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Football, Corruption and the Whales

Two issues have recently conflated in my thinking. Firstly an article in the Japan Times[1] which spoke of Japan’s current attempts to gain a seat on the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), and secondly, the recent and public accusations of corruption against the management of FIFA, football’s world governing body. So why should two such…

Orca Watch in Scotland …the results are in

The WDC team has now left Scotland and the beautiful Caithness coastline but the sightings continue. During our week in the far north we were fortunate enough to see orcas, humpback whales, minke whales and harbour porpoise from our vantage point at Duncansby Head, just two miles from John O Groats. Other keen whale watchers…

Sentencing for Texas Dolphin Crime Announced

On Wednesday, June 3rd, a Texas court sentenced two brothers charged with the killing of a bottlenose dolphin found dead from a hunting arrow wound near the Louisiana border in the Gulf of Mexico. Although the perpetrators, who pled guilty to the July 2014 killing incident in February of this year, each faced up to one…

Icelandic minke whaler who blamed vet strike for delaying his hunt is forced to retract

Yet more smoke and mirrors from Iceland’s whalers – this time, the turn of minke whaler, Gunnar Bergmann Jonsson, who has recently been spending a great deal of time whining and complaining on the radio and elsewhere in the news, that he can’t start his whaling until the current strike by veterinarians ends. In fact,…

‘Cat and mouse’ as Icelandic fin whale cargo sets off for Japan via Africa – yet heads north?!

   After weeks of confinement in the harbour at Hafnarfjordur, south of Reykjavik, reportedly due to ‘mechanical problems’, the Winter Bay, the vessel chartered by fin whaler Kristjan Loftsson to carry 1,700 tonnes of fin whale products to Japan finally set off yesterday. At the last minute, she changed her destination from Luanda (Angola) to…

WDC volunteer sightings – conservation in action!

Volunteers have been collecting land-based sightings for WDC for more than 10 years and we are proud to announce that working with Dr. Clare Embling from Plymouth University, we have shown how valuable our data are with our first peer-reviewed publication: ‘How much effort is enough?  The power of citizen science to monitor trends in…