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More important ocean areas for whales and dolphin protection identified

Scientists and observers from many different countries have identified and mapped 36 new Important Marine...

Whale meat fetches record high at Japan auction

Sei whale meat is being sold at a record high in Japan according media reports...

Rescuers find young girl’s body surrounded by dolphins

Reports from South Africa about a tragic drowning off Llandudno beach, Cape Town say that...
The Yushin Maru catcher ship of the Japanese whaling fleet injures a whale with its first harpoon attempt, and takes a further three harpoon shots before finally killing the badly injured fleeing whale. Finally they drowned the mammal beneath the harpooon deck of the ship to kill it.  Southern Ocean.  07.01.2006

Moves to overturn whaling ban rejected

Last week, the 68th meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC, the body that regulates...

New IPhone App May Save Whales?

Northern right whaleA new app for the iPad or iPhone which aims to help vessel collisions with rare right whales off the east coast of the United States has been launched in the hope that an already small population can survive into the future. The Whale Alert app takes information from underwater microphones to locate the whales in real time, which may help mariners in New England waters avoid the remaining whales 500 whales estimated to be left. A GPS feature also alerts ships if they are entering areas where right whales were spotted, or are known to frequent, along their migratory route from Florida to Maine. Those zones have mandatory or voluntary speed restrictions.

WDCS’s US executive director, Regina Asmutis-Silvia said; “The app is a great tool to increase awareness and enable mariners to know when they are within the boundaries of the current speed restricted areas as dictated by the speed rule.  We remain hopeful that, if NOAA is supporting the development of this app, that they will also support the continuation of the speed rule, now scheduled to sunset in December 2013.”

Download the app from the iTunes store.