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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...

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

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