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Japan to resume minke whale hunts in the name of research

Japan’s Fisheries Agency has announced plans to hunt whales off the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido in just a few days’ time for research purposes.

Up to 51 minke whales could be killed during the hunts, which the Fisheries Agency said would contribute to resource management by looking into whale’s ecology through analysis of stomach contents and organs.

Blue whale filmed in UK waters

A Blue Whale has been captured on film for what is thought to be the first time ever in English waters. 

The sighting occurred around 400km off the coast of Cornwall on the 24th August. The huge whale was spotted over a deep-sea canyon on the northern margin of the Bay of Biscay by Prof Russell Wynn, a marine scientist and part of a research team aboard the UK vessel, RRS James Cook.

Photographers fined for flying drones close to orcas

US authorities have fined two people for allegedly flying drones too close to a pod of orcas in Washington state. 

In what could well be the first case of its kind, the pair have been prosecuted after capturing footage of the ocras in the Haro Strait, just east of Vancouver Island, Canada.

Latest Japanese research trip ends with 115 whales dead

Ten weeks of so-called ‘research’ have come to an end in the northwestern Pacific with Japanese hunting ships slaughtering over 100 whales.

According to the Japanese Fisheries Agency, 90 sei whales and 25 Bryde’s whales have been taken since the hunts began on June 11th.

Poland’s environment minister says no to captive dolphins

Poland's Environment Minister has been raising his concerns about the practise of keeping dolphins in captivity, and has poured cold water on possible plans to build a dolphinarium in Mszczonów.

In a recent blog, Maciej Grabowski stated that there was no agreement to open a commercial dolphinaria in Poland.

He went on to say that dolphins needed the open space of the ocean and, although the idea to build a captive facility in Poland had aroused interest, the best place to see dolphins was in the wild - in their natural environment.

Illegal sale of whale meat uncovered in Hong Kong

Fin whale

(image copyright Tim Stenton)


A food store chain in Hong Kong has been criticised for illegally selling tins of whale meat curry.

The cans, which reportedly contain meat from the critically endangered fin whale, were discovered on the shelves of the 759 grocery shop in Tuen Mun.

Scientists puzzled by record number of whale deaths

Scientists are still puzzled by the sudden deaths of 30 large whales that have washed up on the coast of Alaska in recent weeks.

Different species of whale have been stranding along the shore since May in what is now being called an ‘unusual mortality event’.

The death rate is nearly three times the historical average and the record number of dead whales includes 11 fin, 14 humpback, one gray, and four unidentified others.

The cause remains a mystery but representatives from NOAA (the US federal department concerned with oceans) will continue their investigations.

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