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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...

Stranded sperm whales die in Australia

A rare mass standing involving seven sperm whales this week remains unexplained.

The whales were discovered on Parara beach on the Yorke Peninsula in South Australia after they found themselves caught in a low tide.

Six of the whales found on the beach were already dead, with another dying later despite efforts to save and refloat the whale.

Samples from the dead whales will now be taken to try to discover why they may have stranded. It is thought that one of the whales could have be ill and the others followed the creature into the shallow waters. They may also have become trapped after following prey close into the shore.

Sperm whales are usually found in deep water where they can dive to great depths as they hunt for prey such as squid.

Find out more about why whales and dolphins strand.

About George Berry

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