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EU scientific body confirms stronger measures are needed to protect dolphins and porpoises from death in nets

The expert body that provides scientific advice to the European Commission on the management of...
A magical sperm whale encounter

Can space technology tell us how many whales there are?

This exciting project is part of Deloitte's Gravity Challenge, a global programme that encourages corporates,...
minke whale breaching

Norway urged to abandon plans to experiment on captured whales

WDC has teamed up with the Animal Welfare Institute and NOAH (Norway's largest NGO for...
Dolphin disturbance

Environment Minister backs WDC public awareness drive to prevent dolphin disturbance

Whilst we have been locked in as a result of the pandemic nature has reclaimed...

Rare footage of nursing blue whale recorded

A whale watching company in California recently captured on film the rarely seen activity of a blue whale mother nursing her calf.

The calf was estimated to be between four to six months old and will have been born in warmer waters. At birth they are already around seven metres in length and will consume over 200 litres of milk every day, putting on weight at the rate of nearly 4 kilos every hour! In a few months the calf will be weaned but will not reach maturity for at least another ten years.

Please keep in mind that in the United States, obtaining drone footage of marine mammals for research purposes requires federal permits issued under the Marine Mammal Protection Act as well as the Federal Aviation Association. NOAA has also issued recreational guidelines which recommend a distance of approach of at least 1000 feet http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/uas.html.

George Berry

About George Berry

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