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Japan and press freedom – What does it mean for whaling

A year ago, I wrote about concerns that people were beginning to raise about Japanese Government policy and the freedom of the press. At the time, I noted that the Japanese media has historically been reluctant to discuss any version of the whaling debate that runs contrary to the view of the pro-whaling interests and…

Congratulations, Slick!

After a few more weeks of observation, the Center for Whale Research (CWR) believes that J16, Slick, is indeed the mother of newest Southern Resident baby J50 – making Slick the oldest orca in this population known to give birth in more than 40 years of research.  As an experienced mom, Slick is taking great…

Sperm whale ’poo-nado’ – murky waters but clear signal?

In a dramatic ‘racheting up’ of the old joke which runs along the lines of “who’d want to swim in the sea?  After all, that’s where fish go to the toilet” comes the story currently receiving much media attention, concerning a group of free divers photographing sperm whales underwater off Dominica under government permit. Visibility…

Postcard From The Firth of Tay…

Hi Everyone, Thanks to the very reliable technique of photographic identification of dorsal fins, we can often keep track of dolphins over a long period of time, and over some quite long distances too. I had a nice surprise recently when Barbara Cheney, Photo ID officer with Aberdeen University’s Lighthouse Field Station at Cromarty e-mailed…

Winter at OrcaLab

A guest post from David and Brittney Cannamore who are caretaking OrcaLab for Paul and Helena for the winter with the help of their cat, Porter, and rabbit, Penny. They’re spending their days scanning for transients, roaming in the woods, and keeping the wood stove roaring. Originally from Alaska, they’re enjoying the “warm” British Columbia…

Journey to the Ross Sea #3

At a meeting in Hobart, Australia last year a golden opportunity was once again thrown away to afford the Ross Sea meaningful, permanent protection from the ever increasing influence of man in that region – particularly through overfishing. This was the fourth time that the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR),…