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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...

Record number of whales entangled on US west coast

A record number of whales were reported entangled in fishing gear in in 2014 off the west coast of the US (Washington State, Oregon and California), according to figures from the US authorities. The data, released by the Center for Biological Diversity, shows that at least 30 whales, mainly gray and humpback, were found entangled, twice the number from the previous year. Vertical lines, linking buoys on the surface with crab pots on the bottom, were often involved.

So far this year, 25 entanglements have been recorded off California alone. The issue is also a major problem along the east coast of the US as well where a humpback whale had to have line removed by a rescue team this week. It is likely that many other whale entanglements are never discovered.

The news comes less than a week after the US National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) proposed removing humpback whales from the Endangered Species Act


About George Berry

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