Skip to content
All news
  • All news
  • About whales & dolphins
  • Corporates
  • Create healthy seas
  • End captivity
  • Green Whale
  • Prevent bycatch
  • Prevent deaths in nets
  • Science
  • Scottish Dolphin Centre
  • Stop whaling
  • Stranding
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...

Mass stranding of pilot whales in Tasmania

Long-finned pilot whale

Over 450 pilot whales have stranded in various locations along a stretch of coastline in a remote part of Tasmania in Australia.

Originally it was thought around 270 whales were involved but another group was subsequently discovered. Around 380 whales are thought to have died in the waters around Macquarie Harbour near Strahan on the island's west coast, but rescuers have saved about 70 whales.

The topography of the area, along with unusual tides which are driven by atmospheric conditions rather than the lunar cycle, are making the rescue more difficult. In addition, many whales were stranded on a sandbar just offshore making accessibility an issue.

Pilot whales are the species most often involved in mass strandings and Tasmania has a history of such events. The whales usually inhabit deep ocean waters and are seldom encountered close to land.

Find out more about strandings.

This story was last updated on 09/24/2020

Another way to help is by sharing this on social media!

1 Comment

  1. Jerry Liao on 10/11/2020 at 7:42 am

    That is really devastating

Leave a Comment