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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...

Death Toll Rises in the Faroe Islands

Another hunt (grind) occurred in the Faroes on September 22nd, in Hvalvik on the Island of Streymoy, resulting in the death of 120 pilot whales. This is not the first hunt of the season that has taken place in the bay of Hvalvik. On August 27th, 51 pilot whales were killed there.

The largest hunt of pilot whales occurred on July 30th in Fuglafjordur, Esturoy where an exceptionally large pod of 267 individuals were killed. Another hunt occurred in August and involved the killing of 430 white-sided dolphins in Hvalba, making it the largest single slaughter of dolphins since 1994.

In total, 901 pilot whales have been killed in the 2013 season so far, up from the total number killed in 2012 (713).

Over 3,000 pilot whales have been killed since the beginning of 2010, raising serious human health, animal welfare and conservation concerns. The magnitude of these numbers is staggering when considering the whale and dolphin families lost to these cruel hunts. WDC continues its work to end these horrible hunts through outreach within the Faroes, engagement with authorities, and other positive initiatives.