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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...

Stranded sperm whales die in Australia

A rare mass standing involving seven sperm whales this week remains unexplained.

The whales were discovered on Parara beach on the Yorke Peninsula in South Australia after they found themselves caught in a low tide.

Six of the whales found on the beach were already dead, with another dying later despite efforts to save and refloat the whale.

Samples from the dead whales will now be taken to try to discover why they may have stranded. It is thought that one of the whales could have be ill and the others followed the creature into the shallow waters. They may also have become trapped after following prey close into the shore.

Sperm whales are usually found in deep water where they can dive to great depths as they hunt for prey such as squid.

Find out more about why whales and dolphins strand.