In Iceland, a country often tarnished by its fin and minke whale hunting industry, local people have been helping to rescue over 100 long-finned pilot whales that became trapped on the shoreline around the Snæfellsnes Peninsula in the west of the country. People in the area flocked to the scene in an attempt to push them back out to sea and to safety.
Japanese whale hunters have finished their latest so-called 'scientific' expedition off the coast of Abashiri, Hokkaido, killing 47 minke whales.
The Japanese Fisheries Agency will now analyse the age and stomach contents of the whales in the name of scientific research, and report the data to the IWC (International Whaling Commission - the body that regulates whale hunting).
Nine males and 38 females were caught during the killing season, from June 11th to June 26th.
The possibility of an end to whale hunting in Iceland took a significant step forward yesterday after the new Icelandic Fisheries Minister, Thorgerdur Katrin Gunnarsdottir indicated that Iceland’s whaling policy would be reviewed.
The Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) in Australia has issued a warning to anyone thinking of using drones to capture footage of the annual whale migrations that continue around Australia.
According to reports from Mexico, the government there is to go ahead with plans to use dolphins trained by the US Navy to try to save the world's most endangered marine species, the vaquita.
Vaquita are the world’s smallest and one of the most endangered species of whale, dolphin or porpoise on the planet. Found only in Mexico’s northern Gulf of California, the population has declined by more than 75% in the past three years and currently fewer than 50 vaquita remain.
Examination of an ancient fossil has given scientists another insight into the evolution of baleen whales such as humpback or blue whales.
Concern for the future of the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale have dramatically increased after six were found dead in recent days in the waters of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, Canada.