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Trapped minke whale slaughtered in Japanese cove

Trapped minke whale slaughtered in Japanese cove

A young minke whale trapped in nets off Taiji, Japan, since Christmas Eve, was killed early today by local fishermen. The whale’s carcass was then taken to shore to be butchered for sale in local meat markets. It was hoped that the local fishing cooperative would try to free the whale however, Ren Yabuki, director…

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New blue whale population discovered

A previously unknown population of blue whales has been found living in the Indian Ocean after researchers picked up and recorded  an unrecognised song travelling hundreds of miles through the sea. Blue whale vocalisations are very low and can reach other whales through the water up to 500 miles away, but each population has their…

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The last river dolphin

A river dolphin held captive in Duisburg Zoo, Germany, has died leaving just one remaining river dolphin in the world in captivity. Baby (also known as Orinoco or Butu) was 47 when he died at the zoo this week. He led a sad life, captured at a very young age together with his mother and…

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Beluga Whale Sanctuary winter update

Whilst we are thrilled at the progress that beluga whales, Little White and Little Grey have made in adapting to a more natural environment in the ocean sanctuary in last few weeks, as the Icelandic winter storm season approaches the care team looking after Little White and Little Grey have decided to go ahead and…

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Are orcas behind a drop in great white shark numbers?

A drop in the numbers of great white sharks in the coastal waters around South Africa could be due attacks by orcas according to a new government report. The report suggests that the orcas are killing sharks and eating their livers, which has led to the disappearance of great whites from the waters of False…

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Success! France to ban whales and dolphins in marine parks

WDC’s continued campaigning to end the keeping of whales and dolphins in captive facilities for human entertainment has received a big boost with the announcement by the French environment minister that the country will bring an end to this cruel practice. Barbara Pompili, France’s minister of ecological transition, revealed this week that a gradual ban…

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Belugas take ‘little steps’ into the ocean sanctuary

Little White and Little Grey

We are pleased to confirm that beluga whales, Little Grey and Little White, have taken their first swim in their open water sanctuary home in Iceland – a project that WDC is working on in partnership with the SEA LIFE Trust . Carefully monitored by the whales’ expert care team, Little Grey and Little White…

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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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