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Port River dolphins lose two calves

2018 has got off to a sad start for the Port River dolphins in Adelaide with the loss of two calves in recent weeks.

Sparkle lost her 1 year old calf, Ruby and a few days later, Ripple was seen without her new calf, Holly, who was just one week old.

Ruby was known to have a deformed tail stock and an abnormality on her right pectoral fin but had seemed to be coping well while Holly appeared healthy from initial sightings.

WDC receives a record-breaking donation

Our friends at online gaming channel, The Yogscast, have done it again with another record breaking donation to support the work of WDC.

With the help of their generous fans all across the world and support from online games retailer, Humble Bundle, and streaming platform, Twitch, The Yogscast’s 2017 Jingle Jam  Christmas fundraiser raised a total of $5.2m for charity, with a whopping donation of almost $600k being made to WDC to support our vital work keeping whales and dolphins safe and free.

UK supermarket chain makes plastic free packaging pledge

Iceland, the UK’s leading frozen food specialist, is committing to become the first major retailer globally to eliminate plastic packaging from all of its own brand products by the end of 2023. 

Norwegian Fisheries Minister defends controversial whale hunts

Norwegian Fisheries Minister, Per Sandberg, has released a lengthy opinion piece in local media regarding his country’s whaling and the need to support it, exclaiming that “I want to make sure that whaling stays alive!”:  The minister states that 2017 was the worst year for the industry for some time, with fewer vessels participating and fewer whales killed. Sandberg slams a recent EU resolution opposing Norwegian whaling and vows to fight to ensure that whale meat transits through EU waters and ports will continue.

Barnacles used to track humpback whale movements

Researchers in the US have been using an interesting way to map the travel patterns of some humpback whales as they migrate around the globe, to look into how those patterns may have changed over many years, and also at the state of the ocean in the past.

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What prospects for whales, dolphins and porpoises in 2018?

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is the world’s main authority on the conservation status of species. Its ‘Red List of Threatened Species’ – known as ‘The Red List’ - is the most comprehensive inventory we have of species at risk.

Canada needs help to End Captivity

Coming in the wake of recent efforts to end the cruel practice of captivity for whales, dolphins, and porpoises in North America, a bill currently in Canada’s Senate, S-203 (the Ending the Captivity of Whales and Dolphins Act), would phase out captivity of whales, dolphins, and porpoises in the entire country, with the exception of rescue and rehabilitation to return them to the wild.