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A close pass by Southern Resident orcas on the west side of San Juan Island

Three Southern Resident orcas declared dead

The devastating news came late on Tuesday night – three more Southern Resident orcas lost, one from each pod in the highly endangered and dwindling population.  Like many others who work on recovery for the Southern Resident orcas and their home, I have spent my summer nervously dreading this announcement, but steeling myself for the…

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A Beautiful Coincidence: WDC partners with fan club dedicated to BTS RM

I’m not sure if I believe in fate or coincidences, but in early April, all of the stars aligned for an amazing partnership to form. I was sitting at my desk, with my headphones on and chugging away at my tasks of the day. Through the sounds of my podcast, I could hear the office…

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Hey Maine- this fluke is for you!

In light of the deaths of six endangered right whales in Canada, Maine’s Congressional Delegation and its Governor are calling for a REDUCTION in protections for right whales in US waters. Keep in mind that what they are now opposing was developed and agreed to by representatives of the Maine Lobstermen’s Association and Maine’s Department…

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Dear North Atlantic right whales… With love and fierce determination, Regina

Dear North Atlantic right whales, You have given me so much… You taught me to be patient – you were the first species I saw when I first started whale watching.  Your 20 minute dives taught me to be patient and how to teach passengers about whales they couldn’t see. You literally made me feel…

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Regina and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Yesterday was not a good day. I was still feeling the burst of motivation and excitement that comes after a day out on the water. On Sunday, I found a perfect little weather window and took my team of staff, interns, and volunteers out for a quick whale watch. We were like kids in a…

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Canada outlaws holding whales and dolphins in captivity

It’s official!  Canada’s “Free Willy” bill S-203 has been passed into law, making it illegal to hold whales and dolphins in captivity in Canada.  While the bill incorporates individuals currently held in facilities – now just Marineland Canada in Ontario and the Vancouver Aquarium in British Columbia (which has already committed to phasing out its…