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Vaquita. Photo Thomas Jefferson

Scientific Committee gives first ever official species extinction warning

Photo: Thomas Jefferson We have welcomed the urgent call by experts to protect the vaquita...
blue whale

Whale fossil from Peru may have been heavier than blue whale

Scientists examining the bones of a 39 million-year-old ancient whale have concluded that it may...
Humpback whale © Christopher Swann

Humpback whales breach in synchronisation

Humpback whales are renowned for their incredible acrobatic displays, but a family in the USA...
Long-finned pilot whale

Unusual activity witnessed before pilot whale stranding

Just days after a pod of long-finned pilot whales stranded on an island in the...

Four whales die in mass stranding off Irish coast

Local people continue to monitor the waters around Falcarragh, Co Donegal in Ireland following a mass stranding incident yesterday involving a pod of pilot whales. Nine of the whales managed to return back into open water but, despite help from over 100 local people, four of the whales died. Eyewitness reports state that one of the pilot whales appeared to be ill, which may have led to the other whales then getting into difficulty. Long-finned pilot whales  are amongst those whale species known to regularly mass live strand around the world. They live in very tightly socially knit schools which works well out in the deep seas. In shallow conditions, however, this same life strategy gets them into trouble and, as they try to help each other, they may all come ashore.

Update:
Reports (July 10) now state that up to eight whales have now died following this stranding incident.