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WDC provides supportive care to a live-stranded common dolphin. Credit: Andrea Spence/IFAW

Whale and Dolphin Conservation Expands Marine Mammal Stranding Network Territory

The Whale and Dolphin Conservation team expands the Greater Atlantic Regional Marine Mammal Stranding Network...
Hysazu Photography | Sara Shimazu

Dam Good News for Southern Resident orcas

Pardon the pun (we've used it before) but we just can't help ourselves.  After decades...
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...

Orcas hunting bowhead whale captured on film for first time

Footage showing orcas hunting a young bowhead whale has recently been released, believed to be the first time such an attack has been recorded on film according to researcher Dr Olga Shpak.

The incident was filmed last summer in the Okhotsk Sea off the east coast of Russia during the summer field season. Bowhead whales are only found in polar waters in the northern hemisphere and have evolved to cope with living within the thick pack ice. They are capable of living in excess of 200 years.

This attack took place in an area off the Russian coastline where orcas are targeted by the captivity industry. Very little is still known about orcas in Russian waters with vital research being carried out by the Far East Russian Orca Project (FEROP).

Commenting on the footage, WDC Research Fellow and FEROP Director, Erich Hoyt explained, “This extraordinary video shows a juvenile bowhead being corralled and killed by orcas in summer 2016, although it has only been made public recently. It happened in the southwestern Okhotsk Sea in an area where up to 20 marine-mammal eating orcas have been captured for Chinese and Russian marine zoos and aquariums over the last few years.”

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