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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...

Hamas report capture of dolphin 'spy'

It has been reported that the Palestinian Islamist organization, Hamas claims to have captured an Israeli trained dolphin ‘spy’ off the coast of the Gaza Strip.

Hamas commandos apparently came across the dolphin whilst on patrol and believed the creature was carrying out a secret mission on behalf of the Israeli intelligence agency, Mossad.   

Gaza Strip

Israeli defence forces, along with other countries, have use dolphins for military purposes in the past, mainly since the cold war. Their extraordinary underwater capabilities and use of echolocation have been utilised by US forces to detect mines and even enemy divers. 
Sadly, these ‘military dolphins’ are confined in captivity, which can cause them extreme mental, and physical stress. In captivity, this suffering causes aggression, lower life expectancy and higher infant mortality than in the wild.

Recently, Ukraine’s military leaders requested that Russia return ‘its’ dolphins, which fell into Russian hands when Crimea was annexed back in March. http://uk.whales.org/news/2014/07/ukraine-asks-russia-to-return-military-dolphins