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Blue whale filmed feeding on krill off New Zealand

Rare footage of a blue whale hoovering up a ball of krill has been taken in the Southern Ocean off the coast of New Zealand. Researchers from the Hatfield Marine Science Center at Oregon State University recorded the whale twisting its body to lunge feed on the tiny prey.

IMMA workshop for the South Pacific held in Samoa

From the 27-31 March 2017, in Apia, Samoa, the IUCN Marine Mammal Protected Areas Task Force invited 23 marine mammal researchers and other experts from 14 Pacific countries for the second Important Marine Mammal Area (IMMA) workshop. This follows the successful first IMMA workshop in the Mediterranean in Oct. 2016 sponsored by the MAVA Foundation.

Three rare whale species photographed together

A researcher taking part in aerial surveys around Cape Cod Bay has captured a very unusual photograph of three rare whales together.

While two of the species, a North Atlantic right whale and sei whale, are found in these waters, the third member of the image, a bowhead whale, is not usually seen in the area. It is probably the first time all three species have been recorded in a photo together.

SeaWorld launches ‘educational’ dolphin shows

Twenty four hours after the final ‘old style’ Blue Horizons captive dolphin show finished at SeaWorld Orlando, the company’s new ‘more educational’ Dolphin Days show has begun.  But SeaWorld’s attempt to align its brand with the growing public uneasiness with whale and dolphin captivity has left many questioning how different the shows are in reality.

Oil pipeline leaks into home of endangered beluga whales

An oil pipeline has leaked into the home waters of one of the most endangered populations of beluga whales.

Alaska's Cook Inlet population, near Anchorage, is thought to number around 340 individuals. They were listed as endangered by the US federal government in 2008 and over 3,000 square miles of their home was protected as critical habitat in 2011. Once thought to number as many as 1300 whales, the population declined dramatically by nearly 50% in the mid-90s.

Trapped dolphins saved from thick ice in Canada

Five dolphins have been saved by local residents in on a Newfoundland island in Canada after they became stuck in a thick ice pack.

Despite terrible weather conditions the five, believed to be white-beaked dolphins were removed from the ice and relocated in open water in a small bay nearby.

Around 25 people were involved in the rescue effort, venturing out onto the ice off Bell Island and using a tarpaulin stretcher to release the dolphins into the ice-free inlet.

Two aquaria in Japan ignore dolphin hunt ban

The controversial sale of dolphins caught in the cruel Taiji Cove drive hunts in Japan has led two aquariums to cancel their memberships with the Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums (JAZA).

In 2015, the Association decided to forbid members from taking dolphins captured alive in the brutal hunt. As a result, the two aquariums (Enoshima Aquarium in Fujisawa and Shimonoseki Marine Science Museum in Kaikyokan) have cancelled their JAZA membership.

Success for WDC campaign. Thomas Cook the latest to drop tours to captive dolphin parks

Travel industry giant, Thomas Cook has announced that it is dropping tours to some captive dolphin theme parks in the wake of growing public feeling against the use of whales and dolphins for entertainment.

In its own report, Thomas Cook (the UK’s second largest travel company) found many facilities broke UK travel association ABTA’s guidelines and badly treated the dolphins held in small tanks.

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