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Iceland to monitor whale hunt cruelty

Following our call for an investigation into violations of the Icelandic Whaling and Animal Welfare...
Beluga whales in the wild

Beluga whale in River Seine dies after rescue attempt

A beluga whale that became trapped in the River Seine in France has sadly had...
Tilikum, the father of Nakai. © Paul Wigmore

Orca Nakai dies at SeaWorld San Diego

SeaWorld San Diego has announced the death of the orca Nakai. The 20-year-old male orca...
Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin © Mike Bossley/WDC

Last captive Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin to be freed in South Korea

Bibongi, the last Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin held in captivity in South Korea, is to be...

World's most endangered porpoise a step nearer extinction

The latest survey to find out how many vaquitas, a type of porpoise only found in the northern part of the Gulf of California, have revealed that there may be as few as just 30 individuals left.

A survey last summer using acoustic techniques to pick up the sounds made by the porpoises discovered just half as many creatures as researchers has estimated to remain just a year earlier.

The latest finding from the International Committee for the Recovery of the Vaquita, CIRVA) comes despite a ban on on the use of gillnets in the region and continuing efforts to combat the illegal fishing of another endangered species, the totoaba fish that lives in the same region and whose swim bladder can sell for tens of thousands of dollars in markets in Asia.

Vaquita4 Olson NOAA

About George Berry

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