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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...

17 million year old whale found…459 miles from the sea!

Scientists studying the fossil (see image) of a beaked whale discovered in desert of west Turkana in Kenya, say it is the most precisely dated beaked whale in the world, and the only stranded whale ever found so far inland on the African continent. The whale remains were dug up nearly 500 miles from the ocean, and so it is thought that the creature took a wrong turn and then swam up the ancient Anza river 17 million-years ago. 

The find sheds light on Africa’s ancient swamplands, and has also helped reveal when man first walked on two feet.  Scientists have now concluded that East Africa would have been flatter and wetter at that time, and covered in forest. At this key point in time the landscape then began to rise, the climate began to dry and the forests died away, leading primates living there to begin walking on their two rear limbs.

The ‘Turkana whale’ is estimated to have been 22ft (6.7 metres) long and it is believed to be related to its more modern cousins the Baird’s and Cuvier’s beaked whales.