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West African bycaught dolphins provide insights for new method for health assessment

West African bycaught dolphins provide insights for new method for health assessment

Winners of the 2016 WDC Bharathi Viswanathan Award, Marie-Francoise Van Bressem and colleagues, studied photographs of dolphins bycaught in fishing gear from three Ghanaian ports, to develop an opportunistic, non-invasive research tool to examine epidemiological aspects of the general health of free-ranging and by-caught cetaceans. Read more about this novel research here and if you are…

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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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Are North Atlantic right whales headed towards extinction?

Enter your email address: Powered by Feedio A recently released article in the journal Frontiers in Marine Science ‘casts doubt’ on the future existence of critically endangered North Atlantic right whales, a species of which fewer than 500 individuals remain. According to right whale researchers, the calving rate for this beleaguered species has declined by 40% since 2010.  Why are fewer calves being born?  It appears to…

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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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