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Rare Shepherd's beaked whale strands in New Zealand

A rarely seen Shepherd's beaked whale has died after stranding on a beach in New Zealand. The whale was discovered at Caroline Bay in Timaru on Monday evening. 

Despite the efforts of rescuers the whale could not be saved. It is not the first time a Shepherd's beaked whale has been seen in the area, leading to speculation there might be a population living in nearby waters.

Barcelona to be a dolphinaria free zone

Authorities in Barcelona, Spain have announced that the city is to become a dolphinaria-free city.

Dolphins have been held in captivity for ‘entertainment’ in city facilities for 45 years, but the new announcement bans the building of any new dolphinaria and new homes will be sought for the six dolphins currently held (four in Barcelona zoo and two on loan to Oceanografic in Valencia).

Mystery sound in Mariana trench could be a whale

Scientists from Oregon State University believe whales might be responsible for creating a mysterious sound picked up by acoustic devices in the Mariana Trench.

The 2500km long trench, located in the western Pacific, contains the deepest part of the world's oceans, one point reaching a depth of nearly 11,000 metres (36,000ft).

Chinese plans to capture endangered whales and dolphins off Namibia subside

According to latest reports, the company that owns a trawler linked to the possible capture of whales and dolphins off the coast of Namibia has decided not to pursue these plans, and will leave Namibian waters shortly.

The controversial Chinese trawler, Ryazanovka, had spent recent days refuelling and storing fuel supplies at Walvis Bay’s main port after being named in some reports as the vessel that was to be used to capture and transport live and endangered marine mammals to Chinese aquariums.

Orcas seen attacking beaked whales

For the first time, researchers in Australia have recorded groups of orcas attacking and killing individual beaked whales. The team from Curtin University in Perth have been studying the whales off South Australia since 2014 and have documented seeing the whale hunting beaked whales on four occasions. Very little is known about most species of beaked whale as they tend to inhabit deep, offshore waters.

WDC's Whale SENSE Atlantic Program has Banner Year in 2016

In 2016, the responsible whale watching program Whale SENSE Atlantic hit two records: the highest number of participants (16) and the most large whale entanglements documented by participants (13). The most recent entanglement was reported by American Princess Cruises out of New York City on December 4, and involved a critically endangered right whale.

SeaWorld announces plan to build park in Middle East

SeaWorld has announced plans to build its first marine park in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, due to open in 2022. The park will be the first SeaWorld attraction to operate without displaying orcas.

WDC raises a glass to its Shorewatch volunteers

To thank them for another year of their fantastic dedication and support, volunteers from WDC’s Shorewatch team were treated to special beer tasting session at the Scottish Dolphin Centre last week courtesy of WDC partner, Speyside Craft Brewery.

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