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Dead sperm whale in The Wash, East Anglia, England. © CSIP-ZSL.

What have dead whales ever done for us?

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Risso's dolphin © Andy Knight

We’re getting to know Risso’s dolphins in Scotland so we can protect them

Citizen scientists in Scotland are helping us better understand Risso's dolphins by sending us their...
Pilot whales pooing © Christopher Swann

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Fin whales are targeted by Icelandic whalers

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Why do whales and dolphins strand on beaches?

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A spinner dolphin leaping © Andrew Sutton/Eco2

Head in a spin – my incredible spinner dolphin encounter

Sri Lanka is home to at least 30 species of whales and dolphins, from the...
Sperm whale (physeter macrocephalus) Gulf of California. The tail of a sperm whale.

To protect whales, we must stop ignoring the high seas

Almost two-thirds of the ocean, or 95% of the habitable space on Earth, are sloshing...
WDC team at UN Ocean conference

Give the ocean a chance – our message from the UN Ocean Conference

I'm looking out over the River Tejo in Lisbon, Portugal, reflecting on the astounding resilience...

Dolphin intentionally harpooned in Croatia.

During regular surveys, researchers from Blue World (a Croatian ngo) were shocked and saddened to encounter a bottlenose dolphin with a spear gun harpoon sticking out of its back. The dolphin is known to them as Bojan, first sighted back in 2004 and resighted 55 times since then. 

Croatia is one of the few countries in the world that have taken the step of banning dolphinariums and their own wild population of bottlenose dolphins are protected by law (intentionally injuring one brings heavy fines) but unfortunately this is the not the first time that this behaviour has been reported. In recent years, a dolphin was harpooned and killed in a similar way, probably while bow riding.

Anyone with any information (on either who is responsible or sightings of Bojan) is asked to contact Blue World staff via phone (051 604666), fax (051 604668) or e-mail ([email protected]) so that they can respond and hopefully help Bojan in time.