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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...

Thousands of dolphins dying in Solomon Islands hunts

New research published by the Royal Society has revealed that since 1976, over 15000 dolphins have been killed in dolphin drive hunts carried out in the Solomon Islands. Hunting was stopped for a few years but resumed in 2013 when over 1600 dolphin died.

The main species targeted are bottlenose, spotted and spinner dolphins. In the past, some dolphins were caught and then exported to marine parks such as Atlantis the Palm in Dubai. The research also shows that the local price for a dolphin tooth had risen 5 times since 2004, providing a further incentive for the hunts.

There are concerns that local populations of dolphins may be threatened by the hunting, most of which takes place around the island of Malaita.