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Consider the pilot whales

A new website has surfaced that shifts the focus from the conflict surrounding the pilot whale drive hunts, or ‘grindadrap,’ that usually occur in the Faroe Islands between the months of May and November, to the beauty and wonder of the pilot whale. Introduced just weeks ago, grindaboð.fo provides a Faroese perspective on pilot whales…

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Russian quota issued for 10 more orca captures

What now for Russian orcas? Following the news that two orcas were captured in the Okhotsk Sea, Russia, we now have the announcement of the 2014 quota allowing potential captors to apply for permits to catch 10 more orcas. Actually, usually the quota and the permit process happen before the actual captures, but this is Russia. …

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Japan Dolphin Day marks the beginning of another drive hunt season

An international day of awareness will mark the beginning of the dolphin drive hunt season in Taiji, Japan with nearly 80 events set to occur all over the globe on, or around, September 1st. WDC supports these activities, otherwise known as Japan Dolphin Day, to raise awareness to the start of the seasonal dolphin hunts…

Stormy Sightings at Spey Bay!

This week’s has been written by one of our residential guide and education volunteers Laura. Find out what she has been seeing around a stormy Spey Bay. Well these past couple of weeks have seen a lot of change here around Spey Bay! The landscape has had a complete makeover as we felt the side…

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The Policy of Freedom

There are multiple government agencies that are responsible for overseeing the care and well-being of Lolita, the only surviving member of the Southern Resident orcas that is still trapped in captivity.  The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is responsible for making sure the Miami Seaquarium’s tanks comply with regulations (they don’t).  The Occupational…

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What Risso’s dolphins in the Azores can teach us

First we saw the white movement, gracefully weaving under the water. The unmistakeable turquoise water above a pod of mature Risso’s dolphins who were swimming just below the surface, at some distance from our boat, off Pico in the Azores. This made me feel at home, we see the same behaviour in our own study…