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Dead whale discovered on cruise ship bow

A dead young male fin whale has been discovered on the bow of a cruise ship after it arrived in port in Alaska.

The Zaandam was preparing to dock in Seaward when the body of the whale was spotted on Sunday morning. A veterinary pathologist is now investigating what may have killed the whale, which had not been on the bow earlier when the ship was preparing to enter the port according to the owners.

SeaWorld San Diego visitors down again

SeaWorld's marine park in San Diego was the only one of North America's top 20 most-visited theme parks to see a decline in attendance figures in 2015 according to the latest industry report.

While the average growth for other attractions was nearly 6%, the San Diego park saw its number drop by 7%. Its sister park in Orlando, Florida faired little better, with numbers up just 2%.

New whale beer could leave a bad taste

Brewers in Australia have launched a new ale made from ambergris, a substance naturally secreted by sperm whales.

The Robe Town Brewery has said that its Moby Dick Ambergris Ale is brewed using small amounts of the waxy and foul smelling whale by-product as one of its ingredients. The brew was created as a special edition for a beer festival in Melbourne, Australia.

Orcas from Iceland return to Scotland

Two orcas sighted back in March off the coast of western Iceland have been seen this week in northern Scotland.

Rob Lott, WDC's orca expert, along with Icelandic colleague Baldur Thorvaldsson, photographed a whale known as 993 (below) alongside another orca, IS408 on March 4th. Yesterday, local wildlife enthusiast, Karen Munro, captured images of the two whales amongst a group of other orcas including a new calf, off Duncansby Head, near John o' Groats, having completed a journey of around 1000 miles.

Rare sighting of bowhead whale in Cornwall

A bowhead whale was sighted off the south coast of Cornwall over the weekend, only the second ever such recording of this species in the UK. The sighting was observed by scientist from Marine Discovery, a wildlife-watching operator based in Penzance.

US authorities investigate dolphin shooting

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) office of Law Enforcement in the US is investigating another case involving the illegal shooting of a dolphin.

The body of the dolphin was discovered off Okaloosa Island in Florida by the Marine Mammal Stranding Team of the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge. 

A NOAA press release announced that during a necropsy (non-human autopsy) carried on the large male dolphin to determine the cause of death a bullet was discovered in his shoulder.

Japan continues to ignore international court ruling as new hunts begin

Japanese whalers have left port to start hunting whales in the northwestern Pacific Ocean. They hope to catch up to 90 sei whales and 25 Bryde's whales in hunts that are expected to last until late July, the country’s Fisheries Agency said.

Two whaling ships left Shimonoseki port on Thursday morning and the 8145-ton Nisshin Maru, the mother ship of the fleet, is scheduled to depart from a port in neighbouring Hiroshima prefecture on Friday.

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