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Majestic fin whales

Icelandic whalers kill first fin whales in four years

As feared, whale hunters in Iceland have killed at least two fin whales, the first...
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Majority of Icelandic people think whaling harms their country’s reputation

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Japan Begins Commercial Whaling Season

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New code launched to protect dolphins in Aberdeen

A joint taskforce that includes WDC has launched a Code of Practice in Scotland to protect bottlenose dolphins near Aberdeen’s Harbour mouth, and provide guidance to vessels operating in the port. 

Aberdeen is one of the best places in Europe to view dolphins and is one of WDC’s Shorewatch sites encouraging local volunteers to look out for and record vital data on whales and dolphins.

The new code has been developed by Aberdeen Harbour Board, East Grampian Coastal Partnership, Police Scotland and Scottish Natural Heritage; with WDC providing expert advice.

The guidance suggests boats maintain a steady course at the slowest possible speed, stay away from the breakwaters, avoid directly approaching the animals, avoid turning engines on and off, and never feed, touch or swim with the dolphins.