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More help for entangled whales thanks to project funding

A project to stop whale entanglement in fishing gear has received a huge boost thanks...

Iceland to monitor whale hunt cruelty

Following our call for an investigation into violations of the Icelandic Whaling and Animal Welfare...
Beluga whales in the wild

Beluga whale in River Seine dies after rescue attempt

A beluga whale that became trapped in the River Seine in France has sadly had...
Tilikum, the father of Nakai. © Paul Wigmore

Orca Nakai dies at SeaWorld San Diego

SeaWorld San Diego has announced the death of the orca Nakai. The 20-year-old male orca...

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.”