Marine mammals

Arctic animals that can’t cope with climate change face death

When it comes to coping with climate change in the Arctic region, which is warming at three times the global average, some animals are more equal than others.

02 September 2015

Blue whale caught on camera in English waters 'for the first time'

Oceanographers claim grainy pictures showing world’s largest animal 250 miles off the coast are first since it was hunted to near-extinction

02 September 2015

New international standards needed to manage ocean noise

Growing use of high-decibel seismic surveys to explore the ocean for resources poses increased risks to vulnerable marine life, experts say

01 September 2015

A Mexican porpoise is facing extinction — almost by accident

The world’s most endangered marine mammal is a small porpoise called the vaquita — Spanish for little cow. The vaquita has been under threat for years, but now the poaching of a rare fish

01 September 2015

Five near-blind monk seals become ambassadors for vanishing species

For the first time, Hawaiian monk seals are on public display outside of the Aloha State.

31 August 2015

2015 Wadden Sea Day Marks the 25th Anniversary of the Wadden Sea Seals Agreement

The 10th Wadden Sea Day, held on 27 August 2015 in Wilhelmshaven, was dedicated to marine mammals in the Wadden Sea World Heritage. More than 80 scientists, managers, policy makers and other Wadden Sea stakeholders participated in the event to discuss challenges and prospects for the future of these top predators of the Wadden Sea ecosystem. The Wadden Sea Seal populations (mainly harbour seals but increasingly also grey seals) have shown steady growth rates in recent years. The number of animals has reached record values over the last couple of years, despite the major epizootics of 1988 and 2002.

31 August 2015

Saving our dugongs

A conservation project to protect the dugongs from a high risk of extinction in the future will commence in September 2015 with the support of a group of environmental organizations, despite the fa

30 August 2015

Live interview interrupted by a Blue Whale - video

Steve Backshall's interview with whale expert Doris Welch is cut short when, against all odds, the team spot a Blue Whale live on air.

30 August 2015

Marine mammals thriving in Thames

Ten years of public sightings show that large marine mammals are regularly found in the River Thames.


20 August 2015

Swimming with whales: a frolic in the wild or an accident waiting to happen?

As Australian humpback populations rebound, an increasing number of tourists visiting Queensland are seeking ‘eye-to-eye’ experiences with the giant animals.

18 August 2015