The Center for Whale Research and Canada’s Department of Fisheries and Oceans confirmed late last night that a dead orca found floating off the coast in British Columbia was 18-year-old J34, known as Double Stuf, a member of the critically endangered Southern Resident orca population. This loss marks the fourth adult orca to die, and the sixth death overall,
Scientists from Oregon State University believe whales might be responsible for creating a mysterious sound picked up by acoustic devices in the Mariana Trench.
The 2500km long trench, located in the western Pacific, contains the deepest part of the world's oceans, one point reaching a depth of nearly 11,000 metres (36,000ft).
WDC joins US Secretary of Interior Sally Jewel in applauding President Obama’s announcement to withdraw portions of the Atlantic and Arctic Ocean from oil and gas extraction.
According to latest reports, the company that owns a trawler linked to the possible capture of whales and dolphins off the coast of Namibia has decided not to pursue these plans, and will leave Namibian waters shortly.
The controversial Chinese trawler, Ryazanovka, had spent recent days refuelling and storing fuel supplies at Walvis Bay’s main port after being named in some reports as the vessel that was to be used to capture and transport live and endangered marine mammals to Chinese aquariums.
For the first time, researchers in Australia have recorded groups of orcas attacking and killing individual beaked whales. The team from Curtin University in Perth have been studying the whales off South Australia since 2014 and have documented seeing the whale hunting beaked whales on four occasions. Very little is known about most species of beaked whale as they tend to inhabit deep, offshore waters.
In 2016, the responsible whale watching program Whale SENSE Atlantic hit two records: the highest number of participants (16) and the most large whale entanglements documented by participants (13). The most recent entanglement was reported by American Princess Cruises out of New York City on December 4, and involved a critically endangered right whale.
SeaWorld has announced plans to build its first marine park in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, due to open in 2022. The park will be the first SeaWorld attraction to operate without displaying orcas.
A wall of silence continues to surround a trawler moored in a Namibian port which may be involved in a plan to capture endangered whales and dolphins in local waters.
The controversial Chinese trawler, Ryazanovka , is currently refuelling and storing fuel supplies at Walvis Bay’s main port after being named in some reports as the vessel that will be used to capture and transport live and endangered marine mammals to Chinese aquariums.
Hundreds of protesters gathered over the weekend in Nairn to campaign against new plans for ship-to-ship oil transfers in the Moray Firth.
Groups from both sides of the Firth, including WDC, met at Nairn central beach to voice their opposition to Cromarty Firth Port Authority’s request for a licence to begin the transfer millions of tonnes of crude oil at sea.
WDC believes that these oil transfers would pose serious risk to wildlife in the area, and the resident population of bottlenose dolphins in particular.
This weekend (Sunday 11th) marks 47 years that the longest held captive orca Corky, has been kept confined in a tank. Corky was taken from her family in the wild in 1969 when she was only about four years old. She remains one of only a few wild-caught individuals still alive and the only Northern Resident left in captivity.