirt-to-get-partner

Sponge-bob boomerman.

Blogger Whales

“The depleted designation makes it illegal to import any belugas from this population into the United States for public display … ‘This final decision puts the United States solidly on the high ground in future collaborative efforts to provide additional protections for these beleaguered whales.'” (http://uk.whales.org/news/2016/10/nmfs-designation-of-russian-beluga-whales-depleted-makes-their-import-into-us-illegal)

The US is on shakier ground with the species name.

Freed not breed

“In a statement, SeaWorld said it was disappointed by the conditions attached to the approval of its Blue World expansion, set to open in 2018, which would triple the size of existing killer whale enclosures.
‘Breeding is a natural, fundamental and important part of an animal’s life and depriving a social animal of the right to reproduce is inhumane,’ the park said.” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/oct/09/california-bans-captive-breeding-of-seaworld-killer-whales)

Easy to confuse ‘breeding’ with ‘freedom’.

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Belugared

Georgia “Aquarium had been trying to overturn a US federal decision which initially denied its request to import 18 [beluga] whales captured in Sea of Okhotsk, Russia. … That original refusal to allow a permit has now been upheld and delivers a significant blow to the captivity industry in the US.” (http://uk.whales.org/news/2015/09/us-aquarium-loses-court-battle-to-import-beluga-whales)

Thus leaving the captivity industry looking rather like a blow hole.

Deaf to Death

“In a May 2012 report on sonar use, the navy said acoustic sources and sonar more than 2.5 million times annually exposed marine animals to sounds considered ‘disturbing’, while around 500 times a year marine animals were exposed to sound levels that were considered to result in injury. … Even when stranding does not result, military sonar can cause hearing loss and internal injuries to marine mammals that results in death, even if the animal does not end up on shore.” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/jun/14/stranded-whales-ocean-navy-sonars)

‘National Security’ sounds awfully like ‘Irrational Cruelty’.

Mickey Maui’s

New Zealand’s “Maui’s dolphin population now stands at between 42 and 47 individuals. … Strikingly marked, with a dark, rounded dorsal fin that has been likened to a Mickey Mouse ear, … at the present rate, the dolphins may be extinct in 14 years. … The New Zealand government [is] beginning development of a five-year research plan for the species rather than taking immediate conservation action.” (http://news.mongabay.com/2015/0605-kessler-mauis-dolphin-decline.html)

Preparation, development and authorisation of the five-year research plan is expected to take nine years.