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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...

Results of sperm whale strandings in Germany released

Results from investigations into the sperm whale strandings in Germany in February have revealed that the whales died from heart (cardiovascular) failure after beaching on the shoreline.  Without support from the water, the sheer weight of the whales crushed their lungs and other organs, leading to death. 

Nearly 30 sperm whales stranded in the UK, France, Netherlands and Germany at the start of the year, but it is still not clear why these whales got into difficulty in the first place.

Large amounts of plastic waste were also found in the stomachs of the sperm whales, including fishing nets, parts of a plastic bucket and even a plastic car cover. Although not the direct cause of death, vets suspect that the whales would soon experience major health problems as a result of this toxic waste. 

This is an alarming insight into the state of our seas. Only today, British beach clean studies were released in the UK showing a 43% increase in plastic bottles found on UK beaches – 160 plastic bottles for every mile of coastline cleaned last year.

You can read more about the problems of plastic in the current WDC magazine.

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