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A sad day on the beach

It was with some trepidation that I offered my help to Nick Davison from SMASS (Scottish Marine Animal Strandings Scheme) on the morning of Monday 8th September when he called to ask for some assistance from WDC in a Minke whale post mortem at Whitehills (around 20 miles along the coast from my usual place…

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Jungs sind eben so!

Hallo zusammen, im  Moment sieht man die Delfine im Kessock-Kanal und bei Chanonry nicht mehr allzu oft. Letzten Sonntag war ich in unserem Scottish Dolphin Centre in Spey Bay und plötzlich konnten wir ca. 20 Delfine, die sogar Babys dabei hatten, in ca. 1,5 km Entfernung beobachten, wie sie Richtung Osten vorbeizogen. Als wäre das…

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A day of highs and lows for whales: round-up of final day of the IWC meeting in Slovenia

The day began with the Distinguished Commissioner for Australia reporting on the Finance and Administration Committee, noting that Japan has offered to Chair the ‘Working Group on Support for New Countries’. There is some laughter in the margins, as many people believe Japan has already been running its own ‘Recruitment Working Group’. There is some debate…

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Caught on camera – meet the dolphins of the Azores

WDC’s Sarah Dolman reports on her final days in the Azores where she helped carry out field work for a local research organization, Nova Atlantis, this summer. In my 4 weeks on Pico we saw more pods of Risso’s dolphins than any other species! In the 15 years that the study has been underway, Nova…

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IWC says no to Japanese whaling

The IWC today resoundingly rejected Japan’s attempt to gain a commercial whaling quota for its commercial coastal whaling operations and passed a resolution that instructs the Commisison and its Scientific Committee to implement further controls on Article VIII whaling. Japan had been attempting to obtain a quota of 17 whales from the Okhotsk Sea east…

IWC passes Resolution to implement ICJ ruling and control future 'Article VIII' whaling

The IWC has today passed a resolution that seeks to control scientific whaling. The full text is below. After much efforts at reaching consensus, New Zealand had to press ahead and return to its earlier draft as below Whaling under Special Permit Submitted by New Zealand IWC/65/14 Rev1 Agenda item 15 Noting the judgment of March 31, 2014…