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Repeat Offender: OSHA Fines SeaWorld Again

The seemingly never-ending game of ‘cat and mouse’ between the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and SeaWorld, where the August 2010 OSHA-issued citation has been challenged by the theme park from the outset, has not yet run its course. Today, OSHA issued yet another citation against SeaWorld. This second citation compounds the official charges against SeaWorld and…

Orcas in the Irish Sea

Last weekend we had a message from our friends on Bardsey Island, off the coast of North Wales, to say they had spotted a pod of orcas from land. WDC has conducted fieldwork on this beautiful, remote Welsh island for over a decade now, primarly focussing on Risso’s dolphin and harbour porpoise so we were…

Voice for change comes from within whalers' camp

I’m delighted to read the brave and enlightened comments of Birna Bjork Arnadottir, granddaughter of one of the founders of Hvalur hf and a company shareholder, who has broken rank to speak out publicly against whaling.  In a recent newspaper article, she describes how she once supported whaling but is no longer persuaded by the…

The long term effects of whaling still devastating whale populations

Andrew Darby reporting in the Sydney Morning Herald that the impacts of whaling from some 30 years ago are still be seen in some populations of whales. Andrew reports that ‘Sperm whales are failing to recover from whaling in Australia, 30 years after the great predators were last harpooned. In the first count since the…

Did Iggy Pop sell out the whales?

Well, one of my childhood heroes has apparently sold out the whales according to the Norwegian whaling industry. According to fiskeribladetfiskaren, in 2007, Iggy Pop fell for the propoganda of the Norwegian whaling industry and, whilst attending a pop festival (Bay Festival) in Tromsø, in northern Norway, .. was happy to accept that whale meat was freely…

Little Whales in a Big Ocean

The beginning of the field season is always really exciting, as we see which whales are first to return, which mothers have calves this year, and hope that none of our beloved whales go missing!  We’ve already seen incredible feeding displays and have a growing list of mothers that are returning with their calves to…