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Animal culture crucial for conservation says new research paper

WDC's Philippa Brakes, together with a number of experts working on a wide range of...

EU scientific body confirms stronger measures are needed to protect dolphins and porpoises from death in nets

The expert body that provides scientific advice to the European Commission on the management of...
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Can space technology tell us how many whales there are?

This exciting project is part of Deloitte's Gravity Challenge, a global programme that encourages corporates,...
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Norway urged to abandon plans to experiment on captured whales

WDC has teamed up with the Animal Welfare Institute and NOAH (Norway's largest NGO for...

Quieter waters allow dolphins in Hong Kong to return

Indo-Pacific humpback dolphin

Scientists studying endangered Chinese white dolphins (Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins) in Hong Kong have noticed an increase is sightings after a drop in boat traffic. 

Since the Covid pandemic began there has been a dramatic decline in the number of boats frequenting the waters where the dolphins are found, in particular the fast ferries serving the local islands. Noise pollution and collisions with boats are major threats to the dolphins along with loss of habitat and pollution.

As the boat traffic has decreased and the waters become quieter, sightings of dolphins have increased by as much as 30%, with some individuals being seen for the first time in several years. Sadly, as life begins to return to normal, the dangers to the dolphins will undoubtedly return, once again putting their long-term survival under threat.

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