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WDC provides supportive care to a live-stranded common dolphin. Credit: Andrea Spence/IFAW

Whale and Dolphin Conservation Expands Marine Mammal Stranding Network Territory

The Whale and Dolphin Conservation team expands the Greater Atlantic Regional Marine Mammal Stranding Network...
Hysazu Photography | Sara Shimazu

Dam Good News for Southern Resident orcas

Pardon the pun (we've used it before) but we just can't help ourselves.  After decades...
Peter Flood mom and calf

Emergency Petition Seeks to Shield Right Whale Moms, Calves From Vessel Strikes

For Immediate Release, November 1, 2022 WASHINGTON-Conservation groups filed an emergency rulemaking petition with the...
The Yushin Maru catcher ship of the Japanese whaling fleet injures a whale with its first harpoon attempt, and takes a further three harpoon shots before finally killing the badly injured fleeing whale. Finally they drowned the mammal beneath the harpooon deck of the ship to kill it.  Southern Ocean.  07.01.2006

Moves to overturn whaling ban rejected

Last week, the 68th meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC, the body that regulates...

Brutal hunt in Japan traps 250 dolphins in cove

Fishermen have herded over 250 bottlenose dolphins into a small cove in Taiji, Japan today, where they will be held until the brutal process of selection for the aquarium industry begins shortly.

One of the pod that may also have been captured could be an extremely rare young albino bottlenose dolphin that is known to inhabit the seas around Taiji. This albino dolphin represents considerable monetary value to the fishermen because of its rarity.

The cruel hunts that take place in Taiji’s waters every year were made infamous in 2009 by the Academy Award-winning film, The Cove.

Those dolphins not taken to perform in dolphin shows will either be killed using a spike pushed through the back of their heads, or driven back to the open ocean to join a community stripped of many young dolphins and without many of the elders to guide them.