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Some unusual whale sightings and a reminder of why we do what we do

My visit to the WDC North America office this past week was a tangible reminder of why Whale and Dolphin Conservation exists as an organization and how important it is for us to continue our efforts to protect whales and dolphins.   An opportunity to take a trip out to sea last Thursday morning in…

Nepal’s forgotten dolphins …

Rivers in Nepal are treated as goddesses, so why are the creatures found within them not given the same reverence? The Nepalese believe that their rivers are the “ever flowing and inspiring source of beauty, abundance and infinite adventure” yet one of the most iconic animals ever to have inhabited them – the Ganges River…

Too many humpbacks? Hunt them! says Icelandic whaler

Today sees the publication of a new paper stating that, as humpback whale populations in Australian waters are increasing, a case can be made for downlisting their conservation status.   I don’t propose to review here the many and complex mechanisms in play when it comes to determining whether a whale or dolphin population is…

Iceland’s government in disarray over whaling

When MPs – ostensibly working together in coalition – publicly disagree on a controversial topic, you know there is a problem.  When this happens twice in as many days, you know there REALLY is a problem. This certainly seemed to be the case this week judging by public statements made by various members of Iceland’s…

A round up of the sightings from the Scottish Dolphin Centre so far!

Well what a season it has been so far! Firstly I would like to reintroduce myself, I am Aimee and I was last year’s residential guide and events volunteer and I am extremely happy to have returned for a second season as a staff member this time round, Scottish Dolphin Centre Guide. I did say…

On the sea with Soundwatch

There’s a lot of talk about the Southern Resident orcas at this year’s Superpod, and much of the focus is on their top threat: prey depletion.  While on the island, WDC is also examining the other threats to this critically endangered population, including vessel noise and harassment.  I spent a day out on the water yesterday with…