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 rescued in Florida after stranding during Hurricane Irma

News reporters joined members of the public to rescue two dolphins who were found stranded on a beach in Florida as Hurricane Irma swept through the state. 

One of the dolphins appeared to be a calf while the other was an adult. After taking advice from local strandings experts, an NBC reporter covering the storm helped out in the rescue on Marco Island on the Gulf Coast.

Dead sperm whale art installation causes a stir in Paris

It wasn't just the arrival of the Tour de France that has been turning heads in Paris this week.

Down on a bank of the River Seine, a 50ft dead sperm whale appeared to be lying on the pavement while 'investigators' examined its remains and spoke to the press. 

Steps taken to stop dead whales exploding at scene of mass stranding

The carcasses of some of the hundreds of dead pilot whales that stranded on a New Zealand beach in recent days are being punctured in order to prevent them from exploding near volunteers helping with the operation.

Well over 300 pilot whales died last week when they stranded at Farewell Spit despite a huge rescue operation. Another eight whales stranded yesterday (Tuesday), possibly those that had already been re-floated by rescuers days before.

300 pilot whales die after stranding in New Zealand

Around 300 pilot whales have died after stranding in Golden Bay at Farewell Spit on New Zealand's South Island. The location has been the scene of mass strandings in the past. 

Most of the whales were already dead by the time rescuers arrived but around 100 whales have been released back into the sea in the hope they will head back out to the deeper waters where these whales are normally found. Around 500 people took part in the rescue.

Over 80 false killer whales die in Florida stranding

More than 80 false killer whales have died after stranding in the Everglades National Park in Florida during the weekend.

Despite the best efforts of local authorities the whales could not be saved in the remote shallow waters with some caught up in mangroves.

There were thought to be a many as 100 whales in the pod, the fate of the remaining creatures is not yet known.

Humpback whale calf helps stranded mother

Rescue teams off Queensland, Australia watched as a young humpback whale calf tried to to push its mother off a sandbar after the whale became stranded after the tide went out.

The whale was stuck for around an hour near North Stradbroke Island before rising waters enabled it to refloat and head out to deeper water with its offspring.


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