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We’ve won protection for Māui and Hector’s dolphins, but is it enough?

NZ government options for dolphins will be a CATastrophe

The New Zealand government is attempting to use a parasite spread by cats as an excuse to deflect from its failure to protect two of the most threatened native dolphin species in the country. Māui and Hector’s dolphins have declined dramatically due to net fishing over the last 50 years. There are fewer than 60…

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A personal reflection on time with orcas

As the Icelandic orca watching winter season comes to a close for another year, our guest blogger and WDC friend, Sam Lipman, reflects on her time with this population and others she has been fortunate to encounter around the world. I have spent time with just three of the 40+ known populations of orca that…

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False killer whales and bottlenose dolphins hang out together say researchers

Researchers in New Zealand studying false killer whales and bottlenose dolphins believe that individuals from the two species form long-term partnerships that might help them fend off predators or find food. Following years monitoring particular groups of false killer whales and bottlenose dolphins in New Zealand, findings reveal that they are both returning together to…

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New Zealand and Japan discuss whaling issue

New Zealand’s Foreign Minister, Murray McCully has told his new Japanese counterpart that he hopes their two countries can find a diplomatic solution to Japan’s whaling. The issue of whaling was raised in a meeting this week between Mr McCully and Fumio Kishida, Tokyo’s new Foreign Minister. The talks were held despite New Zealand’s decision…

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