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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...

Puget Sound orcas among most contaminated marine mammals on the planet

Scientist from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in the US have revealed studies that show orcas (killer whales) in the waters around Puget Sound off the northwestern U.S. coast are among the most contaminated marine mammals, with pollutants particularly high in the youngest whales.

This particular population of killer whales numbered more than 140 many years ago but was reduced by half in the 1970s when dozens of them were captured live to be displayed at marine parks and aquariums across the US. Since the 1990s the population has dropped by 20% with only 80 orcas now remaining.

In addition to pollution, a fall in salmon numbers, on which the orcas prey, is another major threat to the whales along with noise pollution and disturbance caused by increased boat traffic in the area.

Male orca