After more than 10 years of scientific collaboration, researchers in Australia have found evidence that there are in fact four species of humpback dolphin as opposed to the previously considered two - although the idea of there being three species has long been considered.
New research shows that sperm whales have still not recovered more than 35 years after the last whale was killed in the Southern Ocean.
Work undertaken by Macquarie University indicates that there is no evidence of any growth in the population of male sperm whales off Western Australia, showing just how devastating the impact of mass whale slaughter can be and how important the current ban on commercial whaling still is.
This whale species suffered major losses during Australia’s peak whaling periods, seeing a massive population reduction of 74% between 1955 and 1978.
Nine dead blue whales have been discovered in sea ice off Newfoundland, Canada, apparently after becoming trapped by the ice following a change in wind direction. The bodies were spotted in March. It is not uncommon for whales to occasionally get trapped in ice, with recent incidents involving orcas and beluga whales.
The California Assembly in the US has held the first hearing on a bill that would end killer whale shows in the US State.
The Bill has been put forward by Democratic Assemblyman, Richard Bloom and follows the release of the film ‘Blackfish’, which raised the profile of the cruelty behind captive orca shows and documents the death of a Sea World show trainer in 2010.
WDC has now completed a second set of intensive surveys near the very remote M’buke Island, Papua New Guinea. Working with Papua New Guinea Department of Environment and Conservation (PNG DEC), M’buke Island Peoples Association (MIPA), South Pacific Projects, and University of Papua New Guinea, the survey team came across 18 different groups of whales and dolphins.
The Australian Government has expanded the sub-Antarctic Heard Island and McDonald Islands Marine Reserve, to include a further 6,000 square kilometres of ocean.
The number of people visiting Sea World’s marine park captivity shows between January and March has fallen from 3.5 million in 2013 to 3.05 million this year, a slide of 13 per cent.
Following calls by WDC for the US government to take action against Icelandic whaling company, Hvalur hf, President Obama has announced that additional diplomatic sanctions should now be imposed on Iceland for undermining the International Whaling Commission’s global ban on commercial whaling.
WDC warmly welcomes the decision of the International Court in the Hague in its comprehensive judgment on Japan’s Antarctic Whaling.
This decision will bring to an end the annual Antarctic slaughter under the guise of ‘scientific whaling.’
Between 2002 and 2011, the Japanese fleet killed 7,982 minke whales in the Antarctic.
In the 2012-2013 Antarctic season Japan killed 103 minke whales.
More information can be found at: http://uk.whales.org/issues/whaling-in-japan
According to reports from the Philippines, at least 22 dwarf sperm whales have been killed by blasts from dynamite used by local fishermen.
The illegal fishing method on the island of Siargao has a devastating impact on other ocean wildlife and coral reefs.
Locals report that it is common practice for fishermen to use dynamite to stun dolphins and dwarf sperm whales before stabbing them.
The meat is then eaten or sold in markets.