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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...

Mass stranding of baleen whales discovered in Chile

Scientists in Chile are investigating what may have caused the death of 337 baleen whales, discovered in June washed up on beaches between the Gulf of Penas and Puerto Natales in a remote southern part of the country. The discovery was made after local authorities instigated a wider search after over 20 whales were found in April.

While smaller toothed whales and dolphins are known to sometimes strand in large numbers, this is possibly the largest ever recording of a group of stranded baleen whales. The whales are thought to possibly be sei whales, though they have been decomposing for some time.

One possible cause of death being considered is that the whales may have been poisoned by something in their prey.

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