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250 whales slaughtered in Faroes hunt

Groups of local people have gathered on the Faroe Islands to begin the ritual slaughter of hundreds of whales in what are known as grinds. Despite glimpses of nature reclaiming its spaces whilst people have been locked down during the global coronavirus pandemic, and many reassessing their relationships with the environment, these cruel hunts look…

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Shareholder dispute could bring down Icelandic whaling company

The company behind fin whaling in Iceland, Hvalur hf. is being sued by three of its shareholders in a case that could force the company to dissolve. According to reports from Iceland, the three shareholder companies are demanding to redeem their shares in Hvalur hf. for ISK 1,563,000,000 (nearly £9m) plus interest. The shareholders have…

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Darwin Initiative boosts whale and dolphin protection work in Senegal

WDC’s work to protect significant numbers of whales and dolphins dying in fishing nets and gear in Senegal, as well as other threats they face, has received a substantial Partnership Project funding boost from the Darwin Initiative. The Darwin Initiative is a UK government grants scheme that funds projects to protect biodiversity and the natural environment in developing…

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Beluga sanctuary update

Update: 1st July 2020 We have been working to relocate belugas, Little Grey and Little White from their landside care facilities to their sea sanctuary care pools at Klettsvik Bay this week – which we had planned for Friday. However, our vets have confirmed that both Little Grey and Little White have a very mild…

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Significant victory for WDC in fight to save world’s smallest dolphins

A significant victory in the fight to save dolphins in New Zealand from extinction has been achieved after stricter fishing and environmental protections for the critically endangered Māui and endangered Hector’s dolphins have been sanctioned by the government. The move comes after a long campaign by WDC and gives the Māui and Hector’s a fighting chance…

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Beluga Whale Sanctuary Update

We’re pleased to confirm Little Grey and Little White are now just days away from being moved from their land based care pool into their new open water home in Klettsvik Bay, Iceland. We appreciate people’s interest and excitement in their move, as Little Grey and Little White prepare for this next step. Their welfare…

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Blue whales in New Zealand prefer to hang out in cooler waters

Researchers from Oregon State University studying blue whales in the South Taranaki bight, New Zealand have found a link between the whales, their feeding and changes in water temperatures. The findings, published in the journal Marine Ecology Progress Series, reveal how certain conditions play a part in where the whales are and availability of their prey…

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First finless porpoise drone footage from Hong Kong revealed

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…

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Whales in waters around Russia could still be captured

A Russian ‘expert’ working group has concluded that the exploitation of whales and dolphins for so-called cultural and educational purposes should continue. The working group was responding to a 100,000 thousand signature petition from members of the public in Russia asking the government there to end captures of orcas, beluga whales and dolphins for sale…

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