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Dolphin spotted swimming through London dies

A dolphin that had been spotted over a number of days swimming in the Thames, London has sadly died.

Initial tests by the Cetacean Strandings Investigation Programme for the Zoological Society of London show that the common dolphin had very little food in its stomach and was probably quite old, and may have also become entangled with a floating line.

Japanese hunting vessels set off to kill more whales

Reports in Japanese media indicate that the Japanese whaling fleet has left today for Antarctica. The fleet sailed from Shimonoseki Port, Yamaguchi Prefecture in order to kill up to 333 Antarctic minke whales by next March for ongoing ‘research’.

The fleet consists of the Yushin Maru (724 tons) and The 3rd Yushin Maru (742 tons). They will meet with three other vessels offshore, including the factory ship Nisshin Maru (8145 tons) and the 2nd Yushin Maru (747 tons), which will leave from other ports.

Nearly ten percent of whales, dolphins, and porpoises examined in Ireland found to have consumed plastics

A new study published in the academic journal, Environmental Pollution has revealed the shocking reality of plastic debris polluting the ocean.

According to data compiled off the coast of Ireland by researchers at Galway-Mayo IT and University College Cork (in collaboration with IWDG), almost ten per cent of whales, dolphins, and porpoises examined were found to have plastics in their digestive tracts.

Whalers in Japan kill 35 minke whales

An annual hunt of minke whales off the coast of Japan resulted in the deaths of 35 whales this autumn, consisting of 22 males and 13 females, according to local news sources.

The whalers had been hoping to hunt 77 whales but poor weather hampered their efforts. During the summer, another 50 whales were killed in coastal waters.

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Longest surviving dolphin in captivity in Japan dies

Nana, a bottlenose dolphin who had been held in captivity for over 40 years, has died at the Shimoda Aquarium in Shizuoka, Japan.

An autopsy will be carried out to determine her cause of death. Last month she became the longest surviving dolphin in captivity in Japan after 42 years and 10 months in confinement.

She was captured off the coast of Ito in 1974 and during her time in captivity gave birth to eight calves according to local reports.

UN wildlife summit agrees steps to protect homes for whales and dolphins

A major United Nation’s wildlife summit has agreed on steps to reduce threats to whales and dolphins around the world by identifying areas where they live, feed and breed.

The 130 nation members attending the 12th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) meeting in Manila adopted the landmark resolution agreeing to help with the identification of areas in the ocean that are important to whales and dolphins.

Dolphin dies at desert marine park

A bottlenose dolphin called Bodie has died at the Dolphinaris marine park in Scottsdale, Arizona, barely a year after the controversial park opened.

A statement from the park said that the dolphin was suffering from a rare muscle disease.

The proposal to establish the desert-based swim-with facility was widely condemned by WDC and others. The owners also have several other captive facilities in Mexico.

The clock to extinction is ticking for North Atlantic right whales

The discovery of yet another dead North Atlantic right whale was made in Massachusetts on October 23, 2017 marking the 16th known death for the critically endangered species since April of this year and the loss of more than 3% of the entire species in a six month period.  This most recent death came only days after scientists at the annual meeting of the North Atlantic Right Whale Consortium predicted that, without significantly red

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