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Barnacles used to track humpback whale movements

Researchers in the US have been using an interesting way to map the travel patterns of some humpback whales as they migrate around the globe, to look into how those patterns may have changed over many years, and also at the state of the ocean in the past.

Virus to blame for death of rare dolphin deaths off Brazil

The deaths of dozens of endangered dolphins that have died off the coast of Brazil in just over a month, has been blamed on an a outbreak of "cetacean mobillivirus" which can damage a dolphin's immune system, according to scientists from the School of Oceanography at the State University in Rio de Janeiro.

Nearly 200 Guiana dolphins, also known as Sotalia or gray dolphins, have been found in the worst mass death of the dolphin this decade.

Rescuers brave freezing temperatures to refloat pilot whale

2018 has begun with a positive story from Nova Scotia in Canada where around 100 volunteers and members of the local police and firefighters helped marine mammal experts to refloat a stranded male pilot whale.

Much of North America has been suffering from unusually low temperatures in recent weeks and the rescuers had to cope with temperatures 10 degrees below freezing as the rescue effort took place at Rainbow Haven beach, near Halifax.

Dolphins and fishermen working together in Brazil

The BBC reports on how dolphins and fishermen work together to catch fish in Brazil. This kind of collaborative fishing also happens in other parts of the world.

However, the use of illegal fishing nets in the area is resulting in some dolphins dying entangled in these nets.

Dead orca calf found on Shetland beach after recent storm

The body of a young male orca calf has been discovered washed up on Shetland following Storm Caroline which struck the UK earlier this month.

The strength of the storm had left the body 25 metres from the shoreline. It appears the orca had become detached from his pod as winds reached over 90mph. 

It is unclear if any other factors played a part in his death but there are serious concerns about the impact of pollution on whales and dolphins around the UK coastline.

The weight of 3.3 million penguins in plastic waste – UK’s Christmas gift to the environment

UK environment and animal welfare charities, including WDC are calling on businesses to slash wasteful packaging, and governments across the four nations to commit to a raft of strong measures to tackle plastic pollution in the New Year.

The calls, which also include asking the public to help cut the plague of plastic pollution this Christmas by using less and recycling more, come as new estimates emerge on the startling scale of plastic and other waste this Christmas.

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