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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....

Rescued orca reunites with family pod

Two years after a young transient orca had to be rescued after becoming stranded in a cove off an island in British Columbia in July 2013, researchers from Canada’s Department of Fisheries and Oceans have spotted him back with his family pod.

When originally discovered in the cove, the orca named Sam could be heard calling for his mother but would not leave the harbour. After spending weeks keeping an eye on the whale, the team stepped in to corral him back into the ocean when concerns grew that he was not eating properly. While transient orcas are regularly seen in the area, they range over much larger distances that the resident population so it seemed there was only a slim chance that he would ever meet up with his family again, who had last been seen 2 years previously.

After two years during which he was sighted with other whales, researchers were thrilled when on July 2nd this year he was seen once again, this time happily reunited with the rest of his pod.

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