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Where is Everybody?

Hi Everyone, Just a quick update to say that things have gone very quiet again just at the moment. Even the boat operators are not seeing that much in the way of dolphins moving around the Inner Firth. The photo above is a recent one of Kesslet – looking all alone, but in fact Charlie…

Japan should think carefully over its whaling in the North Pacific

Japan is still reeling from the ICJ decision that effectively ended its whaling this year in Antarctica. However, Japan’s whalers are awaiting guidance from the Japanese Government as to whether they can carry out their whaling in the North Pacific. Japan has an established Article VIII whaling programme in the North Pacific (JARPN) taking a…

A whale named Pico

North Atlantic right whales were once truly North Atlantic with a historic range covering the waters from Florida and West Africa in the south, to the Labrador Sea and across to Norway in the north. Once upon a time, these whales were once common in coastal waters on both sides of “the pond”.   Heavy…

See you in court. WDC takes legal action against US government

WDC and its conservation partners filed a suit in US federal court today challenging the US government’s five year delay in designating additional Critical Habitat for critically endangered North Atlantic right whales.  Fewer than 500 North Atlantic right whales remain and their survival is threatened by vessel strikes, entanglements in fishing gear, and habitat degradation. …

What do whales, dolphins and porpoises have in common with badgers?

For those of you not familiar with the humble badger – do you remember the Harry Potter books and the school house of Hufflepuff? Well … the badger is the emblem of the Hufflepuff house in Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. There are eight different species of badger found in a variety of places…

A personal reflection on time with orcas

As the Icelandic orca watching winter season comes to a close for another year, our guest blogger and WDC friend, Sam Lipman, reflects on her time with this population and others she has been fortunate to encounter around the world. I have spent time with just three of the 40+ known populations of orca that…