Law enforcement agencies in Russia have conducted searches at the TINRO Centre (the office of the Federal State Budget Scientific Institution) and detained its director, Lev Bocharov.
A scientist has recorded a species of plankton consuming plastic microfibre, showing how the lives of even the smallest creatures in the oceans are being impacted by human waste.
Plankton are a prey of several species of large baleen whales as well as many other creatures. While the impact of larger pieces of plastic on wildlife are more obvious to see, this was the first time Dr Richard Kirby had recorded on film this type of waste being consumed by plankton.
Deaf students in the Dominican Republic have been given the opportunity to ‘hear’ whale song for the first time thanks to an innovative education project.
Using technology developed for music producers in the US, Maria Batlle, founder of Muse Seek (an education enterprise) has enabled students from the National School for the Deaf in Santo Domingo to experience the underwater chorus created during the annual migration of several thousand humpbacks from the northern Gulf of Maine to the Dominican coast.
The US Air Force is considering plans for practise bombing raids off the coast of Hawaii that could have a serious impact on whales and dolphins.
Exploding bombs around the waters of Kauai will place marine mammal species in the region at great risk, disturbing their feeding patterns and interruption their communication underwater.
WDC welcomes the news that the Vancouver Park Board voted unanimously last week to end whale and dolphin captivity at the Vancouver Aquarium. The Aquarium is situated in the city's Stanley Park, which is run by the Park Board.
WDC warmly welcomes the news that there will be no fin whaling in Iceland this summer, saving the lives of up to 184 endangered fin whales. Kristjan Loftsson, CEO of Hvalur hf, Iceland´s sole fin whaling company, made the announcement that no fin whaling will be happening in Icelandic waters for the second year running. The main reasons given are the endless obstacles within Japan relating to imports of whale products, which have particularly frustrated Loftsson, since Japan has long been his main outlet.
According to a documentary shown on Norwegian TV about 90% of minke whales hunted and killed by Norwegian whaling vessels are females and the majority of those are pregnant.
Whale and dolphin captivity giant, SeaWorld has announced that its staff are preparing for what should be the last orca calf to be born into captivity at one of its facilities. The calf is expected to be delivered in the next four to six weeks at SeaWorld San Antonio.
Just under a year ago, Sea World announced that it would end orca breeding but Takara, a 25-year-old orca originally from SeaWorld San Diego, was already pregnant when the announcement was made.
Scientists have recorded video footage of a group of True's beaked whales, one the world's most elusive whales, for the first time.
Norway´s fisheries minister, Per Sandberg has announced that he would like to see more whales killed by Norwegian hunting vessels, and also would like to sell the meat to the EU.