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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...
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New report reveals 100,000 dolphins and small whales hunted every year

When you hear the words ‘dolphin hunts’ it’s likely that you think of Japan or...

Minke whale hunts stop in Iceland

Iceland’s commercial hunt of minke whales has ended for this year. The common minke whale is the...

Did Icelandic whalers really kill a blue whale?

*Warning - this blog contains an image that you may find upsetting* They say a...

Icelandic whalers breach international law and kill iconic, protected whale by mistake

Icelandic whalers out hunting fin whales for the first time in three years appear to...

Doubts remain after Icelandic Marine Institute claims slaughtered whale was a hybrid not a blue

Experts remain sceptical of initial test results issued by the Icelandic Marine Institute, which indicate...

Japan set to resume commercial whaling

Reports from Japan suggest that the government they will formally propose plans to resume commercial...

End the whale hunts! Icelandic fin whaler isolated as public mood shifts

Here’s a sight I hoped never again to witness. A boat being scrubbed and repainted...

Australian Government to block Japanese whaling proposal

Japanese Government officials have reportedly confirmed that they will propose the resumption of commercial whaling...

Pregnant whales once again a target for Japanese whalers

Figures from Japan's whaling expedition to Antarctica during the 2017/18 austral summer have revealed that...

SOS alert for whales off Norway!

I have to admit to bitter disappointment when I arrived in Tromsø, northern Norway, a...

Norway's whaling season begins

April 1st saw the start of the whaling season in Norway. Despite a widely-accepted international moratorium...

Norway increases whaling quota despite declining demand

Norway's government has announced an increase in the number of minke whales that can be...

Kinder Morgan stalls, but so does Canadian Government on orca recovery

In good news from Canada, Kinder Morgan has stopped all “non-essential production” of its Trans Mountain pipeline as the province of British Columbia and many First Nations continue to fight the proposal in court.  The pipeline expansion would increase the number of oil tankers – by as many as 408 per year, a 700% increase – travelling through federally designated critical habitat for the endangered Southern Resident orca community.

Citing concerns from shareholders and political risks, Kinder Morgan stopped non-essential spending and construction in early April, and gave the Canadian Federal Government until May 31st to provide assurance to the company and develop an agreement with those opposing the pipeline.  Prime Minister Trudeau continues to support the pipeline, despite multiple environmental concerns and the recognized impacts to the endangered orcas that his administration has committed to protecting.

And despite that promised commitment to protect the endangered Southern Resident orcas and increase recovery efforts, the Canadian Government has continued to stall in identifying and enacting any new initiatives to help the orcas and their primary food, Chinook salmon.  The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) acknowledged a petition submitted earlier this year by a coalition of Canadian conservation groups, but has yet to take action and issue the requested emergency order.

Canada has developed significant actions on the East Coast to protect endangered North Atlantic right whales after an unprecedented 18 deaths, 12 of which were in Canadian waters, in less than a year.  DFO is capable of taking action, but is lagging far behind in following through on its promise to recover Southern Resident orcas.

Help WDC protect the home of the Southern Resident orcas:  Sign our letter to expand critical habitat.