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Tahlequah, the Southern Resident orca, gives birth to healthy calf

Tahlequah, the Southern Resident orca, gives birth to healthy calf

J35 and J57. Photo by Katie Jones, Center for Whale Research / Permit #21238 Tahlequah...
Why do female orcas live so long after they stop having babies?

Why do female orcas live so long after they stop having babies?

Orcas are one of only five species known to experience menopause and females can live...
Humpback whales swim up river in Kakadu National Park

Humpback whales swim up river in Kakadu National Park

Wildlife experts in Australia's Northern Territory are monitoring a humpback whale that has travelled 18...
Rastus – the tale of an extraordinary dog and his love of dolphins

Rastus – the tale of an extraordinary dog and his love of dolphins

Rastus Dr Nicolette Scourse is an academic, educator, author and illustrator with a passion for...

English plastic bag charges are good news for whales and dolphins

As of today, many shoppers in England will have to pay 5p for plastic carrier bags in a bid to tackle the environmental issues associated with the 7.6 billion bags handed out every year.

England is the last part of the UK to introduce the laws that will mean shoppers at all supermarkets and large shops will have to use their own bags or be charged instore for plastic ones.

This is good news for whales and dolphins says WDC’s head of science, Nicola Hodgins.

“A reduction in the number of plastic bags in circulation can only be a good thing for our marine wildlife who are already suffering with the deluge of plastic that humans are releasing into their environment on a daily basis. The numbers of whales and dolphins dying as a result of entanglement and/or ingestion of plastic bags is increasing every day.”

More on marine debris here.