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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...

Latest fossil find casts light on whale ancestors

Scientists are excited about the latest fossil find which may provide an new insight into the evolution of baleen whales (such as the blue whale).

The remains of the whale, thought to be about 4 million years old, were discovered in early September in a hillside in Scotts Valley in California. The finding is rare as the 25ft whale was largely intact. This will help enable researchers to get a better understanding of the whale and how it differs from its present-day cousins.

The whale has now been removed from the ground for further examination.

Tail fluke of a humpback, a modern day baleen whale © Duncan Murrell