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New studies reveal impact of navy sonar on whales

Two new published studies in the scientific journals Proceedings B and Biology Letters, reveal how simulated navy sonar can disturb the behaviour of blue whales and beaked whales. Despite often being considered an ‘emerging threat’ to whales and dolphins, noise pollution has been on the agenda since the 1980s – more than 30 years now.…

The tradition of whaling in the Faroe Islands

Journalist Hans Peter Roth continues his reports from the Faroe Islands. What a sight, when the Faroese bring their rowing boats to water. Beautiful wooden constructions – true artwork in handicrafts and quite similar to what the traditional Viking boats used to look like. The Vikings were phenomenal sailors and navigators who had discovered North…

Japan's selective use of the facts at the ICJ

Japan has just argued this Tuesday afternoon in their opening of their defence, that there are plenty of Antarctic Minke whales and therefore there is not a problem in hunting them. Indeed, they have quoted the IWC website which says at https://iwc.int/status  “…There are several hundred thousand Antarctic minke whales and thus they are clearly not…

WDC supports petition to list Lolita in US Endangered Species Act

WDC has written to the United States’ National Marine Fisheries Service in support of a petition filed jointing by Animal Defense League Fund, PETA and The Orca Network to list Lolita, a female orca held in captivity at the Miami Seaquarium in the US Endangered Species Act, along with the rest of the Southern Resident…

Blackfish Q&A

Last Monday, WDC-NA had the chance to take part in a screening of “Blackfish,” a soon-to-be-released documentary by director Gabriela Cowperthwaite that focuses on the story of Tilikum, the largest orca in captivity. Tilikum has become infamous in recent years due to his involvement in the deaths of three people and his aggressive tendencies. While…

Will the Colombian Government ban the import of the dolphin-deadly fish, mota?

This week, Dr Fernando Trujillo representing Fundacion Omacha, WDC’s partner in Colombia, had an important meeting with the Colombian Health Ministry at Government headquarters in Bogota.  Fernando presented information about the cruel, unsustainable and illegal killing of river dolphins (botos) in Brazil for fish bait.  The vast majority of the fish (known as piracatinga in…