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Man arrested on suspicion of selling whale teeth

A man has been arrested by police in Oxfordshire following the discovery of a large...

Hundreds of whales killed as Norwegian hunt season ends

The end of the whaling season in Norway has been announced with 580 minke whales killed...

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...

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).