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Humpback whale rescued from shark net in Australia

Humpback whale rescued from shark net in Australia

Humpback whale underwater

A humpback whale and her calf have managed to escape after becoming entangled in a shark net off the coast of Queensland.. Humpback whales spend the austral summer in Antarctica before migrating north during the winter months to breed and give birth in warmer waters. Their migration route takes them along the east or west…

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River dolphins observed playing with anaconda

Amazon River dolphin (Boto)

Researchers in Bolivia recorded an unusual interaction between local rivers dolphins and an anaconda snake last year in the Tijamuchi river. The two species would not normally interact but on this occasion a group of dolphins, some of which appeared to be juveniles, were seen carrying the snake through the water. At times the dolphins…

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New fossil gives insight into feeding habits of ancient orcas

Orcas in far east Russia.

New research by scientists suggests that orcas and false killer whales only evolved to feed on marine mammals within the last one million years. The two species are the only members of the 90 or so species of cetacean (whales, dolphins and porpoises) that are known to do this. Recent analysis of a 1.4 million…

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Humpback whale freed from rope entanglement by passing orcas

A strange incident involving a pod of orcas and an entangled humpback whale off the coast of western Australia has left experts scratching their heads. Observers from Whale Watch Western Australia captured drone footage of what appeared to be a number of orcas freeing a humpback whale from a discarded rope that had become wrapped…

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WDC researchers spot dolphin doing headstands

Risso's dolphin

Researchers from WDC carrying out field work in Scotland have been left puzzled by the sight of a Risso’s dolphin performing underwater ‘headstands’ – something they have never seen before in the UK. The dolphin was spotted off the Isle of Lewis repeatedly suspended vertically with his or her nose down, fully underwater. There have…

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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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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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Animal culture crucial for conservation says new research paper

New research published today in The Royal Society Journal Proceedings B  creates a compelling case for integrating the social learning and culture of creatures like whales into decision-making. WDC’s Philippa Brakes, together with a number of experts working on a wide range of species, from whales to chimpanzees, argues in the new paper that the…

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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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