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Third orca death in 18 months at theme park

Loro Parque tourist attraction in Tenerife, Spain has announced the death of Kohana, a 20-year-old...

WDC’s Shorewatch work shortlisted for nature award

We are thrilled that our Shorewatch programme has been shortlisted in the Citizen Science category...
Image from one of the WDC Risso's dolphin research catalogues

Local community helps piece together Risso’s dolphin puzzle

Thousands of photographs from members of the public have been published today in two WDC...

Tesco joins new initiative to help protect whales and dolphins

Tesco, the UK's largest retailer has joined WDC, Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP), and the Royal Society...

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.