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Shark Week – Cape Cod Bay style

© WDC, gray seal with great white shark bite July 11, 2024 - Yesterday morning,...
Photo credit: Julia Cumes / © IFAW, All activities conducted under a federal stranding agreement between IFAW and NMFS under the MMPA.

WDC supports IFAW during mass stranding

Photo credit: Julia Cumes / © IFAW, All activities conducted under a federal stranding agreement...
North Atlantic right whale #1950 © Clearwater Marine Aquarium Research Institute, taken under NOAA permit 24359. Aerial survey funded by United States Army Corps of Engineers.

Right Whale Vessel Strike Protections Sought Nov. 1

July 2, 2024 - Contact: Regina Asmutis-Silvia, Whale and Dolphin Conservation, (508) 451-3853, [email protected] Jay...
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High levels of toxic contaminants in whale meat sold to public

WDC, together with partner organizations is calling on the Norwegian government to expand comprehensive and...

Increased protected ocean area a boost for whale populations

Humpback whale (megaptera novaeangliae) Humpback whale. Tonga.

Protections in the South Atlantic Ocean for one of the largest and most important marine wildlife areas on the planet have been expanded.

A decision to further protect the nutrient-rich waters surrounding South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands (SGSSI) was taken by the UK and local governments after a campaign WDC supported as part of the Great Blue Ocean coalition.

Our work included feeding into expert workshops with the South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands government, and now means the protected area (a crucial route for migrating whales) will increase by a further 166,000 sq. kilometer (64,092 sq. mile) - an ocean area surrounding these remote islands that is bigger than England and Wales combined.

These rich waters are slowly recovering from centuries of industrial-scale exploitation. Humpback whale populations that feed in the region are now back to over 90% of their number before industrial whaling.

There are no permanent human residents on the islands, which sit equidistant between the southern tip of South America and the Antarctic Peninsula, but the biodiversity includes a wide array of whales, millions of seals and tens of millions of breeding birds. But the waters are also facing modern threats from rising temperatures and concentrated fishing efforts.

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