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A dolphin trapped in a fishing net

Study raises concern about methods used to stop dolphins being caught in nets

Dolphins and porpoises continue to die in huge numbers in fishing gear but even some...
Majestic fin whales

Icelandic whalers kill first fin whales in four years

As feared, whale hunters in Iceland have slaughtered at least two fin whales, the first...

Majority of Icelandic people think whaling harms their country’s reputation

With the very real prospect of Iceland's only fin whale hunter, Kristján Loftsson sending boats...
Humpback whale underwater

Humpback whale rescued from shark net in Australia

A humpback whale and her calf have managed to escape after becoming entangled in a...

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.