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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...

Nearly 1000 humpbacks seen off southwestern Japan

Humpback breaching

Good news for whale watching operators and enthusiasts has emerged from Japan (a country normally associated with cruel whale hunts), where the number of humpback whales seen in waters around the southwestern coast of the country during the winter season has reached a record high of 971.

Official figures reveal 578 groups consisting of a total of 971 humpback whales were seen between December 2019 and the end of March 2020 - the largest number since 2014 when full-scale research like this was first launched. The same season last year saw 238 humpback whales spotted.

Many whales pass through the area during their migrations but these particular waters are believed to be suitable for raising humpback whale calves.

The increased sightings have also brought a growth in whale watching with the number of tourists visiting the area up to several thousand.

Responsible whale watch operations offer people the opportunity to learn about whales and dolphins, the threats they face and what we can do to help. It also offers people living in whaling regions like parts of Japan the chance to meet live whales and maybe, in the process, change hearts and minds.

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