I stood last Friday on a rain-sodden hillside in Iceland, alongside Astrid, a whaling campaign colleague based in our Munich office - and felt a sickening lurch of déjà vu. Last July, we had stood on this exact same spot, watching this grimmest of grim spectacles unfold just metres away behind the chain link fence of the whaling station compound.
I've been concentrating on getting some video of our dolphins recently...
Sundance, Moonlight and Mischief are in this footage at Chanonry Point, try the HD playback setting at the bottom of the video for best results if you can - I hope that you enjoy it. I will post more video soon.
Friday’s announcement that the Obama Administration will allow seismic testing for oil exploration along the East coast of the US is just the latest in a series of “ocean pandering” disguised as planning. Just last month, the Obama administration hosted “Our Ocean”, an international conference said to focus on tackling issues of overfishing, marine pollution, and climate change.
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.
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.
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.
Posted on behalf of Cara Miller - WDC Pacific Islands Programme
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
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.