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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...

SeaWorld's beluga whale calf dies

Weeks after a beluga whale calf died at the Georgia Aquarium, another calf has died having lived for just 3 weeks at SeaWorld San Antonio. It is the second beluga whale death at SeaWorld this year following the loss of an adult male, Nanuq, at its Orlando park in February.

The calf was born one month prematurely and park staff had been supplementing its food in order to help it gain weight. A necropsy will be carried out to determine the cause of death.

This latest beluga whale death once again highlights the failure of marine parks to establish a successful beluga breeding programme. Georgia Aquarium, supported by SeaWorld, are currently involved in efforts to overturn a decision to stop them from importing 18 wild-caught belugas from Russia. WDC is supporting the US authorities to defend their original decision.