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Dead sperm whale art installation causes a stir in Paris

It wasn't just the arrival of the Tour de France that has been turning heads in Paris this week.

Down on a bank of the River Seine, a 50ft dead sperm whale appeared to be lying on the pavement while 'investigators' examined its remains and spoke to the press. 

International scientific congress talks whale poo

Whale poo and its contribution to marine productivity and climate change mitigation will be part of the agenda of the 28th International Congress for Conservation Biology, which opened July 23 in Cartagena, Colombia.

Scientists will consider how a range of eco-friendly services provided by whales could underpin conservation decisions made by large organisastions that determine the future of the planet.

Huge Chinese construction project threatens white dolphins

Plans for a huge redevelopment project in China have been criticised by environmental groups worried about the future of the Chinese white dolphin.

Chinese theme park giant, Chimelong Group had unveiled plans to spend nearly $800 milion expanding its International Ocean Tourist Resort in Zhuhai, a city in southern China’s Guangdong province that borders Macau.

Last orca calf to be born at SeaWorld dies

The last orca to be born in captivity at SeaWorld has died after being treated in an animal hospital for signs of pneumonia, the marine park has announced.

Dolphins provide clues to potential life-saving treatment for human trauma victims

Researchers looking into ways of preventing life-threatening drops in blood pressure in humans that have suffered severe blood loss have come up with a successful method that takes its inspiration from dolphins.

Some marine mammals like seals and dolphins are said to possess what is sometimes referred to as a ‘diving reflex’, a physiological function which is thought to partially activate when the face or head is immersed in cold water. Some bodily functions then temporarily change to conserve oxygen, allowing these mammals to remain underwater for long periods of time.

Captive dolphins returned to wild in South Korea

Two indo-pacific bottlenose dolphins have been returned to the wild in off Jeju Island in South Korea, 20 years after being illegally captured.

In April, local authorities led by mayor Park Wan-soon ruled that the dolphins, Geumdeung and Daepo, must be released. Since then, they have undergone a rehabilition programme to prepare them for life in the wild. It is hoped they will join up with a local population of around 100 other dolphins.

Community in Canada advised not to eat beluga whale meat after woman dies

A community in Quebec, Canada have been advised by local officials not to eat beluga whale meat after a woman died and her daughter was taken seriously ill in Inukjuak.

Dr. Francoise Bouchard, the director of public health for the region, said both cases have been diagnosed as botulism.

"It is probably from beluga meat," said Dr Bouchard. Tests confirming the source have been carried out the local community has been told to keep clear of the frozen, dried or cooked meat. 

Blogs

Talking Whales and Poo to Children

WDC has recently been visiting schools in South Wales helping children learn about whales and dolphins and their ocean homes. Do whales have belly buttons? Can dolphins talk to whales? Do they get stung when they eat jellyfish?  Can a dolphin die if it eats a balloon or bag? Can a baby dolphin drown if it gets tired?

Battle Scars...

Life can be rough at this time of year as an adult male dolphin - territories and females to defend, disputes to settle and also keeping some of the young upstart "lads" firmly in their place...it's all go.

Japan's "Favourite Sashimi Act"

I have the pleasure of introducing another guest blog by Japanese whale and dolphin advocate Kame-Kujira-Neko. Kame is the author of the novel “Whales Ocean” and he regularly blogs about whaling and dolphin hunting, mainly in Japanese.

A sad legacy: Captive beluga pregnant with her first calf

Georgia Aquarium recently announced the pregnancy of a young beluga whale held at their facility.  Qinu, just shy of 10 years old, was born in 2008 at SeaWorld San Antonio, and is expected to give birth to her first calf in late fall.  The last beluga calf born at the Georgia Aquarium died after less than a month, and