For this instalment in the Forgotten Dolphins series, WDC residential volunteer, Naomi Bentley, shines a light on the plight of captive belugas.
There’s some debate about what biologists call epimeletic behaviour in whales and dolphins. Essentially, this refers to the giving of care or attention to another individual.
Six years ago now, in June 2010, an orca was found off the Dutch coast in the Wadden Sea. The young female was swimming by herself, was emaciated and needed help. She was captured under a “rehabilitation and release” permit and taken to the Dolphinarium Harderwijk to be nursed back to health.
Once again, more pilot whales have been slaughtered in the Faroes. This time 43 whales have been killed in the first hunt of the season on the Islands. The whales were driven to shore and killed in the bay of the Faroese village Hvannasund. A total of 508 pilot whales had been killed in 2015.
Future fishing rules in European waters, like elsewhere in the world, need to include transparent management and better mitigation of marine life bycatch - for all countries, whether or not they are part of the EU.
We don’t yet know how the UK’s political future will play out, or precisely how it will affect whales and dolphins and our work to protect them. That will depend on the type of relationship the UK has with the EU, on the type of government we have, and how committed both bodies are to protecting whales and dolphins.
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