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More important ocean areas for whales and dolphin protection identified

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Whale meat fetches record high at Japan auction

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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...

Are right whales ‘whispering’ to avoid predators?

North Atlantic right whale fluke

A new study published in the journal Biology Letters, has revealed that North Atlantic right whales alter their calls to their young in order to protect them from predators.

Normally right whales use a rising call or ‘whoop’ sound to communicate with each other but, according to the latest research, right whale mothers will ‘whisper’ to their babies in a much shorter and lower tone that can only be heard in the immediate vicinity.

This type of communication seemed to take place only between mothers and their young, and not among juvenile or pregnant whales. It is thought that by communicating over shorter distances like this might be a way of not attracting the attention of predators like orcas who might be present in the area.

A similar behaviour has been noted in other species of whale, including the southern right whale and humpback whale.

Once abundant in the eastern and western North Atlantic, only around 400 North Atlantic right whales survive along the East Coast of the United States and Atlantic Canada.

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