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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...

Launch of new whale watch body in Japan could help end slaughter

WDC has welcomed the launch of a body promoting whale and dolphin watching in Japan which could help the country turn its back on whale and dolphins hunts for good.

Representatives from WDC were present at the first ever meeting of the Japan Whale Dolphin Watching Council in Tokyo, together with whale and dolphin watching operators based in Japan.

Whales and dolphins can actually benefit from responsible watch operators. It is a great defence against hunts as it provides local people with a source of income without having to kill them.

Japanese whale hunting was dealt a blow earlier this year when the United Nation’s International Court of Justice, ordered Tokyo to stop killing whales in the Antarctic.

However, Japanese coastal whale hunts continue and hundreds of dolphins are still killed each year in cruel drive hunts in Taiji, Japan.