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Humpback whale (megaptera novaeangliae) Humpback whale. Tonga.

Increased protected ocean area a boost for whale populations

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A Southern Resident killer whale leaps into the air. The Southern Residents are an endangered population of fish-eating killer whales. Credit: NOAA

Southern Resident Orcas Receive Oregon Endangered Species Protections

February 16, 2024 - Contact: Regina Asmutis-Silvia, Whale and Dolphin Conservation, (508) 451-3853, [email protected] Brady...
Pilgrim and her calf in December 2022 © Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, taken under NOAA permit #20556-01

Critically endangered whale dies due to inaction of Biden administration

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© Clearwater Marine Aquarium Research Institute, taken under NOAA permit 24359. Funded by NOAA Fisheries and Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

Critically endangered North Atlantic right whale found dead off Georgia’s coast

February 13, 2024 - On February 13, a North Atlantic right whale was reported dead...

WDCS Sceptical About Reports Of Cancelled Icelandic Fin Whale Hunt

WDCS  urges caution about reports emerging from Iceland that the Icelandic whaling company, Hvalur, will not hunt for fin whales this summer.

A failure to agree on salaries with seamen and a lack of demand for the meat in Japan following the tsunami have been cited as reasons for the possible cancellation of the hunts this year, during which the fleet planned to slaughter 60-70 whales from its quota of 150 this season.

Iceland has halted fin whaling previously, only to take up the harpoon again. In 2007, for example, Iceland declared that it was ending commercial whaling, only to resume hunting in 2009, targeting more whales and increasing exports of whale products.

Iceland continues to hunt whales despite an international ban on commercial whaling, and hunting for minke whales is well underway.

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