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Success! Controversial plan for oil transfers between ships in important dolphin habitat dropped

A port authority in Scotland has announced that it is to drop plans to pursue a licence to transfer oil between ships in the Moray Firth.

Invergordon's Port of Cromarty Firth announced it’s decision regarding the controversial plan after campaign groups, including WDC raised the issue of potential harm to wildlife in the area.

Ship-to-ship transfers involve one cargo ship moving crude oil or other petroleum products to another vessel while they are moored alongside.

Trump Administration to authorise permits to allow seismic testing in endangered North Atlantic right whale habitat

The US government has announced that it will authorise five permit requests to conduct seismic testing along the US East coast, a year-round habitat for endangered North Atlantic right whales.  Seismic surveys are used to search for deposits of fossil fuels by emitting loud pulsing sounds every 10 seconds, 24 hours a day. This underwater noise pollution is known to harass, harm, and even kill whales and dolphins. 

Over 100 pilot whales die after stranding in New Zealand

A group of up to 145 pilot whales have died after becoming stranded on a beach on Stewart Island in New Zealand. The whales were discovered on Mason Bay beach by a member of the public over the weekend.

Around half of the whales had already died whilst the others were put to sleep by local authority teams at the scene due to the difficulties involved in trying to save them and the distress caused.

Stranded whale had 6 kg of plastic inside their body

A dead sperm whale who washed up on a beach in Indonesia this week was found to have nearly 6kg of plastic inside their body.

Whale Stranding Indonesia posted the news online, reporting that “soft plastic, hard plastic, plastic bags, plastic cups, bottled drinks, sandals and raffia” were among the items retrieved from the carcass.

WDC launches guest T-shirt range with hit Twitter account @awhalefact

WDC’s many followers and supporters  will now able to purchase a range of new, limited edition adult T-shirts just in time for Christmas following the announcement of a collaboration between WDC, our T-shirt design partners Teemill, and the team behind the hugely popular (and sometimes a little cheeky!) @awhalefact Twitter account.

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