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50-Year Vision launched to save whales and dolphins from extinction

50-Year Vision launched to save whales and dolphins from extinction

WDC has joined the world’s leading wildlife protection and conservation organisations urging the 88 member countries of the International Whaling Commission (IWC – the body that regulates whaling) to adopt a new 50-Year Vision to save whales, dolphins and porpoises from extinction in the face of increasing ocean threats. The vision document has been launched…

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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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Sri Lanka oil spill brings fears for whales and dolphins

Spinner dolphins in Sri Lanka © Andrew Sutton Experts are increasingly concerned at the plight of a Singapore-registered cargo ship, the X-Press Pearl, laden with nitric acid and other chemicals, which had been ablaze for almost a fortnight. The fire is now out but the vessel is slowly sinking off Negombo, near the capital, Colombo,…

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Can space technology tell us how many whales there are?

One of the world’s leading professional services firms, Deloitte has joined with WDC in a bid to explore how space technology can tell us more about whales, and how to protect them.  This exciting project is part of Deloitte’s Gravity Challenge, a global programme that encourages corporates, entrepreneurs and universities to use innovative space technology to…

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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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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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Blue whale sightings increase off South Georgia

New research suggests that blue whales may finally be returning to South Georgia decades after the end of whaling. The waters around the island in the South Atlantic were the location for some of the most devastating impacts of commercial whaling. Over 40,000 blue whales were killed during the first part of the 20th century…

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