This blog post is written by volunteer Charlotte Foster, who has spent the past few months in Australia...
G’day! Two and a half months into my travels and it’s strange to think my time in Australia is up. This blog looks back over a particularly fond 6 days with citizen science-based project ‘Dolphin Watch’, the inspirational work they achieve, and what science can gain from them.
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The Klamath and Killer Whales
By Steve Rothert, California director for American Rivers
Yesterday, China broke the news that it was finally to recognise and address animal welfare within its national legislation. Wildlife in China is currently protected by "The Protection of Wildlife Law" introduced back in 1988. However, the welfare of the individual animal isn't recognised. This is a crucial omission as authorities are hampered by the current law and its restrictions.
I used to think Father Christmas had the only real claim on the North Pole, but now it seems several countries want to usurp the old gentleman of his home.
After two years of data collection and two years of statistical analyses, the EU Life+-funded project SAMBAH (Static Acoustic Monitoring of the Baltic Sea Harbour Porpoise) has estimated the critically endangered Baltic Sea harbour porpoise population to approximately 450 animals.
A necropsy performed on Saturday, December 6th revealed some preliminary results about the death of Rhapsody (J32), a member of the critically endangered Southern Resident orca population. Following a ceremony led by an indigenous representative to send Rhapsody on to rest and thank her for the opportunity to learn from her death, scientists from Canada’s Department of Fisheries and Oceans, alon
Building links with the local community here in Moray, north east Scotland, has been crucial to the success of the Scottish Dolphin Centre. Many many local people care for the bottlenose dolphins and other Scottish wildlife just as much as WDC does – and they show their passion by supporting us in a wide variety of ways.
This week, guest blogger Jeff Ventre helps to explain the devastating legacy of captivity for the Southern Resident orcas – why they are still affected by captures that happened decades ago. These efforts devastated their population, and they are still struggling to recover. Today, they face threats like prey depletion, pollution, and noisy waters. Helping to restore salmon populations in the Pacific Northwest is one way we c