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One step at a time: Victory for dolphins in the Bahamas!

Due to the tenacity and perseverance of local Bahamanian grassroots organization, reEarth, a significant legal battle opposing the development of a captive dolphin facility on Blackbeard’s Cay, just northwest of Nassau, has been waged and won, marking a small victory in the larger fight for an end to whales and dolphins in captivity.

Fluffy fledglings at the Scottish Dolphin Centre.

It’s around this time of year when baby animals begin to fledge from the comfort of their parents’ protection. And we’re in no short supply of fledglings here at Spey Bay. There are now numerous baby swallows swooping around the courtyard of the volunteer house, often settling briefly amongst the older birds on the wire of a telegraph pole, before swooping merrily off again. We’ve all become particularly attached to one rather inquisitive baby house sparrow, Barry.

Cataloging Humpbacks Is No Easy Task

I’ve just recently returned from spending a week in Bar Harbor, Maine, where I worked with colleagues at Allied Whale, a branch of College of the Atlantic.   This was my first trip up there, and my first time meeting most of the folks who curate the North Atlantic Humpback Whale Catalog (NAHWC); the purpose of the trip was to search through this catalog to match individuals that had been seen in the past few years.

The Blackfish Effect

Many presentations this week have focused on orca captivity and the overall Blackfish effect – the name that has been given to the growing interest in ending captivity and the “turning of the tide” against SeaWorld and other captive facilities.  There is general agreement among the presenters and attendees at Superpod that the documentary came along at just the right time to bring awareness to the issue and catch the public’s attention in a way that advocates have struggled to do ever since the

Is this the final nail in the coffin?

If I were to ask you what you considered to be an iconic species of whale or dolphin what would your answer be? Much I'm sure would depend on where you live, what you've read and what your own experiences are. Some perhaps would say the mighty blue whale, the largest creature ever to have lived.

We break for whales

These things happen when a bunch of orca aficionados get together… right in the middle of the first night of presentations (including an update on the Taiji drive hunts and the problems with sonar testing by the Navy), a small group of orcas passed by the island outside the house, and everything came to a halt.  The 30-40 people in attendance immediately rushed to the porch with binoculars, telescopes, and cameras.  “I hope this i

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