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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...

Mexico to ban gillnets in attempt to save the vaquita

Mexico has announced that it is to permanently ban the use of gillnets in the waters where the highly endangered vaquita is found, in an attempt to save the species from extinction.

The vaquita, which translates from spanish as “little cow”, is a species of porpoise, whose numbers are thought to have dropped to around 60 surviving individuals.

It is only found in the northern part of the Gulf of California where gillnets are used to catch a species of fish, the totoaba, whose future is also under threat.

The totoaba is highly prized in Asia, especially China, where its swim bladder can sell for several thousand dollars.

The ban offers a chance to save both species but this will only be achieved with strict enforcement and monitoring to prevent illegal poaching.

Photos taken under permit (Oficio No. DR/488/08) from the Secretaria de Medio Ambiente y Resursos Naturales (SEMARNAT), within a natural protected area subject to special management and decreed as such by the Mexican Government.