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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...

First finless porpoise drone footage from Hong Kong revealed

Finless Porpoise Hong Kong

The first ever drone footage of the Indo-Pacific finless porpoise has been captured by OceansAsia’s. The film shows a pod gathering in Hong Kong waters, a rare occurrence as they seldom come together in big groups.

The large numbers of finless porpoise seen in the area since lockdown could be due to quieter waters. Restrictions on ferry travel in Hong Kong have seen these shy creatures appearing in previously busy ferry lanes.

However, the footage has been release along with a concerning report on the current status of the local porpoises, which shows the past several years have seen an increase in them washing up on Hong Kong beaches - 2019 being the worst year to date (43 strandings).

‘The last comprehensive study of the population of Hong Kong finless porpoise was carried out in 2002 and estimated the population to be 220 individuals. We have no way of knowing whether this number is still reflective of the current population,’ says Dr. Teale Phelps Bondaroff, Director of Research for OceansAsia and author of the report.

As of May 16th, there have been 15 strandings in 2020 but many deaths are not recorded, so numbers are likely to be much higher.

This elusive porpoise means studying their behaviour is not easy, but the use of drones in a responsible way has revealed more about their lives.

Dr. Porter says; ‘My worry is that as we slowly learn more of this population’s habits and lifestyle, we will be too late to save them, as the number of dead porpoise is increasing dramatically every year.’

Read about how WDC is helping to prevent porpoise deaths in nets.

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