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Third orca death in 18 months at theme park

Loro Parque tourist attraction in Tenerife, Spain has announced the death of Kohana, a 20-year-old...

WDC’s Shorewatch work shortlisted for nature award

We are thrilled that our Shorewatch programme has been shortlisted in the Citizen Science category...
Image from one of the WDC Risso's dolphin research catalogues

Local community helps piece together Risso’s dolphin puzzle

Thousands of photographs from members of the public have been published today in two WDC...

Tesco joins new initiative to help protect whales and dolphins

Tesco, the UK's largest retailer has joined WDC, Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP), and the Royal Society...

US government study links dolphin deaths to BP oil spill

Scientists in the US have found the first direct evidence linking deaths of dolphins in the Gulf of Mexico to the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster in 2010.

Government led studies have shown diseases found in dolphins around the Barataria Bay area in Louisiana, which was badly affected by the BP spill, were consistent with exposure to oil. These include lung disease and hormonal abnormalities, and of those dolphins studied by the scientists, up to 17% were expected to die of illness related to oil pollution.

The lead scientist behind the study, published in the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Science and Technology, said : “I’ve never seen such a high prevalence of very sick animals – and with unusual conditions.”