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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...

Popular humpback whale is killed by passing ship

Humpback whale at surface with pectoral fins

A humpback whale popular with whale watchers in waters off California and Mexico has died after being struck by a passing ship.

Known as Fran, the 50-foot whale was found washed up on the shore in Half Moon Bay south of San Francisco earlier this week, and her death now raises concerns for the survival of her young calf.

A post mortem has revealed Fran suffered a force trauma associated with a ship strike.

Many species of whales feed, play, migrate, rest, nurse, mate, give birth, and socialize in urbanised marine highways, putting them at risk of being struck by passing vessels. Large passing ships are unlikely to see a whale or may be unable to divert course if they do see one.

In the case of endangered North Atlantic right whales, ship strike is one of the two biggest threats to their survival and WDC has successfully campaigned to have ship speed limits reduced to help prevent injury and death in the future.

Conservationists first spotted Fran in January of 2014 in Guerrero, Mexico and had been tracking her ever since.

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