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The role of science in conservation policy

I had the pleasure last week of visiting a number of the UK’s leading universities. I have been looking at the courses that deliver modules covering animal law and conservation teaching and meeting students just beginning their careers in animal protection. In delivering a lecture at John Moores University Liverpool, I was questioned on the…

A Hard Rock Massage

We learned last week that beluga whales are the true white whales, except when they’re babies, but they also aren’t always white as adults!  In spring and summer, when belugas start gathering in estuaries and shallow-water areas, they actually have a yellowish tint to their skin.  Belugas undergo a seasonal molt, meaning that one layer of…

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Representing the whales and dolphins of the South Pacific

Posted on behalf of Samanunu Simpson What’s next?! Were the thoughts lingering in my head when I had finished my Bachelor of Marine Science degree in the year 2010. It’s quite difficult getting your dream job when you’re in a place where work opportunities are limited and you don’t have much experience to get you…

Keeping killer whales in captivity panel discussion

Scientists ponder the question of orcas captured in Russia

A highlight of this week’s Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals, in Dunedin, New Zealand, was the panel discussion on killer whales in captivity. This was a unique event for the Society. In the wake of the film “Blackfish”, the book Death at Sea World, and the recent live captures of 7 killer…

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20th Biennial Conference of the Biology of Marine Mammals Part 2

WDC present our work on non-lethal vessel strikes on humpback whales in the southern Gulf of Maine  ~ Otago University, Dunedin, New Zealand, 9-13 December The “biennial,” held every two years, is a gathering of marine mammal scientists from around the world. The theme for this year “Marine Mammal Conservation: Science Making a Difference”, has…

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20th Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals Part 1

Wind, Whales, and Dolphins – the conservation impacts of marine renewables The 20th Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals is taking place this week in Dunedin, New Zealand.  This is the largest international conference focused on marine mammals and WDC is there to present our conservation work to the world.  “Many difficult and…