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Majestic fin whales

Icelandic whalers kill first fin whales in four years

As feared, whale hunters in Iceland have killed at least two fin whales, the first...
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Majority of Icelandic people think whaling harms their country’s reputation

A survey of Icelandic people has confirmed that the majority believe whaling damages Iceland's reputation. ...
A magnificent sei whale © Christopher Swann

Japan Begins Commercial Whaling Season

Sei whale © Christopher Swann Japanese whalers have left port to begin this year's annual...

Pumps and conveyor belts. How could more whales help save us?

University of Alaska Fairbanks Master's student, Dana Bloch, retrieves a CTD that is used to...

Gulf oil spill caused increase in dolphin calf deaths

Scientists believe that the increased number of stranded stillborn and juvenile dolphins found in the Gulf of Mexico from 2010 to 2013 was likely caused by chronic illnesses in mothers who were exposed to oil from the BP Deepwater Horizon spill, according to a new report which looked at dolphins found along the shorelines of Alabama, Louisiana and Missisippi.

88% of the stillborn and juvenile dolphins found in the area effected by the spill (compared with 15% in areas outside) had abnormal lungs, which in some cases were partially or completely collapsed. Their small size suggested they had either died in the womb or soon after. The study also showed that pregnant dolphins were found to be far more likely to suffer from late-term pregnancy failures and related illnesses.

Nearly 1500 dolphins have been found dead along the Gulf Coast in the years since the spill. The long-term effects of the spill on reproduction in dolphins remain unknown.

Fetal distress and in utero pneumonia in perinatal dolphins during the Northern Gulf of Mexico unusual mortality event
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