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Small fish in a BIG pond?!

It’s been over a week now since I took the ‘plunge’ and decided to enter the Banff Bay swim on behalf of WDC (https://www.justgiving.com/ruthclark). Had I known quite how hard it was going to be to even get a wetsuit on let alone swim in it, I’m not sure I would have felt quite so…

Empty the Tanks: The Public Has Spoken

There is nothing quite like good old grassroots action to get your point across. ‘Empty the Tanks’ demonstrations were officially launched over this past weekend (July 27, 2013) across the globe.  The event was orchestrated by individual coordinators in cities all over the world, and in front of facilities that continue to hold whales and…

Flashback or Comeback?

Back in June I reported on the wonderful sighting by friends of WDC (the Ionian Dolphin Project) of a pod of 7 common dolphins in the waters off of Greece in the Mediterranean Sea. This was a truly remarkable and very exciting sighting as it is an area that has seen a drastic decline in…

Good Intentions and Bad Decisions – whale encounters in the news

For the past couple of weeks, my inbox has been inundated with links to videos of close encounters between people and whales in the wild with titles including “Divers nearly swallowed by whales”; “Whale knocks surfer unconscious”; “Humpback whales startle kayakers”; and “Dramatic rescue of endangered whale”. Touted as either heroes, or lucky survivors of…

Give Wendy's a Frosty Cold Shoulder

I like a good Wendy’s Frosty as much as anybody does, and I definitely like whale toys (whale anything, really) more than the average person, but the combination of Wendy’s and SeaWorld just isn’t something I can stomach. This month, Wendy’s has added SeaWorld toys to their kids’ meal. Normally I would be thrilled with…

When things go wrong

Journalist Hans Peter Roth shares a final blog reflecting upon his outreach in the Faroe Islands and the most recent grind. Sunday, 21st of July 2013 saw the first Faroese drive hunt of the year. 125 pilot whales were driven onto the beach of Víðvík and killed. This is the same beach where – in November 2010…