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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...

Greek education ministry advises school trips to avoid captive facilities

The education authorities in Greece have issued new advice for teachers when planning school trips with their pupils, with particular reference to the issue of keeping wildlife in captivity.

One of the recommendations from the Ministry is that when planning such trips, “places where animals are kept in captivity for commercial purposes are to be avoided because this does not abide by the principles of education, which places importance on the awareness for the protection and respect for the natural environment, the adoption of similar standards of conduct and the creation of responsible personalities with social and humanitarian values”.

Greece currently has one zoo in Athens which holds bottlenose dolphins. The waters around Greece are home to bottlenose, striped and common dolphins as well as sperm whales and Cuvier’s beaked whales in the deep waters off the southern mainland.