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More important ocean areas for whales and dolphin protection identified

Scientists and observers from many different countries have identified and mapped 36 new Important Marine...
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Las Vegas dolphin facility to close

Siegfried & Roy's Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat in Las Vegas is to permanently close....

WDC citizen science project nominated for Scottish nature award

The success of WDC's Shorewatch programme was acknowledged recently after being nominated in the Citizen...

Whale meat fetches record high at Japan auction

Sei whale meat is being sold at a record high in Japan according media reports...

Dolphin Consumption On Rise In Poorer Nations

Dolphin for dinner is becoming more common as people in poorer nations struggle to put food on their plates.

While we might be aware of whale meat being eaten in Japan, the threats to dolphins are usually from fishing nets and captivity. Now, according to Martin Robards of the Wildlife Conservation Society in Alaska, dolphins are among the many animals facing “the bush meat problem”.

Extensive research done by Robards and Randall Reeves of the Okapi Wildlife Associates in Quebec, Canada, reveals that dolphins are being eaten in the coastal regions of west Africa, Peru, Brazil, Colombia, Trinidad and Tobago, Madagascar, Sri Lanka, India, the Philippines and Burma. Some of these may have been caught unintentionally but many will have been sought out as a replacement for other, dwindling sources of protein.

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