marine mammals

Sperm whale found dead with 220 lbs. of trash in stomach

A young sperm whale that died after becoming stranded on a Scottish island last week had a ball of debris weighing roughly 100 kilograms (220 pounds) in its stomach, according to an organization that carried out a postmortem on the animal.

Swimming with Hawaii's charismatic spinner dolphins stirs controversy

On the west coast of Hawaii Island, the sun rises over tall volcanoes and glints off the vast blue Pacific in Honokohau Harbor near Kailua-Kona. Tourists climb aboard waiting boats in the bright morning light, giddy at the prospect of swimming beside the island's famous spinner dolphins.

Deadly virus kills key marine species

Climate change means melting ice and habitat loss for animals in the Arctic. But there's an invisible side effect of warming temperatures and rising tides, and it's killing key marine species.

Paracas: Peru's perfect seaside escape

While tens of thousands of travelers descend on Peru annually to visit well-known attractions such as Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley and Lima, one of the country's most beautiful and interesting spots is virtually ignored by tourists.

Dead whale gives new life to debate over dams in Pacific Northwest

One image was clear -- a dead orca calf being carried across the ocean by its apparently grief-stricken mother. The calf may well have died from malnutrition. The Southern Resident Killer Whales in its pod are facing a critical shortage of their main food source: fat, juicy salmon.

TripAdvisor changes ticket policy for animal attractions

Online travel giant TripAdvisor is making a big change to its policy on animal attractions. The company announced it will no longer sell tickets to or make money from attractions that breed or import captive whales and dolphins.