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Majestic fin whales

Icelandic whalers kill first fin whales in four years

As feared, whale hunters in Iceland have slaughtered at least two fin whales, the first...
Humpback whale underwater

Humpback whale rescued from shark net in Australia

A humpback whale and her calf have managed to escape after becoming entangled in a...
Humpback whales in Alaska

Pumps and conveyor belts. How could more whales help save us?

We are excited to announce backing for two ground-breaking research projects to assess the little...
Amazon River dolphin (Boto)

River dolphins observed playing with anaconda

Researchers in Bolivia recorded an unusual interaction between local rivers dolphins and an anaconda snake...

Coral Sea Marine Reserve Announced By Australian Government

Thanks, in part, to WDCS supporter action, the Australian government has finally announced a national network of marine reserves that has significantly increased the amount of protection offered to important habitat and migration areas for whales and dolphins in the region.
 
The jewel in the crown is the Coral Sea Marine Reserve and the 450,000 submissions to the government from the public, including a sizable number from WDCS supporters helped influence the decision. Your action also helped improve the level of protection, including extra sanctuary protection for key reefs, the creation of significant no-fishing zones and a total exclusion of oil and gas activities in the 500,000km² Reserve!
 
However, there is work to be done. While the network extends around the continent’s coastline, there are still some serious gaps in protection for whales and dolphins which need to be addressed in the final period of consultation over the next three months. Crucial blue whale feeding grounds off Kangaroo Island in South Australia have been offered minimal protection, while already being exposed to the threats of oil exploration.

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