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Whalers in Japan return to port with over 200 whales

Whalers in Japan return to port with over 200 whales

Bryde's whale

Japan’s factory whaling ship, the “Nisshin Maru” returned to port on November 14th at the end of this year’s self-allocated whaling season in the North Pacific. This is the third year that Japan has carried out commercial whaling in the region since leaving the International Whaling Commission in 2019. As previously, 187 Bryde’s whales and…

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New whale species discovered – Ramari’s beaked whale

Artist impression of Ramiri’s beaked whale. Credit: Vivian Ward A new species of beaked whale has been identified in New Zealand, the latest discovery involving these unusual and rarely seen whales. In 2011, a pregnant beaked whale stranded on the coast and an initial external examination identified her as a True’s beaked whale. This whale…

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Shocking footage of captive orca butting head against wall

A wild orca in Iceland

Distressing scenes have recently emerged from Marineland in Ontario where Kiska, the loneliest whale in the world, has been filmed violently thrashing her head against the side of her tank. Kiska is a wild caught Icelandic orca who has spent the last four decades in captivity. She was just three years old when she was…

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Even locals outraged as 1400 dolphins die in Faroese hunt

Atlantic white-sided dolphin

There has been widespread condemnation after over 1400 Atlantic white-sided dolphins were killed in the Faroe Islands last weekend, believed to be the largest number of dolphins ever killed in the country. Much of the criticism has come from within the country where usually there is a strong defence of the hunts, which are portrayed…

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Rescuers search for orca family after saving stranded calf

Rescuing a stranded orca calf

An orca calf is receiving medical care in New Zealand after becoming stranded near Wellington yesterday. The whale has been moved to a segregated harbour area while rescue teams search for the juvenile orca’s pod. It is hoped the rest of the calf’s family are still in the area and they can be reunited. According…

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Southern right whales urgently need your help

WDC is excited to be supporting a new conservation project that needs urgent funding to help protect endangered southern right whales and their habitat. As they recover from near extinction from whaling, they need protection inside critical calving and nursery grounds, several of which are found around Australia’s coastline. Human development continues to increase along…

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Japanese whalers plan to build new factory ship

Antarctic minke whale

Reports in Japan indicate that Japanese whalers are planning to replace their existing factory ship with a brand new vessel. According to Jiji Press, Kyodo Senpaku Co., a subsidiary of the government’s Institute of Cetacean Research, announced on April 10th that it will spend 6 billion yen (£39m) to construct a replacement for the Nisshin…

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Pilot whales strand in New Zealand

Long-finned pilot whale

Around 50 long-finned pilot whales stranded on Monday on New Zealand’s South Island at a location called Farewell Spit. The long stretch of coast has shallow sandy waters which have seen numerous strandings over the years. Volunteer rescuers from Project Jonah, experts in attending strandings, were able to return nearly 30 whales to the water…

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200th anniversary of the sinking of the whaleship Essex

On 20 November 1820, a sperm whale turned on a whaling ship in the Pacific and sank her. Two hundred years on, in her guest blog, freelance journalist and long-time WDC supporter Stephanie Boxall reflects on what we can learn from the incident that inspired Herman Melville to write Moby-Dick. Two hundred years ago, an…

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