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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...

Toxic chemicals found in brains of beached whales

Scientists at Aberdeen University have found high levels of chemical toxins in the bodies of a pod of whales stranded in Scotland three years ago.

The pilot whales were found to be contaminated with mercury and cadmium in all organs, including the brain. This is thought to be the first time that cadmium has been shown to have passed through a natural barrier in the brain that prevents such materials from entering.

The report also suggests that this toxic ‘stress’ increases the longer the whales live, and that the possibility that the chemicals were a factor in the whales navigating off course could not be ruled out.