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WDC launches major new captivity campaign

Today, WDC launches a major anti-captivity campaign aimed at the travel industry and their continued support for marine parks holding whales and dolphins in captivity. WDC calls on Richard Branson, as a founder of the Virgin brand and a member of the Ocean Elders group, to use his influence and stop Virgin Holidays promoting trips…

A Fateful Anniversary

Today, February 24th, marks the four-year anniversary of the death of veteran SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau. WDC respectfully acknowledges this horrific tragedy and the unfolding of events that has occurred since and that together have brought the plight of trainers and captive orcas to light. Dawn’s death launched heightened public and professional scrutiny of safety in…

What does deep sea mining mean for whales and dolphins?

When I was a student studying for my geology undergraduate degree, apart from debates about what killed off the dinosaurs, the other most exciting, almost futuristic idea, was the prospect of deep-sea mining. In those days it was consideration of harvesting manganese modules, today it’s the hunt for a multitude of rare earth minerals, including…

What does “success” looks like for WDC’s projects and campaigns

Perhaps one metric for success that we should strive for is to have the number of North Atlantic right whales greater than the number of people working to save them. With fewer than 500 North Atlantic right whales remaining, we are far from meeting that goal. The fatalities they face from ship strikes and fishing gear…

Watch out whalers – Breach is coming!

I’m delighted to say that Breach! – the independent film exposing the cruelty, arrogance and stupidity of Icelandic whaling activities which I blogged about recently – has reached its funding target meaning that it can now be completed and aired in Iceland and hopefully a host of other venues this summer! I’ve spoken several times…

Those Big Eyes…

Hi Everyone, We had a surprise little visitor on the slipway at North Kessock the other day – a lovely young female Common or Harbour seal. She had come up onto the concrete for a rest and was perfectly healthy and after I had a thorough look at her to make sure that she was,…