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Humpback whale (megaptera novaeangliae) Humpback whale. Tonga.

Increased protected ocean area a boost for whale populations

Protections in the South Atlantic Ocean for one of the largest and most important marine...
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

Pilgrim and her calf in December 2022 © Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, taken...
© 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...

WDC remains optimistic over future protection for Cuvier’s beaked whales in the Med

The latest international meeting dealing with protection of whales and dolphins in the Mediterranean and Black Seas (ACCOBAMS) has concluded with mixed results for the Cuvier’s beaked whale, which is thought to be most vulnerable to loud, man-made underwater noise pollution caused by military sonar and surveys for oil and gas deposits under the seabed.

Noise and its threat to whales and dolphins was one of the key issues discussed by those present at the meeting, which included representatives from WDC who supported the clear and urgent need for better protection for Cuvier’s beaked whales in the Mediterranean.

Working with other environmental groups, WDC negotiated a resolution that paves the way for better protection for these whales, including the further development of protected areas.

Sadly, securing more protection proved difficult with some nations not willing at this point to create no-go zones for what they see as key industrial or military activities. Nonetheless, WDC is happy that some progress has been made and the door is open for further measures to be taken in the future.