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An Olympic tragedy

Oh Russia. Why? As media attention turns once again towards the 2014 Winter Olympics, the spotlight falls on the host city – the resort of Sochi on the Black Sea.  In a series of spectacularly ill-advised public relations stunts, the Russian organising committee has shown it is not only out of touch with the rest…

Are Japanese whalers hunting whales from Australia?

Andrew Darby, author and friend of the whales, reports that ‘Australian scientists have tracked a minke whale from the Great Barrier Reef deep into the subantarctic for the first time’. There has been concern for some time that Japan has been hunting endangered minke whales in the North Pacific, but now it appears that minke…

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Blackfish strikes again

It seems Blackfish has struck another blow against Sea World and the keeping of orcas. The Mail online reports that following a ‘national outcry over the treatment of orca whales at SeaWorld’ the Canadian band, ‘Barenaked Ladies’ have cancelled an upcoming concert at the Sea World theme park. The Mail reports that, ‘The decision came…

Arctic Adaptations

It can be very hard to find whales in the wild – they spend very little time at the surface, and not much of their body comes out of the water when they do break the line between our world and theirs.  The bright white bodies of beluga whales are easy to see from a…

It’s Time to ’LEGO’ of Feeding Wild Dolphins

A new toy by LEGO, the “Dolphin Cruiser,” and the accompanying online game encourages both feeding and interacting with wild dolphins – the fish included in the toy are even referred to as “dolphin food.”  LEGO is a worldwide and well-loved company that usually encourages imaginative play, but this toy teaches children illegal and irresponsible…

South Korea cracks down on illegal whaling

Chosun Online Japanese Edition reported on November 18th, 2013 that in September, investigators in Yeongcheon city, South Korea, ‘searched a walk in freezer where they found more than 100 wooden boxes measuring 30cm x 50cm, inside each was 25kg of minke whale meat. The report estimates that on the black market, the freezer’s entire contents could sell for…