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Rare white dolphin returns to California

A rare white Risso's dolphin has been sighted in Monterey Bay in California, nearly two years after the dolphin was first seen as a calf.

It is unclear whether the dolphin is a true albino or leucistic, a condition in which there is only partial loss of pigmentation. However, one photo taken of the dolphin suggests it may have pink eyes, which would indicate a true albino.

Whale snot secrets revealed by flying robot

Scientists have come up with a novel way of collecting data in order to understand more about whales. The SnotBot is a small drone that can hover over a whale and then collect samples of snot, or whale blow as it is more accurately named. The drones are equipped with petri dishes and can retrieve the particles exhaled through the whale’s blowhole as the creature comes up for air.

Japanese boats leave port to kill whales despite being told to stop by panel of experts

Japan has resumed its annual programme of whale slaughter in the Northwest Pacific just days after a committee of scientific experts at the International Whaling Commission (the global body that regulates whaling) backed previous conclusions by an independent panel that the North Pacific hunts were "currently unjustified, and should be halted until more research has been conducted".

Huge protected area for whale and dolphins in African waters announced

Africa’s largest network of marine protected areas, has been announced by the central African nation of Gabon.

Marine protected areas, or MPAs are stretches of ocean where harmful activities such as oil and gas exploration and certain types of fishing are restricted, or ships are required to slow down so they don’t hit whales. They can be close to shore or far from land on the high seas.

New solution to plastic pollution

Academics from the University of Bath have come up with a biodegradable alternative for microbeads.

Microbeads are tiny plastic particles used in beauty and skincare products and, despite the fact that bans on their use are coming into force they will continue to be washed out into the oceans, consumed by marine life which humans then eat, allowing potentially harmful effects on the body.

Scientists working at Bath University have now come up with a method to make microbeads out of cellulose, a starch found in wood and plants.

WDC centre to benefit from community fund

WDC’s Scottish Dolphin Centre is one of 14 community projects to receive financial backing from the Beatrice Community Fund.

The WDC centre in Moray, will benefit to the tune of £46,544 respectively and help the centre continue its work to protect whales and dolphins.

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