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Initial tests point to lack of food as factor in UK sperm whale deaths

Preliminary findings into the deaths of two of the six sperm whales whales beached on the coast of the UK in recent weeks have found that the cause of death was the result of live stranding, and dehydration due to a lack of food whilst in the North Sea. 

Samples have been taken from three other whales but we may never discover why they ended up in the area.

A sixth sperm whales stranded and died on a Ministry of Defence beach. 

The BBC, whale hunting and Japan’s stubborn refusal to let go of a bloody ‘tradition’

Read and watch the BBC’s reporter in Asia, Rupert Wingfield- Hayes, as he goes to a Japanese market to buy whale meat, ‘tastes’ it, and gets the views and opinions of someone who ate it as a child but has now stopped.

WDC applauds this investigation; which gets to the heart of why Japan continues to whale.

Japan has a limited tradition of small type coastal whaling which can´t really be described as 'part of Japanese culture'.

Orca calf strands in Germany

The body of a stranded orca calf has been found on the coast of Sylt, an island in northern Germany. It is only the 5th orca stranding ever recorded in Germany and the first since 1990.

UK wildlife under threat as government considers scrapping police investigation team

Doubts remain over the future of the UK’s wildlife crime investigation team that could be shut down due to Government funding cuts.

The National Wildlife Crime Unit (NWCU) supports the UK’s police forces in tackling wildlife crimes, but animals will be at greater risk of harm if it is scrapped.

The team costs just £427,000 a year to run but government officials have refused to guarantee the unit’s future.

New sperm whale stranding on UK east coast

The sperm whale whch stranded earlier today in Norfolk on the east coast of the UK has sadly died.

Coastguard officials and staff from the local Sea Life centre attended the scene along with a team from British Divers Marine Life Rescue.

Despite efforts to refloat the whale, it eventually died around 8pm.

This latest stranding brings the total to nearly 30 sperm whales that have stranded in the UK, France, Netherlands and Germany since the start of the year.

Eight more sperm whales wash up dead in Germany

A further eight sperm whales have washed up dead on a German beach, just days after around 16 other sperm whales were found dead at other sites on the North Sea, including the UK.

The eight whales found near the north German town of Friedrichskoog were young males, and were reported to be lying close to each other in an area of the Wadden Sea national park.

Work continued this week to remove the sperm whales from beaches at Hunstanton in Norfolk, and Skegness.

Fishermen in Japan save stranded whale

An injured sperm whale recently found stranded by fishermen near Tokushima in Japan, was helped back into the water in a compassionate act, showing that not all news from Japan regarding whales is bad. 

The fishermen worked hard to save the whale, cheered on by passers-by, and WDC is grateful for the dedicated efforts of those involved. There is no single reason for why whales strand and stranding response protocols vary by country.

WDC team attends dolphin stranding in Scotland

A team from WDC's Scottish Dolphin Centre attended the stranding of a young striped dolphin at Lossiemouth in the Moray Firth yesterday.

At around 10.30am the Centre received a call from British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) that the dolphin had been seen on the beach. WDC staff quickly joined the BDMLR team on the scene and helped to perform first aid and keep the dolphin calm.

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