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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...

A US federal judge has ruled that the US Navy can build a $100 million submarine training range off the coast of Southern Georgia and Northern Florida, despite groups, including WDCS, highlighting the potential impact that such a range could have on the already endangered North Atlantic right whales in the area.

Although North American right whales are protected from commercial whaling, their population has never recovered from past hunts and numbers are now well below 400.

The training range could have  serious implications for their survival especially as its location is so close to the only known calving grounds for these whales. Adult females and their young migrate to the region during the winter months.

The range will place the whales under potential threat from collision with vessels, and increased levels of noise.

WDCS is looking at ways to appeal against this decision.

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