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A dolphin trapped in a fishing net

Study raises concern about methods used to stop dolphins being caught in nets

Dolphins and porpoises continue to die in huge numbers in fishing gear but even some...
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...

US authorities launch investigation into increase in humpback whale deaths

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in the US has launched an investigation into possible causes behind an unusually high number of humpback whales deaths along the country’s east coast.

The situation has been declared an “unusual mortality event (UME)“, requiring an immediate response to investigate the event by the authorities. 26 whales died along a stretch of coast from Maine to North Carolina last year, way above the average of 14. So far in 2017, another 15 whales have died in just the first few months.

So far, an examination of 20 of the whales that died last year has revealed that at least half of them showed signs of having been struck by marine vessels.


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