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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...

First study of Omura’s whale carried out

Researchers have documented their findings after the first studies were carried out on the rare Omura’s whale, a recently discovered species previously thought to be smaller version of Bryde’s whale.

Omura’s whale can be identified by the unique asymmetrical pigmentation on their lower jaws but it was not until 2003 that genetic DNA testing was able to confirm them as a separate species. The research was carried out on whales living in the Indian Ocean near Madagascar. Vocalisations recorded during the study will now be analysed to help discover more about the breeding habits of these whales.

About George Berry

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