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Threat to UK Killer Whales Prompts Call for Urgent Government Action

New research published today in the journal Science, led by Aarhus University in Denmark, predicts more than half of the world’s killer whale (orca) populations face collapse due to the effects of invisible toxic pollutants called PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls).

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Sunfish Sightings off Scottish West Coast

You may have seen in the news this weekend reports of sunfish in Scottish waters. Reports of sunfish at this time of year are not in fact unusual, with similar numbers of sightings reported last summer. Check out some cool facts about these incredible ocean wanderers here, and if you're lucky enough to spot a sunfish, don't forget to report your sightings via WhaleTrack!

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*PRESS RELEASE * 'Knobble’ the Minke Whale Visits Hebridean Waters for 13th Year in a Row!

Local celebrity ‘Knobble’ the minke whale has returned to Scotland’s west coast for the 13th year in a row, highlighting the area’s importance for marine wildlife. Following the whale’s sighting on 28th July north of Coll by Sea Life Surveys, scientists at the conservation charity, Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust, say that Knobble has now returned to the same feeding grounds in the Sea of the Hebrides every year since 2006.

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Teenage marine research expeditions in Hebrides to boost whale and dolphin conservation

To celebrate Scotland's Year of Young People, the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust are running three Teen Team research surveys this year, for the first time ever! These unique research expeditions place teenagers at the heart of the action, conducting pioneering research into whales and dolphins off Scotland’s west coast – helping collect valuable data to conserve marine mammals.

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*PRESS RELEASE* Vote for Whale Track in the National Lottery Awards 2018

We are delighted to announce Whale Track has been named as a finalist in the 2018 National Lottery Awards – the annual search for people’s favourite National Lottery-funded projects. You can help us win by voting now!

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*PRESS RELEASE* Unique Trail to Promote Scotland as Top Whale-Watching Destination

Individuals, communities and businesses are being asked to contribute ideas for top sites for spotting whales, dolphins and porpoises from land on Scotland’s west coast, to help create a Hebridean Whale Trail that will be the first of its kind in the UK.

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*PRESS RELEASE* Expeditions to study health of whales in Hebrides using pioneering laser photography

Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust has announced details of its 2018 surveys, in which volunteers and marine scientists will carry out pioneering research into the health of whales, dolphins and porpoises off Scotland’s west coast using photogrammetry – the science of making measurements from photographs.

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*PRESS RELEASE* Record numbers of common dolphin sightings off Scotland’s west coast

Sightings of common dolphins across the Hebrides have reached a new record high according to research conducted by marine conservation charity, Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust.

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Scottish Government Agree to Support Four Marine Protected Areas in Scotland for Whales, Dolphins and Sharks

This week HWDT were delighted to hear that the Scottish Government will be providing the funding needed to take four proposed Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in Scottish waters to public consultation. This has followed HWDT working closely with conservation partners through Scottish Environment LINK to call for the Government to progress these sites.

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*PRESS RELEASE* Innovative app to transform cetacean citizen science in the Hebrides

A new app from conservation charity Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust is set to transform the way that members of the public and boat operators can help gather vital scientific data about whales, dolphins and porpoises – collectively known as cetaceans – off Scotland’s west coast.

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'Shocking' levels of PCB chemicals in UK killer whale Lulu

Lulu, a member of the West Coast Community killer whales, found dead and stranded on Tiree in Janaury last year, had one of the highest levels of polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) pollution ever recorded in the species. High PCB levels are linked to poor health, impaired immune function, increased susceptibility to cancers and infertility.

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