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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...

River dolphin killed by poachers in India

A rare Ganges river dolphin (also known as the South Asian river dolphin or susu) has reportedly been killed by poachers in a canal in Uttar Pradesh, India.

The poachers removed the dolphin and took it back to their village. Local authorities have subsequently arrested one person in connection with the incident.

The Ganges river dolphin is facing numerous threats to its future survival, such as habitat destruction, entanglement in fishing gear and pollution. The deliberate hunting of dolphins has reduced in recent years but they are still taken because of the value of their oil in traditional medicines, as bait, and for food.

The current population has dropped to around 4,000 across its home range in the major river systems of India, Nepal, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

River dolphins are amongst the most endangered of all dolphin species. The baiji, found in the Yangtze River in China, was declared extinct during the early part of this century, while the Amazon River dolphin is also under threat, as highlighted in WDC’s recent campaign to stop the illegal hunting of these dolphins in Brazil.