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Finless Porpoise Under Siege in Korean Seas

Finless Porpoise Under Siege in Korean Seas

ULSAN, Jan. 12 (Korea Bizwire) – Korean waters have become dangerous habitat for finless porpoises, sometimes referred to in Korea as “smiling whales” for their grinning faces.  According to the Ulsan Coast Guard, a total of 9,710 whales died in the five-year period from 2011 to 2015 from either illegal poaching or unintended catch in [...]

South Korean Dolphin Population Slowly Recovering

South Korean Dolphin Population Slowly Recovering

JEJU, Aug. 5 (Korea Bizwire) – The number of indo-pacific bottlenose dolphins in the seas off Jeju Island is slowly recovering after years of steady decline, thanks to cooperation from the local fishing industry and a drop in poaching.  The National Fisheries Research & Development Institute (NFRDI) first started monitoring these mammals by distinguishing their physical [...]

Unmanned Helicopters to Find Whales in Ulsan

Unmanned Helicopters to Find Whales in Ulsan

ULSAN, Aug. 18 (Korea Bizwire) – The local government of Ulsan is looking into employing unmanned aircraft to help find whales for whale-watching tours. Since drones can have difficulty operating in high winds, the city is considering the use of unmanned helicopters. The unmanned helicopters or drones will survey the sea first, and once whales are discovered, [...]