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It's White Alright ...!!

In the past year, global attention has been on a young albino bottlenose dolphin calf called Angel (or Shoujo) who was captured in the Taiji drive hunts in January. Angel is currently living in small, cramped and confined conditions in the Taiji Aquarium where sadly her life will be a far cry from what she would have experienced had she been left with her family in the wild.

Nobody Here But Kesslet...

Hi Everyone,

It's a bit on the quiet side for dolphin sightings where I am at the moment. I'm just getting over a bad cold so I stayed at North Kessock today and watched Kesslet fishing by herself quietly in the incoming tide.

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Time is running out on Thailand's dolphin clock

The Irrawaddy dolphin is a wonderful and unique species of dolphin with several different populations, and sub-populations, displaying their own particular fondness for a specific kind of habitat. Unfortunately, it is this preference that is contributing to their decline, some faster than others. One of these sub-populations lives in Songkhla Lake in the south of Thailand and unfortunately their future looks bleak.

Southern Resident orca population is missing two members

We are saddened to learn that two members of the Southern Resident orca population in the Pacific Northwest are unaccounted for this year and are presumed dead.  Two members of L pod, Lulu and Indigo, have not been seen with their families this summer.  The annual census of this population, which started in the mid-70’s, has been able to get a complete head count of Southern Residents every year due to their small population size and proximity to a heavily populated coastal area in the summer. 

Russian quota issued for 10 more orca captures

What now for Russian orcas?

Following the news that two orcas were captured in the Okhotsk Sea, Russia, we now have the announcement of the 2014 quota allowing potential captors to apply for permits to catch 10 more orcas. Actually, usually the quota and the permit process happen before the actual captures, but this is Russia. 

Stormy Sightings at Spey Bay!


This week's has been written by one of our residential guide and education volunteers Laura. Find out what she has been seeing around a stormy Spey Bay.

Well these past couple of weeks have seen a lot of change here around Spey Bay! The landscape has had a complete makeover as we felt the side effects of Hurricane Bertha; our sunny skies were suddenly replaced with torrential downpours and the River Spey made a bid for freedom, bursting its banks and even flooding our Icehouse!

The Policy of Freedom

There are multiple government agencies that are responsible for overseeing the care and well-being of Lolita, the only surviving member of the Southern Resident orcas that is still trapped in captivity.  The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is responsible for making sure the Miami Seaquarium’s tanks comply with regulations (they don’t).

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