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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

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...
#5120 not entangled in July 2021 
© Gine Lonati, University of New Brunswick. Taken under DFO Canada Sara Permit

Entanglement rope of North Atlantic right whale identified

On February 14th, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) announced it had identified the fishing...

Brain disease cat parasite found in beluga whales

A parasite, previously found in cats, that can cause brain disease in humans has now been found in Arctic beluga whales.

Pregnant women are often warned to avoid changing kitty litter in order to stay clear of the parasite, Toxoplasma gondii. which can cause miscarriage and also blindness. The find by scientists now raises health concerns for indigenous Inuit people who eat beluga whale meat.

Whale and dolphin species can carry high levels of mercury and other harmful substances in their meat and blubber. Independent studies of children in the Faroe Islands, for example, have directly linked brain, cardiovascular and other development problems to mums who have eaten whale meat whilst pregnant. Other, recent studies have shown a direct link between the Parkinsons disease in adults and eating pilot whale meat. Despite these clear health issues, the hunts and consumption of whale meat in various countries continues.