A report just published by ICES (the International Council for the Exploration of the Seas) reveals that EU Member States are failing to adequately monitor the number of dolphins, porpoises and whales dying as a result of accidental entanglement in fishing gear (bycatch) in EU waters.
In sad news during a strange summer for the critically endangered Southern Resident orcas, the Center for Whale Research (CWR) has announced the disappearance, and presumed death, of another matriarch of the Southern Resident community.
Reports from Spain have emerged regarding an incident on a tourist beach in which a baby dolphin died after apparently being removed from the sea by bathers.
The small dolphin, reportedly a female became stranded in shallow waters in Mojacar, southern Spain after losing her mother. Witnesses say that sunbathers passed the baby dolphin around for selfies on the packed tourist beach.
Children were also seen accidentally covering the small creature's blowhole as crowds gathered.
Marineland Canada has issued a statement announcing the death of Gia, a beluga whale held in captivity at the park.
The statement says that Gia died suddenly, and that preliminary investigations indicate the cause of death was a twisted small intestine that resulted in a fatal blockage.
The Australian government has been criticised for ignoring the public, local communities and scientific advice after announcing draft plans to cut the network of protected sea areas in the region.
The amended ‘Management Plan for the suspended National Marine Park Network’ proposed by the government now contains devastating cutbacks for some of Australia’s best-loved marine treasures, opening the door to destructive commercial fishing and to oil and gas giants.
A cruise ship carrying thousands of passengers has arrived at an Alaskan port carrying the carcass of a 6m long humpback whale on its bow.
The Grand Princess, a 290 metre ship pulled into Ketchikan with the whale attached to a submerge part of the bow designed to avoid wave-making. It is not known if the whale, believed to be a juvenile, was alive or dead when the ship struck him or her.
From the west coast of Canada: the provincial government of British Columbia has taken action to prevent Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. Contruction was scheduled to begin in September but will not be allowed to move forward on public and Tribal lands under further consultation with First Nations is completed.
The Canadian government announced today that it will require ships to slow down in the Gulf of St.
WDC has signed on to an open letter calling for SeaWorld to follow their legal obligations under the US National Marine Fisheries Service to release Tilikum’s full necropsy (animal autopsy). This also applies to his offspring and grand-offspring, including Kyara, the last orca calf to be born at SeaWorld, who died in July.