April 1st saw the start of the whaling season in Norway. Despite a widely-accepted international moratorium on commercial whaling, Norway and Iceland continue to hunt minke whales in the North Atlantic as they objected to the agreement.
New research has revealed that not only do bowhead whales have the most diverse song range amongst whales, but that they may be singing their own vast and unique selection of ‘jazz’.
Kate Stafford, an oceanographer at the University of Washington’s Applied Physics Laboratory in Seattle, studied a large group of the whales, listening in to their underwater concerts. She was amazed by what she heard and recorded.
Japanese whaling vessels have returned to port from the Antarctic Ocean after killing 333 minke whales as planned.
The fleet, consisting of the Yushin Maru (724 tons), The 3rd Yushin Maru (742 tons)., and three other vessels, including the factory ship, Nisshin Maru (8145 tons) and the 2nd Yushin Maru (747 tons), left Japan for the Southern Ocean in November 2017.
Twice since taking office, the Trump Administration has attempted to eliminate the US Marine Mammal Commission by eliminating its funding. However, we are relieved to report that the budget bill, which was signed last week, provided level funding for the Commission.
March 28, 2018- Canadian officials announced today they will reinstate or implement new measures to protect the remaining critically endangered North Atlantic right whales. In the past 11 months, at least 18 right whales died with 12 of these whales dying in only a three month period in Atlantic Canada.
For the first time, scientists have recorded an incident in which a male orca deliberately drowned an orca calf from another pod, assisted by his own mother. The mother of the calf tried unsuccessfully to defend her offspring.
While this behaviour has been recorded in other animals and three species of dolphin, it had never been seen before in orcas.
WDC is ramping up its efforts to help reduce plastic pollution by introducing a free water refill station for walkers, cyclists and all visitors to the café at our Scottish Dolphin Centre in Spey Bay.
The Centre will no longer sell water or other drinks in single use plastic bottles as part of our wider campaign to reduce plastic waste use across WDC.
Commercial fishermen spotted the pod of 150 whales stranding at Hamelin Bay, 200 miles south of Perth. Western Australia state’s Parks and Wildlife Service arrived at the scene by morning and were assessing the health of around 15 whales left alive, attempting to herd some of the whales back out to sea.
March 20, 2018- In response to multiple fatal entanglements of critically endangered North Atlantic right whales, the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) announced today that it has suspended its sustainable seafood certification for Canada’s Gulf of St. Lawrence snow crab fishery. MSC awards its blue-fish eco-label to fisheries that meet its standards for sustainable fishing.
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.