The many fans of Aberdeen’s popular Wild Dolphins art trail can bid to keep one of the popular dolphin sculptures as the summer public trail organised by WDC and partner charity, the ARCHIE Foundation comes to an end. All 50 of the colourful dolphin models, which have been dotted around the city, are being auctioned to raise money for WDC and ARCHIE (the official charity of the Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital) at Aberdeen’s Music Hall on Wednesday, September 10, from 7pm.
The second Faroese pilot whale hunt (or grind) of the 2014 season occurred on August 30th on the southern island of Sandoy. It was reported that 33 pilot whales were killed.
So far, 46 pilot whales have been killed since the 2014 season began. The first grind occurred in mid-May where 13 pilot whales were killed in Fuglafjordur on the more northern Island of Esturoy. Five bottlenose whales that had stranded alive were also killed and butchered just a few days ago on August 28th in Hvalba.
WDC is demanding an immediate halt to on-going underwater surveys for oil and gas in Dutch waters, close to the German border and a special area of protection for a vulnerable harbour porpoise population.
‘Air guns’ are used in these surveys and fire loud pulses of sound down into the seabed to locate deposits of crude oil. Noise levels from these ‘guns’ are extreme and sound from them can travel thousands of kilometers through the water.
As the four-month Norwegian whaling season comes to a close, the number of whales slaughtered has reached its highest level since 1993. Despite a global ban on commercial whaling, whalers in Norway have caught 729 whales and the number could rise further even though demand for the meat is falling in Norway.
Norway sets a self-imposed quota of 1,286 whales it can kill during the season and claims the hunt is for the “protection and sustainable harvesting of marine resources”.
The Japan Times leads with a report that 'Russia has seized a Japanese research whaling ship in the Sea of Okhotsk on suspicion of intruding into Russian territorial waters, government sources said on Friday.
The 712-ton Shonan Maru No. 2 left Japan on Aug. 8 to examine whales in the Sea of Okhotsk at the request of the government-linked Fisheries Research Agency.
A decision to include captive dolphins as part of the entertainment at a major world convention for travel writers has been dropped following outrage amongst some of the journalist due to attend.
Event organisers describe the TBEX convention, being held in Cancun in September, as the world’s largest gathering of travel bloggers, writers, new media content creators, and social media travel industry professionals.
Staff from WDC’s offices around the world will join supporters and other concerned members of the public in a number of international demonstrations on the 1st September against Japan’s infamous dolphin slaughter. Thousands of people are expected to join in the ‘Japan Dolphin Day’ protests outside Japanese embassies in cities such as Buenos Aires, London, and Phoenix, and call for an end to this ongoing slaughter.
Following growing public criticism of its captive orca shows, SeaWorld has announced that it is to build new, larger pools its theme parks. The announcement also comes after the company’s shares traded near to their lowest point since SeaWorld was listed on the stock market last year.
The release of the 2013 documentary ‘Blackfish’ caused a backlash against SeaWorld and a series of entertainers have pulled out of planned performances at SeaWorld parks. SeaWorld’s long time corporate partner, Southwest Airlines is also to end its relationship with the parks.
By any definition, yesterday was a disastrous day for SeaWorld as their shares lost a THIRD of their value in a single day after the company announced its second quarter results.
Due to the severe weather caused by ex-hurricane Bertha, the Scottish Dolphin Centre was closed on Monday, August 11th.
The Centre has reopened on August 12th but the Icehouse exhibit is still closed.