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Cruel whale experiments halted

Cruel whale experiments halted

The widely criticised hearing experiments due to take place on minke whales in the Vestvågøy area of northern Norway have now come to an end with no whales tested. The authorities behind the experiment have stated that three whales were caught in the huge mile-wide net that was cast to herd migrating juvenile minke whales…

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Plans for UK’s first dolphin and porpoise conservation strategy launched

Plans for the UK’s first Conservation Strategy for dolphins, whales and porpoises have been launched in what we hope will be a significant step towards better protection for these marine mammals in the future. The UK, Scottish and Welsh Governments, and the Northern Ireland Executive, have collaborated on the consultation, which sets out measures to…

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Newer sonar technology still a threat to whales

A study into the effects of underwater sonar has revealed that newer technology is as disruptive to whales as sonar used by the military. Researchers at St Andrews University, led by Professor Patrick Miller, compared experiments on continuous sonar near Norway undertaken previously with new data from the new, continuous sonar. Continuous sonar pulses are…

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Minke whale calls drowned out by ocean noise

New research in Australia suggests noise pollution is affecting how minke whales communicate We have known for some time that increasing ocean noise levels are affecting the behaviour of whales, dolphins and other marine creatures. Orcas and humpbacks, for example, have modified their behaviour to accommodate it. But scientists in Australia have discovered that minke…

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