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Humpback whale (megaptera novaeangliae) Humpback whale. Tonga.

Increased protected ocean area a boost for whale populations

Protections in the South Atlantic Ocean for one of the largest and most important marine...
A Southern Resident killer whale leaps into the air. The Southern Residents are an endangered population of fish-eating killer whales. Credit: NOAA

Southern Resident Orcas Receive Oregon Endangered Species Protections

February 16, 2024 - Contact: Regina Asmutis-Silvia, Whale and Dolphin Conservation, (508) 451-3853, [email protected] Brady...
Pilgrim and her calf in December 2022 © Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, taken under NOAA permit #20556-01

Critically endangered whale dies due to inaction of Biden administration

Pilgrim and her calf in December 2022 © Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, taken...
© Clearwater Marine Aquarium Research Institute, taken under NOAA permit 24359. Funded by NOAA Fisheries and Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

Critically endangered North Atlantic right whale found dead off Georgia’s coast

February 13, 2024 - On February 13, a North Atlantic right whale was reported dead...

Investigation into New Zealand dolphin deaths

An investigation has been launched after two endangered New Zealand dolphins (also known as Hector’s dolphins) were found in different locations on the country’s South Island.

Under New Zealand law, anyone who injures or kills a marine mammal must report the incident to the authorities. Failure to do so can result in large fines. The investigation will attempt to find out who might have been fishing in the areas where the dolphins were found. Only a few thousand New Zealand dolphins survive with entanglement in fishing gear a major threat to the species.

WDC recently helped to develop a phone app to record sightings of this unique creature, available to download on iOS and Android devices.