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Biden Administration Sinks Emergency Petition to Shield Right Whale Moms, Calves From Vessel Strikes

Image: Peter Flood For Immediate Release, January 20, 2023 WASHINGTON- The National Marine Fisheries Service...
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Amazon Announces End of AmazonSmile Program

Amazon announced on January 19th, 2023 that it is ending its AmazonSmile donation program by...
An orca lies in the surf as people look at it.

Orca Found Dead on Florida Beach

Credit: Flagler County Sheriff's Office On January 11th, a 21-foot-long female orca died after stranding...
A fluke of a North Atlantic right whale lifts out of the water

WDC Fights Back as Maine Delegation Strips Protections for Endangered Whales

Image credit: Peter Flood UPDATE: On December 29th, 2022, President Biden signed the omnibus appropriations...

Spain to protect whales from oil exploration

The Environment Ministry in Spain is proposing the creation of a “whale highway” in the Mediterranean to protect whales and dolphins from oil exploration.

Located off the east coast of Spain, running between Catalonia and Valencia on the mainland out to the Balearic Islands, the area would be designated a “Specially Protected Zone of Mediterranean Importance” (Zepim) under the Barcelona Convention for the Protection of the Mediterranean, a UN agreement adopted by countries bordering the Mediterranean in 1975 to prevent pollution in the sea.

It would prevent any oil exploration in the protected zone, which is home to several species of whales and dolphins, including sperm and fin whales as well as bottlenose and striped dolphins.