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Hey UK, Turks and Caicos Humpbacks Need You too!

A recent BBC report highlights the need for better wildlife protection in UK overseas territories including the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI).  Along with the issues covered in the article, endangered humpback whales are also facing threats in this region.  Historically considered as a migratory corridor to the breeding and calving grounds off the Dominican…

SeaWorld petition targeting British Airways supported by 50,000

A petition on the change.org website posted by WDC supporter, Kathleen Haase, has been signed by over 50,000 people. The petition calls on British Airways to break ties with SeaWorld, similar to WDC’s campaign urging Virgin to do the same. British Airways also sells tickets to SeaWorld to people booking holidays through them. British Airways…

Shorewatch’s Big Watch Weekend at the Scottish Dolphin Centre

Here at the Scottish Dolphin Centre we are putting together the final arrangements for our Shorewatch programme’s annual Big Watch Weekend. A weekend where all our volunteers pull together to conduct as many Shorewatches as possible! This data will give us an in-depth look at what the whales and dolphins are doing around the Scottish…

Sundance Gets Nicked Again…

Hi Everyone, No – Sundance hasn’t been breaking the law, don’t worry… what I actually mean is that the big guy has picked up a new nip out of the skin at the rear edge of his dorsal fin about halfway down. It is tiny, but it is there and an important reminder why we…

Official poll reveals growing opposition to orca captivity in US

WDC, along with the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI), recently commissioned an independent scientific public opinion poll gauging public attitudes regarding the confinement of orcas in captivity. This poll querying over 1000 Americans and conducted in early May, reveals a double-digit increase in opposition to this practice, up 11% from the same poll conducted at about the…

Reflecting on the Faroese Pilot Whale Hunt

The following a personal reflection on the Faroese pilot whale hunt and I realise that the views expressed may not be shared by all, however, having read a recent articulate defence of the hunt by Elin Brimheim Heinesen I thought I would share some of my own thoughts. You may not agree with everything I say, but…