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Japan’s whalers get into the ’snake oil’ business

Every year we are bombarded with advertising campaigns for things such as washing powder that claim that their product is ‘brand new’. We all have suspicions that in reality these ‘new products’ are in fact, simply repackaged versions of the same product (with maybe a new variation on an ingredient) we used last year and…

Journey to the Ross Sea #1

In February 2015, Rob Lott, WDC’s Policy Manager, will be heading to New Zealand to join a ship’s expedition to the Ross Sea in Antarctica. Over the coming weeks he will provide updates through blogs and images of this fragile ecosystem highlighting the region’s landscapes and wildlife while also documenting the environmental threats the Antarctic…

Right Whales in Cape Cod Bay During the Holidays – Ring Bells of Joy or Alarm?

This most recent holiday season in Cape Cod featured something extra-special: North Atlantic right whales. Originally depleted by whaling, the remaining 500 North Atlantic right whales struggle to recover as they face threats from vessel strikes, entanglements in fishing gear, and habitat loss.  WDC has worked to protect this species from these threats and was…

A Dolphin Welcome to 2015 !

Hi Everyone, I hope that all of you have had a nice festive season. I’m technically still on holiday for a few days yet but I though that I would share some nice news with you to welcome us into 2015, – Kesslet and her baby were around near the Kessock Bridge today, I had…

Confusion over new orca calf

It seems like the Southern Residents just can’t catch a break.  After the initial excitement over the sighting of a new baby in J pod, a closer look at the encounter by the Center for Whale Research (CWR) has raised some concerns. The littlest Southern Resident (designated J50) was thought to be the offspring of…

Death toll continues to rise in Taiji

Although a new year is upon us, we take somber pause in recognizing current events in the dolphin drive hunts in Taiji. December has been a deadly month for dolphins in Japan, and more recent developments brokered by the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums, known as WAZA and the Japanese zoo authority, JAZA, if…