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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...
Long-finned pilot whale

Fishermen in Norway eat pilot whale after entanglement in net

According to local reports, fishermen in Norway ate meat from a long-finned pilot whale after...

Seven decades of whale and dolphin sounds in new library

A new sound library has been launched with recordings from a wide variety of marine mammals, including nearly 40 species of whale and dolphin, which is freely available to the public as well as the scientific community. The Watkins Marine Mammal Sound Database contains thousands of recordings from the last 7 decades which have been digitized and made available online.

The database is maintain by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute where William Watkins, after whom the database is named, carried out pioneering bioacoustic research of marine mammals. The archive includes the first ever sounds recorded of 51 species.

About George Berry

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