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US government refuses to shield endangered right whales from lethal ship collisions

The Biden administration in the US has denied an emergency petition that seeks to protect...

Automated cruelty – vending machines in Japan now dispense dead whale

In an effort to prop up the cruel and declining whale hunting industry in Japan,...

The Yogscast raises an ocean-sized donation for WDC

The New Year started with a bang for whales and dolphins thanks to Bristol-based gaming...
Russia captive orca NARNIA_2017_2 CREDIT Oxana Fedorova

Narnia the orca dies at Russian dolphinarium

Narnia the orca performs in Russia © Oxana Fedorova Narnia, a wild orca taken from...

Rare whales may get protection after oil drilling go-ahead

A rare and unique population of Bryde’s whale that live in the Gulf of Mexico may be awarded greater protection after US authorities opened up a small area of their habitat in the DeSoto Canyon off the Florida Panhandle for oil drilling operations.

Even though Bryde’s whales are found in tropical waters across the globe, this population is thought to be genetically separate. The whales were only recently discovered and there are thought to be maybe less than 50 or so in the group.

As well as the potential for pollution, increased noise and collisions with boats also pose a threat to the whales. Last month, the US National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) announced it was considering giving the whales endangered or threatened status. If the whales are granted this new recognition, regulators would need to establish critical habitat protection and take further measures to consider their conservation needs them before any drilling-related activities could start.

Bryde's whale

About George Berry

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