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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...

Dead orca washes up on Scottish beach

An orca, which could belong to the UK’s only native group or pod of these creatures, has washed up dead on a beach in North Uist, Scotland.

The cause of death has yet to be discovered but pictures of the orca (or killer whale) show no signs of injury from either boat propellers or fishing gear.

A post mortem was recently carried out which will try to establish the cause of death and hopefully identify which population this orca came from. The small group of orcas that are known to live off the west coast of Scotland is under threat and this incident could be a further blow to their future survival.

Reports suggest that there was quite a lot of marine debris in the orca’s stomach such as fish hooks, plastic bags and silage wrap.