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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...

Norwegian whale slaughter biggest for decades

As the four-month Norwegian whaling season comes to a close, the number of whales slaughtered has reached its highest level since 1993.  Despite a global ban on commercial whaling, whalers in Norway have caught 729 whales and the number could rise further even though demand for the meat is falling in Norway.

Norway sets a self-imposed quota of 1,286 whales it can kill during the season and claims the hunt is for the “protection and sustainable harvesting of marine resources”.