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Orcas from Iceland return to Scotland

Two orcas sighted back in March off the coast of western Iceland have been seen this week in northern Scotland.

Rob Lott, WDC's orca expert, along with Icelandic colleague Baldur Thorvaldsson, photographed a whale known as 993 (below) alongside another orca, IS408 on March 4th. Yesterday, local wildlife enthusiast, Karen Munro, captured images of the two whales amongst a group of other orcas including a new calf, off Duncansby Head, near John o' Groats, having completed a journey of around 1000 miles.

Rare sighting of bowhead whale in Cornwall

A bowhead whale was sighted off the south coast of Cornwall over the weekend, only the second ever such recording of this species in the UK. The sighting was observed by scientist from Marine Discovery, a wildlife-watching operator based in Penzance.

US authorities investigate dolphin shooting

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) office of Law Enforcement in the US is investigating another case involving the illegal shooting of a dolphin.

The body of the dolphin was discovered off Okaloosa Island in Florida by the Marine Mammal Stranding Team of the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge. 

A NOAA press release announced that during a necropsy (non-human autopsy) carried on the large male dolphin to determine the cause of death a bullet was discovered in his shoulder.

Japan continues to ignore international court ruling as new hunts begin

Japanese whalers have left port to start hunting whales in the northwestern Pacific Ocean. They hope to catch up to 90 sei whales and 25 Bryde's whales in hunts that are expected to last until late July, the country’s Fisheries Agency said.

Two whaling ships left Shimonoseki port on Thursday morning and the 8145-ton Nisshin Maru, the mother ship of the fleet, is scheduled to depart from a port in neighbouring Hiroshima prefecture on Friday.

False killer whales filmed hunting shark

A pod of false killer whales has been filmed hunting and catching a young shark off the coast of New South Wales in Australia.

The footage was taken by a drone off Cronulla, near Sydney. False killer whales hunt a variety of prey but it is rare to see them carry out such an attack.

SeaWorld profits tank

Profit forecasts for captivity theme park giant, SeaWorld seem to have taken another big plunge, falling below market expectations for the year.

New dolphin park opens in Japan

A new marine park where visitors can interact with dolphins, has opened in Japan. "Dolphin Farm Shimanami” opened on April 17th in the town of Hakata in Ehime Prefecture.

Two Risso's dolphins and four bottlenose dolphins were transferred earlier in the month from another facility, Dolphin Farm Awaji Janohire , a park known to have acquired dolphins from the Taiji drive hunts.

Stranding in Victoria could be rare dwarf sperm whale

An unusual-looking whale that has washed up on a beach in Victoria, Australia, is thought to possibly be a rarely seen dwarf sperm whale.

The 2.4 metre-long whale was discovered on Saturday. Just 17 have ever been recorded in Australia and it would be the first time in Victoria.

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