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Over 250 whales die in Faroes hunts

It has emerged that over 250 pilot whales have been slaughtered in just one day in the Faroes.  The two hunts (or grinds) took place in the killing cove of Bøur, where 111 pilot whales were slaughtered, and one just a few hours later in Tórshavn, where 142 pilot whales were killed.  The total killed in this year’s hunts in the Faroes is already up to 429.

Amazing orca rescue caught on film

Amazing footage has emerged of a stranded orca being rescued from rocks off the Canadian coast.

The young whale stranded on B.C.'s North Coast on Wednesday and rescuers battled for nine hours to keep the orca alive until the tide came back in again.

Although the whale was crying out when first approached, Janie Wray, one of the rescuers said that after some time she began to calm down and closed her eyes.

Icelandic government official questions whale hunts

A leading member of the Icelandic government has questioned the extent of the country’s whale hunting in a surprising interview with a local news service.

In the first acknowledgement of its kind from an Icelandic government official for many years, Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, Iceland's Foreign Minister has indicated that Iceland should consider reducing its whaling operations in light of international criticism.

Icelandic fin whale slaughter now at 36

Despite the fin whale hunting season starting later than usual in Iceland, reports from the country say that a further four endangered fin whales were killed at sea earlier in the week, putting the total for this hunting season at 36.  It is thought that calm weather conditions at sea have made the slaughter relatively easy.

Rescued orca reunites with family pod

Two years after a young transient orca had to be rescued after becoming stranded in a cove off an island in British Columbia in July 2013, researchers from Canada's Department of Fisheries and Oceans have spotted him back with his family pod.

SeaWorld's beluga whale calf dies

Weeks after a beluga whale calf died at the Georgia Aquarium, another calf has died having lived for just 3 weeks at SeaWorld San Antonio. It is the second beluga whale death at SeaWorld this year following the loss of an adult male, Nanuq, at its Orlando park in February.

The calf was born one month prematurely and park staff had been supplementing its food in order to help it gain weight. A necropsy will be carried out to determine the cause of death.

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