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We’re taking steps to uncover the mysteries of whales

We’re taking steps to uncover the mysteries of whales

Gray whales from drone.

Vicki James Vicki is WDC’s protected areas coordinator, she helps to create safe ocean spaces for whales and dolphins to swim freely. Vicki also leads our Green Whale science work to identify and fill gaps in our whale and dolphin knowledge. VIEW ALL VICKI’S BLOGS Whales are more than just remarkable beings – they are…

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The power of harbour porpoise poo

Leaping harbour porpoise

We know we need to save the whale to save the world. Now we are funding a pioneering project that’s proving that porpoises are our underwater climate allies too. We are uncovering more and more evidence showing how essential whales are for a healthy marine ecosystem. They are helping us to fight the climate and…

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Looking out for dolphins and porpoises in Wales

Have you ever fancied yourself as a dolphin researcher? If you think you’ve got what it takes, you could join us on the remote Welsh island of Bardsey (Ynys Enlli) next year. I have just returned from Bardsey Island with my colleague Pine Eisfeld-Pierantonio. We spent the last two weeks of August looking out for…

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A lovely end to my sabbatical with more humpback whales

My time at the WDC North American office has come to an end; it has flown by and has been a wonderful experience. In my previous blog I wrote about the humpback studies that I have been assisting on whilst I have been here. Since then the weather has continued to be unseasonably good and…

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A Whale of a welcome

It’s been two weeks since I arrived at the WDC North America office here in Plymouth, Massachusetts. I’m normally based at the UK office, but I’m lucky to be here on sabbatical assisting on the studies of the whales in Cape Cod, particularly humpback whales. After being taught the data collection techniques, which is very…

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The windy watch – Bardsey Island Survey 2017

Another Bardsey Island (Ynys Enlli) field season is over, this time a little earlier than planned as the strong winds, some of which were over 50 mph, made it impossible for us to survey. However in the short time we were there we were treated to some dolphin delights. The waters around Bardsey Island are…

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Whales could help save Arctic Seed Vault

Recently, Norway announced that the entrance to the Global Seed Vault in the Arctic was flooded after very high temperatures caused the permafrost to melt.  The vault, a storage facility deep inside a mountain on the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard, is designed to preserve the world’s crops from future disasters. The store holds seeds from c.5,000 crop…

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North Sea piling development worrying for porpoises

The UK government has given consent for the world’s largest offshore wind farm, Hornsea 2, to be built off the Yorkshire coast. This decision could lead to significant negative impacts to the harbour porpoise, the smallest porpoise found in our waters. We raised our concerns during public consultations. Harbour porpoises are ‘strictly’ protected under the…

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Feldforschung bei den Rundkopfdelfinen in Nordwales

Dank der Finanzierung der Organisation Natural Resources Wales (NRW) waren wir in der Lage diesen September zwei Wochen lang eine Studie zu den Rundkopfdelfin– und Schweinswalpopulationen vor Bardsey Island durchzuführen.  Projektleiterin Pine Eisfeld-Pierantonio und ich wurden in der ersten Woche von NRWs leitendem Meeressäuger-Ökologen Tom Stringell und in der zweiten Woche von Meeressäuger-Spezialistin Ceri Wyn…

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