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Beluga whale Gia dies at Marineland Canada

Marineland Canada has issued a statement announcing the death of Gia, a beluga whale held in captivity at the park.

The statement says that Gia died suddenly, and that preliminary investigations indicate the cause of death was a twisted small intestine that resulted in a fatal blockage.

Anger as Australian government releases plans to slash marine protection

The Australian government has been criticised for ignoring the public, local communities and scientific advice after announcing draft plans to cut the network of protected sea areas in the region.

The amended ‘Management Plan for the suspended National Marine Park Network’ proposed by the government now contains devastating cutbacks for some of Australia’s best-loved marine treasures, opening the door to destructive commercial fishing and to oil and gas giants.

Cruise ship docks with dead whale on bow

A cruise ship carrying thousands of passengers has arrived at an Alaskan port carrying the carcass of a 6m long humpback whale on its bow.

The Grand Princess, a 290 metre ship pulled into Ketchikan with the whale attached to a submerge part of the bow designed to avoid wave-making. It is not known if the whale, believed to be a juvenile, was alive or dead when the ship struck him or her.

Must do better. Report critical of marine protection in Wales

After a six month inquiry into the management of protect sea areas in Wales, the Welsh government’s Climate Change, Environment & Rural Affairs (CCERA) Committee has today published a report stressing that more needs to be done, and quickly, to protect marine wildlife in the region.

WDC to help Nepal’s river dolphins now on the brink of extinction

The Ganges River dolphin is one of the most threatened freshwater dolphins in the world. They live in rivers of Nepal, India, and Bangladesh. Nepal’s rivers all flow into the Ganges River in India and the dolphins in Nepal are living in the upstream extremes of their range.

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