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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...
hvalur-8-whaling-vessel

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...
Humpback whales in Alaska

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

We are excited to announce backing for two ground-breaking research projects to assess the little...

US Navy sonar illegal rules court

A Court of Appeal in California, has ruled regulations allowing the US Navy to use a low-frequency sonar for training violate the US Marine Mammal Protection Act.

The US Navy currently uses this particular type of sonar in more than half of the world’s ocean, which potentially harms whales, dolphins, and other marine mammals like seals and walruses.

In 2012, the US Navy had been authorized to use the high-intensity long-range sonar — called low-frequency active sonar, or LFA — for five years across more than 70 percent of the world’s oceans. LFA helps detect quiet foreign submarines and involves the use of 18 speakers lowered hundreds of feet below the surface.

Low-frequency sound pulses of about 215 decibels (dB) are pumped out over hundreds of miles of ocean, which can then disturb whales and dolphins as they rely on underwater sound to navigate, communicate, breed and for catching prey to eat. 

More on noise pollution here