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Tilikum, the father of Nakai. © Paul Wigmore

Orca Nakai dies at SeaWorld San Diego

SeaWorld San Diego has announced the death of the orca Nakai. The 20-year-old male orca...
Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin © Mike Bossley/WDC

Last captive Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin to be freed in South Korea

Bibongi, the last Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin held in captivity in South Korea, is to be...
Common bottlenose dolphin

100 bottlenose dolphins hunted in Faroe Islands

This morning, (July 29th), 100 bottlenose dolphins were killed in Skálafjörður on the Faroe Islands. The...

Whales left to die in agony as grenade harpoons fail to explode

Evidence has emerged of grenade-tipped harpoons failing to explode when fired into fin whales by...

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.

About George Berry

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