Following public outcry and representation from environmental groups, including WDC, the Wellington High Court in New Zealand has reversed a previous decision by the country's Environmental Protection Authority allowing up to 50 million tonnes of iron sand to be mined from a 66sq km area off the South Taranaki Bight for a 35 year period.
WDC has joined up with other organisations to help with a new research project looking into the problem of marine mammal entanglement in fishing gear in Scottish waters, which has just been launched.
The first of its kind in Europe, the Scottish Entanglement Alliance (SEA) brings together fishing industry representatives, researchers and conservation and welfare charities to assess the scale and impact of the issue.
We are very excited to reveal the news that Rainbow and Kesslet, two of the WDC adoption programme bottlenose dolphins in Scotland have given birth to baby calves.
August 29, 2018- Over the weekend, a family boating off Martha’s Vineyard located a whale carcass and was understandably excited to witness nature in action as sharks scavenged the remains. However, the circle of life sighting was far less welcome to the conservation community once it was determined that the dead whale was a North Atlantic right whale, making this the 19th known mortality in the past 16 months. No apparent cause of death could be determined due to the decomposition of the carcass; however, researchers obtained genetic samples in hopes of identifying the whale to a known
A new thirty-year study, led by Whale and Dolphin Conservation with the universities of St Andrews and Exeter, reveals dolphins learn tricks from each other in the wild – like ‘walking’ on water.
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Two whales landed today, the 24th of August, are a suspected hybrid of a blue and fin whale and yet another pregnant fin whale. This takes the tally so far to 99 killed adult whales (including hybrids but excluding fetuses.)
Whales and dolphins are known to grieve for their dead but Southern Resident orca J35, known as Tahlequah, carried her dead new-born in a record ordeal of 17 days, swimming 1,000 miles with her family.
Her tour of grief has been followed by people around the world since her calf died a short time after being born on July 24th.