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Common bottlenose dolphin

100 bottlenose dolphins hunted in Faroe Islands

This morning, (July 29th), 100 bottlenose dolphins were killed in Skálafjörður on the Faroe Islands. The...

Whales left to die in agony as grenade harpoons fail to explode

Evidence has emerged of grenade-tipped harpoons failing to explode when fired into fin whales by...

Elusive whale seen alive for the first time

Using DNA evidence, scientists have been able to officially confirm the first live sightings of...
Fin whale

Fin whales return to old feeding grounds in Southern Ocean

An exciting discovery by researchers in the waters around Antarctica suggest that fin whales are...

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.”