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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 response territory. The Network assesses health, provides rehabilitation, and investigates the cause of death of marine mammals. We have good news for any whales, dolphins, seals, and porpoises in trouble from Weymouth to Scituate, Massachusetts! Whale and Dolphin Conservation is expanding its…

12/06/2022


Dam Good News for Southern Resident orcas


Pardon the pun (we’ve used it before) but we just can’t help ourselves.  After decades of advocacy by Tribes, conservation groups, and river users, the Klamath River dams are officially coming down.  This is great news for the Southern Resident orcas, who rely on Klamath River salmon as part of their seasonal diet, and a…


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 National Marine Fisheries Service today to protect critically endangered North Atlantic right whales from being struck and killed by vessels in their calving grounds off the coast of the southeast United States.  The requested rule mirrors a National Marine Fisheries…

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11/01/2022


Speaking truth to power – my week giving whales a voice


The International Whaling Commission (IWC) meeting is where governments come together to make decisions about whaling and whale conservation. Our team was at this year’s convention to speak up for the whales. Well, that was an eventful experience. The conference of the International Whaling Commission (IWC, the body that regulates whale hunts) in Slovenia at the…


Moves to overturn whaling ban rejected


Last week, the 68th meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC, the body that regulates whale hunting) took place in Portorož, Slovenia. WDC has sent experts to participate in this forum for more than 25 years. For decades, whaling and whale conservation interests have clashed at the IWC and this year, once again, a motion…

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10/25/2022


Nearly 500 whales die in New Zealand


The number of pilot whales that have died following a mass stranding in New Zealand has reached nearly 500. Officials are putting the current number of deaths at 477, which occurred on two remote beaches on the Chatham Islands, around 500 miles east of New Zealand’s main islands. The remote location hindered attempts to refloat…

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10/14/2022


200 pilot whales killed in latest Faroese slaughter


More than 200 pilot whales have been slaughtered in Sandagerði (Torshavn) in the Faroe Islands. The long-finned pilot whales were driven onto the ‘whaling beach’ and brutally killed. The hunt, is just one of many that take place every year on the Islands, where pilot whales, as well as other whale and dolphin species are…

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10/12/2022


Annual Census for Southern Resident Orcas Puts Population at Only 73 Orcas


K21 Cappuccino – Hysazu Photography | Sara Shimazu The Center for Whale Research has released the results of its annual census for the Southern Resident orca population, which sadly has dropped back to an historic low of just 73 orcas remaining.  Despite celebrating two new births in the past year, including the first new calf…

10/03/2022


148 more fin whales killed in waters around Iceland


The Icelandic fin whaling season has now ended with a final, grim tally of 148 whales killed since June. These hunts were the first in Icelandic waters for four years when, in 2018, 146 fin whales were killed, including at least two rare blue whale/fin whale hybrids and a dozen pregnant females. Since 2006, the company responsible…

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Hundreds of whales killed as Norwegian hunt season ends


The end of the whaling season in Norway has been announced with 580 minke whales killed by 13 whaling vessels in just under six months. Norway’s minister of fisheries had set a quota (number that can be killed) of 917 whales for this season. Thankfully that number was not reached but this was still the…

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09/28/2022


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