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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,…

Why do loopholes always favour the bad guys?

It’s well known, of course, that Japan has killed whales for decades by exploiting a loophole in IWC legislation (under Article VIII of the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling, the IWC’s founding treaty) which permits member states to issue ‘special permits’ to their nationals to whale under the guise of ‘scientific research’.  So…

Please support proposal to list Lolita as ‘endangered’ by March 28th

Lolita, the lone female orca held in captivity at the Miami Seaquarium in Florida, may have a chance to step closer to freedom but needs your support this week – the deadline is Friday, March 28th. Following a petition, which WDC supported, to include Lolita as a protected member of the endangered southern resident orca…

Best practice in rescue

Finding a live stranded dolphin or whale on the shore is always an unexpected and deeply emotional experience. There is little that can prepare you for it. Largely without government funding, the rescue of dolphins and whales is generally undertaken by passionate volunteers. Hopefully a veterinarian with experience of marine species will oversee the rescue,…

WDC responds to recent publication

A recent essay published by Dr. Michael Moore in ICES Journal of Marine Science, chronicles the horrendous suffering experienced by large whales which become entangled in fishing gear.  The graphic image of a dead critically endangered North Atlantic right whale that was “dissected” by gillnet gear while it was still alive, is horrific.  But the…

The Most Important Valentine You’ll Send This Year

This year, I am adding a very special recipient to my Valentine’s list: the North Atlantic right whale. Instead of chocolate, I am sending a much more important message: human interest does not trump their right to survive. SIGN TODAY – RIGHT WHALES URGENTLY NEED OUR HELP AGAIN Over the last several decades, the number…