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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...

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.

About George Berry

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