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WDC Boycotts Federally Mandated Harbor Porpoise Meeting

WDC was among the “no-shows” at last week’s Harbor Porpoise Take Reduction Team meeting in Providence, Rhode Island. Some conservationists as well as the entire delegation of experts from the science and academic community chose to “boycott” this meeting.  The issue? A decision made by John Bullard, the Northeast Regional Administrator of the National Marine…

Navy dolphins and SeaWorld

I see a parent has quite rightly complained about their daughter being bitten by a dolphin at SeaWorld in their petting pools. WDC reported this risk and incidents of previous bites some years ago, but SeaWorld were allowed to continue this circus trick. You can see our full report here Biting the Hand One thing…

Moby Dick Chapter 75: The Right Whale’s Head

Especially in the face of our struggle to protect the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale, it is poignant to read/listen to Melville’s matter of fact descriptions of harvesting these animals for oil and bone all the while taking the opportunity to keenly observe the carcass. After returning intern, Emily Moss, listened to today’s Chapter…

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Entanglements, Entanglements

WDC has always realized and celebrated the importance of responsible whale watching. One of the essential conservation outcomes of whale watching in the Gulf of Maine is the ability for whale watch companies to spot, report and stand by entangled whales until the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies (PCCS) disentanglement teamcan respond. In fact, we…

A Little Visitor…

Hi Everyone, I had an unexpected furry visitor to the slipway at North Kessock at the weekend, a lovely young Common (Harbour) Seal who thought that he or she would have a little rest from fishing by resting on the slipway wall. ©WDC/Charlie Phillips This seal is a spring pup, born around June or July…

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Thank you St. Brendan for your generous donation!!

Dear St. Brendan: I know you are not actually St. Brendan The Navigator because he lived and died in the 6th century.  But, according to Listserv.com, St. Brendan is the patron saint of whales (not Wales, that’s St. David).  Whales, the air breathing mammals that WDC, and you, are clearly committed to protecting.   I…