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Dead sperm whale in The Wash, East Anglia, England. © CSIP-ZSL.

What have dead whales ever done for us?

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Risso's dolphin © Andy Knight

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Citizen scientists in Scotland are helping us better understand Risso's dolphins by sending us their...
Pilot whales pooing © Christopher Swann

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Fin whales are targeted by Icelandic whalers

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Why do whales and dolphins strand on beaches?

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A spinner dolphin leaping © Andrew Sutton/Eco2

Head in a spin – my incredible spinner dolphin encounter

Sri Lanka is home to at least 30 species of whales and dolphins, from the...
Sperm whale (physeter macrocephalus) Gulf of California. The tail of a sperm whale.

To protect whales, we must stop ignoring the high seas

Almost two-thirds of the ocean, or 95% of the habitable space on Earth, are sloshing...
WDC team at UN Ocean conference

Give the ocean a chance – our message from the UN Ocean Conference

I'm looking out over the River Tejo in Lisbon, Portugal, reflecting on the astounding resilience...

Icelandic whale watch community rallies to assist entangled humpback whale

We’re currently following efforts by local whale watch companies and the coastguard to assist an entangled humpback whale in Faxafloi Bay, near Reykjavik, Iceland. The whale appears to be badly entangled in fishing gear and unfortunately, poor weather and sea conditions have further complicated rescue efforts.

WDC has been helping to facilitate contact between Elding Whale Watching, IceWhale and others working at the scene, and entanglement experts in the US and UK. Efforts to approach a distressed whale sufficiently closely so as to be able to attempt to disentangle it are naturally fraught with difficulties and can be extremely dangerous. It is, therefore, essential that experts are available to provide the right advice.

The various stakeholders are due to meet today to discuss next moves and everyone is hoping that sea conditions may improve over the weekend. Meantime, the whale watch vessels are observing the whale’s behaviour, taking photos and video footage and working out what type of fishing gear is involved and how and where it is attached to the whale. The whale has been eating, which is a good sign.

We will provide updates and of course hope for a positive outcome. What is already heartening is that so many people are trying their best to assist this whale and in so doing, are sending out a clear message in support of live whales and whale conservation in the waters around Iceland.

Support our campaign to see Iceland made famous as a Whale Nation not a whaling nation