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Whales and the City

Humpback whale sightings increasingly common in waters off New York, and throughout the mid-Atlantic. During the spring, summer and fall, North Atlantic humpback whales are commonly found off the coast of New England feeding in the Gulf of Maine (GoM). In the past few years though, evidence for the regular seasonal occurrence of humpbacks off…

Call on Antigua and Barbuda to ban dolphin captivity!

Unlike many other countries in the Caribbean, the dual-island nation Antigua and Barbuda has no captive dolphins. This was not the case several years ago, when a captive dolphin facility operated at Marina Bay in Antigua. It opened in 2001, run by Dolphin Fantaseas, displaying three bottlenose dolphins that had been captured in Cuban waters.…

Getting a Bit Quieter Now…

Hi Everyone, Dolphin activity around the Kessock Channel and Chanonry is tailing off now and I’m struggling to find dorsal fins some days at all. I still get the occasional sighting of Kesslet and Charlie in and around the Harbour area (see photo) and Ecoventures at Cromarty are still getting some groups of dolphins further out…

Hebrides field season ends with common dolphin encounter

It’s been a great field season on the Isle of Lewis! We saw Risso’s dolphins (some individuals that we’d seen in previous years and some new dolphins), lots of harbour porpoise and more minke whales than we’ve seen before! And what better way to end a busy season than to encounter a leaping, whistling pod…

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Listening

Orcas are long-lived, slow to reproduce and exist in highly complex societies which can be vulnerable to disturbance, so ideally any meaningful study of these incredible creatures has to be long-term and developed in a way so as not to interfere with their daily lives or habitat. OrcaLab – a remote listening station off the…

Baby Beluga, oh, baby Beluga

“Baby beluga in the deep blue sea, swim so wild and you swim so free…”  Baby belugas stay with mom for a long time in the wild, nursing for up to two years and continuing to associate with them for many years after.  Adult belugas are highly social and form groups consisting of a few…