Researchers in Pakistan have recorded video footage of what is believed to be the first confirmed sighting of a blue whale mother and her calf off the coast of Pakistan. While bones of blue whales had been found in the country, a live whale had never previously been seen.
The sighting by a skipper with WWF-Pakistan, was made off Churna Island in Balochistan.
Blue whales are the largest creature ever to have lived on Earth and their numbers were severely reduced by years of commercial whaling during the last century.
Whale poo and its contribution to marine productivity and climate change mitigation will be part of the agenda of the 28th International Congress for Conservation Biology, which opened July 23 in Cartagena, Colombia.
Scientists will consider how a range of eco-friendly services provided by whales could underpin conservation decisions made by large organisastions that determine the future of the planet.
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.
At the end of May WDC, its Shorewatch volunteers and our friends at the Sea Watch Foundation attended the annual Orca Watch week in Caithness, Scotland.
Most people assume dolphins live in the sea. But there is a small, less well-known group that can live hundreds of miles from the coast, swimming in freshwater rivers and lakes. The Amazon River dolphins of South America, also known as botos, are a flagship species and a symbol of the huge range of wildlife in the rainforests.
Examination of an ancient fossil has given scientists another insight into the evolution of baleen whales such as humpback or blue whales.
New research has discovered a third species of toothed whale in which the female members appear to go through a similar condition to the menopause in women, and then survive for many years long after they are no longer able to reproduce.