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Photographers fined for flying drones close to orcas

US authorities have fined two people for allegedly flying drones too close to a pod of orcas in Washington state. 

In what could well be the first case of its kind, the pair have been prosecuted after capturing footage of the ocras in the Haro Strait, just east of Vancouver Island, Canada.

Latest Japanese research trip ends with 115 whales dead

Ten weeks of so-called ‘research’ have come to an end in the northwestern Pacific with Japanese hunting ships slaughtering over 100 whales.

According to the Japanese Fisheries Agency, 90 sei whales and 25 Bryde’s whales have been taken since the hunts began on June 11th.

Poland’s environment minister says no to captive dolphins

Poland's Environment Minister has been raising his concerns about the practise of keeping dolphins in captivity, and has poured cold water on possible plans to build a dolphinarium in Mszczonów.

In a recent blog, Maciej Grabowski stated that there was no agreement to open a commercial dolphinaria in Poland.

He went on to say that dolphins needed the open space of the ocean and, although the idea to build a captive facility in Poland had aroused interest, the best place to see dolphins was in the wild - in their natural environment.

Illegal sale of whale meat uncovered in Hong Kong

Fin whale

(image copyright Tim Stenton)


A food store chain in Hong Kong has been criticised for illegally selling tins of whale meat curry.

The cans, which reportedly contain meat from the critically endangered fin whale, were discovered on the shelves of the 759 grocery shop in Tuen Mun.

Scientists puzzled by record number of whale deaths

Scientists are still puzzled by the sudden deaths of 30 large whales that have washed up on the coast of Alaska in recent weeks.

Different species of whale have been stranding along the shore since May in what is now being called an ‘unusual mortality event’.

The death rate is nearly three times the historical average and the record number of dead whales includes 11 fin, 14 humpback, one gray, and four unidentified others.

The cause remains a mystery but representatives from NOAA (the US federal department concerned with oceans) will continue their investigations.

Scottish town cuts links with Faroes over cruel whale hunts

A Scottish town has severed its links with the Faroes in protest at the annual whale and dolphin hunts that take place on the islands.

Wick, in Caithness, has been twinned with Klaksvik (the second largest town on the Faroe Islands) for 20 years.  There have been regular exchange visits in that time but, in a letter sent this week, local councillors in Wick wrote to the mayor of Klaksvik to announce that they would be severing all contact as a result of the “cruel”, “barbaric” and “unnecessary” hunts (known locally as grinds).

Tourists shocked by hunting vessel dragging dead whales into port

Graphic new photos have emmerged that demonstrate how whaling is threatening whale-watching.

The images of an Icelandic whaling vessel dragging dead endangered fin whales to shore for processing were released today by Timothy Baker, a US whale-watching tourist.

Hoping to see protected fin whales in their natural environment, Baker and others in his party were instead confronted by the grim spectacle of the Hvalur 8, owned by Icelandic multi-millionaire whaling kingpin Kristján Loftsson, towing dead whales back to port.

 

Hamas report capture of dolphin 'spy'

It has been reported that the Palestinian Islamist organization, Hamas claims to have captured an Israeli trained dolphin ‘spy’ off the coast of the Gaza Strip.

Hamas commandos apparently came across the dolphin whilst on patrol and believed the creature was carrying out a secret mission on behalf of the Israeli intelligence agency, Mossad.   

Gaza Strip

Cruise lines to stop visits to Faroes

Two major German cruise lines are to stop sending their ships to the Faroe Islands in protest over the bloody whale and dolphin hunts that take place there.

Hapag-Lloyd and AIDA cruise lines will now look for alternative destinations to send their vessels, a move that represents a massive blow to the islands, which depends on tourism revenue.

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