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Cataloging Humpbacks Is No Easy Task

I’ve just recently returned from spending a week in Bar Harbor, Maine, where I worked with colleagues at Allied Whale, a branch of College of the Atlantic.   This was my first trip up there, and my first time meeting most of the folks who curate the North Atlantic Humpback Whale Catalog (NAHWC); the purpose of…

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Humpback migration season has begun in Fiji!

Posted on behalf of Cara Miller – WDC Pacific Islands Programme Over the last couple of weeks there have been a number of reports that humpback whales have made it all the way from their Antarctic foraging grounds back to the warm, tropical breeding grounds of the Pacific Islands. Within Fijian waters, sightings have been…

ENTANGLEMENT: A Deadly Mess for Whales

Images collected under MMPA Research permit number 1058-1733-01 Photo credit: NOAA/NEFSC/Peter Duley For over a week now, fishery officials have been searching for a badly injured North Atlantic right whale in Canadian waters. The whale is believed to have suffered severe injuries as a result of becoming entangled in fishing lines; the ropes can get wrapped around…

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The Blackfish Effect

Many presentations this week have focused on orca captivity and the overall Blackfish effect – the name that has been given to the growing interest in ending captivity and the “turning of the tide” against SeaWorld and other captive facilities.  There is general agreement among the presenters and attendees at Superpod that the documentary came…

Is this the final nail in the coffin?

If I were to ask you what you considered to be an iconic species of whale or dolphin what would your answer be? Much I’m sure would depend on where you live, what you’ve read and what your own experiences are. Some perhaps would say the mighty blue whale, the largest creature ever to have…

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The EU and whaling

The EU Commission has been playing backroom games to ensure that Denmark gets its quota for Greenland at the forthcoming IWC meeting in Slovenia (11th-18th Sepetember), and we shall discuss this more in the coming days in these very blogs, but one has to ask if the Commission has not had its sights on protecting…