An “entangled” whale watching boat with 157 passengers on board remained at sea overnight and made national news.
New Zealand’s endemic dolphin species (the Hector’s dolphin and its subspecies Maui’s dolphin) have been in rapid decline since the 1970s due to fisheries by catch. The overall population has decreased from about thirty thousand down to about seven thousand, with the Maui’s subspecies now down to about 50 adults.
WDC has been working to protect these dolphins for many years and has been spearheading the call for a national dolphin sanctuary.
Whales and dolphins swimming free in the ocean are the very essence of controlled grace. Stranded on shore they are pathetically helpless.
There appear to be many reasons cetaceans strand, including getting lost and confused, being sick or injured, or being chased there by predators such as sharks and orcas. Evidence is accumulating that loud noises produced by various human activities also play a role.
This weeks blog has been written by the Scottish Dolphin Centre's Guide and Conservation residential volunteer Sara about the dolphins of the world.
There are 36 types of dolphin across the world, including 4 types of river dolphin.
Today I am going to talk about just a few of these different species.
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Many incredible things happened at Superpod 3. Seeing orcas every day, the close encounters many human pod members had with curious whales swimming right up to their boat, the other wildlife (bald eagles, minke whales, humpbacks, harbor seals), the incredible presentations and resulting conversations, and the inspiration that com
WDC can reveal that it is in advanced discussions with Merlin Entertainments regarding the future of the three belugas (also known as beluga whales) held at the Merlin facility in Shanghai, China.
Despite recent publicity, sensitive discussion and planning regarding the future of these belugas has been on-going between WDC and Merlin for many months. The ideal scenario for WDC would involve their release back into the wild or, at the very least, placement in a sea sanctuary where the belugas can live out the rest of their lives in a more natural environment.
I stood last Friday on a rain-sodden hillside in Iceland, alongside Astrid, a whaling campaign colleague based in our Munich office - and felt a sickening lurch of déjà vu. Last July, we had stood on this exact same spot, watching this grimmest of grim spectacles unfold just metres away behind the chain link fence of the whaling station compound.
I've been concentrating on getting some video of our dolphins recently...
Sundance, Moonlight and Mischief are in this footage at Chanonry Point, try the HD playback setting at the bottom of the video for best results if you can - I hope that you enjoy it. I will post more video soon.
Friday’s announcement that the Obama Administration will allow seismic testing for oil exploration along the East coast of the US is just the latest in a series of “ocean pandering” disguised as planning. Just last month, the Obama administration hosted “Our Ocean”, an international conference said to focus on tackling issues of overfishing, marine pollution, and climate change.