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More important ocean areas for whales and dolphin protection identified

Scientists and observers from many different countries have identified and mapped 36 new Important Marine...
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Las Vegas dolphin facility to close

Siegfried & Roy's Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat in Las Vegas is to permanently close....

WDC citizen science project nominated for Scottish nature award

The success of WDC's Shorewatch programme was acknowledged recently after being nominated in the Citizen...

Whale meat fetches record high at Japan auction

Sei whale meat is being sold at a record high in Japan according media reports...

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.