The Australian government has announced that it is to stop so-called super trawlers from fishing in Australia's territorial waters, a move which could help whales and dolphins that get accidentally caught, injured or killed in the vessel's huge nets. Sadly the ban only applies to boats 427 feet (130 meters) or longer. These vessels can cast nets up to 1,000 feet long.
An “entangled” whale watching boat with 157 passengers on board remained at sea overnight and made national news.
Earlier this week, what appeared to be a healthy bottlenose dolphin was found stranded on a beach (perhaps aptly named Hell's Mouth) in Wales.
WDC and its conservation partners filed a suit in US federal court today challenging the US government’s five year delay in designating additional Critical Habitat for critically endangered North Atlantic right whales. Fewer than 500 North Atlantic right whales remain and their survival is threatened by vessel strikes, ent
WDC has now completed a second set of intensive surveys near the very remote M’buke Island, Papua New Guinea. Working with Papua New Guinea Department of Environment and Conservation (PNG DEC), M’buke Island Peoples Association (MIPA), South Pacific Projects, and University of Papua New Guinea, the survey team came across 18 different groups of whales and dolphins.
According to reports from the Philippines, at least 22 dwarf sperm whales have been killed by blasts from dynamite used by local fishermen.
The illegal fishing method on the island of Siargao has a devastating impact on other ocean wildlife and coral reefs.
Locals report that it is common practice for fishermen to use dynamite to stun dolphins and dwarf sperm whales before stabbing them.
The meat is then eaten or sold in markets.
A recent essay published by Dr.
This year, I am adding a very special recipient to my Valentine’s list: the North Atlantic right whale. Instead of chocolate, I am sending a much more important message: human interest does not trump their right to survive.
Italian police have confirmed that an investigation has been launched following claims that dolphin meat is being served to customers in restaurants in and around the capital Rome.
Secret filming by an undercover journalist claims to show one restaurant serving a salad dressed with thinly sliced flakes of dried dolphin fillet.
Independent laboratory tests carried out on the meat the journalist bought in the restaurant, and also from a wholesaler, confirmed it was dolphin.