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Japanese aquariums agree to stop taking dolphins from Taiji hunts

The Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums (JAZA) has voted in favour of no longer using the Taiji dolphin hunts as a supply of dolphins for its marine parks. A majorty of the organization's 153 members, of which 37 hold dolphins, supported the decision.

The announcement came a month after the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) suspended JAZA's membership over the issue on the grounds that it was in breach of the organization's ethical guidelines. Failure to comply could have led to JAZA being permanently excluded.

Dolphin reality TV show stopped

A campaign by a coalition of marine mammal scientists and animal protection NGOs, including WDC, has successfully prevented filming of a new reality TV show, "Dolphins with the Stars” in Portugal.

WDC supports innovative tool for dolphin research in South America

WDC has played a key role in supporting the development of a new acoustic tool that will be used to find out more about one of South America's rarest species - the Franciscana dolphin.

Working closely with colleagues from other organizations such as Fundacion Cethus, who WDC has funded for many years, the project focused on the dolphins found in the Rio Negro estuary in Patagonia, Argentina.

Whalers in Iceland kill first minke whale of season

Reports from Iceland suggest that whalers have started this year's hunt after nearly 2 tonnes of minke whale meat were offloaded by the Hrafnreydur whaling vessel on Monday.

Iceland's whaling season opened once again against a backdrop of opposition from within the country. IceWhale, the whale watchers' association of Iceland, has strongly criticized the hunt which is taking place in Faxaflói Bay, one of the main whale-watching destinations for tourists from around the world.

NASA satellites to help protect whales from space

Scientists in the US have announced the development of a new tool that they hope will lead to a reduction in the number of whale deaths caused by boat collisions and entanglement in fishing gear.

20 dead sei whales washed up off Chile

A group of scientists conducting research in a coastal area of southern Chile have discovered 20 dead sei whales washed up on rocks.

The whales were found on the shoreline north of the Gulf of Penas and the cause of death is now being investigated. According to reports, none of the whales, showed signs of any injury.

Sei whales, which can reach around 19 m in length, are protected after commercial whale hunts nearly drove them to extinction during the middle of the 20th century.

 

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