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Majestic fin whales

Icelandic whalers kill first fin whales in four years

As feared, whale hunters in Iceland have slaughtered at least two fin whales, the first...
Humpback whale underwater

Humpback whale rescued from shark net in Australia

A humpback whale and her calf have managed to escape after becoming entangled in a...
Humpback whales in Alaska

Pumps and conveyor belts. How could more whales help save us?

We are excited to announce backing for two ground-breaking research projects to assess the little...
Amazon River dolphin (Boto)

River dolphins observed playing with anaconda

Researchers in Bolivia recorded an unusual interaction between local rivers dolphins and an anaconda snake...

Russian authorities give permission for 10 orca captures in 2017

WDC is extremely concerned to hear that the authorities in Russia have given the go-ahead for up to 10 orcas to be captured this year from its Pacific region, just two months after it appeared to have been set at zero.

The issue of orcas being captured for the captivity industry has been a major threat in recent years despite widespread opposition from conservationists and other orca experts in Russia and elsewhere.

There continues to be a high demand for orcas and other whale and dolphin species for the growing number of marine parks in Japan, Russia and especially China.

Studies such as the Far East Russian Orca Project have indicated that there are less than 300 individuals in the whole population in this part of Russia and that greater protection should be provided for the whales.