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Bottlenose dolphins visit Cromarty

Two dolphins die after unusual visit by pod in Scotland

While the Moray Firth is famous for its resident bottlenose dolphins, the 50 or so...
Morgan the orca in captivity © C. Robles

Another captive orca tragedy as Morgan’s calf Ula dies

A young female orca in the wild may expect to live a long life in...
Beluga whales in the wild

Beluga whale Havok dies in captivity months after transfer

Havok was the only male beluga in the group that was transferred from Marineland in...
Beluga whales in sanctuary.

Beluga move update from the SEA LIFE Trust and WDC

We wanted to let you know that the planned move back into the wild sea...

Blue whales in New Zealand prefer to hang out in cooler waters

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Researchers from Oregon State University studying blue whales in the South Taranaki bight, New Zealand have found a link between the whales, their feeding and changes in water temperatures.

The findings, published in the journal Marine Ecology Progress Series, reveal how certain conditions play a part in where the whales are and availability of their prey – krill.

Using data collected during typical summer conditions in 2014 and 2017, and warmer than average conditions in 2016, the researchers found that during both warm and more typical conditions the whales would prefer to feed in areas where the water was cooler.

As seas warm, this knowledge could be used to reduce the impact on New Zealand blue whales from human activity, including offshore oil and gas exploration and production.

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