Back in the 1960's submarines detected a bizarre "quacking" sound in the southern ocean and have been perplexed as to its origins ever since. The noise - nicknamed the "bio-duck" - was only heard during winter and spring months and was attributed to everything from ships to fish, but no-one really knew what was making the noise and until now it was purely guess work.
Last week we received news that two of the three former captive bottlenose dolphins that were rehabilitated and released back into the wild last July near Jeju Island were sighted alive and well off the coast of South Korea.
The Yomiuri Shimbun reports that the Japanese government 'has decided to postpone the departure date for its whaling fleet, initially set for Tuesday, to Saturday or even later in the hope of avoiding tension with the international community ahead of U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit to Japan on Wednesday.'
Iceland Review reports that whaling is now believed to be damaging Icelandic lamb exports to the USA.
Spring has arrived in Spey Bay!
We have got lots of eggsciting things going on here at The Scottish Dolphin Centre this week; we are starting our Wildlife Wanders (guided wildlife walks for visitors) as of Friday 18th April which are at 14:15 every day (weather permitting)! From Friday 18th – Sunday 20th April, we have also got an eggstra special Easter Trail! Kids and adults alike can participate at any time of the day to go and hunt for special clues located around the reserve in order to receive Easter treats! Pardon the puns – just can’t resist!
I was doing my photography fieldwork at Chanonry Point yesterday and was really pleased at seeing seven dolphins looking in the fast current for salmon in the immediate area around the Point. Two of the dolphins were ID#1025 "Charlie" son of Kesslet who is the dolphin nearest the camera in the photo below.
WDC warmly welcomes the news that Orson ‘Balaam’ Ollivierre, regarded as the chief whaler on the island of Bequia (‘bek-way’) - the second largest island of the Grenadines in the Eastern Caribbean - has abandoned whaling in favour of whale watching.
Policymakers should be careful what messages they are listening to coming out of Japan at the moment. I would argue that they should definitely be careful of the proclamations of the Intitute of Cetacean Research (ICR).
The ICR is not the Japanese Government and is definately not representative of the Japanese people.
WDC welcomes the recent decision by the US Court of Appeals to uphold the original Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) citation against SeaWorld and deny their most recent petition for review. With this decision, SeaWorld’s only option left open to them in their tortuous legal battle to overturn the original citation issued in August 2010 is to appeal to the US Su