2003

Killer whale strands on Omey Island

A killer whale calf was reported stranded on Omey Island in Co Galway on 30 December....

31st Dec 2003

New Year Whale Watching bonanza off Hook Hd & Waterford Harbour area.

A return to good whale watching conditions has produced further sightings on Sat. 3rd January of five fin whales from Hook Head, Co. Wexford, at the m...

30th Dec 2003

Seasons Greetings!

The Committee and Directors of the IWDG wish all our Members and Website Visitors a very Happy Christmas and a Peaceful New Year!...

23rd Dec 2003

Marine park raided by Thai officials over Pink dolphins.

The park was raided by Thai officials a day earlier, who were looking for evidence it had sold five pink dolphins to a Singapore water park using fake...

22nd Dec 2003

Norway Extends Arctic Sea Zone to Protect Sea Life

Norway extended a marine conservation area around a chain of Arctic islands last week, shutting out any future mining or oil and gas drilling to prote...

22nd Dec 2003

Fish quotas "aim to halt decline"

A deal on fishing quotas designed to reverse the decline of several species has been agreed by the European Union but without acieving scientific reco...

19th Dec 2003

Modest Funeral for 'Free Willy' Killer Whale Keiko

"Free Willy" star Keiko was buried secretly Monday near the Norwegian fjord that was the home of the world-famous killer whale in the last year of his...

19th Dec 2003

Keiko the 'Free Willy' whale dies

Keiko, the killer whale that starred in the film Free Willy, has died in Norway at the age of 27, 18 months after he was returned to the wild. Full St...

13th Dec 2003

Whale nursery discovered in Chile

Scientists have made the extraordinary discovery in Chile of a hidden nursery where blue whales go in large numbers to rear their young and to feed. F...

11th Dec 2003

Whales drawn to emergency sirens

A species of whale that ignores most man-made noises - including passing boats - is attracted to sounds like the sirens used by emergency services. Fu...

3rd Dec 2003

Whale births linked with climate

US scientists say monitoring the North Atlantic climate can predict the birth rate of an endangered species of whale. Full Story...

26th Nov 2003

Whales found dead in Tasmania

Over 100 pilot whales and 10 dolphins have been found dead after beaching themselves on Australia's island state of Tasmania. Full Story...

25th Nov 2003

Driftnets Said to be Decimating Mediterranean Dolphins

Driftnets are killing tens of thousands of dolphins in the Mediterranean despite bans on the fishing method by the European Union and United Nations, ...

21st Nov 2003

Two Activists Held in Japan for Freeing Whales

Police in Japan, one of the world's biggest consumers of whale meat, have arrested two foreign environmental activists for trying to free whales penne...

21st Nov 2003

New Species of Living Baleen Whale Discovered

Japanese scientists have identified a new species of living baleen whale after examining the skeletons of several specimens caught in the 1970s. Full ...

20th Nov 2003

Whale species is new to science

A previously unidentified species of whale has been recorded by researchers. The creature is a close cousin of the blue whale and has been given the f...

19th Nov 2003

Marine Species at Risk as Sea Meadows Destroyed

Seagrass, a vital but largely overlooked component of the world's oceans, is being destroyed by ignorance and inaction, threatening millions of people...

15th Nov 2003

US Navy agrees sonar limit

The United States Navy has agreed to cut its use of a controversial low-frequency sonar system, which could be harming marine mammals, especially whal...

14th Nov 2003

Tourists try Icelandic whale steaks

On a cold and dark autumn evening, the Trir Frakkar restaurant in Reykjavik is packed with groups of mainly foreign diners pondering whether to opt fo...

14th Nov 2003

Euro MPs fight for whales

Members of the European Parliament have demanded an end to the use of sonar devices believed to cause the strandings and deaths of dolphins and whales...

13th Nov 2003

US "ghost ship" sails in to UK outcry

The first of 13 U.S. ships due to be scrapped in Britain sailed into port, to cries of protest from environmentalists who have won a first round in a ...

13th Nov 2003

Fishing kills a third of turtles

Nearly one in three sea turtles may be killed by fishing each year, suggests a new global study. Full Story...

10th Nov 2003

British Judge Bans Break-Up of Toxic US Ships

A judge ordered a company this week not to begin breaking up four decrepit and polluted U.S. ships at a British port until the end of hearings next mo...

7th Nov 2003

Family Reunion Delayed for Lost Canadian Whale

A lonely killer whale on Canada's Pacific coast will have to wait until spring for a family reunion, but the money to pay for it is now in place, offi...

3rd Nov 2003

Fin whales return to West Cork

For the fifth consecutive year the IWDG are monitoring an inshore movement of fin whales in September-November period in West Cork, which once again i...

28th Oct 2003

Norway took 647 whales in 2003

Norwegian newspaper, Fiskeribladet reported that in 2003, 34 boats participated in a hunt of 647 whales, 13 more animals than last year.Full ...

12th Oct 2003

Baltic herring off Sweden's menu

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12th Oct 2003

Whaling behind ocean ecosystem collapse, study finds

Commercial whaling half a century ago might have triggered the collapse of one of Earth's richest ocean ecosystems, setting in motion a chain reaction...

12th Oct 2003

Dead endangered right whale died from ship strike in Bay of Fundy: DFO

Scientists were beginning a study of a dead right whale's final movements Wednesday after determining it died from a lethal ship strike in the Bay of ...

12th Oct 2003

Great White Whale bobs up Down Under

The extraordinary all-white whale making its way up the Great Barrier Reef on Australia's east coast is apparently none the worse for bashing into a b...

12th Oct 2003

Stripping oceans, hurting mammals

THE STRING of recent whale deaths in New England's waters ("Fishing method eyed in mammals' deaths," City & Region, Oct. 4) is a matter of concern. It...

12th Oct 2003

UK Approves Passage of Polluted US 'Ghost Fleet' which plans to pass through Irish waters.

Britain gave the green light yesterday to a controversial scheme in which a fleet of 13 decrepit and contaminated former U.S. Navy supply ships will c...

11th Oct 2003

Man Questioned in Australia Over Mutilated Whale Carcass

Australian environmental officials were investigating last week the mutilation of one of nine sperm whales washed up on a remote beach after the jaw o...

11th Oct 2003

Lonely Luna to Get Family Reunion

A lone killer whale off Canada's Pacific coast will be relocated back to U.S. waters, where it is hoped he will join his family, Canadian officials de...

11th Oct 2003

Sonar may give whales the bends.

Many unexplained strandings and deaths of marine mammals could be caused by soundwaves from underwater military sonar equipment, zoologists believe. F...

11th Oct 2003

Young orca killed in capture attempt

Since the recent capture of a wild orca, the first of its kind in Russian waters, disturbing information has emerged about the death of a young animal...

10th Oct 2003

IWDG "Big Whale Project" update

The 2nd leg of this project has just been conducted in West Cork's waters between Sept. 27th – Oct. 3rd, and we can confirm that the inshore movement...

7th Oct 2003

Results of IWDG's 3rd Cape Clear whale-watching weekend: Sept. 19th-21st

As we stood on Baltimore pier on Fri. 19th, all we could think was that the weather forecasters had got it wrong. The light wind and calm sea augured...

23rd Sep 2003

Canada, U.S. urged to send Luna home

The scientific panel advising Canada on what to do with Luna the killer whale, has recommended an attempt be made to reunite him with his family in U....

19th Sep 2003

Spanish Navy Shocks Blamed for Giant Squid Deaths

Shockwaves from scientific tests carried out by the Spanish navy have killed four giant squid - one the length of a bus - off Spain's coast in recent ...

19th Sep 2003

Scientists Investigate Mysterious Squid Deaths

Scientists are trying to find out what caused two enormous squids, one of them 40 feet long, to wash up dead on Spain's northern coast. Full Story...

17th Sep 2003

Iceland Kills Whale in Whale Watching Bay

Icelandic whalers have killed a minke whale in a whale watching bay, just south of Reykjavik, despite promises from the Ministry of Fisheries that the...

16th Sep 2003

Faroes' controversial whale hunt

Faroe islanders have been hunting for pilot whales for centuries, giving them valuable food stocks for the winter. But to animal rights activists, the...

14th Sep 2003

First live sighting of Melon-headed Whale for Europe!

ORCA ( www.orcaweb.org.uk ) has just received news of the live stranding of two Melon-headed Whales close to La Rochelle on the Biscay coast of France...

12th Sep 2003

New website on the Shannon Dolphins

A new website ( www.shannondolphins.ie ) dedicated to the resident bottlenose dolphins in the Shannon estuary has been launched by the Shannon Dolphin...

11th Sep 2003

Humpback whale returns to West Cork- 3rd year running

A single humpback whale that was photo identified in 2001 and 2002 has returned to the waters off Galley Hd, West Cork on the 6th, 8th and 9th Sept.Th...

10th Sep 2003

Dolphin born at SeaWorld conceived artificially

A new dolphin at SeaWorld San Antonio represents the latest breakthrough for scientists trying to preserve the Earth's endangered marine life, officia...

10th Sep 2003

From swimming with dolphins to skydiving: what we want to do most before we die

Think again if you feared that Britain had become a nation obsessed with celebrity, money and football.Full Story...

10th Sep 2003

Signal received from missing whale's transmitter

Marine researchers are getting a signal off the east coast of central Florida from a tracking device belonging to a once-stranded juvenile pilot whale...

10th Sep 2003

Fisheries officers monitor wounds on Luna the whale

Luna, who is attracted to boats and the humans who play with him, is sporting a second flesh wound, Marilyn Joyce of the Department of Fisheries and O...

10th Sep 2003

Volunteers free humpback caught in fishing gear

A young humpback whale entangled in potentially deadly fishing gear in the Bay of Fundy has been released relatively unharmed.Full Story...

9th Sep 2003

Turtles Lured to Disco Death in Park Dilemma

Disco lights are luring baby turtles to their deaths on the fringes of a Greek marine park in the Mediterranean Sea.Full Story...

9th Sep 2003

Revolutionary device helps save dolphins

A Westcountry wildlife expert is becoming overwhelmed with orders, particularly from Europe, for a revolutionary new device that he has invented which...

9th Sep 2003

Getting to know the Wicklow Risso's

The dolphins were initially sighted 300m. due East of Bray Harbour. We headed out on a boat to take a closer look and for the next 30 minutes or so we...

8th Sep 2003

NGOs condemn importation of dolphins to Malta

Six non-governmental organisations (NGOs) - Catcare Association, Island Sanctuary, Nature Trust, International Animal Rescue (Malta), World Animal Con...

7th Sep 2003

More dolphins caught in Solomon Islands

The capture of dolphins in the Solomon Islands continues with confirmation that at least 10 more dolphins were rounded up and caught late last week. F...

4th Sep 2003

Rescuers search for entangled whale

Researchers are on the lookout for a humpback whale entangled in yellow crab pot lines and attached floats that was last seen Sunday with a calf about...

4th Sep 2003

Experts Say Sharks Under Threat

Conservationists gather this week to chart a way to save the shark, one of the most feared predators in the oceans itself under threat from over-fishi...

4th Sep 2003

Whales 1, US Navy 0: Judge limits use of LFA sonar

Navy sonar experts have been ordered to work with environmental advocates to reduce harm to marine life that could result from a new breed of sonar.Fu...

28th Aug 2003

Endangered Right Whale and Calf Pay Barnstable Harbor a Rare Visit

Boaters at Barnstable Harbor on Cape Cod, were this morning treated to a rare and unexpected visit from a female North Atlantic right whale and her ca...

28th Aug 2003

Poachers netted after 4,600 mile chase.

It is a tale to rival Ahab's mad pursuit of the great white whale. Last night patrol boats from three nations, including Britain, closed in on their "...

28th Aug 2003

Whale Flatulence Captured in Photo

For the first time, scientists have both witnessed and photographed a whale gas bubble, suggesting that flatulence is just as common for ocean mammals...

28th Aug 2003

Trawler ban to protect reefs

Emergency action has been taken to ban deep water trawling in an area off the north west coast of Scotland to protect a unique coral formation.Full St...

20th Aug 2003

War over dolphins - Jamaica

In an emotional dispute that could shape Jamaica's tourism industry, animal rights activists and resort owners are taking sides over whether dolphins ...

20th Aug 2003

Whale flattens yacht.

A family sailing off the coast of Australia watched in horror as a 30ft humpback whale leapt from the ocean and crashed on top of them....

20th Aug 2003

Youngest of 5 released pilot whales bitten by shark; marine experts attempt rescue

The youngest of five pilot whales released off the Keys has been bitten by at least one shark and marine mammal experts are attempting to rescue the m...

20th Aug 2003

Australia in High-Sea Chase to Save Protected Fish

Australia sought international help this week to halt a Uruguayan ship suspected of poaching a rare, protected fish following an 11-day-old chase acro...

20th Aug 2003

Iceland Whale Hunt Goes on Despite Protests

Icelandic whalers were out hunting again yesterday, one day after their first catch in 14 years drew protests from environmentalist groups and prompte...

20th Aug 2003

Icelandic Whalers Harpoon First Whale

Icelandic whalers harpooned their first minke whale in 14 years Monday, the marine scientist in charge of the controversial hunt said.Full Story...

20th Aug 2003

Dozens of Dead Dolphins Wash Up on Mexico Coast

Some 30 dead dolphins have washed on up on Mexico's northwestern coast but the cause of their death is so far unknown, government environmental protec...

20th Aug 2003

Humpback whales off Wexford and Clare

On 12th Aug. 2-3 humpback whales were confirmed 8 miles south of Kilmore Quay, Wexford, while on the west coast on the same day, 2 miles north of Loop...

19th Aug 2003

Bottlenose dolphins in Cork harbour

A pod of 20+ bottlenose dolphins have been observed each day in Cork harbour since August 8th up till time of posting on Aug. 19th. A sample of the s...

19th Aug 2003

Whale-Watch Ireland 2003 Results

Each watch was led by experienced IWDG personnel, who introduced participants to the field craft, required for whale watching, and explained how to id...

19th Aug 2003

Iceland restarts whaling

The first Icelandic whale hunt for 15 years is about to start, with vessels ready to set out on a six-week mission to kill 38 minke whales.Full Story...

15th Aug 2003

Scientists can't find missing right whales

Scientists searching for a historic whale habitat off Iceland found only one North Atlantic right whale in the area, raising more questions about wher...

15th Aug 2003

Pilot whale calf alone

A group of pilot whales recently released back into the wild have split up and marine mammal experts who worked with the pod fear the youngest calf ma...

13th Aug 2003

Taskforce to look at setting up Pacific whale sanctuary

New Zealand today joined five South Pacific neighbours in agreeing to set up a taskforce aimed at boosting efforts to establish a whale sanctuary in t...

13th Aug 2003

Sonar tests linked to porpoise deaths

Necropsy results implicate the U.S. Navy in the deaths of several marine mammals on the West Coast, some animal experts say. Full Story...

13th Aug 2003

Navy Dolphins Used As Sentinels in Gulf

The U.S. Navy has deployed dolphins to the Persian Gulf region to protect coalition ships and piers against terrorist attack. Full Story...

13th Aug 2003

Whale Beachings Linked to Mysterious Heart Defect

Typically known for suddenly killing otherwise healthy, young human athletes, a deadly heart condition with mysterious causes is affecting populations...

8th Aug 2003

Nature Body Suggests Iceland Wants Whales for Meat

Iceland's decision to resume whaling for what it calls scientific purposes after a 14-year break is driven by commercial concerns, the conservation bo...

8th Aug 2003

Coast Guard's Search For Illegal Nets Saves Whale

A Honolulu based Coast Guard Cutter has rescue an endangered whale caught in a drift net more than 2,000 miles northwest of Hawaii while on patrol for...

7th Aug 2003

Air search in whale rescue

A rescue team of expert whale spotters took to the skies on Thursday to try to find a six-metre Minke whale caught in fishing nets off the west Wales ...

7th Aug 2003

Future of 'sad' orca presents dilemma - Canada

Canadian authorities decided two months ago to leave the 4-year-old orca, Luna, alone. But now they are reconsidering and plan to announce a decision ...

7th Aug 2003

EU Commission pursues legal action against Ireland over failure to conserve cetaceans.

IP/03/1109Brussels, 24 July 2003Wild Birds and Habitats Directives: Commission pursues legal action against eight Member States.The European Commissio...

7th Aug 2003

Dial-A-Dolphin on Your Mobile

Mobile phone users worldwide will soon be able to dial-a-dolphin if an Irish scheme to record their underwater conversations proves a success.Full Sto...

7th Aug 2003

Iceland to Resume Whale Hunting this Month

Iceland plans to resume whaling this month, hunting 38 minke whales in August and September, its Ministry of Fisheries said yesterday, sparking angry ...

7th Aug 2003

Whales deemed victims of red tide

Up to a dozen dead whales discovered about 200 miles off Cape Cod had no obvious signs of trauma and may have been killed by food poisoning from a nat...

1st Aug 2003

Dolphin From Solomon Isles Dies in Mexico

Mexico's federal environmental agency confirmed Tuesday that one of 28 dolphins imported from the Solomon Islands to a Cancun aquatic park has died.Fu...

30th Jul 2003

Australia Seeks to Stop Decline in Marine Turtles

Australia unveiled plans yesterday to boost protection of its marine turtles following a dramatic decline in breeding. Full Story...

30th Jul 2003

Romanian Police Find 40 Dead Black Sea Dolphins

Dozens of dead Black Sea dolphins have been found on a beach south of Romania's Danube Delta port of Sulina, the border police said on Saturday.Full S...

26th Jul 2003

Genetic Study Shows Extent of Whale Slaughter

A genetic study of whales suggests many more have been slaughtered than believed in the whaling frenzy that began in the 18th century, and shows popul...

25th Jul 2003

Row over dolphin export becomes explosive

Villagers in the Solomon Islands have complained that large areas of coral reef are being destroyed by dynamite fishing to feed dolphins caught for ex...

24th Jul 2003

Seal Kills Snorkeling Scientist in Antarctica

A marine biologist at the British Antarctic Survey has been killed by a seal, the first death of a BAS scientist on the icebound continent in 21 years...

24th Jul 2003

EU plans for dolphin-friendly Baltic.

The waters of northern Europe should soon be safer for dolphins, thanks to a European Union plan.Full Story...

23rd Jul 2003

Dolphins at Center of Dispute Settle in Mexico

Twenty-eight dolphins at the center of an international dispute over the trade in live animals appeared well Tuesday after flying from the South Pacif...

23rd Jul 2003

Whale spotted in inner Oslo Fjord

It was enough to make folks wonder whether celebrity whale Keiko had moved from the northwest coast down to Oslo: Thursday morning brought the first s...

22nd Jul 2003

Dolphins Make Excellent Networkers

People who develop complex networks, like the World Wide Web or electricity grids, could learn a lot from the social behavior of dolphins, a New Zeala...

22nd Jul 2003

Dead Whale Draws Crowds To Ocean Beach

Officials will wait until Tuesday morning to bury a 40-foot male Baird's Beaked whale that washed ashore at Ocean Beach near Kirkham Street in San Fra...

22nd Jul 2003

Australia Attempts Sustainable Management of Southeast Oceans

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22nd Jul 2003

Plane Arrives to Carry Captured Solomons Dolphins

A cargo plane arrived in the lawless Solomon Islands Monday to pick up wild dolphins captured to order for a Mexican syndicate in what activists have ...

22nd Jul 2003

Opposition to aquarium's dolphin plans

Animal rights activists are celebrating park board chair Heather Deal's request to the Vancouver Aquarium to put its plans for more dolphins on hold. ...

22nd Jul 2003

Rescuers planning for whale release - US

A female calf will be released with four other pilot whales that stranded 93 days ago in Content Passage near Big Pine Key.Full Story...

19th Jul 2003

Air Corps photograph Sperm Whales off North-West Coast

The latest whale pictures from the Irish Air Corps CASA Patrol Aircraft shows a sperm whale surfacing some 300km off the Donegal Coast.The WhaleLog pr...

18th Jul 2003

Time Running Out For Luna The Orca?

Killer whale advocates believe time is running out for Luna, an orphaned killer whale stranded in Canada's Nootka Sound. Experts think Luna will wind ...

18th Jul 2003

Australia Asks Mexico to Save 'Abducted' Dolphins

Australia asked Mexico yesterday to block the import of 200 dolphins captured in the lawless Solomon Islands and held in crowded, shallow pens after b...

18th Jul 2003

Rare whale found in Yakutat area

A small-toothed whale found dead this month on a beach near Yakutat is the northernmost documented observation of a pygmy sperm whale on the Pacific C...

18th Jul 2003

Fin whale, live strands, Oyserhaven, Co. Cork, July 15th 2003

At mid-day 15th July, the IWDG received a call that a whale had live- stranded in Oysterhaven, Co. Cork. On arrival, it was clear it was a fin whale a...

17th Jul 2003

Dolphin watching boosts Bais tourism - Philippines

Dolphin watching is now attracting more tourists here. Although he failed to give specific figures, Bais City Mayor Hector "Tata" Villanueva claimed t...

16th Jul 2003

Flensburg whale returns to sea

A 13-metre-long whale which frolicked around the waters of the German port of Flensburg for a week has probably returned to sea, harbour police said W...

15th Jul 2003

Japan to decide on Whaling Commission next summer

Japan will decide before the general meeting of the International Whaling Commission next summer whether to withdraw from the organization, a fisherie...

15th Jul 2003

'Moby' the White Whale Sighted Off Australia

A rare white whale has been sighted off Australia's east coast, exciting whale watchers but prompting suggestions that special laws might be needed to...

14th Jul 2003

Chilean Experts Say Beached 'Blob' a Sperm Whale

Chilean scientists said last week their study of a huge blob of flesh found on a Pacific beach about three weeks ago concluded it was the carcass of a...

14th Jul 2003

Humpback whales sighted off Waterford

We have just received a report from sailor, Jim Ryan, sailing from Cork to Dublin, that they encountered a group of 3 large whales, off the East Water...

12th Jul 2003

Scientists Cheer Return of Canadian Orca Whale

British Columbia - Springer the killer whale has returned to Canada's Pacific coast, much to the relief of scientists who organized a ground-breaking ...

11th Jul 2003

Human Activities Put Pressure on Great Barrier Reef

The world's longest reef is losing its dugongs and nesting sea turtles at a rapid rate, according to the first comprehensive assessment of the Great B...

10th Jul 2003

Italian Environmentalists Raise Alarm Over Illegal Fishing

Italy's age-old custom of swordfishing isn't likely to be stopped by EU law -- instead last year's ban on dangerous nets has created a league of 'pira...

8th Jul 2003

Outrage over dolphins-for-dollars scheme - Solomon Islands

Dozens of wild dolphins have been caught in the strife-torn Solomon Islands and are being held in makeshift pens as part of a scheme by a foreign synd...

7th Jul 2003

European Cetacean Society issues a statement on marine mammals and sound.

In light of an alarming recent increase inmortality events, it is becoming clear that man-made noise, at differentintensity levels, negatively affects...

7th Jul 2003

China Reserved on Whale Sanctuaries, official

China supports international efforts to actively conserve and rationally exploit whales, but is reserving its decision on setting up whale sanctuaries...

3rd Jul 2003

Whale may pose boat threat - Denmark

Danish officials have lost sight of a whale that turned up in the Oeresund Strait dividing Denmark and Sweden at the weekend, and warned that it could...

2nd Jul 2003

Porpoise test fuels sonar fears - US

A porpoise found dead in May after Navy exercises near the San Juan Islands showed signs of internal bleeding that naval sonar could have caused, envi...

2nd Jul 2003

Giant blob baffles marine scientists - Chile

The 12-metre-wide remains of a sea creature found by the Chilean navy are puzzling marine scientists, who think it may be a new species.Full Story...

2nd Jul 2003

Japan PM opposes withdrawing from whaling forum

Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi said on Wednesday that Japan -- one of the world's biggest consumers of whale meat -- should not leave the Internatio...

2nd Jul 2003

Agency plans CT scans, tests on dead porpoises - US

The National Marine Fisheries Service is lining up equipment and experts for CT scans and other tests on about a dozen harbor porpoises found dead in ...

1st Jul 2003

Expedition seeks 'lost' right whales - US

Marine scientists know that two-thirds of all right whales head to the Bay of Fundy each summer. But where the remaining one-third of the population m...

1st Jul 2003

Sperm whales leave anglers awed, frustrated - Alaska

Fisherman Sean Tracey was working aboard the Connie M when the big sperm whale surfaced and settled in next to the boat. The 50-foot whale rested agai...

29th Jun 2003

Making a whale of a fortune - Maldives

It has been 10 years since Maldives declared dolphin and whale as protect marine mammals. Under the fisheries law, the species were protected as they ...

29th Jun 2003

Scientists make whale of a discovery - Australia

The discovery of a rare whale on the east coast of Tasmania is regarded as significant by the scientific community.Full Story...

27th Jun 2003

Weird ocean life surprises

New species of underwater life, including a giant sea spider and armoured shrimps, have been discovered by a expedition trawling in deep water northwe...

26th Jun 2003

Why do countries with no whaling history vote to lift ban?

"At some point we are confident we will overturn the [whaling] moratorium. It is becoming a reality," said Joji Morishita, a member of Japan's huge de...

26th Jun 2003

Whales are winter wonders

It is a sight to take the breath away, and one that draws awe-inspired tourists to Victoria's southwest coast each winter.Full Story...

26th Jun 2003

Sea Change for Whales

Whaling conservationists, who have long battled with Iceland and Japan, win a big round in BerlinFull Story...

26th Jun 2003

Humpback whale set free from tangled fishing gear

A 23-year-old humpback whale that had been entangled in fishing gear some 30 miles offshore from Portsmouth was freed Tuesday by rescuers from the Cen...

26th Jun 2003

Great frolicking cetaceans, is that a whale off to starboard? - Sydney

While most city commuters braved the usual routine of traffic or trains yesterday morning, those heading to work on the Manly ferry enjoyed two giant,...

26th Jun 2003

Whale seen in Skagit River

A juvenile gray whale has been sighted several miles up the Skagit River - just south of the Samish River, where there was a similar adventure late la...

26th Jun 2003

European Commission to issue legislative proposal in bid to tackle dolphin by-catch issue

La Société Guernesiaise has welcomed news from the European Commission that it is to issue a legislative proposal based on scientific recommendation...

26th Jun 2003

Human, Marine Mammal Doctors Investigate Whale Disease

On Wednesday, scientists will meet at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution to study and discuss a deadly heart disease affecting pygmy and dwarf sp...

26th Jun 2003

Irish Sellafield Suit Thrown Into Disarray

An international tribunal has delivered a setback to Irish efforts to stop nuclear fuel manufacturing at the Sellafield nuclear plant in the UK. It ha...

26th Jun 2003

Shipping-lane change to protect whales

Canada's birthday this year will bring an unusual gift to one of the world's most critically endangered whales: a long-sought change in international ...

25th Jun 2003

Japanese eat out on beached whales

Beached whales in Japan may soon be shore lunch under a new government proposal that could allow local communities to euthanise and butcher the high-a...

24th Jun 2003

Hopes rise for Europe's sea life

Hopes are rising that Europe's marine life may soon start enjoying the better protection it was promised years ago. Full Story...

22nd Jun 2003

Dolphins die due to 'reckless driving'

Dolphins are being killed in fishing nets because they are "bad drivers" with poor navigational skills, marine biologists have claimed.Full Story...

22nd Jun 2003

Fishing nets blamed for Mauritania dolphin deaths

Some of over 200 dolphins and turtles recently found washed up on the beaches of Mauritania were killed after getting tangled in fishing nets, accordi...

22nd Jun 2003

IWDG Ferry Surveys - Dolphinmania on the Irish Sea.

On 21st June Nick Channon,Faith Wilson, Dave Wall, Suzanne Byrnes and Fiona Leap carried the IWDG Ferry Surveys June survey from the bridge of the MV ...

22nd Jun 2003

Ulsan Picked to Host Whaling Meeting

The International Whaling Commission, now holding its 55th general assembly in Berlin, chose Ulsan to host its 57th in a unanimous vote by its 49 memb...

20th Jun 2003

Conservation 'ultimatum' illegal say whalers

As the International Whaling Commission nears the end of its annual meeting here, almost a third of its members are considering establishing a rival o...

20th Jun 2003

Dead Porpoises Disrupt Berlin Whaling Meeting

Greenpeace activists stretchered three dead porpoises to the site of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) yesterday, disrupting the meeting to h...

20th Jun 2003

Whale Watchers Demand Voice at World Whaling Body

Whale watchers say their industry, now worth over $1.5 billion per year, has come of age, and want recognition at the International Whaling Commission...

20th Jun 2003

Whales Seen Safer After Berlin Whaling Summit

The annual meeting of the International Whaling Commission drew to a close yesterday having agreed steps ecologists say will make the seas safer for t...

20th Jun 2003

Whales Win No Sanctuary from Acrimonious Commission

The annual meeting of the International Whaling Commission wound up today with the 51 member organization more deeply divided than ever. Full Story...

19th Jun 2003

Science seeks clues to pygmy blue whale

The numbers and movements of an obscure sub-species of blue whale are intriguing conservationists. Full Story...

19th Jun 2003

Gov't intends to continue 'research whaling' - Japan

Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Shinzo Abe confirmed Thursday that Japan will continue whaling in the Antarctic despite an International Whaling Commis...

19th Jun 2003

Japanese bid to resume commercial whaling blocked

Anti-whaling nations blocked Japanese requests Wednesday to resume commercial whaling, calling for more research into stocks before any easing of a 17...

19th Jun 2003

Beached dolphin dies despite rescue efforts

A baby Risso's dolphin that beached itself this week died Wednesday in a tank at a Florida International University marine center, officials said. ...

19th Jun 2003

Navy quiet over possible link to porpoise deaths

Did sonar exercises in May by a Navy destroyer, the USS Shoup, cause several porpoises to strand themselves and die on area beaches, including Whidbey...

19th Jun 2003

Gray Whale Stuck In Samish River

A 20-foot gray whale was spotted Wednesday morning swimming into the mouth of the Samish River, raising concerns that the huge mammal could become str...

19th Jun 2003

Water ranger to protect dolphins

Dolphins in Cardigan Bay will be protected by a water ranger patrolling the coastline if a bid for European funding is successful. Full Story...

18th Jun 2003

Why dolphins get trapped in nets

It has long been known that dolphins use sonar to hunt and avoid obstacles, even in the dark. Full Story...

18th Jun 2003

Blue whales show gradual growth

Blue whales, one of the most endangered species on Earth, appear to have begun a very gradual increase in numbers.Full Story...

18th Jun 2003

Environmentalists criticise failure to declare whale sanctuaries

Environmentalists have criticised the decision of the International Whaling Commission not to declare sanctuaries for whales in the southern Atlantic ...

18th Jun 2003

Japan Boycotts Whaling Meet After Conservation Vote

Japan launched a partial boycott of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) meeting on Tuesday after anti-whaling nations backed protection measure...

17th Jun 2003

Japan Says Regrets Whaling Decision, May Quit IWC

Japan, one of the world's biggest consumers of whale meat, said on Tuesday it had not yet decided whether to quit the International Whaling Commission...

17th Jun 2003

Would-be rescuer feared killed by whale tail blow

A New Zealand man trying to free a 15-metre (50 foot) humpback whale ensnared in lobster pot ropes is missing and presumed dead after being hit by the...

17th Jun 2003

Whaling Commission Authorizes Global Conservation

Conservation of the world's whales will be the future guiding principle of the International Whaling Commission after a vote today that creates a Cons...

17th Jun 2003

Casting Blame for the World's Overfishing

The rising tide of debate over the world's fishing practices hit the Senate Commerce Committee Thursday and although there was widespread agreement th...

17th Jun 2003

Japan to fight against mislabelling of dolphin meat as whale meat

The Japanese government will tighten its inspections of fish vendors to prevent dolphin and porpoise meat from being illegally sold as whale meat, an ...

13th Jun 2003

Japan threatens whaling walk out

Japan today threatened to walk out of the International Whaling Commission's annual meeting next week if the group adopted a resolution Tokyo says put...

13th Jun 2003

Lonely Luna keeps boaters out all night

Four Vancouver Island boaters spent a night trapped on the ocean when Luna, the lonely killer whale, kept blocking their vessel, shoving it away from ...

13th Jun 2003

Irish take Britain to The Hague over nuclear plant

Ireland mounted a fresh bid this week to force Britain to shut down a controversial nuclear fuel manufacturing plant by taking its concerns about poll...

13th Jun 2003

Opposing whaling is "bad" environmentalism - Oslo

Norway defended its whale hunts but said it had scant hope of winning support at an international meeting next week for its policy on whaling. Full St...

13th Jun 2003

Nets 'kill 800 cetaceans a day' - WWF

Some 308,000 whales, dolphins and porpoises - collectively known as cetaceans - die each year from entanglement in fishing gear, finds new research by...

13th Jun 2003

Norway Protects Cold Water Reefs

Norway today announced that it will protect one of its cold water reefs before it is further damaged by trawling vessels. Discovered and mapped only l...

13th Jun 2003

New Zealand worries over status of southern right whale

The southern right whale could be lost to New Zealand waters forever if a Department of Conservation theory is proved true. Full Story...

10th Jun 2003

Risso's update from Wicklow

It seems that the Risso's story we posted on May 31st needs updating, as these dolphins were observed again from Greystones over the weekend of June 7...

10th Jun 2003

Volunteers nurse whales in Florida Keys

At a swimming hole some 30 miles north of Key West, volunteers tend day and night to five ailing pilot whales who stranded themselves for reasons unkn...

7th Jun 2003

Dead dolphin found on Auckland's west coast

Another of the world's rarest dolphins has been found dead on Auckland's west coast. The New Zealand Maui dolphin, previously known as Hector's dolphi...

6th Jun 2003

New Caledonia plans whale sanctuary

New Caledonia wants to set up a sanctuary for whales in its exclusive economic zone as part of a South Pacific regional initiative to protect the mamm...

6th Jun 2003

No forced family reunion for whale off Canada coast

Canadian and U.S. scientists have decided against forcing a family reunion on a killer whale that has baffled observers by living alone off Canada's P...

6th Jun 2003

Oceans Under Fire

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6th Jun 2003

Niue to set up whale sanctuary

Niue is expected to announce it will formally declare its entire Exclusive Economic Zone as a whale sanctuary. Full Story...

6th Jun 2003

WDCS launches new report - The Best Whale Watching in Europe

WDCS, together with Renate Künast, the Federal Minister of Consumer Protection, Food and Agriculture, Germany have launched "The Best Whale Watching ...

6th Jun 2003

Scotland's Coastal Wildlife Boom Worth £84m

Scotland's coastal wildlife is one of the country's fastest growing tourist attractions and could help some communities counter losses from the downtu...

6th Jun 2003

Report calls for overhaul of US oceans policy

Overfishing, coastal sprawl, pollution and invasive species threaten the oceans off America, according to a report released this week that called for ...

6th Jun 2003

Deadly sea toxin kills California dolphins, seals

A naturally occurring, but deadly, toxin produced by sea algae is killing record numbers of dolphins and sea lions along sections of California's sout...

6th Jun 2003

One more tune!

Unlike the poor old schooner in the photo, we sailed safely from Sal to Mindelo on April 25th. Here Mac left us and our CC2CV expedition had its work ...

23rd May 2003

"New fishing nets - good news for some dolphins, but many will still perish" - WDCS

Trials of a new type of fishing net, created to reduce the number of dolphins trapped and killed in sea bass fisheries, have shown promising first res...

23rd May 2003

The Berlin Initiative: New Effort to Protect Whales

Australia, in conjunction with a number of key members of the International Whaling Commission (IWC)- including Ireland, has developed a proposal to m...

23rd May 2003

Drift Netsmen Agree to Quit for the Salmon's Sake

English driftnet fishermen, some of whom are the descendents of nine generations of netsmen, have decided to give up their way of life to conserve the...

23rd May 2003

Iceland's Ahab prepares to bring home the blubber

The restaurants serving whale carpaccio, sushi and pepper steak with Icelandic delicacies like smoked breast of guillemot do not mention that it proba...

23rd May 2003

Minke Whales Abound, Cape Clear Island, West Cork

Since early May Cape Clear Island and the waters around West Cork have been producing prodigious whale-watching, with almost daily multiple sightings ...

20th May 2003

Extinction nears for whales and dolphins

Some whales, dolphins and porpoises are now so endangered they could vanish within a decade, scientists say. Full Story...

16th May 2003

Brazil, Argentina seek Atlantic whale sanctuary

Brazil and Argentina said this week they would resubmit a proposal to the International Whaling Commission next month to ban whaling in the Atlantic O...

16th May 2003

River dolphins could die out in 10 years

A rare freshwater dolphin found only in China's huge Yangtze River could die out within the next 10 years unless fishing methods there change, a globa...

16th May 2003

Endangered Turtles Vanish into Asian Cooking Pots

The belief that soup and jelly made from the Chinese three-striped box turtle can cure cancer has reduced populations of this species to a few remnant...

16th May 2003

Large fish 'may follow dinosaurs'

The destruction wrought on the world's oceans by industrial fishing is made clear in a shocking new report. Full Story...

16th May 2003

Mass Strandings on the West Coast - Update!

'I just thought I'd drop you a line to update the Ventry story from last week. The news item on your website leaves the story unfinished...I found the...

13th May 2003

Norway and Faroe Islands' whale trade plans dashed by CITES.

The Faroe Islands, a territory of Denmark under Home Rule Government, has had its plans for trade in whale meat dashed by the CITES Secretariat, which...

13th May 2003

Norwegian blubber too contaminated to eat

Norwegian scientists have dashed whalers' hopes of exporting a "blubber mountain" by ruling the fat is too toxic for human consumption.Full S...

13th May 2003

Sonar incident prompts focus on legislation

US Congress is considering a bill that would exempt the military from key environmental laws. Full Story...

13th May 2003

20-feet Whale Stranded Near Muara, Brunei.

It was a surprise call fish farm owner Haji Zairial Abidin bin Penghulu Hail Ibrahim least expected yesterday morning.Full Story...

13th May 2003

US Navy Sonar blasts Pacific Northwest killer whales

On 5 May 2003, the US Navy Guided Missile Destroyer Shoup DDG 86 conducted sonar operations for five hours in the Strait of Juan de Fuca and in Haro S...

13th May 2003

Cardigan Bay Dolphins get own officer

Dolphins in Cardigan Bay have had their very own officer appointed to look after their welfare. Full Story...

8th May 2003

Navy sonar incident alarms experts

Dozens of porpoises and killer whales seemed to stampede all at once Monday in response to a loud electronic noise echoing through the San Juan Island...

8th May 2003

Tanzania Strives to Halt Dynamite Fishing on Reefs

Dynamite fishing, coral mining, and the use of seine nets have destroyed much of Tanzania's coastal reefs, but now the government is getting serious a...

8th May 2003

Conservationists Will Sue To Protect Alaska's Sea Otters

The Center for Biological Diversity filed notice of its intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Monday for failing to list the Aleutian Islan...

8th May 2003

Two mass strandings of common dolphins on the west coast

Two mass strandings of common dolphins on the west coastThe second mass stranding of common dolphins in four days occurred this morning (7th May) on V...

7th May 2003

Safety fears over whale carcass

The carcass of a sperm whale is under guard after it was removed from a beach in the north east of Scotland. Full Story...

5th May 2003

Yacht hit by whale

A sailboat with five people onboard was taking on water and diverting to Bermuda last night after hitting a whale.Ful...

5th May 2003

Nesting season begins for sea turtles

As the changing season warms the night air, mother sea turtles crawl from the sea and weep along deserted stretches of Florida Keys beaches. Full Stor...

5th May 2003

US warns EU tuna fishing could hit trade relations

The European Union's continued "overfishing" of Atlantic tuna stocks could lead to new trade frictions with the United States, U.S. Commerce Secretary...

2nd May 2003

Critics Attack Plan To Put Military Above the Law

Congressional Democrats held a press briefing on Capitol Hill today to rally opposition against the Bush administration's proposal to exempt the U.S. ...

2nd May 2003

Mote plans to free dolphin

After two months of rehabilitation at Mote Marine Laboratory's Dolphin and Whale Hospital, a dolphin found ill in Crystal River in March will be relea...

30th Apr 2003

Sea Otter Deaths Puzzling to Experts

Federal and state wildlife officials say they do not know why 44 southern sea otters have washed up dead on California beaches in the month of April, ...

30th Apr 2003

The rocks of the Cape Verde Islands

So why write a piece on the rocks of the Cape Verde? Well, for my sins I am a geologist and so am keen to see and understand the geology of places I ...

29th Apr 2003

First Impressions – and beyond.

Cabo Verde airlines flight 624 makes its final descent into Sal airport and I am mesmerised by this small brown rock that lies below us. Could I have ...

29th Apr 2003

Canada puts end to depleted Atlantic cod fishery

Canada put an end last week to its once-proud Atlantic cod fishing industry, which collapsed 10 years ago after decades of over-fishing. Full Story...

29th Apr 2003

Farewell Cape Verde

This morning, our last in this part of the Cape Verde before we start on the journey homeward, we are anchored off the southern end of the island of S...

28th Apr 2003

New Strategy Targets Tanzania's Coastal Problems

The government of Tanzania has joined other Indian Ocean countries to launch a National Integrated Coastal Management Strategy that will strive to imp...

26th Apr 2003

Huge Skeleton Goes on Show

The bones of a famous monster from the deep are to go on display again at an East Riding stately home. Ful...

25th Apr 2003

Pilot whale that stranded in Keys dies after escaping

A pilot whale that survived being stranded last week died after it bolted from rescuers and took off for deeper waters.Full Story...

25th Apr 2003

7 stranded whales in Florida being rehabilitated

Rescue volunteers were rehabilitating seven of 27 pilot whales that beached themselves in shallow waters off the Florida Keys, but 11 have died, conse...

25th Apr 2003

Toxic red tide kills 60 Florida manatees

A toxic "red tide" has killed at least 60 endangered manatees along the southwest Florida coast in the last two months, the second-largest mass death ...

25th Apr 2003

The End in Sight

When on April 15th the big swell settled enough for us to get out again, we were able to get down to some serious whale-watching at last. The whales ...

25th Apr 2003

Nobody said it was going to be easy

Nobody said it was going to be easy. They did say however that the Cape Verde Islands are a remote and harsh environment... Dr. Simon Berrow looks ba...

22nd Apr 2003

MP criticises dolphin deaths report

A South West MP has criticised a government report on protecting dolphins as "too little, too late". Full Story...

18th Apr 2003

Japanese Whalers Begin Hunt for 260 Whales

A whaling fleet of six Japanese ships are expected to leave port by the end of this week, as part of the first phase of their plan to hunt 260 whales,...

18th Apr 2003

Prince William Sound Orcas May Need Extra Protection

A dwindling group of killer whales, or orcas, that pass through Prince William Sound Alaska may receive additional protection under federal law.Full S...

18th Apr 2003

Humpback expedition under way again

The research yacht "Anna M" finally left Sal Rei harbour yesterday (Tuesday), in it's search for humpback whales, after being pinned down for two days...

16th Apr 2003

First gray whales of season seen

The first gray whales of the season appeared off the Kenai Peninsula and Kodiak Island last week. Full Story...

14th Apr 2003

Mexico considers appealing US tuna-labeling ruling

Mexico said last week it would likely seek to overturn an injunction by a U.S. judge that effectively revived a ban of more than a decade on Mexican t...

14th Apr 2003

US judge blocks bid to ease dolphin-safe rules

A federal judge in San Francisco on Thursday blocked the Bush Administration's bid to loosen standards under which tuna sold in U.S. stores can be lab...

14th Apr 2003

Whale's funeral attracts 1000

A crowd of 1,000 mourners turned up at a funeral for a whale in central Vietnam, where the creatures are revered, police said.Full Story...

14th Apr 2003

Killer whales hunted in Greenland.

Ten to fifteen orcas entered a fjord in southern Greenland. One was killed in Qassiarsuk on 20 March and two others in Narsaq. Full Story...

14th Apr 2003

From dolphin killing to dolphin-watching in Japanese fishing village.

WDCS reports a huge success for dolphin conservation in Japan, as the infamous drive hunt season ends without a single dolphin killed in the notorious...

14th Apr 2003

The Repair of Mr. Perkins

Simon figured that there was something a little too good to be true about our first brilliant couple of days whale-watching. He was right. We did see...

14th Apr 2003

The Ups and Downs of Food at Sea

On the passage down from Puerto Mogan, Gran Canaria to Cape Verde Ian Enlander mentioned in passing that he hoped this trip would act as something of ...

13th Apr 2003

Technologica confusicus

This expedition to the Cape Verde Islands had a number of objectives. We hoped to contribute to the knowledge of whales around the islands; investiga...

12th Apr 2003

Beached whale left to rot

The remains of a 45ft sperm whale that washed up on the North Norfolk coast will be left to rot, English Nature told the EDP yesterday ....

9th Apr 2003

Cape Verde Reflections

I have now left the boat to do a bit of island exploration - to see somemore of the birdlife and climb the amazing looking volcano in Fogo. So a spot ...

8th Apr 2003

Iceland tourism chiefs warn whalers.

Iceland's tourist chiefs say whaling "would cause great damage to the Icelandic tourist industry." Full Story...

7th Apr 2003

Mammoth mammals making annual trek

The grays' migration off the coast — one of the longest undertaken by any mammal — is one of the rites of spring. Full Story...

7th Apr 2003

Vets conduct autopsy on Gray's beaked whale

Massey University veterinarians are doing an autopsy on a rare Gray's beaked whale. Full Story...

7th Apr 2003

The Return of the Humpback whale ?

When the first whaling stations were being established in Ireland between 1908 and 1914, already up to 1,105 humpback whales had been killed around Ca...

7th Apr 2003

The Humpback of Certainty ?

As if flicked open the front page of my new book which my wife, Frances, had bought me for the journey to Cape Verde, under "The Salmon of Doubt" by D...

6th Apr 2003

Solitary pilot whale in Glengarrif Harbour, West Cork.

On Thursday 3rd April the IWDG received the first report from Sea Kayak guide, Frank Conroy, of a solitary small, jet black whale, which was swimming ...

6th Apr 2003

Cape Verde characters - explorations ashore.

This morning at 10.30am on the outskirts of Mindelo Simon and I met with Oscar David Fonseca Melicio, president of the Cape Verde Marine Institute. A ...

5th Apr 2003

Humpbacks on the starboard bow... CC2CV breakthrough!

Cape Verde expedition finds humpback whales. As the whale research vessel "Anna M" sailed south from Sao de Sal to Boavista on Sunday 29th March, the ...

4th Apr 2003

Flying fish and leaping whales.

We left Palmeira on the 29th for the downwind doddle to Boavista, some 30 miles to the southward, checking out the Baia da Mordeira on the way, but wi...

4th Apr 2003

Iceland bids to resume whaling

Iceland has revealed its plans to resume whaling, 13 years after its crews last fired their harpoons.Full Story...

3rd Apr 2003

Approval for new whale bone

A whale jawbone popular among visitors to a North Yorkshire coastal town has been replaced.Full Story...

3rd Apr 2003

Iceland threatens to resume whaling

WWF, the conservation organization, today condemned Iceland's proposal for the resumption of whaling on three species of large whales, including North...

3rd Apr 2003

N.Y. Museum's Sleek New Big Blue

The Sleeping Giant, a 94-foot-long, 21,000-pound model of a female blue whale, has graced the American Museum of Natural History's Hall of Ocean Life ...

2nd Apr 2003

Super squid surfaces in Antarctic

A colossal squid has been caught in Antarctic waters, the first example of Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni retrieved virtually intact from the surface of t...

2nd Apr 2003

Bird tales from the Atlantic

Put a birdwatcher on a boat in the waters between the Canaries and Cape Verde and you just know that he will have a good time despite the discomfort a...

2nd Apr 2003

Green Lights and Tropic Birds... the journey south.

Skipper, Joe Aston, recalls the journey from Gran Canaria to Cape Verde....

31st Mar 2003

Whale deaths running high

Another pygmy sperm whale death has National Marine Fisheries Service officials taking a closer look at the health of the species in Florida waters. F...

31st Mar 2003

EU seeks to control killing of sharks

The European Union took a first step last week to control the slaughter of sharks for their fins, which are sold to lucrative markets in Asia where sh...

31st Mar 2003

Fog in Amsterdam...

Dr. Simon Berrow joins the 'Anna M' in Cape Verde and highlights the cruise plan for the weeks ahead....

30th Mar 2003

Lobstermen and Environmentalists at Odds Over Whale-Safe Gear

The issue of how to keep right whales from getting ensnared in lobster fishing gear is being complicated by the fact that two groups with a stake in t...

29th Mar 2003

Sick whale dies on Bay beach

A sick, old sperm whale which swam into shallow water at Clifton, NZ died yesterday, the second to do so in nine years. ...

29th Mar 2003

Land Ho! - Arrival in Baia da Palmeira, Sal, Cabo Verde

This morning we awake to a very strange landscape, one formed some four million years ago, and to this eye, very little changed since. Dormant volcano...

28th Mar 2003

'Cut fishing to save dolphins'

The only way to save marine mammals from unacceptably high death rates may be temporary fishing bans, UK conservationists say. Full Story...

27th Mar 2003

Whale Still Entangled Off Massachusetts

An endangered North Atlantic right whale spotted last summer entangled in fishing gear was seen again, still snarled in fishing line, off Cape Cod thi...

27th Mar 2003

Norway to begin whale meat export to Faroe Islands

Norway, the only nation that hunts whales commercially, gave the green light this week for whale meat exports to Denmark's Faroe Islands, expanding tr...

27th Mar 2003

Dolphin Rescued in Co. Kerry

On 22nd March a dolphin stranded on Fermoyle Beach, Castlegregory, Co. Kerry. The animal, suspected to be a striped dolphin, was found by a visitor fr...

26th Mar 2003

New UK dolphin plan could limit fishing net deaths.

A consultation document, the "UK Small Cetacean Bycatch Response Strategy", looks at ways to reduce mortality rates amongst dolphins, porpoises and ot...

20th Mar 2003

Dolphins plan dismissed

New measures to help prevent dolphin deaths caused by fishing have been published by the government. Full Story...

20th Mar 2003

'Undersea mobile' to save dolphins

UK fishing fleets may soon have to use hi-tech equipment to keep dolphins and porpoises out of their nets. Full Story...

20th Mar 2003

Gray whales make resounding return

After enduring several lean, difficult years, the gray whale population is rebounding, looking fat and happy as their annual northern migration past O...

20th Mar 2003

Fiji creates haven for whales

Australia has welcomed the Fiji government's announcement it will declare the entire Exclusive Economic Zone of Fiji as a whale sanctuary.Full Story...

20th Mar 2003

Rejoining Anna M - From El Rompido to the Canaries

Anna M spent the winter at El Rompido near Huelva in Andalucia, southern Spain. It is on the estuary of the Rio Piedras, that flows for a few miles p...

18th Mar 2003

Concern over dolphin clear-up

In a week which saw a by-caught dolphin and harbour porpoise wash up in Wexford, dolphin campaigners in England are concerned local authorities are st...

18th Mar 2003

Dead whale washed up

A 45ft sperm whale has died after becoming stranded on a beach in East Lothian.Full Story...

18th Mar 2003

Biting the Hand that Feeds: The Case Against Dolphin Petting Pools

Biting the Hand that Feeds: The Case against Dolphin Petting Pools, a new report from The Humane Society of the United States and the Whale and Dolphi...

18th Mar 2003

Iceland sets out plan to resume whaling

Iceland said yesterday it would submit plans to resume scientific whaling to the International Whaling Commission (IWC) later this month - a key step ...

18th Mar 2003

Japan seal slips through the net

Tama-chan, a wild Japanese seal who sparked a media frenzy after he got lost in a polluted Yokohama river, had evaded capture by concerned ecologists....

12th Mar 2003

Secret weapon

Dr Sam Ridgway kneels at the side of the pool at Sea World in San Diego, California, and waits for his Canadian protege to come and greet him. It does...

12th Mar 2003

Pygmy whale beaches itself, dies

A pygmy sperm whale died Saturday night after beaching itself near the Holiday Inn on Ocean Drive. Full Story...

10th Mar 2003

White-Beaked Dolphin Strands in Mayo

A male white beaked dolphin stranded in Elly Bay, Co. Mayo on the 6th March. The dolphin, measuring 1.8m showed signs of being malnourished.This is on...

10th Mar 2003

China steps up protection of Indo-Pacific Humpback Dolphin (Sousa chinensis)

China has been building a UN-backed zone to protect and showcase endangered Chinese white dolphins (Sousa chinensis) and preserve marine bio-diversity...

7th Mar 2003

Inbreeding makes sea lions disease prone - study

British and U.S. zoologists said this week a study of California sea lions had shown the more inbred they were, the more likely they were to be suscep...

7th Mar 2003

Happy 30th birthday CITES!

CITES turns 30 this week, and of the more than 30,000 species since placed under its protection, not one of them has become extinct as a result of tra...

4th Mar 2003

Blue Planet heads for the big screen.

Sir David Attenborough's BBC series The Blue Planet is to be turned into a film billed as a "rollercoaster tour of the oceans".Full Story...

4th Mar 2003

Orcas high-tail it out to sea - seals breath sigh of relief!

A group of transient killer whales, which have dined on Hood Canal harbor seals for an unprecedented eight weeks, departed Monday after swimming quick...

4th Mar 2003

Dead whale on N.C. beach to be cut up, carted off

A dead fin whale that has been on the beach by the Fourth Street access since late Thursday will be cut into pieces today and hauled off to the dump. ...

4th Mar 2003

Maui humpback sightings drop 21%

The Pacific Whale Foundation noted a 21 percent decrease in its Great Whale Count on Maui this year compared with last year's figures.Full Story...

4th Mar 2003

Whale sightings to be tracked

Alaska mariners are being asked to keep track of cruising killer whales this week to find out how many swim near the state in the winter.Full Story...

3rd Mar 2003

Volunteers monitor dolphin deaths

Cornish fishermen are joining forces with conservationists to monitor dolphin deaths around the coast. Full Story...

2nd Mar 2003

Officials debate fate of lonesome young whale

Fearing that a lonely killer whale could injure or kill someone, a team of Canadian authorities and scientists is debating the whale's fate, while pol...

2nd Mar 2003

Third whale death raises questions

A beached pygmy sperm whale died late Friday night, hours after being rescued from the flats near the Tea Table Relief Bridge. Full Story...

2nd Mar 2003

Repaired and ready to go the -adventure continues.

"What a winter it's been!" A message from the skipper, Joe Aston, as the crew of the Anna M get ready to set course for the Canaries....

1st Mar 2003

Seal virus vaccine breakthrough

Scientists have announced a breakthrough in fighting a disease that has killed an estimated 22,000 seals in the North Sea since the start of the winte...

28th Feb 2003

Japan urges whale 'pest' cull

Rampant whales are devastating Japan's fisheries and should be culled as pests, the official in charge of the country's controversial whaling program ...

28th Feb 2003

Free Willy? Privatize him instead

Whale lovers are rightfully horrified at the tragedy playing itself out on Vancouver Island, where Luna, a lone killer whale, has taken to socializing...

28th Feb 2003

Whale that convalesced in Key Largo swimming pool has died

A rescued pygmy sperm whale that convalesced 12 days in a resort's heated saltwater pool died Thursday.Full Story...

28th Feb 2003

MP pleased with dolphin meeting

A South West MP said he has had a successful meeting with Fisheries Minister Elliot Morley over moves to cut the number of dolphins dying off the regi...

27th Feb 2003

Keiko Injured In Incident Off Norway

Keiko, the killer whale, was injured when he hit some ice off Norway. Full Story...

27th Feb 2003

Whale behaviors unaffected by oil drilling

A Texas A&M Galveston study provides evidence that undersea oil and gas exploration has not seriously altered western gray whales' living and feeding ...

27th Feb 2003

Experts puzzled as whale stays in Forth

Marine experts say they are mystified by a humpback whale which has taken up residence in the Forth when it should be frolicking in the Caribbean.Full...

27th Feb 2003

Fin whales off Hook Head, Co. Wexford

Two large baleen whales were reported by local fishermen on Feb 5th in the Ballyteige Bay area of Co. Wexford....

27th Feb 2003

Dolphins helped my child

The diagnosis of a disabled child often leads parents to want to do something - anything - to improve their child's quality of life. One option availa...

24th Feb 2003

Orcas taking a bite out of seal population

Transient killer whales could be considered the heroes of threatened salmon.Full Story...

24th Feb 2003

Sound and Fury

Wildlife experts worry that undersea seismic mapping will endanger a whale population.Full Story ...

24th Feb 2003

Baby boom for humpbacks

Humpback whale populations are climbing by 11 per cent a year, despite a huge growth in the whale-watching business.Full Story...

21st Feb 2003

Russian Sets up First Nature Reserve for Grey Whales

The first Russian national marine wildlife reserve is to be established on the Sakhalin Shelf in 2004. The Sakhalin Shelf area is inhabited by grey wh...

21st Feb 2003

Fish supplier bans bass

A BBC Spotlight report on dolphin deaths last month has prompted a major fish supplier to stop selling wild sea bass. Full Story...

21st Feb 2003

Necropsy reveals twisted intestine in whale beached on sand bar

A twisted intestine led a sperm whale to beach itself Wednesday on a sand bar off Clam Pass, biologists said Thursday. Full Story...

21st Feb 2003

Stranded whale off NAS Pensacola

A young, pregnant pygmy sperm whale was found stranded in shallow water off Trout Point at NAS Pensacola last Thursday (Feb. 13).Full...

21st Feb 2003

Ship collision likely killed whale

The whale found dead in the Elizabeth River this week was probably killed by a collision with a ship, scientists said Thursday after conducting a necr...

21st Feb 2003

Ocean Crisis Caused by Destructive Fishing

Some of the most productive marine fishing methods are also the most damaging, and should be restricted or banned, scientists argued at a scientific m...

21st Feb 2003

Marine Experts Unveil Secrets of Coastal Conservation

New findings about the dynamics of coastal ocean ecosystems are prompting marine scientists to abandon long held assumptions about life in the sea and...

21st Feb 2003

Beamer could be identified by its tail

Marine experts are turning to an American university in the hope of identifying a humpback whale that has taken up residence in the Firth of Forth.Ful...

18th Feb 2003

Extinction Predicted for Leatherback Sea Turtles

Immediate international cooperation is necessary to save leatherback sea turtles from extinction, a Duke University scientist told the his colleagues ...

18th Feb 2003

Protection for the Critically Endangered Maui's Dolphins

New Zealand's Minister of Fisheries, Pete Hodgson has taken new management measures to protect the country's critically endangered Maui's dolphin popu...

17th Feb 2003

Stray Whale Sparks Rescue Search

A Humpback whale spotted swimming in the Forth sparked a rescue mission. Fishermen reported seeing the giant mammal, which appeared to have become los...

17th Feb 2003

New Federal Budget Provides $750,000 for Orca Research

The new federal budget includes $750,000 to help researchers determine why the killer whales that spend summers chasing salmon near the San Juan Islan...

17th Feb 2003

Beached whales found on Tas coast

Scientists have identified two whales found washed up this morning on Carlton Beach in southern Tasmania. The animals have been identified as a male a...

17th Feb 2003

Woman charged with patting whale.

A woman in Canada has been charged with patting a whale and now faces a possible fine of more than $65,000. Full Story...

14th Feb 2003

Australia Acts to Stop Iceland from Whaling

Australia has taken action to protest the readmission of Iceland to the International Whaling Commission, according to Minister for the Environment an...

14th Feb 2003

Impacts of Ocean Noise Called Ill Defined

There is a disturbing lack of knowledge about the effects of ocean noise on marine mammals, concludes a new report from the National Research Council....

14th Feb 2003

IWDG Live Cetacean Stranding Training Course in Kerry

The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group organised two, one-day courses on Feb 1st & 2nd at the Sea and Cliff Rescue Centre, Ballybunion, Co Kerry, on the we...

14th Feb 2003

Fishing concern over coral zone

The Scottish Fishermen's Federation (SFF) has reacted with surprise to the UK Government's plan to seek a "no fishing" zone to protect a coral field o...

12th Feb 2003

Iceland says it might resume catching whales

Iceland, recently readmitted to the International Whaling Commission, has confirmed it is considering a program of whaling for scientific research.Ful...

12th Feb 2003

People who disturb orca risk charges

The first charge of disturbing Luna, the young orca, is in the works as police try to stop people from touching and feeding the lonely whale living of...

12th Feb 2003

Whaling debate heats up ahead of commission meeting

Pro-whaling countries have fired the first shots ahead of this year's meeting of the International Whaling Commission. Full Story ...

12th Feb 2003

Makah whale hunts illegal

In May 1999, a young female whale slowly died off the Washington coast after being shot three times — once with a harpoon and twice with a high-power...

12th Feb 2003

Salvage efforts over ship's oil cargo

Plans are being made to tranship the cargo of vacuum gas oil on board a tanker which has been anchored off Donegal since the death of two of its crewm...

10th Feb 2003

UK Ministers pressed to save dolphins

A wildlife charity is launching a campaign to prevent the deaths of hundreds of dolphins around the South West coast of England.Full Story...

10th Feb 2003

Gradual thaw is bringing big changes to the Arctic

Climate change and global warming mean the fabled Northwest Passage could become an accessible thoroughfare. Full Story...

5th Feb 2003

Feds study protection strategy for orcas

Federal marine officials have concluded the region's orca population is less than optimal and are looking at whether they should say it is so low that...

5th Feb 2003

Ailing whale Kokomo moved to lagoon, may be improving

Volunteers Tuesday moved an ailing pygmy sperm whale from the Islander Motel pool to a Key Largo lagoon. Full Story...

5th Feb 2003

Canada expands seal cull as environmentalists fume

Canada increased sharply the number of seals that can be culled over the next three years yesterday, dismissing protests from environmentalists who sa...

5th Feb 2003

Trawlers blamed for dolphin deaths

Post-mortem examinations on dead dolphins washed up on South West beaches have been stopped because vets cannot cope with the large number of bodies. ...

30th Jan 2003

40-tonne whale left to rot on beach

A 40-tonne whale washed up on a sandbank will be left to the forces of nature in its remote last resting place....

30th Jan 2003

Lundy protected from fishing

An area of sea to the east of Lundy is to be the UK's first No Take Zone. Full Story...

29th Jan 2003

Whale saved from river

A young whale found beached in a West Auckland river yesterday is thought to be the calf of a whale that died on Waiheke Island last week. ...

29th Jan 2003

Dead gray whale found to be a baby

A dead, baby gray whale washed up on rocks near the Harbor Bay ferry landing Tuesday, apparently separated from its mother while en route to breeding ...

29th Jan 2003

Settlement Means New Protections for Manatees

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced new measures aimed at protecting the endangered Florida manatee. Full Story...

29th Jan 2003

NZ Marine Reserve Safeguards Southern Islands

The Auckland Islands Marine Reserve is closer to becoming a reality now that the application of a New Zealand government agency for this protected sta...

29th Jan 2003

Prince William Sound Orcas May Warrant Protection

Officials at the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) say a petition to designate the Prince William Sound population of orcas as depleted may hav...

29th Jan 2003

Sea Otters, Abalone May Need Separate Reserves

Predators and prey, such as sea otters and abalone, may need separate reserves to protect them, a new study suggests.Full Story...

29th Jan 2003

Update on Norfolk Whale Stranding

It was in fact a 14m long male sperm whale and the cause of death was ascertained to be live stranding. ...

29th Jan 2003

Fewer belugas seen in June count

The annual June count of Cook Inlet's beluga whales has produced an abundance estimate of only 313 animals, the lowest number ever reported, according...

27th Jan 2003

Whale's disposal a problem

Disposing of the body of a great sperm whale washed up of the Norfolk coast is proving a weighty problem.Full Story...

27th Jan 2003

Heritage in the Schools Programme

If you are involved in primary education or have children in a national school, you may be interested to know that Simon Berrow, Padraig Whooley and F...

27th Jan 2003

Great Sperm Whale Washed Up on Sand Banks

The corpse of a great sperm whale was washed up on a British coastline today after a suspected collision with a vessel.Full Story...

25th Jan 2003

Sailboard adventurer walked with dolphins

Being the first person to circumnavigate the North Island on a windsurfer was a demanding trip for Jarrod Armitage: he was chased by killer whales, he...

25th Jan 2003

Rescued whale recovers in Florida hot tub

A rescued pygmy sperm whale was recovering Friday in a resort hotel's heated saltwater pool, being treated for dehydration and wounds possibly inflict...

25th Jan 2003

Other orcas expected to visit Keiko

Maybe Norwegian orcas come equipped with Swiss internal clocks. A fisherman from Norway's fjord region, where "Free Willy" star Keiko now lives, says ...

23rd Jan 2003

Dolphin slaughter hits new heights

The beached body had not died of natural causes. A deep incision ran the length of the mammal's stomach; a series of stab wounds punctured her scalp. ...

23rd Jan 2003

Ailing pygmy sperm whale rescued near Snake Creek

A pygmy sperm whale that grounded itself on the nearshore flats just north of the Snapper Creek Bridge was discovered by a Coast Guard crew from Islam...

23rd Jan 2003

Dolphin fossil find lucky

A rare coincidence has resulted in University of Otago geologist Associate Professor Ewan Fordyce discovering a "new" species of ancient dolphin in th...

23rd Jan 2003

Dolphins 'in danger of dying out'

Dolphins off the South West coast are in danger of being wiped out, environmentalists have warned. Full Story...

22nd Jan 2003

Euro MPs stand up for dolphins

Euro MPs have called for a ban on warships using submarine-seeking sonar devices because campaigners believe they may be killing dolphins and whales. ...

22nd Jan 2003

Arctic whales dive for science

Ocean scientists have recruited wild arctic whales to their team to probe the waters deep beneath an Arctic island fjord for the first time.Full Story...

22nd Jan 2003

Canadian seals hit by thinning ice cover

The seal population off Canada's Atlantic Coast is suffering because Ottawa continues to allow hunters to kill hundreds of thousands of the animals ea...

22nd Jan 2003

Scientists eavesdrop on whales

Biologists have been collecting the strange, scratchy calls of North Pacific right whales from the Bering Sea, eavesdropping on life among the rarest ...

20th Jan 2003

Politician urges action to halt dolphin deaths

Liberal Democrat Matthew Taylor is urging the Government and the EU to investigate the escalating death toll of dolphins and porpoises in UK waters.Fu...

20th Jan 2003

Adelaide baby dolphin dies in boat propellor collision

An autopsy on the baby dolphin found dead last week in the Port River, Adelaide, has revealed that the most likely cause of death was a severe strike ...

20th Jan 2003

Rare Asian dolphin threatened by human activities

A small dolphin known for assisting fishermen by driving fish into their nets may soon disappear from the great Asian river for which the animal is na...

20th Jan 2003

Whale watchers appreciate orcas in wild, not aquariums

This winter has been a bonanza for Puget Sound and Hood Canal residents who thrill at the sight of orcas, including one who was captured in Budd Inlet...

20th Jan 2003

Marine Reserve Networks Key to Protecting Oceans

Integrated networks of marine reserves offer the best formula for protecting and preserving marine resources, according to a new report released today...

20th Jan 2003

Exxon Valdez oil still harmful, US studies say

Small oil patches left from the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill are still releasing toxins that harm sea life, government scientists said. Full Story...

20th Jan 2003

Bush Record on Environment Called Dismal

The Bush administration undermined America's landmark environmental laws on almost a daily basis in 2001, two new reports suggest. Full Story...

20th Jan 2003

Atlantic sharks decimated by fishing, report finds

Overfishing has driven several species of shark to near extinction in the North Atlantic, researchers in Canada reported. Full Story...

20th Jan 2003

Alaska's endangered sea lions increase.

For the first time in over two decades, biologists have found an increased number of endangered Steller sea lions in western Alaska, said a report iss...

20th Jan 2003

IWDG Live Stranding Training Course

In light of the mass stranding of Pilot Whales in Co. Kerry last March, the IWDG (in conjunction with British Diver's Marine Life Rescue) has decided ...

13th Jan 2003

False Killer Whale Mass Stranding in Spain

On Wednesday 8th Jan. 2003 a Pseudorca crassidens mass stranding ocurred on a small rocky beach near Burela (Galicia). At least 20 individuals strande...

13th Jan 2003

Seal virus fears recede

The impact of a deadly virus which killed hundreds of seals in Scottish waters could have been worse, according to experts. Full Story...

11th Jan 2003

Dolphins die in nets despite pledge to save them

A promise to modify vast trawl nets to save dolphins from slaughter has not been kept by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, resul...

11th Jan 2003

Ailing dolphin euthanized after it could not swim

Veterinarians who had donated most of their waking hours to nursing an ailing spotted dolphin since Christmas decided to euthanize it when it could no...

11th Jan 2003

Two Scientists Contend U.S. Suppressed Dolphin Studies

Two former government scientists who spent years investigating stress in dolphin populations charged this week that superiors at their federally finan...

11th Jan 2003

Endangered Northern Right Whales Exposed To Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning

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11th Jan 2003

Revisions of Dolphin Safe Tuna Label Delayed

The Commerce Department has agreed to delay implementation of its new, weaker rules governing the dolphin safe tuna label, pending the outcome of a la...

11th Jan 2003

California judges stops sonar testing of whales

In what was hailed as a "great day for whales," a federal judge in San Francisco this week blocked the start of a sonar research project that conserva...

10th Jan 2003

Beached Sei whale dies despite rescue efforts

A 10-metre-long endangered Sei whale that became stranded on a Gulf of Mexico sandbar has died, despite efforts by residents to rescue the beached mam...

8th Jan 2003

Alarm over spate of whale deaths

The number of Brydes whales found dead in New Zealand waters is disturbing conservationists. ...

8th Jan 2003

Rescuers save part of whale pod in New Zealand

Rescuers pushing and dragging whales managed to refloat 39 members of a beached pod during high tide Wednesday as dozens of other whales lay dead on a...

8th Jan 2003

'Whale Radar' Being Tested

A potentially life-saving "whale radar" is being tested in a sea lane near the Canary Islands in which as many as 10 whales are killed each year by co...

4th Jan 2003

NZ whalemeat recipes link angers Greens

Whalemeat recipes from New Zealand listed on a pro-whaling website have angered the Greens, who say references to New Zealand should be removed. Full ...

3rd Jan 2003

Mexican tuna gets US stamp of approval - ministry

The United States will allow Mexican tuna to be sold in the United States under the "dolphin-safe" label, ending a 12-year trade conflict, the Mexican...

3rd Jan 2003

RSPCA urges action over dead dolphins

The RSPCA is calling for urgent action from the government and EU to prevent the deaths of hundreds of dolphins and porpoises in commercial fishing ne...

2nd Jan 2003

Global warming: Fingerprint of climate change

Two groups of US biologists say they have detected a consistent pattern of response by wild species to warmer temperatures. Full Story...

2nd Jan 2003

Monster bigger than T-rex found intact

A complete skeleton of the largest predator of all time, a Jurassic sea monster that made tyrannosaurus rex look like a featherweight, has been discov...

2nd Jan 2003

A Long(man's) Story

There was a posting on 28 December about Longman's Beaked Whale, Indopacetus pacificus. It refers to a BBC report of an individual stranded in Japan i...

2nd Jan 2003

Oil spill disaster threatens marine mammals, turtles

The massive oil spill off Spain's northwest coast threatens dolphins and other marine mammals that have been coated with tar-like heavy oil....

2nd Jan 2003

Killer whale tourists flock to peaceful fjord

The whale calf, maybe a month old, follows its mother, slapping its tail on the surface of the sea just before disappearing under the dark turquoise w...

2nd Jan 2003

Dolphins still seen in danger despite new US rules

The federal government said harvesting tuna fish in the Pacific Ocean using a large net does not significantly affect nearby dolphin populations, but ...

2nd Jan 2003