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  SeaWorld takes stand against whale documentary

Should whales be in theme parks?

  Gabriela Cowperthwaite joins MSNBC’s Alex Witt to discuss her documentary, “Blackfish.” Her documentary raises critical questions about whether whales should be held in theme parks and the scope of trauma they suffer from being kept in captivity.

Fisherman save whale trapped in fishing rope

  Two fishermen off the coast of Virginia saw a whale tangled in fishing rope, so they jumped into action and freed the endangered creature.

Whaling ship launching in Conn. after $7M overhaul

It survived countless storms and Confederate raids during the Civil War while taking crews across unchartered oceans in search of whales whose oil lit the world. Full story

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Military Sonar May Hurt Blue Whales

Japan opens world court defense of whaling

Dolphins Get Free Ride from Gray Whale

Icelandic Fin Whale Hunt Resumes, Stirs Debate

Enchanting Whale Songs, Stories of a Changing Arctic

Worst-Ever Right Whale Die-Off Continues to Puzzle

Humpback Whales Learn Hunting Technique from Peers

Antarctic Blue Whales Found With Sound

Meet a One-Eyed, Six-Legged, Flying Whale Chaser

How Whales' Ancestors Left Land Behind

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  Whale knocks surfer unconscious with tail

What looked to be a peaceful encounter between a whale and a surfer took a violent turn when the whale hit the surfer with its massive tail.

  Teen hitches a ride on a whale shark

Florida teen takes a ride on the back of a 50,000 pound whale shark. WBBH's Jim Spiewak reports.

  68-foot-long whale washes onto Washington beach

A dead fin whale measuring 68 feet in length was found beached along the Washington State coast. Researchers think a ship may have hit the animal. KING’s Mitch Pittman reports.

  Orca whale snatches fisherman’s catch in video

Talk about a fish story: One angler has a killer whale of a tale to tell after an orca whale snatched a halibut right off his line for a meal, as captured on video.

  Pygmy sperm whales wash ashore in Florida

A mother pygmy sperm whale and her calf washed ashore in Jupiter, Florida, where rescue teams and NOAA officials were unsuccessful at saving the pair. NBCNews.com's Dara Brown reports.

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File photo of Tillikum, a killer whale at SeaWorld amusement park, performing during the show "Believe" in Orlando
File photo of Tillikum, a killer whale at SeaWorld amusement park, performing during the show "Believe" in Orlando

Tillikum, a killer whale at SeaWorld amusement park, performs during the show "Believe" in Orlando in this September 3, 2009 file photo. The "Blackfish" documentary was originally conceived without a point of view as Gabriela Cowperthwaite set out to answer the question of why a top trainer at SeaWo

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TOPSHOTS-COLOMBIA-WILDLIFE-WHALE-URAMBA BAHIA MALAGA

A Humpback whale jumps to the surface of the Pacific Ocean at the Uramba Bahia Malaga natural park in Colombia, on July 16, 2013. Humpback whales migrate annually from the Antarctic Peninsula to peek into the Colombian Pacific Ocean coast, with an approximate distance of 8,500 km, to give birth and

A beached humpback whale lies on the shore of Santa Rosa fishing town
A beached humpback whale lies on the shore of Santa Rosa fishing town

A beached humpback whale lies on the shore of Santa Rosa fishing town, 17.6 km west of Chiclayo, July 10, 2013. Government scientists will collect samples from the cetacean, that weighs approximately 6 tonnes and stretches around 15 metres long, on Thursday to determine the cause that led it to be