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Captive Orca Nakai Dies at SeaWorld San Diego

credit: SeaWorld San Diego An orca has died while in captivity at SeaWorld San Diego....
A fluke of a North Atlantic right whale lifts out of the water

Federal Proposal Aims to Protect Endangered Right Whales From Ship Strikes

For Immediate Release, July 29, 2022 WASHINGTON- The National Marine Fisheries Service proposed a rule...
Common bottlenose dolphin

100 bottlenose dolphins hunted in Faroe Islands

This morning, (July 29th), 100 bottlenose dolphins were killed in Skálafjörður on the Faroe Islands. The...
North Atlantic right whale. Photo by Regina Asmutis-Sylvia

Update on Snow Cone – Critically Endangered Right Whale Who Gave Birth Despite Chronic Entanglement

July 2022 - Fisheries and Oceans Canada has reported that Snow Cone was spotted on...

Pollution threatens future of white dolphins in China

Researchers in China are growing increasingly concerned about levels of pollution threatening the survival of Chinese white dolphins.  Marine biologists at the Sun Yat-sen University (SYSU) in southern China’s Guangdong province claim that the species will drop by 74% in the next 60 years because of the amount of heavy metals, such as mercury and lead, found in the Pearl River Delta, south of China’s east coast.  These pollutants cause damage to the dolphins nervous system and immune system, and are increasing the chances of the Chinese white dolphin becoming extinct.

The pollution stems from insecticide and fertilizers used in the area, leading to calls for the Chinese authorities to improve the water quality in south China’s Pearl river estuary to ensure the species’ survival.

Chinese white dolphins, also known as Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins, are coastal animals that can venturing quite far landward into estuaries and mangroves.