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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...
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...

Endangered dolphins disappearing from river in Bangladesh

A population of one of the world’s most endangered dolphins is under serious threat in the Halda River, Bangladesh. In the four month period up to February, 17 South Asian river dolphins (also known as the Ganges River dolphin) died in the river and experts are now calling for their home to be declared a sanctuary and proper protection implemented for the dolphins.

South Asian river dolphins inhabit many of the major river systems of Pakistan, India, Nepal and Bangladesh but as their habitat comes under increasing pressure from human activities, their numbers are rapidly declining. Pollution, dredging, boat traffic and entanglement in fishing gear all pose direct threats while the development of dams and barrages separates populations from each other.

The Bangladesh government has already declared a sanctuary in an area of the world-famous Sundarbans mangrove forest, another important dolphin habitat, and is now being asked to take similar action on the Halda River.