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Investigation into New Zealand dolphin deaths

Investigation into New Zealand dolphin deaths

An investigation has been launched after two endangered New Zealand dolphins (also known as Hector’s dolphins) were found in different locations on the country’s South Island. Under New Zealand law, anyone who injures or kills a marine mammal must report the incident to the authorities. Failure to do so can result in large fines. The investigation…

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Humpback whale off Devon coast rescued from fishing gear

A humpback whale that has been feeding off the coast of south Devon had to be rescued on Wednesday after becoming entanged in fishing gear, possible ropes from crab or lobster pots, which were wrapped around the whale’s tail. The whale has been in the area for most of the month, attracting visitors to the…

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Concern after latest dolphin deaths in Cornwall

At least ten dead dolphins have been washed up on beaches in the West Country in the past couple of weeks. It is unclear what is behind the recent strandings, but potential causes include illness, the effects of pollution and entanglement in fishing nets. In recent years, the local fishing community has trialed using pingers…

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Sri Lanka to crack down on illegal sale of whale and dolphin meat

Sri Lanka Fisheries Minister, Mahinda Amaraweera has ordered the Sri Lankan navy and coastguard to take legal action against fishermen killing dolphins and small whales in the waters off Mirissa, southwest of the island. He has also instructed police to arrest those found selling whale or dolphin meat at local markets. These creatures have been…

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Mexico to ban gillnets in attempt to save the vaquita

Mexico has announced that it is to permanently ban the use of gillnets in the waters where the highly endangered vaquita is found, in an attempt to save the species from extinction. The vaquita, which translates from spanish as “little cow”, is a species of porpoise, whose numbers are thought to have dropped to around…

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Rescuers attempt to disentangle blue whale

A rescue team attempted to removed fishing gear from around a blue whale on Monday. According to local reports, the whale, thought to be around 80ft long, appeared to be tired when spotted by a local whale-watching company off Dana Point in California. On Tuesday, CNN reported that a new attempt would be made to…

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27,000 say NO to scallop dredging

Over 27,000 people have now signed a petition against plans by the Welsh government to open up Cardigan Bay to destructive scallop dredging. Large parts of the bay, home to bottlenose dolphins, are protected as ‘Special Areas of Conservation’ under European law, and WDC has been calling on the Welsh government to bring about better…

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