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Hunts to return in Iceland as bleak summer for whales looms

After a long wait, the decision on whether fin whale hunts in Iceland can go...

We are partnering with Michelin to take whales off the menu

We are delighted to announce that we are now working with Michelin, one of the...

Government report shows whales continue to suffer in Icelandic hunts

The Icelandic government's Food and Veterinary Authority (MAST - the country's expert council on animal...

Winning for whales at big international science meeting

Our team have been representing whales and dolphins at the important Scientific Committee meeting of...

Rare ‘new’ whale may have been spotted for only the second time

Could this be an Omura's whale?

An extremely elusive whale species has possibly been spotted for what is thought to be only the second ever time.

Footage from Thailand appears to show a pair of white Omura's whales swimming along beside a tourist boat near Phuket in the Andaman Sea.

The Omura’s whale is the most recently identified whale species; they were first recognised from dead specimens in 2003 and first seen alive in the wild in 2015.

Very little is known about these whales, but we do know that they are long, thin and very streamlined, and that they are counter-shaded, dark grey above and whitish on the belly. They like to travel alone or in pairs and have previously been mistaken for Bryde’s whales as both species look similar and live in tropical seas.  We now know that the Omura’s whale is not related to the Bryde’s whale at all but we are still unsure of how many exist, or how rare they are. We are still learning about their distribution, population sizes, and possible variations in appearance.

Find out more about the Omura's whale here