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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 60 surviving individuals.

It is only found in the northern part of the Gulf of California where gillnets are used to catch a species of fish, the totoaba, whose future is also under threat.

Have scientists discovered a new species of whale?

A new species of beaked whale may have been discovered, according to a new paper, co-authored by WDC research fellow, Erich Hoyt, and published in Marine Mammal Science.

It follows the discovery of a dead whale that washed up on a beach in Alaska in 2014. Initially it was thought to be a Baird's beaked whale but it soon become clear that the creature, which measured over seven metres long, was a different species altogether.

115 whales killed for ‘science’

The Japanese Fisheries Agency has announced that 90 sei whales and 25 Bryde's whales have been slaughtered by its whale hunting fleet in the north western Pacific.

The annual hunts started in May  and, according to officials from the Japanese Institute of Cetacean Research the whales have been killed for scientific purposes such as studying stomach contents and taking skin samples.

Record number of dolphin deaths on Black Sea coastline

A record number of dolphins are washing up dead on Bulgaria's Black Sea beaches according to reports. 108 dead individuals have been accounted for by local authorities already this year, with the cause of death still unknown.

Bulgarian Prime Minister, Boiko Borissov has called a special meeting with conservation organizations to try to establish the cause and how best to deal with the issue.

US Navy sonar illegal rules court

A Court of Appeal in California, has ruled regulations allowing the US Navy to use a low-frequency sonar for training violate the US Marine Mammal Protection Act.

The US Navy currently uses this particular type of sonar in more than half of the world’s ocean, which potentially harms whales, dolphins, and other marine mammals like seals and walruses.

New research unlocks mysteries of minke whale feeding habits

Studies of minke whales in Antarctica have revealed some more secrets about how these amazing creatures feed.

Data taken over several weeks showed the minke’s feeding in a way unique to other whales; spending most of their feeding time under the sea ice and skimming just below the frozen water, scooping up large volumes of krill.

Team investigates cause of sperm whale stranding in Cornwall

A team of experts from the Institute of Zoology in London have spent the last two days carrying out a post-mortem on a young female sperm whale that stranded on Perranporth beach on the north coast of Cornwall.

The whale, which was over 10m long, came ashore on Sunday but rescuers were unable to save it. Early results indicate the whale had fed on squid (their main prey) at some point but had no marine debris in its stomach.

WDC Stop Whaling campaign gets boost from European Parliament

WDC celebrates a massive achievement in our campaign to make whaling a deal-breaker in the free trade agreement negotiations between the EU and Japan.

On July 6, 2016 in Strasbourg, a majority of the members of the European parliament (MEPs) agreed on a resolution asking for stronger measures from the EU against Japanese whaling. The vote was overwhelming with 610 votes in favour, 11 against and 77 abstentions.

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