http://www.ifaw.org/european-union/theme/publications/rss.xml/48971/20 en Protecting Whales http://www.ifaw.org/european-union/node/58461 <div class="field field-type-date field-field-date"> <div class="field-label">Publication Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 11/07/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="node-body"><p>From pollution to climate change to whaling, these magnificent creatures face more threats than ever.</p> </div> Whales Whales commercial whaling Floating Class Room Marine Mammel Research and Rescue MMRR song of the whale SOTW whale habitats whale watching whales Other Tue, 08 May 2012 16:30:20 +0000 adintino 58461 at http://www.ifaw.org IWC-65 Main Outcomes http://www.ifaw.org/european-union/resource-centre/iwc <div class="field field-type-date field-field-date"> <div class="field-label">Publication Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 09/23/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="node-body"><p>The 65<sup>th</sup> International Whaling Commission (IWC) meeting has come to a close. While there were some very big decisions taken for whales there were also a myriad of decisions that don&rsquo;t make it into the headlines. This document from the IWC outlines all of the major decisions taken during the week-long international meeting.</p> </div> Whales Whales Other Tue, 23 Sep 2014 19:56:57 +0000 rbartlett 101485 at http://www.ifaw.org The International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling against Japan’s whaling: implications for the European Union http://www.ifaw.org/european-union/resource-centre/international-court-justice-icj-ruling-against-japan%E2%80%99s-whaling-implications-european <div class="field field-type-date field-field-date"> <div class="field-label">Publication Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Wed, 06/25/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="node-body"><p>As the global intergovernmental body charged with the conservation of whales and the management of whaling, the IWC adopted a moratorium on commercial whaling which came into effect in 1986. The decision to create a Southern Ocean (Antarctic Region) Whale Sanctuary was approved in 1994. The IWC also adopted a ban on factory ship whaling for species other than minke whales.</p> </div><p><a href="http://www.ifaw.org/european-union/resource-centre/international-court-justice-icj-ruling-against-japan%E2%80%99s-whaling-implications-european" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Whales Whales ICJ Japan whales Whaling Other Wed, 25 Jun 2014 20:10:59 +0000 rbartlett 100643 at http://www.ifaw.org Sperm Whale Fact Sheet http://www.ifaw.org/european-union/resource-centre/sperm-whale-fact-she-0 <div class="field field-type-date field-field-date"> <div class="field-label">Publication Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 06/06/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="node-body"><p>These sociable and deep-diving whales get their name from a peculiar organ inside their giant heads, the spermaceti organ, which contains a type of oil that in the past whalers thought looked like semen. These incredible animals were sadly hunted for this oil, which was used to fuel lamps and make candles, soaps and cosmetics. The spermaceti organ is actually used in echolocation, a remarkable method of communication and navigation also used by bats, in which the whale produces clicks that bounce off objects back to the whale.</p> </div> Whales Whales Australia sperm whale fact sheet Other Fri, 06 Jun 2014 16:09:38 +0000 rbartlett 100495 at http://www.ifaw.org Blue Whale Fact Sheet http://www.ifaw.org/european-union/resource-centre/blue-whale-fact-sheet <div class="field field-type-date field-field-date"> <div class="field-label">Publication Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 06/06/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="node-body"><p>The largest animal in the world was once brought shockingly close to extinction by relentless whaling. There used to be over 250,000 blue whales in our oceans, but hunting reduced blue whale numbers to just a few hundred. Although the hunting of blue whales is now banned by the International Whaling Commission, there are still very few blue whales compared to the days before whaling.</p> </div> Whales Whales Australia blue whales Other Fri, 06 Jun 2014 16:21:03 +0000 rbartlett 100496 at http://www.ifaw.org Humpback Whale Fact Sheet http://www.ifaw.org/european-union/resource-centre/humpback-whale-fact-sheet <div class="field field-type-date field-field-date"> <div class="field-label">Publication Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 06/06/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="node-body"><p>Arguably the most well-known and best-loved of all the whales, humpback whales are known to sing for minutes or hours. Solitary male humpback whales are most often heard singing, with their haunting moans audible for several kilometres underwater. Scientists have not yet agreed on a single reason for why humpback whales sing &ndash; it could be to attract females, to communicate or to navigate &ndash; and so it remains one of nature&rsquo;s most endearing mysteries.</p> </div> Whales Whales Australia Humpback Whales Other Fri, 06 Jun 2014 16:26:14 +0000 rbartlett 100497 at http://www.ifaw.org