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WDC meets Volvo Ocean Race

One of the programs I spend a lot of my time working on is our sailing outreach program Sharing the Seas: Safe Boating for Sailors and Whales. The overarching goal of this program is to empower sailors to use safe boating practices to reduce disturbances and injury to whales, as well as to their sailing…

Taiji – another season of slaughter as marine park links grow stronger

Life as a small whale or dolphin can be precarious at the best of times, but off the coast of Japan they face a sinister threat – the fishermen of Taiji. If they’re caught up in the maelstrom of one of the infamous ‘drive hunts’ the outcome is unlikely to be a good one. They’ll…

A gentle start to the dolphin season…

Looking back on the start of my previous dolphin seasons it looks like we are not too far short of “normal” as far as dolphin numbers that have been seen goes. It has been a bit patchy though, with four or five of the very local dolphins being seen sometimes during rising tides and sometimes…

More attacks on the U.S. Marine Mammal Protection Act

We are in a time when the attacks on environmental protection laws in this country are at an unprecedented high.  Efforts by Congress and the Trump Administration to roll back environmental and safety regulations are non-stop, extensive, and extremely harmful to the ecosystems that depend on those protections.  The Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) has…

Einblicke in den Alltag eines Ehrenamtlichen im Scottish Dolphin Center

Das WDC Scottish Dolphin Center (SDC) ist auf ehrenamtliche Unterstützer angewiesen. Jack Farge ist einer unserer tollen Helfer und wohnt in der Nähe des SDC. In seinem Gastbeitrag erzählt er von seinen bisherigen Erfahrungen und warum man das Center unbedingt besuchen sollte. (Die Sichtweisen unserer Gast-Blogger sind die des Autors und repräsentieren nicht zwingend die…

WDC helping to shape the future for UK dolphins and porpoises

Last week, WDC took part in a two day workshop to help shape a “UK Dolphin and Porpoise Conservation Strategy”. We hope the strategy, once finalised will help to protect these species from bycatch, disturbance, pollution, noise and other pressures, individually as well as collectively. We warmly welcome this initiative, which has developed from an…