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Large number of dolphins moved to Abu Dhabi marine park

Up to 24 captive bottlenose dolphins have reportedly been sent to a new SeaWorld theme...
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Success! Removal of last river dams to help threatened orcas in the US

Great news has emerged from the US concerning our work to protect the endangered orca...

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....

Team investigates cause of sperm whale stranding in Cornwall

A team of experts from the Institute of Zoology in London have spent the last two days carrying out a post-mortem on a young female sperm whale that stranded on Perranporth beach on the north coast of Cornwall.

The whale, which was over 10m long, came ashore on Sunday but rescuers were unable to save it. Early results indicate the whale had fed on squid (their main prey) at some point but had no marine debris in its stomach.

According to the Cornish Wildlife Trust which runs the local Marine Stranding Network, there have only been five previous sperm whale strandings in the county since records began. Even more amazing it appears from the national stranding records that this may be the first confirmed female sperm whale stranding in the UK for over 100 years. Sperm whales are usually found in deeper offshore waters and females tend to inhabit warmer waters at lower latitudes, such as those around the Azores.

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About George Berry

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