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Messing About In Boats (1)

Hi Everyone, Here is a couple of minutes footage from the research trip that I was on last Tuesday, as you can see the conditions were perfect and watch out for the cheeky underwater calves ! The dolphins never came really close to us apart from the underwater visit, hopefully the next time they will…

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Ikaika Healing From Injury at SeaWorld California

Recent photos circulating on the Internet reveal that Ikaika (Ike), the 9-year old male killer whale  transported back to SeaWorld in San Diego after a five-year stay at Marineland in Niagara Falls, Canada, has been  injured.  Reports from patrons also indicate that Ike has not been performing in shows as of late July, presumably due…

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Our second year on Nantucket

It the second year that we have been working in Nantucket with Shearwater Excursions, University of Massachusetts Field Station, and Nantucket Marine Mammal Conservation Program (NMMCP) in a collaboration to document how whales use the waters around the island. In May, I had the opportunity to attend a few days of Nantucket’s Biodiversity Week with…

What a Little Cutie !

Hi Everyone, I was out on the Aberdeen University research boat for the whole of Tuesday doing Photo Identification and what a lovely day it was…blue skies, even bluer seas and quite a lot of dolphins too. Strangely enough the normal Adopt a Dolphin gang like Sundance, Moonlight etc were conspicous by their absence but…

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Tulip – a very sick whale

We have an amazing group of interns this year. In reality, I’m constantly amazed at our dumb luck in getting fabulously dedicated interns. I’m also always interested in what draws people into the marine mammal field, I mean besides the ridiculously cool whales. Anna Petracca has a great story of how she came to us,…

Could judge’s decision on elephants pave the way for captive dolphins?

In a landmark case a US judge has ruled in favour of captive elephants and against the Los Angeles Zoo. Judge John L. Segal in his judgment against the Los Angeles Zoo noted that despite representation to the contrary from zoo staff, ‘the elephants are not healthy, happy, and thriving’. Elephants are large brained, social, long…