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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...

Trans mountain pipeline construction stopped

From the west coast of Canada: the provincial government of British Columbia has taken action to prevent Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.  Contruction was scheduled to begin in September but will not be allowed to move forward on public and Tribal lands under further consultation with First Nations is completed.  The government has retained a legal advisor and is exploring ways to join challenges to the pipeline that are already underway.

The pipeline was approved by Canada’s National Energy Board (NEB) last May and approved by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau last December.  By the NEB’s own analysis, the pipeline would increase oil tanker traffic in the Salish Sea, an area designated as critical habitat for the endangered Southern Resident orca population in both Canada and the United States – by 700%: from 5 to 34 oil tankers per month.  

“We are pleased to see action by the government of British Columbia to protect the beautiful Salish Sea and the endagered orcas that live there,” says Colleen Weiler, WDC’s Rekos Fellow for Orca Conservation.  “The pipeline would significantly impact the Southern Resident orcas, already living on the brink of extinction.  This in an important step in preventing the development of this harmful project.