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Common bottlenose dolphin

100 bottlenose dolphins hunted in Faroe Islands

This morning, (July 29th), 100 bottlenose dolphins were killed in Skálafjörður on the Faroe Islands. The...

Whales left to die in agony as grenade harpoons fail to explode

Evidence has emerged of grenade-tipped harpoons failing to explode when fired into fin whales by...

Elusive whale seen alive for the first time

Using DNA evidence, scientists have been able to officially confirm the first live sightings of...
Fin whale

Fin whales return to old feeding grounds in Southern Ocean

An exciting discovery by researchers in the waters around Antarctica suggest that fin whales are...

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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