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Swimming with dolphins not a good idea says new research

Scientists in Florida looking at decades of data around interactions between dolphins and people have underlined WDC’s position that swimming with dolphins is not a good idea.

Swimming or interacting with dolphins is increasing in popularity. Unfortunately, most participants in these activities are unaware of the problems surrounding them, and the negative impact on the dolphins involved.

Whale watching tours to resume in Kaikoura

Whale Watch Kaikoura has announced that it will resume whale watching tours on Monday (January 2nd). It was forced to suspend operations in November after an earthquake left the town on New Zealand's South Island cut off and its marina suffered serious damaged. 

One young mans fight against plastic pollution

Ryan is an amazing young man. With hundreds of millions of items of plastic entering circulation every year, and over 80% of it reportedly never recycled, it’s no wonder we have a major plastic pollution issue on our hands. Ryan decided to do something about this from the age of just three. Now aged seven, Ryan has sorted recyclables that have been donated by friends, family, neighbours each week and makes regular trips to the local recycling center in Orange County, California. So far, he has recycled over 200,000 bottles and cans and donated lots of money to charity.

Rare Shepherd's beaked whale strands in New Zealand

A rarely seen Shepherd's beaked whale has died after stranding on a beach in New Zealand. The whale was discovered at Caroline Bay in Timaru on Monday evening. 

Despite the efforts of rescuers the whale could not be saved. It is not the first time a Shepherd's beaked whale has been seen in the area, leading to speculation there might be a population living in nearby waters.

Barcelona to be a dolphinaria free zone

Authorities in Barcelona, Spain have announced that the city is to become a dolphinaria-free city.

Dolphins have been held in captivity for ‘entertainment’ in city facilities for 45 years, but the new announcement bans the building of any new dolphinaria and new homes will be sought for the six dolphins currently held (four in Barcelona zoo and two on loan to Oceanografic in Valencia).

Mystery sound in Mariana trench could be a whale

Scientists from Oregon State University believe whales might be responsible for creating a mysterious sound picked up by acoustic devices in the Mariana Trench.

The 2500km long trench, located in the western Pacific, contains the deepest part of the world's oceans, one point reaching a depth of nearly 11,000 metres (36,000ft).

Chinese plans to capture endangered whales and dolphins off Namibia subside

According to latest reports, the company that owns a trawler linked to the possible capture of whales and dolphins off the coast of Namibia has decided not to pursue these plans, and will leave Namibian waters shortly.

The controversial Chinese trawler, Ryazanovka, had spent recent days refuelling and storing fuel supplies at Walvis Bay’s main port after being named in some reports as the vessel that was to be used to capture and transport live and endangered marine mammals to Chinese aquariums.

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