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Virus to blame for death of rare dolphin deaths off Brazil

The deaths of dozens of endangered dolphins that have died off the coast of Brazil in just over a month, has been blamed on an a outbreak of "cetacean mobillivirus" which can damage a dolphin's immune system, according to scientists from the School of Oceanography at the State University in Rio de Janeiro.

Nearly 200 Guiana dolphins, also known as Sotalia or gray dolphins, have been found in the worst mass death of the dolphin this decade.

Rescuers brave freezing temperatures to refloat pilot whale

2018 has begun with a positive story from Nova Scotia in Canada where around 100 volunteers and members of the local police and firefighters helped marine mammal experts to refloat a stranded male pilot whale.

Much of North America has been suffering from unusually low temperatures in recent weeks and the rescuers had to cope with temperatures 10 degrees below freezing as the rescue effort took place at Rainbow Haven beach, near Halifax.

Dolphins and fishermen working together in Brazil

The BBC reports on how dolphins and fishermen work together to catch fish in Brazil. This kind of collaborative fishing also happens in other parts of the world.

However, the use of illegal fishing nets in the area is resulting in some dolphins dying entangled in these nets.

The weight of 3.3 million penguins in plastic waste – UK’s Christmas gift to the environment

UK environment and animal welfare charities, including WDC are calling on businesses to slash wasteful packaging, and governments across the four nations to commit to a raft of strong measures to tackle plastic pollution in the New Year.

The calls, which also include asking the public to help cut the plague of plastic pollution this Christmas by using less and recycling more, come as new estimates emerge on the startling scale of plastic and other waste this Christmas.

New art installation highlights plastic pollution in the ocean

An artist from Singapore called Tan Zi Xi has brought the horrors of plastic pollution in the ocean to life with an amazing new art installation. Called “Plastic Ocean,” it shows how it feels to live in an ocean in which the surface is completely covered in a layer of plastic rubbish.

Working with hundreds of pieces of plastic items which are known to pollute our planet’s oceans, this installation shows viewers exactly where their single use plastic ends up and how it invades the habitat of whales, dolphins and other sea creatures.

Taiji hunters allowed to kill more whales and dolphins

Fishermen hunting whales and dolphins in Taiji, Japan have been allowed to increase the number of both melon-headed whales and rough-toothed dolphins only mid-way through the hunting season.

Both species were new to the list of those allowed to be caught in the 2017 hunt but the numbers caught already have reached the initial quota levels, so the government have agreed to raise the limit.

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