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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...

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....

Orca from British Isles resident population found dead

WDC is very sad to hear from colleagues at the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust that Lulu, a member of the West Coast Community and the British Isles’ only resident orca pod, has been found dead on the island of Tiree in the Inner Hebrides off the west coast of Scotland.

Lulu was identified from her distinctive saddle and eye patch markings. A post-mortem has revealed that she died after becoming entangled in fishing ropes.

The most well-known member of the pod is a male orca known as John Coe (below). Sadly, there have been no new calves seen in the group in recent years, which is thought to now number less than 10 individuals.

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