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Posts by Vanessa Williams-Grey

Did Icelandic whalers really kill a blue whale?

*Warning – this blog contains an image that you may find upsetting* They say a week is a long time in politics. Well it also feels a long time in whale conservation! A great deal has happened since we circulated a press release on July 11 which stated that Icelandic whalers, out hunting fin whales…

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Mass gathering of sperm whales gatecrashed by boats in Sri Lanka

In 2012, WDC launched Project BLUEprint in Sri Lanka, a unique and exciting partnership with SriLankan Airlines and eco-tourism companies: Jetwing Hotels and Cinnamon Hotels. Our goal is to encourage responsible, community-based whale watching and to this end, we’ve run training workshops for local boat operators; worked with government agencies and the media to flag…

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SOS alert for whales off Norway!

I have to admit to bitter disappointment when I arrived in Tromsø, northern Norway, a few weeks ago, hoping to see orcas, only to find that I had missed them by a few days.  Since 2013, the orcas have been seen really close to shore in the waters around Tromsø and neighbouring Kvaløya islands, towering…

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Iceland: A new dawn for whales and dolphins?

Will 2018 be the year that I can finally visit beautiful Iceland purely as a tourist, rather than a campaigner? Maybe it’s not surprising that this fabled ‘land of fire and ice’ should offer visitors a host of contradictions, but the juxtaposition of whale watching and whale hunting in the same waters is surely one…

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Iceland's new Left-Green prime minister declares support for environmental isssues

Iceland’s new prime minister, Katrín Jakobsdóttir, leader of the Left-Greens has formed a coalition government with the right-wing Independence Party and the centre-right Progressive party. Today’s announcement marks the end of a month of frenzied negotiations between the frontrunners in last month’s general election as they attempted to form a workable coalition. Full details of…

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Walreise: Belugas von Land aus

Theresa und Oliver sind einmal um die Welt gereist, unterwegs wollten sie möglichst viel über Wale und Walbeobachtung lernen. Vierte Station: Kanada! Text & Fotos: Oliver Dirr / whaletrips.org Nirgendwo kann man Belugas so weit südlich begegnen, wie in Quebec. Im wunderschönen Saguenay-Fjord kann man sie sogar ganz einfach von Land aus beobachten. Ein surreales…

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