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A Humpback whale in Boston Harbor

Heidi Hansen is a seasoned WDC intern, who now serves as a naturalist for Boston’s Best Cruises, writes about the humpback in Boston Harbor.  Memorial Day weekend in Boston Harbor is one of the busiest times of the year – representing the start of the summer recreational season, and if the weather is nice, many…

Dolphin Slams into Wall at Ocean Park Hong Kong: Is this Normal?

Video of a dolphin slamming into a concrete wall circulated around the Internet today.  Although a statement by Ocean Park Hong Kong on its Facebook page indicated that this was ‘normal’ and frequent behavior for the 14-year old female dolphin named Pinky, we have cause for concern for such incidents and understand why the public…

David Kirby on Keet

David Kirby, author of the excellent ‘Death at SeaWorld, reports that something is apparantly eating away at Keet’s already flacid dorsal fin in ‘What’s Eating ‘Keet,’ SeaWorld’s Captive Killer Whale?’ The orca’s dorsal fin is in terrible condition—but did a virus or the bite of another killer whale cause the damage? David reports,  “In the…

Conference – Whaling in the Antarctic' before the ICJ

In 2010 Australian commenced proceedings against Japan in the International Court of Justice with respect to Japan’s conduct of its JARPAII whaling program in the Southern Ocean. The case will commence its oral phase on 26 June 2013 with three weeks of hearings before the Court. This conference at the Australian National Univeristy seeks to…

Iceland’s new centre-right government is looking both Eurosceptic and pro-whaling

Iceland has a new government. May 23rd marked the first day of a coalition between Sigmundar Davíðs Gunnlaugsson’s centrist Progressive Party and Bjarni Benediktsson’s right-wing Independence Party as Social Democrats‘ leader, Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir, handed over power and will now retire. The two men are now respectively Prime Minister (at 38, Gunnlaugsson is Iceland’s youngest ever),…

Iceland abolishes Ministry of the Environment

In a move that conservationsists are viewing with dismay, the new Icelandic Government have effectively abolished the Ministry of Environment. The new government is planning on merging the ministry of agriculture and fisheries and the ministry for the environment into one ministry Critics say that this is the same thing as abolishing the ministry for the…