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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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Dolphin pens identified at Russian naval base

Analysis of satellite imagery suggests that Russia may be using military dolphins at its naval...
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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...

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...

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...

Norway increases whaling quota despite declining demand

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

Icelandic fin whale hunting to resume

Iceland’s only fin whaling company, Hvalur hf,  announced today that it will resume fin whaling...

SOS alert for whales off Norway!

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

Lawsuit launched to protect Southern Resident orcas' coastal habitat

Following their 2014 petition to revise federally-designated critical habitat for the endangered Southern Resident orca population, the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) has filed a legal notice demanding the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) take action to protect the orcas’ ocean habitat off California, Oregon, and Washington.  The notice points out the unlawful delay by the administration in revising critical habitat.

The Southern Residents orcas live in coastal waters during the winter and spring, and may increasingly be found in this habitat as their usual summer prey, Chinook salmon from Canada’s Fraser River, becomes scarcer and the orcas spend less time in their summer habitat of the Salish Sea.

“The Southern Residents simply cannot afford to wait any longer for this much-needed protection,” said Colleen Weiler, WDC’s Jessica Rekos Fellow for Orca Conservation.  “With the looming threats of oil leases, rising vessel traffic, unmonitored activity by the Navy, and increasing development of the Pacific coastline, their ocean habitat must be protected.”

The Southern Resident orcas have just 76 individuals remaining in the wild, the lowest the population has been in more than 30 years.  They are threatened by declines in their preferred prey (Chinook salmon), toxic pollution and risk from oil spills, and acoustic and physical disturbance.

WDC has been supporting the 2014 petition to revise and expand critical habitat and working with CBD and other groups for more than four years.  A collaborative effort in support of an expedited revision resulted in nearly 106,000 petitions calling for immediate action to protect the orcas’ habitat.  WDC is currently encouraging additional public support and pressure on the administration and federal NMFS officials to avoid additional delay.  We look forward to continuing our work with CBD to ensure that the Southern Resident orcas, beloved around the world, have the protection they need to be saved from extinction.

Help WDC continue our work to secure additional critical habitat for Southern Resident orcas by signing on to our letter, becoming a Flippin’ Awesome member or using your change to make change.