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Five Cuvier’s beaked whales strand during military exercise off Crete – how many more times?

Local details and some content here are provided from our colleague Alexandros Franzis, Pelagos Cetacean Research Institute, Greece. Once more we have bad news regarding Cuvier’s beaked whales in Greek waters. We fear for the future of the local population, which has repeatedly been affected by naval sonar activity of NATO or of national navies in…

What a wonderful day for whales!

I am beyond delighted at today’s ruling from the International Court of Justice (ICJ) which orders Japan to stop killing whales in the Antarctic under the banner of ‘scientific whaling’. It never was scientific and that falsehood – one that has cost the lives of thousands of whales this century alone – has now been exposed…

Japan’s Antarctic Whaling found to be in contravention of IWC and the moratorium

Japan has lost its case in the International Court of Justice in The Hague and told it is subject to the moratorium on whaling. All at WDC warmly welcomes the decision of the International Court (ICJ) in its comprehensive judgment on Japan’s Antarctic Whaling.  My first reaction is that this is an historic day in the…

ICJ results on whaling court case to be released on 31st March 2014

You can follow the results live in the Storyfy module below, or live here When Australia took Japan to Court for it’s abuses of Article VIII whaling (so called ‘scientific whaling’) few of us could have imagined the debate that would ensue at the ICJ. What provided to be a highly enlightening debate revolved around…

Ship of shame!

I’ve spent the past week, along with a few other die-hards, poring over marine traffic websites looking for the Alma. Last Friday, 21st March, I reported that she left  Hafnafjordur harbour, south of Reykjavik,  laden with 2,000 tonnes of frozen fin whale meat.  As soon as she was about 100 nautical miles south of Iceland,…

Russian Navy reported to have seized Ukranian dolphins for military

WDC is monitoring with concern reports that Russian armed forces have taken control of Ukrainian military bases holding dolphins. WDC has documented the use of dolphins in military programmes and investigated the export of military dolphins from the Black Sea previously. This is not a new phenomenon in the area. A military dolphinarium was established…