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Game of Thrones Star becomes new Patron of Whale and Dolphin Conservation

We are delighted to announce that Game of Thrones star Jerome Flynn has agreed to become a WDC Patron.

Jerome is well-known for his role as skilled mercenary Bronn of the Blackwater in the global TV hit, Game of Thrones. He also starred in ITV’s Soldier Soldier and Ripper Street. Aside from acting both on TV and stage, he is a big animal lover and long-term supporter of WDC.

He is not only a passionate campaigner for whale and dolphin protection against the increasing threats they face but also raises awareness of the need for responsible whale watching in the wild.

Doubts remain after Icelandic Marine Institute claims slaughtered whale was a hybrid not a blue

Experts remain sceptical of initial test results issued by the Icelandic Marine Institute, which indicate that a whale controversially killed just a few days ago by whalers was a blue/fin hybrid, not a pure blue.

Blue whales are a protected species even in Icelandic waters but hybrids are not and, despite their equally rare status, there are no penalties for killing a hybrid blue/fin whale.

Narwhals and Bowhead whales threatened by new Arctic shipping routes

A NASA-funded study has warned that marine creatures like whales and dolphins will be exposed to greater threats from boat traffic as sea ice continues to melt in the Arctic.

The study found that narwhals in particular would be under threat as new shipping lanes opening up as a result of sea ice melting due to global warming. Some scientists predict that even the North Pole may be passable within a matter of decades.  

Australian Government to block Japanese whaling proposal

Japanese Government officials have reportedly confirmed that they will propose the resumption of commercial whaling at the next meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC – the global body that regulates whale hunts) in September.

Australia and other anti-whaling nations are now set for a showdown with Japan at the IWC meeting, which will be held in Brazil.

Two white whales sighted off Australia and New Zealand

White whales are very rare, but in the last couple of days there have been sightings off both New Zealand and Australia.

An adult white humpback whale, possibly the famous whale known as Migaloo, has been seen off the coast of Gisborne on New Zealand's North Island.

Meanwhile, off Lennox Head in New South Wales, a white whale calf was sighted by a passing paraglider. The mother of the calf has the usual dark colouration of a humpback whale.

Noise pollution chronically stresses whales and dolphins

Whales and dolphins depend on sound to stay together in their family groups and whales used to be able to go on large hunting expedition to find their food, calling each other when they found it.

However, according to a new study underwater noise pollution means they can only hear each other for around 10 miles.

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