An investigation has been launched after two endangered New Zealand dolphins (also known as Hector's dolphins) were found in different locations on the country's South Island.
A humpback whale that has been feeding off the coast of south Devon had to be rescued on Wednesday after becoming entanged in fishing gear, possible ropes from crab or lobster pots, which were wrapped around the whale's tail.
The whale has been in the area for most of the month, attracting visitors to the area to see this rare visitor to the south coast. A rescue team from British Divers Marine Life Rescue successfully cut the whale free with assistance from rescue teams from the RNLI.
The growing numbers of dolphins and porpoises washing up dead on the south west coast of the UK is continuing to cause concern.
Over 100 have been reported dead on beaches in Cornwall and in fishing boat nets in eight weeks, according to the Cornwall Wildlife Trust, bringing the toll for last year to 205.
So IWC66 ends with a celebration of whale-themed ties, which, believe it or not, was won by a Japanese delegate. He was sporting a bright Moby Dick themed tie. so I guess that, as it’s a whaling themed tie, the individual concerned may be allowed back into Japan’s Far Seas Fisheries building where their whaling plans are hatched.
In Burma, Irrawaddy dolphins have generally been revered by local people in addition to providing direct economic benefits to cast-net fishermen through their role in a human-dolphin cooperative fishery.
You can read more about WDC's work to help protect Maui and Hectors dolphins