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Increased protected ocean area a boost for whale populations

Protections in the South Atlantic Ocean for one of the largest and most important marine...

Scientists solve mystery of whale song

One of the big mysteries surrounding exactly how some of the great whales are able...
Could this be an Omura's whale?

Rare ‘new’ whale may have been spotted for only the second time

An extremely elusive whale species has possibly been spotted for what is thought to be...
Blue whale © Andrew Sutton

Norway agrees to deep sea mining that threatens ocean wildlife

Norway's parliament has voted to allow mineral exploration on the Arctic seabed despite objections from...

Reserve created in Bengal to save river dolphins

Bengal in India will soon have the country’s first community reserve for the endangered Ganges River dolphin, which inhabits the major rivers of the sub-continent.

The reserve would be created over 500km of the Hooghly river, a stretch of the Ganges between Malda and the Sundarbans. It is hoped it will be designated with the next year.

Habitat loss, entanglement in fishing nets and pollution are three of the major threats to the dolphins, who are thought to number just a few thousand throughout their range.