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WDC finds a stranded rare pygmy sperm whale in Scotland

Last Friday I was called to attend a reported live dolphin stranding in Banff, on the North East coast of Scotland. Staff and volunteers at the WDC Scottish Dolphin Centre are trained as Marine Mammal Medics by the BDMLR so we can help with any whale and dolphin strandings reported in our area of the…

Humpback whale deaths in Ghana

The recent humpback whale strandings on Ghanaian beaches has led a local environmental group to blame the oil industry, claiming that the whales only started turning up after oil production began in 2009. Friends of the Nation agree that whale deaths are not uncommon in Ghana but they are concerned about the frequency of these…

WDC launches a new ID guide to the Whales and Dolphins of Iceland

WDC was back in Reykjavik this week to launch the latest in our popular series of international field ID guides – the Whales and Dolphins of Iceland.  Thanks to our sponsors, Icelandic whale watch operators Elding and Laki Tours, 10,000 bilingual copies will now be distributed throughout Iceland’s booming tourist sector encouraging visitors to see…

Hope and Despair: A New Dolphin Drive Hunt Season Begins

Even as thousands were gathering around the world over the weekend at over 100 international locations in unified opposition to the commencement of the dolphin drive hunt season in Taiji, Japan, a pod of bottlenose dolphins was being driven into the cove.  On September 1st, the drive hunt season officially began, with 18 dolphins being…

Pausing to Reflect on Policy

Over the last three and a half months I have been fortunate enough to be one of the first policy interns at WDC’s North American office. After two years of law-school considering the legal implications of regulations and policy decisions surrounding marine wildlife, it was a new track for me to apply my skills in…

To Understand Whales, Follow the Prey

This summer has been a strange one. How often have we heard those words in recent years for one reason or another? It could be persistently damp climate and flooding, or wildlife of one kind or another breaking the supposed rules of what we think we know about them. This time it’s orcas. Or, more…