In troubling news out of the Pacific Northwest, the Center for Whale Research announced this week that one of the critically endangered Southern Resident orcas, Samish (J14) is missing and is presumed dead. Samish is a 42-year-old matriarch in J pod, well-known to orca researchers and whale watchers in the area. For these tightly-knit, family-oriented whales, a sighting of a famil
The skull of an ancestor of the river dolphins that live today in South Asia, has been identified over 60 years after being discovered in Alaska according to a new scientific paper. Over 25 millions years old, the fossil belongs to a group of dolphins that lived in a sub-arctic marine environment unlike their modern-day relatives, which inhabit the major rivers of Asia such as the Indus and Ganges.
We are delighted that a formerly captive Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin named Chunsam has been seen with a baby by the Dolphin Research Group of Jeju University/Ewha Womans University.
WDC is thrilled to announce the launch of a new partnership with the makers of a brand new computer game, Iron Fish (see trailer below).
Iron Fish, created by Dean Edwards and creative games company BeefJack takes place in a gorgeous oceanic environment where players are immersed in an aquatic adventure, rife with peril and discovery. The world is full of marine creatures, beautifully made, and as close to the real-life creatures as possible.
Worldwide shipping company, COSCO has announced that it will no longer transport whale meat or related products on its vessels.
The global container shipping giant also stated that it will not carry shark fin related products either and will adopt stricter monitoring and regulation to ensure this policy is carried out.
COSCO has immediately ceased all bookings and shipments of dolphin, shark, and whale related products and said that it is 'committed to...protect the environment in order to fulfil its social responsibilities.'
Rescuers have spent around seven hours freeing a young humpback whale from fishing gear off the coast of South Africa.
The 8.5m whale, which had become entangled in rope and floatation buoys, was spotted 500 metres off-shore of Cape Point on the False Bay. South Africa’s Whale Disentanglement Network, together with the National Sea Rescue Institute then helped co-ordinate the rescue with local fishermen over a two day period.
Since we first launched our campaign almost 300,000 people have signed the petition, both on our website and on change.org, asking BA to stop supporting cruel captive whale and dolphin shows by selling tickets to SeaWorld.
BA’s initial refusal to acknowledge that there was anything wrong with selling these tickets was then exposed even further by SeaWorld itself backing away from keeping orcas in small tanks in the future, to stop breeding orcas, and eventually ending all orcas shows.
It appears that we humans may not be the only ones that care about the welfare of others creatures. Global data being analysed by scientists seems to suggest that humpback whales are making a conscious effort to rescue other species, like seals, from attacks by orcas.
Although more scientific study needs to be done, there are now numerous reports of this kind of selfless activity by humpback whales.
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.
Another terrible slaughter of pilot whales has taken place in the Faroe Islands in recent days.