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Russian naval exercises off Irish coast threaten whales and dolphins

Russian naval exercises off Irish coast threaten whales and dolphins

Military exercises planned by the Russian navy 150 miles off the south-west coast of Ireland next month raise the very real prospect of whales and dolphins washing up dead on Irish beaches, if active sonar are involved. This part of the ocean is known to be important for marine mammals, and particularly for vulnerable beaked…

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Good news for campaign to protect whales and dolphins from wartime bombs

The Government has recommended that unexploded bombs located in the sea should be detonated quietly to protect whales, dolphins and porpoises. The announcement comes following a long running campaign championed by actress Joanna Lumley that WDC has supported. The Stop Sea Blasts campaign called for a change in the way unexploded war munitions found in the…

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WDC joins US network to help rescue whales and dolphins

Goods news for whales and dolphins in the US. WDC’s team there has officially joined the Marine Mammal Stranding Network and is now authorised to respond to strandings along a section of the Massachusetts coastline, helping efforts to save marine mammals that may get into difficulties and wash up on the shoreline there. Thousands of…

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Dolphin who survived severe sunburn has baby

Spirtle, the dolphin who made the headlines after being badly sunburned while she was stranded in Scotland in 2016 has now given birth to a calf. Spirtle is a bottlenose dolphin and  part of the resident population living in the waters around the Moray Firth. She was close to death after spending 24 hours stuck…

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Bottlenose dolphins visit Cromarty

Two dolphins die after unusual visit by pod in Scotland

Concerns about the potential for a stranding incident have eased after an unusual visit by a pod of bottlenose dolphins to the Cromarty Firth in Scotland. While the Moray Firth is famous for its resident bottlenose dolphins, the 50 or so dolphins that were involved in this visit were from a different population. The firth…

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Rescuing a stranded orca calf

Rescuers search for orca family after saving stranded calf

An orca calf is receiving medical care in New Zealand after becoming stranded near Wellington yesterday. The whale has been moved to a segregated harbour area while rescue teams search for the juvenile orca’s pod. It is hoped the rest of the calf’s family are still in the area and they can be reunited. According…

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