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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...

Deaths of whales in Patagonia region double

According to reports from Argentina, Southern right whales are dying in record numbers in the Patagonia region.

In 2012, 116 whale deaths were recorded; almost double the number (61) from the previous year and a figure that represents about three per cent of this particular South Atlantic population of just 4000 whales.

As yet, the reason for the increase death rates has not been confirmed, but a reduction in sources of food caused by climate change could be to blame, as could skin infections that can be caused as a result of attacks on the whales by gulls.

Solutions to the problems faced by the species in this region are currently being looked at by representatives from Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and southern Chile as part of a Conservation Management Plan for the Southern right whale.

The plight of these whales will also be discussed at the International Whaling Commission’s Scientific Committee meeting, a gathering of around 200 scientists which is currently taking place in South Korea.