Posts Tagged ‘Australia’
Dolphin death leads to trawler ban in Australian fishery
Just over a month after a 95-metre factory fishing trawler, the Geelong Star, had to return to port following two incidents of dolphins and seals dying in its fishing nets, a ninth dolphin has died, leading to a complete ban on all factory trawling in the area known as zone 6, off New South Wales…Read More
Where is Wave?
Some worrying news from WDC’s dolphin adoption programme in Adelaide, Australia… Port River resident Wave has not been seen since mid-September and anxiety is mounting among local dolphin watchers. Wave was sighted with a very small dead calf we suspect was still born on September 10 and, as is normal in the species, protected it…Read More
New species of humpback dolphin discovered in Australia
After more than 10 years of scientific collaboration, researchers in Australia have found evidence that there are in fact four species of humpback dolphin as opposed to the previously considered two – although the idea of there being three species has long been considered. The four species identified in the humpback (Sousa) genus are –…Read More
Want to name an Australian baby dolphin?
I have been studying a community of some 50 resident dolphins living in the Port River estuary (Adelaide, Australia) for the past 25 years. These dolphins are perhaps the most urbanised in the whole world, living as they do almost in the heart of a city of a million people. About twenty years ago I observed…Read More
Rare whales protected as largest marine reserve created in Southern Indian Ocean
The Australian Government has expanded the sub-Antarctic Heard Island and McDonald Islands Marine Reserve, to include a further 6,000 square kilometres of ocean. Located 4,100 kilometres south-west of Perth, Heard Island and the McDonald Islands are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. They are home to rare flora and fauna that survive in a amazing natural…Read More
ICJ results on whaling court case to be released on 31st March 2014
You can follow the results live in the Storyfy module below, or live here When Australia took Japan to Court for it’s abuses of Article VIII whaling (so called ‘scientific whaling’) few of us could have imagined the debate that would ensue at the ICJ. What provided to be a highly enlightening debate revolved around…Read More