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Update: Beluga move home to the ocean temporarily postponed

Update: Beluga move home to the ocean temporarily postponed

We can confirm the departure of two belugas, Little Grey and Little White from their...
US authorities put forward proposal for Makah gray whale hunt

US authorities put forward proposal for Makah gray whale hunt

Federal authorities in the United States have put forward a proposal that would allow the...
Fossil of prehistoric four-legged whale discovered in Peru

Fossil of prehistoric four-legged whale discovered in Peru

Scientists have unearthed the fossil of a 43-million-year-old whale in Peru, which was adapted to...
Nature may have the answer to plastic pollution

Nature may have the answer to plastic pollution

Scientists working on solutions to the growing problem of plastic pollution are now focusing attention...

New Zealand government to undertake net review after dolphin deaths

The government in New Zealand is reviewing the use of commercial set nets (a type of gillnet that is attached to the seabed) after the deaths of five Hector’s dolphins in one net in February. The incident took place off the Banks Peninsula off the east coast of the South Island. A complete ban on their use could now be proposed.

Hector’s dolphins are only found in New Zealand and have seen their numbers plummet in recent decades with entanglement in nets the major cause. These kinds of nets are already banned in other parts of the world and also indiscriminately catch other wildlife such as birds and turtles.

In New Zealand, WDC has helped develop an app which enables sightings of Hector’s dolphins to be recorded to help with their conservation. Download for iOS or Android.