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Tourists pose for selfies with dying baby dolphin...again

Reports from Spain have emerged regarding an incident on a tourist beach in which a baby dolphin died after apparently being removed from the sea by bathers.

The small dolphin, reportedly a female became stranded in shallow waters in Mojacar, southern Spain after losing her mother. Witnesses say that sunbathers passed the baby dolphin around for selfies on the packed tourist beach.

Children were also seen accidentally covering the small creature's blowhole as crowds gathered.

Beluga whale Gia dies at Marineland Canada

Marineland Canada has issued a statement announcing the death of Gia, a beluga whale held in captivity at the park.

The statement says that Gia died suddenly, and that preliminary investigations indicate the cause of death was a twisted small intestine that resulted in a fatal blockage.

Anger as Australian government releases plans to slash marine protection

The Australian government has been criticised for ignoring the public, local communities and scientific advice after announcing draft plans to cut the network of protected sea areas in the region.

The amended ‘Management Plan for the suspended National Marine Park Network’ proposed by the government now contains devastating cutbacks for some of Australia’s best-loved marine treasures, opening the door to destructive commercial fishing and to oil and gas giants.

Cruise ship docks with dead whale on bow

A cruise ship carrying thousands of passengers has arrived at an Alaskan port carrying the carcass of a 6m long humpback whale on its bow.

The Grand Princess, a 290 metre ship pulled into Ketchikan with the whale attached to a submerge part of the bow designed to avoid wave-making. It is not known if the whale, believed to be a juvenile, was alive or dead when the ship struck him or her.

Must do better. Report critical of marine protection in Wales

After a six month inquiry into the management of protect sea areas in Wales, the Welsh government’s Climate Change, Environment & Rural Affairs (CCERA) Committee has today published a report stressing that more needs to be done, and quickly, to protect marine wildlife in the region.

Blogs

WDC Outreach Visits in Welsh Schools

This is a guest blog by WDC long-term volunteer, Pam Styles.  Pam has been helping us run our education pilot project in South Wales.  She has visited a number of schools already and has been impressed by the enthusiasm the children

Talking Whales and Poo to Children

WDC has recently been visiting schools in South Wales helping children learn about whales and dolphins and their ocean homes. Do whales have belly buttons? Can dolphins talk to whales? Do they get stung when they eat jellyfish?  Can a dolphin die if it eats a balloon or bag? Can a baby dolphin drown if it gets tired?