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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...

Fishermen in Japan save stranded whale

An injured sperm whale recently found stranded by fishermen near Tokushima in Japan, was helped back into the water in a compassionate act, showing that not all news from Japan regarding whales is bad. 

The fishermen worked hard to save the whale, cheered on by passers-by, and WDC is grateful for the dedicated efforts of those involved. There is no single reason for why whales strand and stranding response protocols vary by country.

Sadly, in stark comparison, the Japanese government has recently agreed to start new so-called ‘scientific’ whale hunts in the Antarctic despite a ruling by the International Court of Justice (IJC) banning the hunts on the basis that they were basically commercial whaling dressed up as research, and that they had little scientific merit.

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