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Creel modified gear project

WDC project to prevent whale entanglement in ropes proves successful

Our breakthrough collaborative project with creel fishers has successfully trialed a simple and relatively low-cost...

New whale hunting ship leaves port as the whaling season begins in Japan

The whale hunting season in Japan has got underway following the launch today of the...

Japanese government adds fin whales to its kill list

Wild and free, as they should be. Japan is set to include fin whales on...

Why are whales pooing on orcas?

It is well documented that whale poo plays a major role in keeping the ocean...

‘Extinct’ gray whale spotted in Atlantic

Scientists have confirmed that a whale spotted off New England is a species thought to have gone extinct in the Atlantic Ocean two hundred years ago.

Researchers made the amazing discovery south of Nantucket, Massachusetts, quickly realising that he or she was a gray whale - normally found in the northern Pacific Ocean. The gray whale, which was once hunted to near extinction, had disappeared from the Atlantic Ocean by the 18th century.

Gray whales are amazing long-distance travellers, undertaking migrations of thousands of kilometres each year. This recent, confirmed discovery, is a likely indicator of the effects of climate change on the ocean. The warming of the planet has led to ice melting in the North-west Passage region, an area that joins the Pacific and Atlantic Ocean. Gray whales are now able to travel through the passage in the summer where ice no longer blocks their way.

Learn more about the gray whale  - visit our species guide here