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Man convicted for harassing dolphins

Man convicted for harassing dolphins

A man who was seen in his speedboat corralling a pod of feeding bottlenose dolphins off the North Yorkshire coast has been found guilty of causing disturbance. On 9 July 2021 Christopher Barker, 45, from Brompton-by-Sawdon, was seen to drive the high-powered boat numerous times around the pod close to the shore off Scarborough’s South…

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Humpback whales in Alaska

Pumps and conveyor belts. How could more whales help save us?

We are excited to announce backing for two ground-breaking research projects to assess the little understood impact whales have on marine productivity and carbon capture.  The projects, run by scientists from US and UK universities, will explore the extent to which whales transfer vital nutrients as they feed, defecate and migrate.  The Alaska Whale Pump…

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Ukraine invasion may have triggered dolphin deaths

Following reports a few weeks ago that military dolphins were being used by Russia as part of its invasion of Ukraine, it now seems that more dolphins may have been casualties in the ongoing war. Scientists think that the increase in noise pollution caused by Russian naval activity in the northern Black Sea could be…

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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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Common dolphin

Government fails to keep marine ‘super year’ promise

WDC together with other conservation charities have criticised the UK Government for failing to meet its promise that 2021 would be a ‘super year’ for marine protection. In a joint assessment, the conservation groups (part of the Wildlife and Countryside Link) have revealed that, by almost every measure, the government’s did nowhere near enough last…

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