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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...

Nearly 500 whales die in New Zealand

The number of pilot whales that have died following a mass stranding in New Zealand...

200 pilot whales killed in latest Faroese slaughter

More than 200 pilot whales have been slaughtered in Sandagerði (Torshavn) in the Faroe Islands....

Pilot whales die in New Zealand stranding

As many as 58 pilot whales have died after a mass stranding in the Eastern Bay of Plenty in New Zealand.

It is thought one of the whales may have stranded after becoming ill and the others followed it into a harbour. 

A rescue attempt was launched by local volunteers and the Department of Conservation which initially resulted in the successful refloating of 22 other whales. Sadly, these whales then restranded overnight and either died or had to be euthanised.

New Zealand has one of the highest number of stranding incidents with pilot whales often involved.

Find out more about why whales and dolphins strand.