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Permit delays could stop whale hunts in Iceland this summer

As whaling ships go out to hunt for another season in Norway, news from Iceland...
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Māori king declares rights for whales in New Zealand

New Zealand's Māori king and other native leaders across the Pacific region have signed a...
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More success for our End Captivity campaign. Jet2holidays stops promoting dolphin shows

Jet2holidays has followed easyJet's recent announcement and become the latest major tour operator in the...
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Tests reveal captive dolphin choked to death on fake seaweed

Nephele, a dolphin held at Kolmården Zoo in Sweden has died after a piece artificial...

‘Extinct’ gray whale spotted in Atlantic

Scientists have confirmed that a whale spotted off New England is a species thought to have gone extinct in the Atlantic Ocean two hundred years ago.

Researchers made the amazing discovery south of Nantucket, Massachusetts, quickly realising that he or she was a gray whale - normally found in the northern Pacific Ocean. The gray whale, which was once hunted to near extinction, had disappeared from the Atlantic Ocean by the 18th century.

Gray whales are amazing long-distance travellers, undertaking migrations of thousands of kilometres each year. This recent, confirmed discovery, is a likely indicator of the effects of climate change on the ocean. The warming of the planet has led to ice melting in the North-west Passage region, an area that joins the Pacific and Atlantic Ocean. Gray whales are now able to travel through the passage in the summer where ice no longer blocks their way.

Learn more about the gray whale  - visit our species guide here