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Dominica announces new protections for sperm whales

Dominica has placed almost 800 square kilometers of sea off the west coast of the...
Commerson's dolphin

New Important Marine Mammal Areas added to global ocean conservation list

Commerson's dolphin Experts from a number of countries have mapped out a new set of...
Vaquita. Photo Thomas Jefferson

Scientific Committee gives first ever official species extinction warning

Photo: Thomas Jefferson We have welcomed the urgent call by experts to protect the vaquita...
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Whale fossil from Peru may have been heavier than blue whale

Scientists examining the bones of a 39 million-year-old ancient whale have concluded that it may...
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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Icelandic fin whale hunting to resume

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

Norway increases whaling quota despite declining demand

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

Norway's whaling season begins

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

Can space technology tell us how many whales there are?

A magical sperm whale encounter

One of the world’s leading professional services firms, Deloitte has joined with WDC in a bid to explore how space technology can tell us more about whales, and how to protect them. 

This exciting project is part of Deloitte’s Gravity Challenge, a global programme that encourages corporates, entrepreneurs and universities to use innovative space technology to solve real-world problems facing society, industry and the environment.

One of the challenges this year has been set by WDC and will centre on the use of technology to answer the mystery of global whale populations and unlock the opportunities of ocean-based solutions to the climate crisis.

Erich Hoyt, research fellow at Whale and Dolphin Conservation, said: 'The Gravity Challenge could be a game changer in helping us find satellite-scale solutions to map whale populations across the ocean. It will support our work to help whales recover from centuries of abuse, as well creating ocean-based solutions to the nature and climate emergencies.'

In addition to counting whales, WDC is partnering with the UK Hydrographic Office on another challenge to use satellite technology and environmental data to reduce ship strikes on marine mammals.  The project has the potential to help reduce the threat to whales and dolphins in busy shipping lanes across the world.

Registrations are now open for space technology companies and experts to express their interest in solving these challenges. The winners, announced in October 2021, will work with the challenge providers to turn the pilots into solutions.

Scott Campbell, partner in Deloitte Ventures, said: 'We have entered a new space race for innovation. The number of start-up and scale-up businesses looking to use data from space has soared, evolving an industry that previously had a high barrier for entry. This presents significant opportunities for businesses and communities across the world that are looking to space technology to solve some of the largest challenges they are currently facing.'

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