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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...

Dolphin Hunt Numbers On The Increase

The drive hunt season in Taiji, Japan continues, with over 50 Risso’s dolphins captured in the hunts at the end of January. Reports suggest 1,209 dolphins and small whales have been driven into the cove, the highest numbers in four years.

The numbers captured alive in the hunts and then taken into captivity has increased significantly too. Reports suggest 219 dolphins have been taken alive since the start of the hunting season in October, which is 18 percent of the total number taken in the hunts, more than double the percentage taken alive last year.

Many of the dolphins taken alive in the hunts are sent to aquariums for display to the public in Japan. The remainder exported overseas, mainly to China. Dolphins captured in the drive hunts have recently also been exported the Republic of Korea, the Philippines, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, Ukraine, Egypt and the Republic of Georgia.

WDC continues to work for an end to these brutal hunts.

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