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Aberdeen goes wild for dolphins

This June will see the public launch of one of WDC’s biggest ever events, Wild Dolphins – a collaboration between ourselves, children’s hospital charity the ARCHIE Foundation and events company Wild in Art. You may well have seen similar Wild in Art events in a city near you: Rhinos in Southampton, Gromits in Bristol, elephants…

California State Assembly seeks more time to review Orca Welfare and Safety Act

For those of us watching the live feed of the California legislative hearing on Assembly member Bloom’s orca bill (AB 2140) at the State Capitol in Sacramento, it was clear that an overwhelming number of Californians support passage of the bill. Mothers, teachers, business owners, labor interests, organizational representatives, and unaffiliated individuals of the public filed…

Want to name an Australian baby dolphin?

I have been studying a community of some 50 resident dolphins living in the Port River estuary (Adelaide, Australia) for the past 25 years. These dolphins are perhaps the most urbanised in the whole world, living as they do almost in the heart of a city of a million people. About twenty years ago I observed…

Close Encounters…

Hi Everyone, I was lucky enough to see and photograph some of our resident dolphins while out doing fieldwork yesterday. The weather had improved a great deal and there was hardly a ripple on the water. In the photo below you can see my namesake “Charlie” ID#1025 going over to check out a local family…

Sea World accused of using drugs to control ’its’ whales

Reports have emerged that in a onging court battle documents have surfaced that reveal that SeaWorld has used drugs on several killer whales with benzodiazepines — a class of drug that includes Valium and Xanax. The documents were filed as a sworn affidavit (available on the Buzzfeed website) in a 2011 legal wrangle between SeaWorld and Marineland of…

Going Wild At The Scottish Dolphin Centre

Since introducing myself in an earlier post just over a week ago I’ve been busy working with Lorna, the Education Officer to spread the word about whales and dolphins to Primary school pupils in the Caithness area of north Scotland. I really enjoyed being able to talk to the pupils about all the cool cetaceans…