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Whale and Dolphin Trafficking Heads East

Four more orcas have now been confirmed to have been captured in Russian waters for ocean amusement parks and aquariums. That makes seven total captured in the past 2+ months in two separate captures in the Sea of Okhotsk—the massive far eastern inland sea of Russia, lying due north of Japan. Having spent time with…

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Loud and Clear: The Public Says ‘NO!’ to Captivity

Before my eyes, and even before Blackfish actually aired on CNN in the United States and across its cable and satellite networks on Thursday evening, the numbers kept lurching forward as members of the public weighed in. Along with Twitter and Facebook feeds, two separate polls were launched by CNN to gauge public reaction to…

Worms. They're What's for Dinner.

What’s on YOUR menu today? A whole lot of choices, if you’re a beluga! As opportunistic feeders, belugas have an extremely variable diet depending on the season and what’s available for them to eat.  Since they live in many different habitats during the year, their options change depending on where they are.  They eat many…

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Ship Strike Rule Extension under White House Review!

On October 23rd, the proposed extension for the Rule to Implement Speed Restrictions to Reduce the Threat of Ship Collisions with North Atlantic right whales was submitted to the Administration’s Office of Management and Budget for review.  Making sure this rule was renewed has been a major focus of WDC’s Act Right Now campaign and thanks to…

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Project BLUEprint workshop is a whale of a success in Sri Lanka!

I have just returned from an 8-day trip to Sri Lanka where our small WDC team assisted marine biologist, Anouk Ilangakoon, in running a 2-day training workshop for whale watch operators in Mirissa on the south coast. This small village, with its palm-fringed coastline and harbour filled with a jumble of brightly-coloured fishing boats, has…

White Whales Soar through Open Waters

Though belugas are known as the true “white whales,” they are not completely white – the edges of their flippers and tail flukes are actually dark.  As they age, their flukes grow more ornate and curved, and in mature males their pectoral fins may curl up at the tips.  These fins are broad, short, and…