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Norway ups whale kill numbers and removes whale welfare protections

The whaling season in Norway has begun on the back of disturbing announcements from the...
Image taken from an unmanned hexacopter at >100ft during a research collaboration between NOAA/SWFSC, SR3 and the Coastal Ocean Research Institute. Research authorized by NMFS permit #19091.

Southern Resident orca petition to list them under Oregon Endangered Species Act advanced

The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission voted today to advance a petition seeking to protect...
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WDC and Conservation Partners Continue to Seek Oregon Endangered Species Protection for Southern Resident Orcas

On Friday, April 21st, the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission will determine whether the petition...
WDC Seal Rescue April 2023 (1)

WDC conducts milestone seal rescue in Marshfield

For Immediate Release, April 10, 2023 MARSHFIELD, MA - A young grey seal was found...

First study of Omura’s whale carried out

Researchers have documented their findings after the first studies were carried out on the rare Omura’s whale, a recently discovered species previously thought to be smaller version of Bryde’s whale.

Omura’s whale can be identified by the unique asymmetrical pigmentation on their lower jaws but it was not until 2003 that genetic DNA testing was able to confirm them as a separate species. The research was carried out on whales living in the Indian Ocean near Madagascar. Vocalisations recorded during the study will now be analysed to help discover more about the breeding habits of these whales.