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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...

New insight into how narwhals use their tusks

Drone footage taken by researchers from WWF studying narwhals in north-eastern Canada has revealed how the whales use their unique tusks to hunt for fish. 

The whales could clearly be seen tapping the fish to stun it before consuming the prey. The tusk is in fact a large canine tooth, usually only found on male narwhals. Little is known about the narwhal as it is generally shy and is only found in the arctic. Previously it was thought the whales only fed during the winter but this footage shows them catching prey during the summer season.

Loss of habitat as industrial development and shipping increases in the arctic are a major threat to species, along with changes in sea ice distribution which impacts on the availability of food.

About George Berry

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