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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...

WDC supports innovative tool for dolphin research in South America

WDC has played a key role in supporting the development of a new acoustic tool that will be used to find out more about one of South America’s rarest species – the Franciscana dolphin.

Working closely with colleagues from other organizations such as Fundacion Cethus, who WDC has funded for many years, the project focused on the dolphins found in the Rio Negro estuary in Patagonia, Argentina.

As well as the research being carried out, education and outreach in local schools and communities, as well as the involvement of whale-watch operators, has helped towards establishing a regional protected area for the dolphins.

The new acoustic tool is able to identify the echolocation clicks of the dolphins and differentiate between adults and calves for the first time. The hope is that it will now be used by other Franciscana researchers to help build an estimate of the dolphin population across its range, providing vital information for those involved in efforts to help with its future conservation.

Find out more about the Franciscana acoustic tool (free for researchers to use).

WDC is at the forefront of innovative non-invasive whale and dolphin research. Find out more about our Bharathi Viswanathan annual award or make a donation to help support our work.