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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...

1000 dolphins may have been killed in Solomon Islands slaughter

Whilst most media attention is focused on the hunts in Taiji, Japan, the huge numbers of dolphins killed in the Solomon Islands continues with report now emerging that suggest that over 1000 may have been slaughtered in the past year by villagers on the island of Malaita. This horrific news comes shortly after 350 dolphins were slaughtered on the nearby village of Fanalei. Although the prime minister has recently stated that they are against the additional export of dolphins, he reaffirmed his support for the dolphin hunts, citing their cultural significance to villagers.

The remoteness and inaccessibility of these hunts makes monitoring them difficult and it is still unclear how the villagers kill the dolphins in the Solomon Islands. Around 700 are killed per year, primarily in three or four villages on the Islands of Malaita, including Fanalei, Walande, Bita’ama, and Ata’a. Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins are often caught for live trade, whereas spinner and spotted dolphins are killed for meat and teeth (used as currency and dowry).