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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...
Image from one of the WDC Risso's dolphin research catalogues

Local community helps piece together Risso’s dolphin puzzle

Thousands of photographs from members of the public have been published today in two WDC...

Tesco joins new initiative to help protect whales and dolphins

Tesco, the UK's largest retailer has joined WDC, Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP), and the Royal Society...

Possible illegal Humpback hunt in Haiti reported

Reports have come into WDC regarding an incident in Haiti involving a humpback whale. 

It appears that a small humpback whale in poor health has been harpooned by local fishermen in north Haiti near Fort Liberte, approximately 9 km west of the border with the Dominican Republic.  The disoriented whale entered the shallow bay at least several days ago.

The whale subsequently stranded approximately 20 miles from Fort Liberte in Caracol Bay, also on Haiti’s northern coast.

Despite efforts of the local fishermen, the Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Interior, the local mayor, local police and FoProBim (local environmental NGO) staff to save the whale, she/he died about 1AM local time this morning.

We will post further updates as they become available.