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Philip Hoare laments the slaughter of leviathan

Eloquent article in The Guardian by writer, broadcaster and WDC Ambassador, Philip Hoare, decrying whaling in Iceland – and in particular the resumption of fin whaling after a three year hiatus.  Ironically, his piece was published yesterday, the day the first fin whale of the season was killed off Iceland.  As I write, the Hvalur 8 is making its way…

Must the show go on? Loro Parque loses an orca

It is with great sadness that WDC learns about the death of the ten-month old orca known as Vicky at Loro Parque in Tenerife, Spain. This poor orca never really stood a chance. I saw her at Loro Parque last September when she was just one month old. I was there to check up on…

Few cheer as Icelandic fin whalers embark on their bloody mission

  Late last night, I sat at my kitchen table monitoring Icelandic vessel traffic online – a vigil made somewhat less lonely by the knowledge that my counterpart in the US, whaling campaigner Kate O’Connell, was doing the exact same thing.  Despite Kristjan Loftsson’s recent assertions that he would resume fin whaling this year after…

Mark Peter Simmonds receives OBE in Queen's Honours List 2013

It’s with great pleasure that we report that Mark Simmonds has been awarded the Order of British Empire (OBE) ‘for services to environmental science and marine mammal conservation’. Mark served as International Director of Science for WDC for some 17 years and all at WDC pass on their congratulations for this well deserved recognition. Not…

Teflon-coated whales and dolphins?

How whales and dolphins can hold their breaths for long periods of time – the sperm whale holds the record with 90 minutes – has long been a mystery to scientists but finally, the answer has been found … they’ve got teflon proteins in their blood! Ok, so not teflon per se, but these recent…

Interesting exchange in the NZ Parliament on the issue of Maui dolphins

You can read more about WDC’s work to help protect Maui and Hectors dolphins