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More important ocean areas for whales and dolphin protection identified

Scientists and observers from many different countries have identified and mapped 36 new Important Marine...
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Las Vegas dolphin facility to close

Siegfried & Roy's Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat in Las Vegas is to permanently close....

WDC citizen science project nominated for Scottish nature award

The success of WDC's Shorewatch programme was acknowledged recently after being nominated in the Citizen...

Whale meat fetches record high at Japan auction

Sei whale meat is being sold at a record high in Japan according media reports...

Pilot whales die in New Zealand stranding

As many as 58 pilot whales have died after a mass stranding in the Eastern Bay of Plenty in New Zealand.

It is thought one of the whales may have stranded after becoming ill and the others followed it into a harbour. 

A rescue attempt was launched by local volunteers and the Department of Conservation which initially resulted in the successful refloating of 22 other whales. Sadly, these whales then restranded overnight and either died or had to be euthanised.

New Zealand has one of the highest number of stranding incidents with pilot whales often involved.

Find out more about why whales and dolphins strand.

About George Berry

George is a member of WDC's Communications team and website coordinator.