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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...

Rare white dolphin returns to California

A rare white Risso’s dolphin has been sighted in Monterey Bay in California, nearly two years after the dolphin was first seen as a calf.

It is unclear whether the dolphin is a true albino or leucistic, a condition in which there is only partial loss of pigmentation. However, one photo taken of the dolphin suggests it may have pink eyes, which would indicate a true albino.

Such a condition is often associated with health issues such as a poor immune system, but the dolphin has surprised researchers by surviving so far. It has now been added to a photo-id catalogue so any future sightings can be recorded.

The sighting came just weeks after a rare leucistic bottlenose dolphin, known as Patches, was also seen in the bay.

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