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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...

Latest fossil find casts light on whale ancestors

Scientists are excited about the latest fossil find which may provide an new insight into the evolution of baleen whales (such as the blue whale).

The remains of the whale, thought to be about 4 million years old, were discovered in early September in a hillside in Scotts Valley in California. The finding is rare as the 25ft whale was largely intact. This will help enable researchers to get a better understanding of the whale and how it differs from its present-day cousins.

The whale has now been removed from the ground for further examination.

Tail fluke of a humpback, a modern day baleen whale © Duncan Murrell

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