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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...

Southern Resident orcas lose another matriarch

In sad news during a strange summer for the critically endangered Southern Resident orcas, the Center for Whale Research (CWR) has announced the disappearance, and presumed death, of another matriarch of the Southern Resident community.

K13, Skagit, was a leader in K pod, estimated to be about 45 years old.  Her death brings K pod, already the smallest group in the Southern Resident population, down to just 18 members.  Like the loss of Granny late last year, the death of a matriarch is particularly hard.  Elder females carry knowledge vital to the survival of their families and are important to holding their pods together.

This summer has been an unusual one for seeing the Southern Residents in the Salish Sea, normally their summer feeding grounds.  This is the lowest year on record for sightings of the orcas during the summer in over forty years of the annual census by CWR.  The normal trends have been changing in recent years, as the orcas struggle to find food in their historic feeding grounds.

Prey depletion is the biggest threat to the survival of the Southern Resident community, and can compound the effects of other threats, including toxic contamination and vessel impacts.