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Over 80 false killer whales die in Florida stranding

More than 80 false killer whales have died after stranding in the Everglades National Park in Florida during the weekend.

Despite the best efforts of local authorities the whales could not be saved in the remote shallow waters with some caught up in mangroves.

There were thought to be a many as 100 whales in the pod, the fate of the remaining creatures is not yet known.

Japanese kill whale in Australian whale sanctuary

Images taken by conservation group, Sea Shepherd appear to indicate that Japanese whale hunters have been slaughtering whales in an Australian whale sanctuary.
The pictures show a dead minke whale on the deck of the whale factory ship, Nisshin Maru, which the vessels crew reportedly tried to cover up when they realised that they were being photographed.

The embarrassing discovery comes shortly after Japan's Prime, Minister Shinzo Abe arrived in Sydney to continue talks on closer defence ties with Australia.

Mystery of orca menopause revealed in new report

Theories around why female orcas, like humans, go through the menopause have now been confirmed, after the release of a report detailing years of study led by Prof Darren Croft from the University of Exeter.

Vet in Solomon Islands to be charged over dolphin exports

A vet and owner of a facility in the Solomon Islands where 27 dolphins were held, has been charged under the country's Fisheries Management Act according to local reports.

The Act prohibits dolphin exports from the country, which before the legislation was enacted, had been a major source of dolphins for the captivity industry.

Dead whale reportedly chopped up as gift for Chinese workers

Disturbing pictures emerging from China seem to show a whale being chopped up outside a company canteen for either dog food, or as a gift to employees from their boss.

The Brydes whale is reported to have been purchased by Risun Solar Energy’s owner for 4,000 yuan (nearly £500) from fishermen in neighbouring, coastal Zhejiang province, and then transport to the premises in Xinyu City, in Jiangxi Province.

A win for critically endangered North Atlantic right whales in the New Year!

WDC welcomes today’s announcement by the US Bureau of Ocean Energy and Management (BOEM) denying six pending permits applications to conduct seismic testing along the mid-Atlantic and Southeast US coastlines.  Just last month, WDC celebrated President Obama’s decision to permanently protection areas in the northeast Atlantic from offshore drilling.  However, WDC remained concerned about the pot

Blogs

A Leader Lost: What's Next for the Southern Resident orcas?

Granny was a living legend, famous at home and across the world; a matriarch and guiding light for critically endangered Southern Resident orcas.  Researchers knew Granny as J2, the leader of the Southern Resident orca community, but she has been missing for months and now, sadly, the Center for Whale Research (CWR) recently announced that

The lights are on but there is nobody at home

The culmination of many months of campaigning to stop British Airways supporting SeaWorld came down to this – me and my colleague, Julia Thoms, standing at the security gate on the perimeter fence of BA’s UK Headquarters near Heathrow on a dark, wet January afternoon.

Tilikum – the Death of a Dark Star

The news, when it finally came, was not a surprise but it still stung. On January 6th, 2017, Sea World announced that Tilikum, the dark star of the 2013 ground-breaking documentary Blackfish, had died. 

What do you wish for whales and dolphins in 2017?

Well 2016, you’ve been eventful. Now, let's face the new year with hope. Bring it on 2017 and we'll each play our part in making good and positive things happen.

So, what do we want from 2017? What do you wish for whales and dolphins in the year ahead?

Men in suits - The Life of Riley, A WDC Shorewatch dog

Like most of the Moray Firth in Scotland, the WDC Shorewatch site at Nairn is stunning. We were enjoying the views over the sandy beach and across 5 miles of sea to the entrance of the Cromarty Firth, hoping to catch a glimpse of the world famous Moray Firth dolphins, or maybe a whale, when 'Baldie man' appeared.