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NZ Sea Lion now ‘Endangered’ – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on June 23rd, 2015.

The status of the New Zealand Sea Lion has moved from ‘Vulnerable’ to the more serious ‘Endangered’ category in the latest update of the IUCN’s Red List. The Red List, maintained by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is considered the definitive international standard for species extinction risk, covering 77,340 species. The latest […]

‘Scientific whaling’ decision – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on September 19th, 2014.

The International Whaling Commission (IWC) has voted in favour of a resolution restricting Japan’s scientific whaling program, but a representative of the country says they will proceed anyway. At a four day meeting in Slovenia, the commission voted in favour of a resolution put forward by New Zealand to impose limits on future scientific whaling […]

Whale strandings recap

Dacia Herbulock posted in on January 16th, 2014.

Efforts to rescue pilot whales stranded near Farewell Spit in Golden Bay this week failed after the surviving animals repeatedly beached themselves, eventually requiring conservation workers to euthanise them. New Zealand has one of the highest rates of marine mammal stranding in the world, and events like this are frequent occurrences in summer months. This is […]

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Marine mammals mooted at meeting

John Kerr posted in on December 13th, 2013.

The Maui’s dolphin and other endangered marine mammals have been the focus of a huge international conference taking place in Dunedin this week. Marine biologists and conservationist have taken over the town as part of the Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals which this year has the theme, “Marine Mammal Conservation: Science Making a […]

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Maui’s dolphin extinction risk

Dacia Herbulock posted in on December 12th, 2013.

A major international conference on marine mammals in Dunedin this week has focused attention on efforts to halt the extinction of Maui’s dolphin, a subspecies unique to New Zealand waters. The Science Media Centre rounded up answers to questions aboutthe charismatic creature’s chances for survival from visiting speakers and participants in the event. Dr Barbara […]

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Whale strandings — what science can tell us

Dacia Herbulock posted in on October 20th, 2010.

ONLINE MEDIA BRIEFING (Wed 20 Oct): Last month’s mass stranding event of over 70 pilot whales on a remote Northland beach highlighted New Zealand’s position as one of the most frequent sites of marine mammal strandings in the world. Theories abound as to why whales become beached — ranging from disorientation to illness to unwillingness […]

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